Male Factor Infertility: Lindsay’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

100: Male Factor Infertility [JOURNEY UPDATE]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s journey update is from a woman named Lindsay, who you might remember from Episode 40. She is 34-year-old a domestic violence survivor, an experience which has significantly shaped the way she approaches infertility. Before her journey began, she would describe herself as calm, focused, grounded, and centered. Now she attributes those traits to her husband and finds herself to be much more high-strung. After about 15 months of trying on their own, Lindsay and her husband began their infertility journey at her OB/GYN, who performs IUIs in the office. However, after two unsuccessful rounds of IUI, it was time to move on to IVF with a RE. Join us to hear how her RE uncovered a new diagnosis that sent her into a tailspin but she somehow remained a positive advocate for herself and others.

Episode Sponsor:

Fertility Centers of Illinois

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Lindsay is a 34-year-old author and public speaker, but her passion is her advocacy work for victims of domestic violence and those battling infertility
  • For fun, she enjoys exercising, meditation, yoga, and anything that helps with self-care
  • Before infertility, she was calm, centered, grounded, and grateful
  • She and her husband knew each other since 5th grade, but moved in different circles until a random Facebook message brought them together on a “pity” date
  • As a couple, they are good at balancing each other out
  • She always wanted to be a mom, but domestic violence made her question who she was and every belief she’d ever had
  • As a high school English teacher with many demands on her time, she knew she needed to pull back and let some things go to prepare for motherhood
  • How they tried for over a year and then saw the OB/GYN
  • IUI with the doctor, and then IVF with an RE
  • The initial expression of the RE and the clinic
  • The diagnosis: male factor infertility
  • How Lindsay remained hopeful during her treatments, believing there are always answers
  • Two special moments that are remembered as victories in the process
  • Timed intercourse, IUIs, IVF, multiple retrievals and transfers, and now 27 weeks along with twins!
  • Lindsay’s book: The Two Week Wait Challenge
  • Tips for listeners to survive the two week wait
  • Lindsay’s advice about advocating for self: write down your thoughts and feelings
  • How infertility has changed Lindsay: “It’s made me even more empathetic and an even bigger advocate for self-care.”
  • Lindsay’s advice to herself back then: “Take one day at a time. If that’s too overwhelming, then take one hour at a time. If that’s too much, then just get through the next minute.”

Words of Hope:

No matter what happens, your worthiness is not dependent on an outcome. Click To Tweet

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