Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lana’s Story [JOURNEY]

May 20, 2019

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Today’s journey story is about a woman named Lana. She is a 38-year-old teacher and coach who enjoys fishing and spending time with her family. Although they originally planned to adopt, she became pregnant unexpectedly in September 2017. Tragically, despite having a “perfect” pregnancy, her daughter was stillborn following an emergency C-section. They were told to wait at least six months before trying again. During that time she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease. After having her thyroid removed, she was cleared to try again. Because of her age, they wanted to start immediately. Join us to hear how Lana has since begun medicated cycles, had a semen analysis for her husband — and what’s coming up next in her journey.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Lana was a happy, positive, joyful, and bubbly person
  • How she met her husband through an online dating site and they “hit it off” on the first date
  • They are “the couple everyone envies;” they balance each other out and work well together
  • Lana and her husband dreamed of adoption because they realized many kids out there need a stable home and family
  • How Lana became pregnant unexpectedly and had a great pregnancy, but worked with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist because of her advanced age (37)
  • When her blood pressure spiked at 35 weeks, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia and was prescribed medications and an aspirin regimen
  • An induction was scheduled for 37 weeks, but when she arrived at the hospital, the baby’s heart rate was fluctuating wildly
  • An emergency C-section was discussed, but doctors held off through the night, and the baby’s heart rate was monitored
  • By morning, the baby’s heart rate was in the 40s and Lana was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section; the baby was born unresponsive–a “fresh stillborn”
  • The mental battle began as Lana faced depression and was told to wait six months before trying again
  • To get answers and prevent a tragedy with any subsequent pregnancies, an autopsy was performed on the baby; it showed an extra-long umbilical cord and small placenta, which would have compounded blood flow problems
  • Lana knew she would try again because she couldn’t deal with the idea of NOT having a child
  • In the meantime, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease and had a thyroidectomy
  • Lana lost 81 pounds and started medicated cycles with timed intercourse last December, but a semen analysis showed low motility; at that point, the OB recommended a specialist
  • Lana looks forward to starting the first of three rounds of IUI very soon
  • How she was diagnosed with PCOS at age 25 and went on birth control pills to help
  • How she battled depression and anxiety after the loss
  • How she finally saw a therapist and began medication a few months ago
  • Two positive results: she and her husband have grown closer and stronger through their journey, and she’s received unwavering support from the high school volleyball players on her team
  • How her family has grown closer and been very supportive, but some friends have ghosted her because her “grief is just too strong” for them
  • What’s next for Lana? They are still considering adoption, and have already been matched with a pair of siblings, ages 5 and 8; they hope to add these children to their family in a few weeks. Lana’s IUI cycles will begin soon, as she still hopes to have a biological child

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