Poor Egg Quality: Tonya’s Story [SUCCESS]

March 18, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Tonya. She is a 47-year-old client representative who enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with her boys. After six months of trying to conceive, her OB/GYN ran a semen analysis and referred them to a reproductive endocrinologist. After multiple IUIs, they learned she produced very few eggs for her age. So, it was time for IVF. They tried multiple times, but her eggs would just fall apart. She was told donor eggs would be their best shot. After taking a break, they sought multiple second opinions. Everyone agreed she needed an egg donor, so they proceeded. Join us to hear how Tonya ultimately had three boys and today thoroughly enjoys her work at The World Egg Bank.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Tonya was happy, upbeat, and very social
  • How she always wanted to be a mom, and even put her career on hold to prepare for motherhood
  • After trying for six months, they saw her Ob-gyn, and when the semen analysis showed a low count, they saw an RE and began IUI’s
  • Her FSH levels were high and she wasn’t responding to medications
  • The attention turned to egg problems and then to IVF, transferring an embryo to her Fallopian tubes on Day 3
  • They did three IUI cycles with no success, knowing that low egg count and egg quality were issues
  • When she was 31, they took a break, then saw multiple specialists, hoping there were other options besides an egg donor
  • They finally secured the money to pursue egg donation, which wasn’t an easy process back in 2003
  • They did a fresh cycle and got pregnant on the first try with two embryos that became her twin sons
  • Why she sought medical help after the sperm testing
  • At the first RE appointment, the staff was great, but Tonya didn’t like the doctor, mainly (she admits) because he didn’t tell her what she wanted to hear
  • When her twins were about six months old, she had a dream about another baby named Dustin; she did a pregnancy test and found out she was naturally and unexpectedly pregnant with Dustin—now 15!
  • How and why she told her boys that she’d used donor eggs and how they responded
  • How Tonya bonded with her boys and felt no difference between how she feels about her donor egg pregnancy and the natural one
  • How she felt about the diagnosis of poor egg quality
  • What it was like to sit through all those doctors’ opinions, with everyone saying the same thing
  • How she determined how long to take a break and when to start back with treatment
  • The lowest point was not having any options with her own eggs and making the decision to use a donor
  • A positive moment was how much she LOVED being pregnant
  • How she got her job at The World Egg Bank and why she loves it so much
  • How they afforded all the treatment, using their savings and contributions from her parents
  • How relationships in Tonya’s life were altered, especially when people were so free with their opinions about egg donation
  • Tonya’s advice to those considering egg donation: “It’s YOUR story. Do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. Don’t ask everybody for their opinions.”
  • How infertility changed Tonya: “Where I’m sitting today is exactly where I’m supposed to be, and I don’t know that I’d be here without my infertility journey. It was good for me to want something I couldn’t have.”
  • Tonya’s advice to herself back then: “Don’t worry so much about everything.”

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