Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Mallory’s Story

January 11, 2016

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Our success story today is Mallory, who has hypothalamic amenorrhea that was diagnosed when her period never appeared after stopping birth control. Mallory’s story differs from most since she was not even ready to get pregnant when she first saw her RE! Even though Mallory was not underweight, it seemed that her lifestyle as a fitness trainer and “gym rat” was to blame for the disorder. Mallory cut her exercise by 80% and increased her calories by 1,000/day in an effort to improve her reproductive health.

Mallory embarked upon the IUI journey and then went on to IVF. The hardest part for her was going through it alone while her husband worked long hours in his medical residency training, and she had no family close by for support. Thankfully, on her second IVF cycle, there was success!

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We are following the journey of Anna, who has endometriosis that was unofficially diagnosed at age 16. In 2011, Anna’s doctor did her first removal surgery and began pushing her toward a pregnancy, even though she wasn’t quite ready.

After four IUI rounds with no success, Anna went to the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta. Her surgeon there performed excision surgery, which is much more comprehensive than the traditional ablation surgery for endometriosis. This surgery (just nine months ago) improved Anna’s quality of life and left her with only a 5% chance for recurrence!

Anna relies on her faith in Christ and the promise of God’s “good work” in her life, from Philippians 1:6. Anna is beginning an IVF cycle later this month, so we are anxiously waiting for good news!

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