PCOS & Male Factor Infertility: Cori’s Story [JOURNEY]

May 27, 2019

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Today’s journey story is about a woman named Cori. She is a 29-year-old behavioral analysis who enjoys hiking, playing board games, and traveling with her husband. After about a year and a half of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, she saw an OB/GYN who diagnosed her with PCOS. After four rounds of Clomid, she ovulated, but didn’t become pregnant. She had an HSG to check her tubes, which was normal. At that point, she was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist. After three unsuccessful IUIs, they took a break. Let’s listen to how Cori has since had an IVF consult and won a grant from the Baby Quest Foundation — and what’s coming up next in her journey.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Cori was a “go with the flow” person who was calm, cool, collected, fun-loving, and positive
  • How she met her husband at a college Halloween party when he was a Ninja, and she was planet Earth
  • As a couple, they complement each other and have opposite personalities in many ways
  • How Cori always knew she wanted to be a mom
  • The decisions she made about jobs and travel in an effort to prepare for children
  • They started trying, but she didn’t have regular periods, so she saw her OB and started on progesterone
  • Cori soon saw another OB for a second opinion and was put on Clomid for four months
  • Her husband was diagnosed with low morphology, so he took supplements
  • They were referred to an RE and did five IUIs with no success before IVF was recommended
  • How Cori applied and received a grant from the Baby Quest Foundation
  • How Cori followed the Baby Quest directions in detail and her advice that might work for you
  • Her initial impression of the RE was that he was honest and humorous and treated them like family
  • Why Cori went to her OB first, since her sister had also experienced infertility and she thought that was the best place to start
  • How they orchestrated the timing of cycles with her husband’s military schedule
  • Cori’s tips for military members: write down your plan and make a schedule
  • The worst things to say to someone going through infertility: “Just relax–or go on vacation–and it will happen.”
  • Why Cori and her husband kept their infertility a secret until they wanted their families to know
  • Dealing with preconceived notions vs. reality
  • Why Cori felt bittersweet about their diagnosis, happy to have answers, but still frustrated that there isn’t a BIG reason she isn’t pregnant
  • How her husband has handled his male factor infertility diagnosis
  • The lowest point, after the last IUI failed and IVF was recommended as their only option
  • The positive result is how they’ve learned more about each other, leaned on each other, and come to know each other on a deeper level
  • How they balanced work and treatments by working from home as much as possible
  • How this experience has opened their eyes to how things can tear a couple apart or make you stronger
  • How Cori learned to advocate and speak up for herself when the doctor didn’t listen to her questions and concerns
  • What’s next for Cori? IVF after a trip to Ireland
  • How the Baby Quest grant works in paying for medications and procedures

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