PCOS & Recurrent Loss: Michelle’s Story [SUCCESS]

September 7, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Michelle. She is a 38-year-old podcast producer who enjoys wine tasting, reading and playing with her kids. Michelle was diagnosed with PCOS years before she and her husband began trying to conceive. However, she became pregnant within 3 months. Unfortunately, when she went in for her 11 weeks ultrasound, they learned their baby didn’t have a heartbeat and had stopped growing at 8 weeks. She needed a D&C, which was an awful experience. Twelve weeks later, she was still bleeding. Once they started trying again, they assumed it would be just as easy as the first time. But, 6 months later, she still wasn’t pregnant. She consulted her OB/GYN, who prescribed her Clomid. She became pregnant again shortly thereafter. When she went in for her 6 week ultrasound, however, there was no baby. She and her husband were leaving the next day for her brother’s wedding and a planned vacation, so she decided to let her body miscarry naturally. Join us to hear how Michelle returned to her doctor 2 weeks later, shocked to see a baby — her son — on the ultrasound.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Michelle was an easygoing person who enjoyed life
  • How she met her husband in Atlanta at a convention for their corporate aviation jobs, and eventually began a long-distance relationship and were married a few years later
  • As a couple, they are best friends and partners who complete and complement each other
  • How Michelle always wanted to be the mother of ten kids, but over time, her goals became more realistic
  • They started trying right after marriage, and became pregnant right away; the 11-week ultrasound showed no heartbeat and no growth since 8 weeks
  • After a D & C the next day, Michelle’s darkness, depression, and bleeding continued for several weeks
  • As they started trying to conceive again, Michelle was diagnosed with PCOS
  • When she saw the infertility specialist and heard the options, she started Clomid right away, but her doctor wasn’t very optimistic
  • Surprisingly, she got pregnant on the first cycle with Clomid, but the ultrasound showed a black screen and no baby
  • While waiting for a natural miscarriage, Michelle and her husband carried on with a planned vacation—but nothing was happening with her body
  • As she returned from vacation, she saw the doctor for an ultrasound—and there was her baby
  • Her son was born in March 2015, and they started thinking about a second child soon
  • Michelle was pregnant again in June, and their daughter was born just 12 months after her son’s birth
  • How Michelle felt about her PCOS diagnosis, and how she deals with it today
  • Michelle’s experience with her fertility specialist, especially when he overlooked her baby in her womb and recommended a D&C
  • Michelle’s advice to others based on her harrowing D&C experience
  • How Michelle’s husband dealt with their miscarriage and loss
  • What Michelle wishes she had done differently through her journey
  • A positive moment includes the calm confidence she feels with her OB/GYN
  • How relationships with some friends and family have been difficult when they ask stupid questions
  • How Michelle advocated for herself to fight for what she wanted
  • How infertility has changed Michelle: “Fighting for what I want has been a big deal and made me more in touch with wanting a child. I’m more sympathetic and empathetic for those on this journey because I’m completely blessed with my two children. I count my blessings every day, and I want to share my story.”
  • Michelle’s advice to her past self: “Don’t give up. Trust in who you are and who your husband is. You’ll figure this out together. There IS light at the end of the tunnel, and you are stronger than you think.”

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