Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: Lyndsey’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 9, 2020

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Today’s success story of a woman named Lyndsey. She is a 31-year-old ER nurse who enjoys spending time with her family. Everyone talks about the first year of marriage being difficult, but Lyndsey was diagnosed with primary ovarian insufficiency just months after their wedding. Adding infertility into a relationship between 2 individuals who have always dreamed of being parents added an additional unplanned layer of stress. After failed timed intercourse and IUI cycles, she knew donor eggs were their best option — and it wasn’t going to be cheap. Shortly after her diagnosis, she came across the Baby Quest Foundation. Inspired by their mission, she immediately applied. The committee loved their story, and they were awarded the grant. Although COVID caused several delays, they ultimately chose a donor, went through an IVF cycle, and ended up with 4 normal embryos. Join us to hear how Lyndsey’s first frozen transfer failed, but she’s currently pregnant from her second transfer.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Lyndsey was free-spirited and adventurous
  • How she met her husband through online dating, and he was late to their first date at a local restaurant
  • As a couple, they are stronger than ever–thanks to what they’ve been through together
  • How Lyndsey always wanted to be a mom but focused on her career first
  • How Lyndsey prepared for parenthood even before her wedding by purchasing a house to fill with children
  • Two months after their wedding, Lyndsey experienced strange menopause-like symptoms at age 30 and saw her OB/GYN; bloodwork sent her straight to a reproductive endocrinologist
  • When Lyndsey was diagnosed with primary ovarian failure, the doctor recommended timed intercourse at first and then IUIs; the negative results turned Lyndsey’s attention quickly to donor eggs
  • How their first meeting with their embryologist reassured them that “this could be a beautiful option” for them, even though her husband was hesitant due to the high cost
  • How Lyndsey found the BabyQuest Foundation and won their grant after applying late one night
  • How they purchased two cohorts of donor eggs and had their embryos tested, which revealed four normal embryos
  • Last July, their first transfer failed, but the second one a month later resulted in a positive pregnancy test; Lyndsey is ten weeks along in her pregnancy today
  • How Lyndsey’s story has become a platform to teach others about infertility and egg donation
  • How Lyndsey selected her fertility clinic and felt very cared for by a well-respected doctor with high success rates
  • Lyndsey’s symptoms prior to her diagnosis and how she felt upon hearing it
  • How Lyndsey made the decision to use donor eggs so quickly
  • A closer look at the egg donor selection process
  • How friends and family reacted to her diagnosis and the decision to use donor eggs
  • Why Lyndsey decided to donate their abnormal embryos to science
  • Why BabyQuest decided to give Lyndsey and her husband a grant
  • How Lyndsey reacted to her diagnosis and treatment options
  • The lowest point for Lyndsey was the day of her diagnosis, but she picked herself up from the numbness and devastation
  • The positive moment of receiving the BabyQuest grant, which covered their first IVF cycle, embryo testing, and part of their second IVF cycle
  • How Lyndsey’s journey was affected by NY laws and insurance coverage
  • How Lyndsey balanced work and fertility treatment by leaning on very supportive coworkers
  • Lyndsey’s tips for communicating at work about infertility
  • How Lyndsey’s relationships with friends and family and her husband were affected by their infertility journey
  • Tips for dealing with an infertility diagnosis very early in a marriage
  • How Lyndsey learned to advocate and speak up for herself
  • How infertility changed Lyndsey: “This journey allowed me to be strong and have a lot of patience. I’ve grown because of all of it. I can tackle anything from now on.”
  • Lyndsey’s advice to her past self: “It will all work out. Everything happens for a reason.”

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