Poor Egg Quality: Jasmine’s Story [SUCCESS]

September 21, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Jasmine. She is a 41-year-old computer animation lighting artist who enjoys photography, drawing, and traveling. Jasmine and her husband began trying to conceive when she was 30. She thought it was the perfect time in her life: she was married with a good career, and there was enough time to have 3 kids by 35. However, after a year of trying to conceive, they were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Following 3 failed IUIs, they switched clinics as they began to consider IVF. They did their first IVF cycle after 2 additional failed IUIs. Unfortunately, there were no embryos to transfer and she was diagnosed with poor egg quality. She took 3 months off of fertility treatments to detox her body and follow a fertility diet. But her second IVF cycle also resulted in no embryos. They switched clinics again, and her third IVF cycle resulted in their daughter. Join us to hear how Jasmine’s fourth IVF cycle was also successful, resulting in their son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jasmine was a very focused planner who tended to be a workaholic
  • How she met her husband while in college at a super awkward first meeting
  • As a couple, they work well together and are a well-balanced parenting unit
  • How Jasmine assumed she would be a mom someday but never thought intentionally about it until later
  • Why she kept going with hope because of her desire to be a mother
  • At age 31, Jasmine saw a specialist because they hadn’t conceived; she started IUIs and did three with no success
  • How they considered IVF and realized that all fertility clinics are not the same
  • When they switched to a larger clinic, the new doctor was very optimistic and recommended more IUIs; after two more unsuccessful cycles, they were ready for IVF
  • With eight eggs retrieved and ICSI performed, no embryos made it to blastocyst stage; Jasmine felt cheated because her transfer was canceled before it began
  • When she met with her doctor, poor egg quality was the probable diagnosis, and Jasmine turned to acupuncture for help
  • How she reset her body with a detox, acupuncture, and a fertility diet for three months
  • She prepped for a second IVF, but the results were similar: no blasts and a canceled transfer
  • Why Jasmine felt guilty because of her egg quality
  • How her husband’s support and encouragement made all the difference for her to keep going
  • How the doctor suggested egg donation and adoption and gave Jasmine a “less than 1% chance” of conceiving with her own eggs
  • This was her lowest point when she realized her plan for having three kids by age 35 was not happening–and now she had a slim-to-none chance of every conceiving
  • How Jasmine focused on her work to distract herself from her devastating and isolating feelings
  • Why Jasmine realized that she needed a different approach to her fertility
  • How Jasmine followed her acupuncturist’s suggestion to try again with her own eggs with a new doctor at a new clinic
  • The new doctor was optimistic and recommended trying Day 3 transfers, which Jasmine didn’t even know was an option
  • On the third IVF cycle, four eggs fertilized, and two embryos were transferred on Day 3; Jasmine became pregnant with her daughter, now 4
  • As they tried for a second child later, with a fourth IVF, they did another Day 3 transfer of two embryos–and Jasmine became pregnant with her son, now 2
  • Why Jasmine feels so grateful for her journey, her children, and the growth in herself
  • Jasmine’s impressions of the fertility clinics she experienced and what she learned with each one: “Do your research, get second and third opinions, and do what’s best for your body.”
  • How Jasmine used the four steps of Design Thinking in her new approach to infertility
  • How infertility has changed Jasmine: “ Infertility has changed me in every way possible, including the kind of mother I am. I prioritize my children over my work and everything else in my life, which I might not do had they come easy for me. I appreciate them so much more. Infertility has also made me a better person all around because I can relate to people and have empathy. I’m grateful for my struggles.”
  • Jasmine’s advice to her past self: “Stop being so busy. Pause and figure out yourself and what you really want. Do your research, and be your own best advocate.”

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