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

August 26, 2019

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Today’s journey update is about a woman named Deena, who you might remember from Episodes 131 and 160. When we last spoke, she had 3 frozen PGT normal embryos. She also had undergone several endometrial tests, including an ERA, Receptiva, and an endometrial immune profile biopsy. The ERA showed pre-receptivity, and the other two tests were negative. Since then, she had a frozen transfer in December. Join us to hear the latest in Deena’s journey.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How Deena planned to move forward with a frozen embryo transfer with pre- and post-Intralipids
  • Last fall, Deena prepped for the FET, which was done under anesthesia on December 10
  • After the transfer, her beta numbers were good, and the results were positive for pregnancy
  • The first ultrasound at five weeks showed all was well, but Deena had more immunological testing
  • The scary car accident that occurred on New Year’s Day
  • At six weeks, the ultrasound showed the baby’s heartbeat and a small subchorionic hematoma
  • Now, Deena is closing in on 29 weeks of her pregnancy
  • How Deena struggled not to be “part of the infertility club anymore”
  • The feeling of being in limbo, where she doesn’t quite identify and connect with those battling infertility or those who are pregnant
  • Managing the anxiety, worry, and waiting with medications, acupuncture, and focused self-care
  • How Deena didn’t see at first how infertility has a ripple effect on her loved ones around her
  • Managing anxiety and worry during her pregnancy, which is easier than during the time of infertility
  • Why Deena wishes she had known to be kinder to herself because she was very judgmental and held high expectations
  • Deena’s advice about switching clinics: “Investigate to find a good match for you so you can trust your provider.”
  • The process of learning to be open about infertility: how they were close-lipped at first and then opened up more as time went on
  • How it’s common to carry shame with your infertility secrets, but airing and sharing gives voice to your struggle
  • How Deena handles the lack of control on the infertility journey but focuses on what she CAN control and gives up the rest
  • Why Deena wishes healthcare providers knew and understood how hard it is for patients to deal with the desensitization and loss of emotion of their providers
  • How infertility and pregnancy have changed Deena: “These events have made me a lot more compassionate and helped me realize that we are all human. I’ve learned to have an appreciation for what we all go through as humans.”

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