PCOS & Low Sperm Count: Samantha’s Story [SUCCESS]

April 20, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Samantha. She is a 33-year-old co-founder of the Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund and boutique owner of Avanti the Label who enjoys working out and reading. Samantha and her husband were young when they started trying to conceive, so they didn’t anticipate any issues. However, after a year without success, she got bloodwork and an ultrasound, which confirmed PCOS. Her husband, Kyle, wasn’t tested at the time, and she was put on Clomid. After months of being unsuccessful, they were referred to a fertility clinic, and Kyle was diagnosed with low sperm count. Between the two issues, they were told IVF was their only option. Thankfully, their first transfer worked and resulted in their son. That’s when they started the Bundle of Joy Fund to help others with the astronomical cost of infertility. Several years later, they decided to try for a second child. Their first transfer resulted in a miscarriage after they publicly announced her pregnancy, and the second failed altogether. Join us to hear how Samantha and Kyle are now pursuing surrogacy, which has been rocky to say the least.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Samantha was bubbly and outgoing, but the heartache and despair of infertility have made her stronger and more confident
  • How she met Kyle while in college at Purdue when she modeled for a promo at the racetrack
  • As a couple, they have grown stronger and have learned to focus on each other and their marriage
  • From a big Italian family, Samantha never questioned the fact that she wanted to be a mom and have a life full of kids
  • When they started trying, they had no success even though she tracked her cycles, but she was young and naive about what to do with her concerns
  • After feeling that her periods and ovulation were very irregular, Samantha had weird symptoms; her concerns sent her to the doctor, where a blood test and ultrasound confirmed PCOS
  • After 4-5 unsuccessful Clomid cycles, she was referred to a fertility clinic
  • At the clinic, Kyle was tested and found to have low sperm count; they were told IVF would be their only option after 1-½ years of trying
  • How they jumped all in for the first IVF and got eight healthy embryos
  • One was transferred, and their son, Brexton, was born in 2015
  • How they started the Bundle of Joy Fund to help others; they have had 20 babies born to families so far and have seven more due this year
  • How they thought the second IVF round would be easy, so they documented everything to help educate others
  • With a positive pregnancy test, they announced the news to the world, and then Samantha suffered a devastating miscarriage a week later
  • Why the miscarriage was something she was never prepared for and something that never even crossed her mind as a possibility
  • With another IVF round last November, Samantha FELT pregnant but wasn’t; she found herself angry at how hard this struggle had become
  • At this point, the doctor recommended that they find a surrogate
  • In starting the surrogacy process, they shared their plight on social media and found a surrogate who seemed ideal
  • The surrogate had a blocked tube, and she could only be their surrogate with surgery to remove her tube–something Samantha and Kyle could not ask her to do
  • Now, they are back to square one with the agency—and then the global pandemic hit
  • How they ended up at their fertility clinic, where they connected right away with their doctor and nurses
  • Dealing with the quick success with their son’s birth and now the difficulties of having a second child
  • Why Samantha hopes to have a close relationship with their surrogate
  • Why they started the Bundle of Joy Fund to help others with IVF costs
  • Samantha’s upcoming book that tells their story and the lessons learned along the way
  • The lowest point for Samantha was a few months after the miscarriage when Kyle was ready to move on, and she wasn’t
  • The differences in how men and women process the grief of miscarriage, and how it took therapy, communication, and extra love to help them through
  • A funny moment when a lady at a hotel gave Samantha a shot while Kyle was at the racetrack
  • How friends learned what to say and what not to say to offer their support to Samantha
  • Why advocating for yourself is so important, and how Samantha wishes she had spoken up sooner to ask for further  testing
  • How infertility changed Samantha: “I’m more outspoken and confident. I’ve found my voice.”
  • Samantha’s advice to her past self: “Listen to your body. See the doctor if you think something is wrong.”

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