Hypothalamic Amenorrhea & Low Morphology: Lara’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

February 13, 2017

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Today’s journey update is from a woman named Lara, who you might remember from Episodes 18 and 29. Shortly after she and her husband started trying to conceive, she made her way to the doctor because she wasn’t getting a period. Three diagnoses later, including Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and low morphology, they decided to try IUI first since it was covered by insurance, even though their doctor recommended heading straight to IVF. When that didn’t work, they proceeded with a fresh IVF transfer. Join us to hear how she lost hope multiple times during her journey, but came back more hopeful than ever after a break and tackled infertility with everything she had.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Lara, age 31, is a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry; she loves running, yoga, reading, and baking
  • Before infertility, Lara described herself as a Type A personality and a driven person
  • How Lara met her husband in a running club training for a marathon
  • As a couple, Lara and her husband are very different, but they balance each other out
  • Even though Lara always assumed she would be a mother, her vision became clearer after her engagement
  • The first RE appointment: hypothalamic amenorrhea diagnosis, and later, elevated antibodies, hypothyroidism, and low morphology
  • Devastation after the first failed fresh transfer: “a grief like someone had died”
  • What Lara remembers fondly is the support from her close group of friends
  • Since Lara spoke with us in Episode 29, she has cut down on exercise, gained weight, and taken some herbs
  • Struggles with insurance: IUIs covered but not IVF
  • Lara’s “time off,” more tries and failures, and a repeated loss panel
  • A fresh cycle, PGS testing, a frozen transfer: 34 weeks pregnant now!
  • The positive pregnancy test that changed everything
  • How Lara balanced treatment with working from home
  • Why Lara felt guilty and responsible for her infertility
  • How Lara tried to make it easier with therapy, acupuncture, and yoga
  • Why Lara would do it all again but be calmer, more realistic and more hopeful

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