Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Tami’s Story [SUCCESS]

October 12, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Tami. She is a 32-year-old freelance writer who enjoys working out, spending time outside, and reading. Tami and her husband began trying to conceive when she was 26. At 16, she had yet to get a period and began taking birth control pills. This gave her a bleed each month for the next 10 years. However, once she stopped taking them, she wasn’t surprised when she didn’t get a period. For 3 cycles, her OB/GYN tried to induce a period with Clomid, metformin, and Provera, but it didn’t work. She was diagnosed with PCOS. She transitioned to a fertility clinic and underwent more testing. To everyone’s surprise, her hCG level came back positive and later gave birth to their son. When they were ready for baby #2, she went to a new OB/GYN for more monitored Clomid cycles. She became pregnant on the fourth but unfortunately miscarried. She was again referred to a fertility clinic. They agreed to do 3 rounds of Letrozole before moving on to IVF. Join us to hear how Tami became pregnant with their daughter during the final cycle.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Tami was more carefree, fun-loving, and had a laid-back personality
  • How she met her husband through mutual friends in college
  • As a couple, they are opposites with very different personalities
  • Soon after they got married, they were ready to try to conceive, but since they moved a lot, they wanted an appropriate home for kids
  • How Tami had been on birth control for ten years to regulate her periods
  • When she saw her Ob-gyn, the first step was to wait three months and start progesterone
  • Tests showed ovulation wasn’t happening, so Clomid was the next step, and the dosage was increased with no positive results
  • How Tami was referred to a reproductive endocrinologist (the closest one was three hours away) and did one more Clomid round while waiting for her appointment
  • Bloodwork at the RE’s office confirmed PCOS, and the ultrasound showed that ovulation had just happened
  • As they formulated a treatment plan, Tami felt positive and hopeful; a few days later, the nurse called to explain her high HCG levels and positive pregnancy results
  • After a healthy pregnancy, Tami gave birth to her son in January 2016
  • A year later, they were ready to try again with high expectations and cautious optimism
  • A move to a new city meant a new Ob and starting out with Clomid again
  • Why Tami switched to yet another Ob where she felt more comfortable
  • Clomid doses were increased, and then a positive pregnancy test led to low HCG levels, a miscarriage, and a D & C
  • How Tami chose to pick herself up and get more help to have a second baby
  • With a new RE’s optimism, Tami felt a new excitement; they tried three rounds with Letrozole
  • When they had no success, IVF was recommended, but Tami and her husband were both hesitant about it
  • Before they knew it, a positive pregnancy test led to their baby girl born in 2018
  • Why Tami went to the Ob first instead of a fertility clinic
  • Tami’s varying experiences at the different Ob’s and fertility clinics
  • What Tami thinks about her miscarriage possibly being caused by taking Clomid when she didn’t know she was pregnant
  • Why Tami decided to try again quickly after her miscarriage and D & C
  • How Tami tried to prepare mentally for IVF
  • Tami’s expectations going into trying to conceive her second child
  • How the Beat Infertility podcast impacted Tami’s journey
  • How Tami felt relief about the confirmation of the PCOS diagnosis
  • The lowest point for Tami was the devastating miscarriage, but she picked herself up by advocating and moving forward
  • The positive moments of the births of her son and daughter
  • How Tami was stressed out and emotional through her infertility journey, but her relationship with her husband grew stronger
  • Why Tami didn’t share her journey with many people but grew closer to her mom through it all
  • How Tami worked from home and was able to balance her schedule with treatment
  • How Tami learned to trust her gut, speak up, and ask questions
  • How infertility has changed Tami: “Infertility has made me more patient and compassionate. I’ve become less anxious and more cautious about what I say to other people.”
  • Tami’s advice to her past self: “Advocate for yourself and trust your gut and intuition. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

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