Low Progesterone & Uterine Factor Infertility: Jennifer’s Story [SUCCESS]

August 31, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Jennifer. She is a 37-year-old K12 art teacher who enjoys outdoor activities and traveling. Jennifer and her husband tried to conceive on their own for a year before consulting her OB/GYN. Shortly thereafter, she had a spontaneous chemical pregnancy. Her doctor recommended testing her progesterone level, which turned out to be low. They switched to a fertility clinic and learned she also had borderline high FSH but all other tests were normal. Her RE recommended fertility treatments. After listening to this podcast, she began to educate herself about infertility. This led to a consultation with another RE and beginning IVF. During her cycle, her doctor discovered a polyp. The cycle itself was successful, resulting in 4 normal embryos. Before proceeding with a transfer, she had the polyp removed. Join us to hear how Jennifer transferred 1 frozen embryo and became pregnant with her daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jennifer lived a life of freedom, enjoying adventuring with her husband
  • How Jennifer and her husband have known each other all their lives through their sisters’ friendship, but they became friends in high school and had a six-year long-distance relationship while he was in the US Navy
  • As a couple, they have been together for 18 years and are satisfied with being their own unit, with a balance of sameness and differences
  • A pivotal moment on the Baja peninsula at sunset when baby turtles helped Jennifer realize that she wanted children
  • As they started trying to conceive in 2017, Jennifer tracked her cycles and soon visited her Ob-gyn
  • In 2018, Jennifer found out she was pregnant on a trip to Morocco, but it ended in a chemical pregnancy
  • Her OB/GYN found low progesterone, so Jennifer took medication and decided to see a reproductive endocrinologist
  • When tests were done, all results were normal except for borderline high FSH
  • At a follow-up appointment with the RE a few months later, he recommended fertility treatment for Jennifer
  • How she found the Beat Infertility podcast and Fertility IQ and started listening and learning more about infertility, adding acupuncture and diet and lifestyle changes
  • At a financial appointment with the RE, Jennifer experienced a turning point when a gut feeling told her he wasn’t the right physician for her
  • When she found a new clinic, they planned to begin IVF in July 2019
  • The egg retrieval yielded 18 eggs and four normal embryos, so after a hysteroscopy to remove a polyp, one embryo was transferred
  • Jennifer’s excitement to learn that she was pregnant, and her daughter was born a few weeks ago
  • The first sign that she needed to consult a medical professional was the fact that time was ticking away
  • Why Jennifer began with her Ob-gyn instead of an RE
  • Jennifer’s experiences at two clinics: one was small and close to home, where the RE didn’t take kindly to her questions, and the other was bigger and ran like a well-oiled machine
  • How Jennifer and her husband felt about not receiving an official diagnosis
  • Two low points for Jennifer: her 36th birthday, when she felt ugly, unworthy, and extremely infertile; the second low point was when a planned move to Hawaii didn’t work out and crushed their hopes and dreams
  • How the Beat Infertility podcast helped Jennifer learn more and embrace her treatment journey in more positive ways
  • A positive experience was how her husband reacted with love and support for her after the egg retrieval
  • How Jennifer felt when she got the positive pregnancy test with her daughter
  • What it was like going through infertility as a teacher
  • How Jennifer shared with coworkers about her journey and felt supported by them
  • How Jennifer and her husband afforded treatment with their savings to pay for everything totally out-of-pocket
  • How Jennifer and her husband grew even closer together with open communication
  • In relationships with friends and family, Jennifer sometimes had to retreat from those who were insensitive
  • Jennifer’s tips for advocating: “Create lists of questions to ask, and do your research prior to your appointments. Listen to your gut and trust your intuition.”
  • How infertility has changed Jennifer: “Infertility has given me emotional self-forgiveness so I can forgive myself for whatever I feel. I have more body acceptance than I’ve ever had before. I feel gratitude for what my body has done for me, and I’ve experienced growth all around.”
  • Jennifer’s advice to her past self: “Through this journey, you will experience the expanses of your limits, and you will sink into the pockets of yourself that you never knew existed. It’s a road worth traveling for this alone.”

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