Poor Responder & High FSH: Aimee’s Story [SUCCESS]

April 13, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Aimee. She is a 37-year-old event planner who enjoys reading, going out to eat, and traveling. After a year of trying to conceive, Aimee and her husband consulted a reproductive endocrinologist. Initial testing did not provide any answers. They did three unsuccessful IUIs, one of which ended in a chemical pregnancy. They moved on to three IVF cycles, which resulted in only one genetically normal embryo and three mosaics. The cycles also revealed she was a poor responder and had increasingly high FSH. They transferred the normal embryo, which resulted in a blighted ovum. After genetic counseling, they decided to transfer their mosaic embryos, all of which failed. Their doctor recommended they explore donor eggs. Although it was a challenging decision to make, they found the perfect donor and purchased eight eggs. Join us to hear how Aimee and her husband ended up with one genetically normal embryo, which became their son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Aimee was a positive, upbeat, people-person who loved to learn new things
  • How she met her husband through an online dating site
  • As a couple, they love to laugh and act silly together, and they bring out the best in each other
  • How Aimee always knew she wanted to be a mom
  • Why she looked for flexibility in her career so allow for the demands of parenthood
  • They started trying to conceive but had no success, so Aimee’s Ob sent them to a reproductive endocrinologist
  • Aimee became pregnant with the first IUI, but it was a chemical pregnancy; the next two IUIs brought no success
  • When they moved to IVF, Aimee pushed for PGS testing
  • The first IVF was a big disappointment; they retrieved six eggs, but none made it to the blastocyst stage
  • The second IVF brought a different protocol, and they got five eggs and one normal blast
  • With the transfer of that embryo, Aimee got pregnant, but the ultrasound showed an empty sac; a blighted ovum was the conclusion
  • Why they took a break from treatment, and Aimee began acupuncture and therapy
  • With the third IVF, they got nine eggs, and three made it to blastocyst, but they were all mosaic; this was Aimee’s rock-bottom point in her journey
  • Because the doctor was willing to try transfers with the best two of the mosaics, they decided to move forward
  • The two mosaics were transferred one at a time, but there was no success with either
  • How Aimee and her husband grappled with the possibility of donor eggs and debated the pros and cons
  • Since their doctor encouraged them to use donor eggs, they found a compatible donor who seemed like the perfect fit
  • Of the eight eggs they purchased, only one was genetically normal, so they prepared for the transfer; Aimee remembers their transfer day being filled with positive vibes
  • Aimee got pregnant with that transfer, and their son was born in May 2019 after a great pregnancy in which Aimee relished every moment
  • How Aimee chose her fertility clinic in the beginning and ended up loving everything about the clinic and the staff
  • The fears and doubts that come with using donor eggs
  • Aimee’s advice to others about considering donor eggs
  • The lowest point for Aimee on the final IVF cycle, when she was thrilled to have three embryos finally—but then they were all mosaic
  • Why Aimee took a break from treatment to recover, find herself, and focus on self-care
  • A positive outcome for Aimee is the relationships she made throughout her journey and the connections with new people that give much positive energy to her life
  • How infertility has changed Aimee: “I never doubted that this would work in the beginning, but the further into the journey we went, the more discouraged I became. My positive energy became a more realistic viewpoint as I experienced grief for the first time in my life. I’m good at blocking out sadness, but I couldn’t do it in this situation. I was afraid of the next step and feared that I would never have my happy ending. There were a lot of lessons to be learned.”
  • Aimee’s advice to her past self: “I might ask more questions of my clinic to understand better the science and medical aspect of my journey.”

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