PCOS & Low Motility: Angela’s Story [SUCCESS]

June 1, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Angela. She is a 34-year-old accountant who enjoys crochet and playing video games. After about a year of trying to conceive, Angela’s PCP referred her to an OB/GYN. She did three rounds of Clomid with monitoring, took a month off due to a cyst, and then did another three rounds. At this point, she discovered she had infertility coverage. She went to an in-network fertility clinic three hours away to meet with an RE. He quickly diagnosed her with PCOS, and additional testing confirmed her tubes were clear. She did one IUI with Clomid and one IUI with Letrozole, which made her cycle even longer. They decided it was time to try IVF. Her retrieval resulted in 29 eggs, 27 mature, 21 fertilized, and 13 made it to Day 5. They did a fresh transfer, which resulted in the birth of their daughter in January 2017. Join us to hear how Angela went back a year and a half later for a FET, which resulted in the birth of their son in March 2019.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Angela had some growing up to do and had to learn what’s really important
  • How she met her husband when they were both 20 and in community college together; they became friends and then began dating
  • As a couple, they have had many challenges, but they maintain a strong partnership
  • Why Angela had a lifelong goal to have kids and a desire for a stable career with a family-friendly schedule
  • Angela’s primary care physician referred her to an OB/GYN, and she kept trying to conceive with no success
  • Under the OB’s direction, Angela did several Clomid rounds and had further testing; her husband was prescribed vitamin D
  • After taking some time off from treatments, Angela found that she had infertility coverage, but it would require her to use a clinic three hours away
  • In 2015, they met the RE, and Angela was diagnosed with PCOS; the doctor gave her the odds and options, and it was the first time she had confidence and hope
  • After several rounds of IUI with Clomid and Letrozole, they moved to IVF; since her husband had low motility, ICSI was required
  • In 2016, they had 29 eggs retrieved, 27 fertilized, 21 mature, and 13 Day 5 blasts
  • They froze 12 embryos and transferred one; with a positive pregnancy result, they told their families. Their daughter was born in 2017.
  • About 1-½ years later, they did another frozen transfer, which resulted in their son who was born in March 2019–and they still have 11 frozen embryos
  • The first signs that Angela needed to consult medical help
  • Angela’s initial impression of the fertility clinic was that the doctor was passionate about his work
  • How infertility impacted Angela’s career and why she stayed at Chase because of the good insurance benefits
  • How Angela blazed the trail for those who’ve come after her
  • How Angela managed work and treatment–and took an unpaid leave of absence
  • Why Angela was motivated to begin an infertility support group to help other women
  • How the infertility journey has shaped Angela and determined what she will do next
  • How Angela and her husband felt about receiving their diagnoses
  • The lowest point for Angela was when she was triggered greatly by the birth of her niece
  • A positive moment was when a friend brought levity to the tough moments and the friends who would travel with her to the fertility clinic
  • The moment Angela found out she would be a mom
  • Angela’s tip for communication in the workplace: “Use total transparency from the beginning.”
  • How Angela’s relationship with her husband shows what a relationship can endure
  • How Angela’s relationships with friends and family changed in both positive and negative ways
  • Angela’s tips for creating boundaries: “You are not responsible for the emotional wellbeing or others. You can’t pour from an empty cup.”
  • How Angela’s difficult path to parenthood was not like she had planned
  • Angela’s birth experiences with her daughter and son
  • Why parenting after infertility makes you value every moment
  • How infertility has changed Angela: “It’s exacerbated some of my personality traits. I’m passionate about many things and won’t tolerate misinformation or apathy.”
  • Angela’s advice to her past self: “You are probably going to end up on the path of most resistance. Your struggles will always be uphill, but that doesn’t mean you should give up.”

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