PCOS, Uterine Factor & Low Morphology: Lauren’s Story [SUCCESS]

September 28, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Lauren. She is a 27-year-old founder of Blue Door Party Store who enjoys walking and sewing. After about 6 months of trying to conceive and never getting a positive OPK, Lauren consulted her OB/GYN and found out she had PCOS. She started metformin but stopped due to the side effects. At that time, they were going through their foster care certification and went on to accept 2 toddlers into their home. She transferred to a fertility clinic, where her husband was diagnosed with low morphology. They were told their best option was IVF with ICSI. Due to the expense, they returned to her OB/GYN in search of a more affordable option. Clomid did make her ovulate, but she never became pregnant. During a routine diagnostic surgery, her doctor discovered and corrected a bicornuate uterus. They returned to the fertility clinic to pursue IVF. Her retrieval resulted in 5 frozen embryos but landed her in the ER due to OHSS. Join us to hear how Lauren transferred 2 embryos and became pregnant with their daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Lauren was a planner who liked to “check all the boxes” in her life plan
  • How she met her husband at a concert at his frat house in college, and they started hanging out from Day One
  • As a couple, they are literal opposites who balance each other out
  • How Lauren always wanted to be a mom, partly because of the great relationship she had with her own mother
  • How they signed up for foster care and were open to adoption, willing to have a houseful of kids however they could get them
  • As they started trying to conceive, OPKs were not giving any results, so Lauren mentioned her concerns to her Ob, and her PCOS diagnosis was confirmed
  • She started Metformin but had to stop because of the side effects
  • When Lauren saw a fertility specialist, her husband was diagnosed with low morphology; IVF was recommended, which scared them because of the expense involved
  • Why they went back to the OB/GYN to look for less expensive options
  • When Lauren tried Clomid, she did ovulate but didn’t get pregnant
  • Why they returned to the fertility specialist for IVF with maxed-out insurance coverage
  • How Lauren had a diagnostic surgery to correct her bicornuate uterus
  • Why Lauren did YouTube videos to share their experience
  • How OHSS sent Lauren to the ER, but then they got five embryos to freeze from the egg retrieval when they thought they wouldn’t have any
  • When two embryos were transferred, Lauren became pregnant with one; early labor at 22 weeks gave them a scare, and her daughter ended up being born six days late
  • The first sign that Lauren needed a medical professional was the fact that her OPK results were not good
  • Why Lauren started with her OB/GYN rather than at a fertility clinic
  • Lauren’s first impression of the fertility clinic was that they took her seriously and she felt comfortable there; she felt heard and taken care of
  • How the foster care journey impacted Lauren’s attempts to conceive
  • How infertility impacted Lauren’s working life as a business owner
  • How Lauren and her husband responded to their multiple diagnoses
  • How infertility impacted Lauren’s spiritual experience
  • Their plans for their remaining three embryos
  • The lowest point for Lauren, when she was in the ER after the retrieval and the OHSS; they regained hope by thinking they still had a chance to conceived
  • A positive aspect of their journey is the community support they received and how they were able to help others
  • How Lauren and her husband afforded treatment because of side jobs for extra money and 0% interest credit cards
  • What it’s like being a teacher while going through infertility
  • How Lauren advocated for herself when she didn’t feel heard at the OB/GYN’s office and made the choice to go elsewhere for treatment
  • How infertility changed Lauren: “Infertility brought out my whimsy a little more and made me want to have a little more fun in my life.”
  • Lauren’s advice to her past self: “Don’t rush into fertility treatments. Take a deep breath and slow down.”

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