Low Progesterone & Ovarian Cysts: Jennifer’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 4, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Jennifer. She is a 30-year-old occupational therapist and entrepreneur who enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. She and her husband tried to conceive on their own for 2.5 years without success. At that point, she decided it was time to see a specialist. Both she and her husband underwent an extensive fertility workup. Her doctor discovered that she had extremely low progesterone, making it highly unlikely she’d ever get pregnant spontaneously. They also uncovered that she was prone to ovarian cysts. Join us to hear how Jennifer used femara to become pregnant with her first child — and is currently pregnant with her second.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jennifer’s life was intense as she went through the high-stress season of grad school
  • How she met her husband in high school, but they weren’t attracted to each other until later in life
  • As a couple, they have personalities that complement each other
  • How Jennifer always knew she wanted to be a mom someday
  • How the desire for motherhood kept her grounded, stable, and wholesome through her teenage years
  • The massive anxiety and panic attacks Jennifer experienced during grad school, and how she learned to nourish and stabilize herself to prepare for conception
  • How her initial lab work showed a hormone imbalance that she was able to stabilize with stress management and proper nutrition
  • Femara was recommended to help manage Jennifer’s progesterone, and she got pregnant during the first month! She is now pregnant with their second child, using the same Femara protocol
  • The early signs that pointed Jennifer to a specialist and how she felt about her diagnosis
  • How Jennifer’s business has grown from its humble beginnings as a simple blog
  • The emotional component of walking through infertility
  • Why Jennifer feared pregnancy and its unknown
  • The guilt Jennifer felt on her infertility journey because so many others don’t find success so easily
  • Tips for enjoying pregnancy and living in the moment
  • The lowest point for Jennifer: not knowing if they would ever get pregnant and whether adoption would be their only choice
  • The lightheartedness of the super-awkward moments when her husband had to get “his stuff” checked
  • The incredible celebration when they found out that Jennifer was pregnant with their first child
  • How Jennifer balanced work and treatment by creating more space to enjoy life and live in the moment
  • How Jennifer and her husband have grown closer through their infertility journey
  • How friends and family members have become more sensitive to the infertility struggles that Jennifer experienced
  • How Jennifer chose to show up and serve her pediatric patients with gratefulness even while battling infertility
  • How Jennifer learned to advocate for herself and speak up
  • Jennifer’s tip for advocating: Have a list of questions to ask your doctor
  • How they bought a house on the day her labor started, but all the feelings culminated when her baby was placed on her chest
  • How infertility changed Jennifer: “Infertility has made me grateful for the miracle of life and made me appreciate the little moments even more. I’m thankful every time I look at my son. I feel like I’m more appreciative and more aware.”
  • Jennifer’s advice to her past self: “Trust the process. You can’t control everything.”

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