Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Sarah’s Story [SUCCESS]

July 1, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Sarah. She is a 32-year-old private voice teacher who enjoys crocheting and spending time with family. Because she was diagnosed with PCOS when she was younger, they went straight to a reproductive endocrinologist when they were ready to build their family. She started with medicated timed intercourse, which was unsuccessful. She began acupuncture and continued that for months. After seven IUIs with both Letrozole and injectables and still no success, she decided to try something new. She purchased OvuSense to better understand her cycles. Her eighth IUI ultimately failed, but according to her monitor, that’s because she was ovulating before the insemination. Join us to hear how Sarah decided to try IUI one more time before moving on to IVF and, thanks to advocating for a different treatment timeline, became pregnant with her son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Sarah was a lot more trusting, carefree, and didn’t worry much about the future
  • How she met her husband online after a friend coaxed her into trying a dating service
  • As a couple, they are strong but rough around the edges
  • How Sarah always wanted to be a mom and even pretended to be pregnant with a pillow as a kid
  • The two challenges were the timing of trying to conceive and deciding to take a big step back from her work
  • As a teen, her bloodwork and hormone levels pointed to PCOS, which was a relief to Sarah because of her weight struggles, but she never realized it would impact her fertility
  • She saw a reproductive endocrinologist, then tried for 6 months before starting on letrozole
  • Sarah started IUI’s in January 2016 and was devastated when a cycle had to be canceled a couple of months later
  • After starting with injectables, Sarah went on to have 8 unsuccessful IUI cycles
  • After considering moving to IVF, they tried the 9th and final IUI–which worked!
  • How Sarah felt overwhelmed with the first visit to the RE but felt slightly dismissed by the doctor; she went on to have a great relationship with the nurses and ultrasound techs
  • Why she stuck with IUI for so long without moving to IVF sooner
  • Why Sarah bought an OvuSense monitor
  • How the doctor responded with frustration to the data from the OvuSense monitor that showed Sarah’s early ovulation
  • How Sarah responded to questions about starting her family
  • Why Sarah was open with her husband about her PCOS diagnosis before they were married
  • The lowest point: the month with no ovulation and the canceled cycle
  • A positive moment: when her in-laws were making comments and jokes before they understood PCOS
  • How Sarah and her husband balanced treatment with their work schedules
  • How Sarah and her husband grew closer together with unconditional love and support through their journey and never resorted to guilt or blame
  • How Sarah had some difficulties with friendships because so many friends were getting pregnant on their first try, but her family remained supportive throughout
  • Sarah’s tips about coming out about an infertility journey, which can feel isolating and liberating at the same time
  • Why Sarah had to advocate for herself and face feelings of defeat when the doctor wouldn’t listen
  • How infertility changed Sarah: “It’s made me a lot more patient with people’s privacy and more respectful of what they might be going through.”
  • Sarah’s advice to her past self: “No matter what you have to go through, it’s going to be worth the wait.”

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