PCOS & Egg Freezing: Danni’s Story [JOURNEY]

February 11, 2019

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Today’s journey story is about a woman named Danni. She is a 31-year-old director of health and wellness who enjoys spending time with family, her partner, and his daughter. Looking back, even her first period at 11 years old was painful. Doctors assumed she had endometriosis and suggested going on birth control pills, which she eventually did when she was 17. However, what little relief the pills offered didn’t last. Fast forward nearly a decade, and she tackled the assumption doctors made about her weight by winning Season 14 of The Biggest Loser. Several years later, a doctor finally tested her testosterone and insulin resistance levels and diagnosed her with PCOS. Even though she wasn’t ready for children, her mind immediately jumped to her future fertility. Join us to hear how Danni has since connected with a reproductive endocrinologist to preserve her fertility — and what’s coming up next in her journey.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Danni had always struggled with periods and wanted to have kids one day, but knew there might be trouble
  • How she met her partner while on The Biggest Loser, when he was a spin instructor at the gym where she worked out
  • As a couple, they are unique; he has a child from a previous relationship that she’s taken as her own, and she hopes that marriage and kids are in their future
  • At age 11, she had lots of pain when her period started, and the only answer from her doctor was birth control pills to regulate hormones
  • How the doctor blamed every problem on her weight; then she went on birth control at age 17 and experienced severe mood swings
  • At age 26, she went on The Biggest Loser and thought losing weight would cure all her ailments, since doctors seemed to blame everything on weight issues
  • Losing 120 lbs. drastically affected her estrogen and hormones, and she went about a year without a period, while her body went into a sort of menopause
  • Danni saw a holistic doctor last year, who tested her blood and found high testosterone, low estrogen, and insulin resistance—which all pointed to PCOS
  • How she immediately talked to her doctor about preserving future fertility and did lots of research on the subject
  • The frustration in earlier years, when she knew something was wrong–and no one would listen
  • How Danni felt when the assumptions were made that her weight caused all her problems
  • Why Danni was concerned about her future fertility
  • Why Danni chose egg freezing
  • The recent egg retrieval, which yielded 26 eggs!
  • How Danni scheduled her shots and carried her “pack” everywhere
  • Why she was open and vocal about her journey and wanted to tell others
  • How her health insurance covered some of the egg freezing process, but there were still out-of-pocket expenses
  • How Danni’s partner has reacted to this experience
  • How family and friends have been super supportive and why Danni wants to be open about her journey
  • How Danni had to advocate for herself during the years of struggle and misdiagnosis
  • The relief she felt when the PCOS diagnosis validated that she wasn’t really crazy
  • What’s next for Danni? She’s focusing on her career opportunities and loves helping others that struggle with the things she has battled also

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