Reciprocal IVF: Katie’s Story [SUCCESS]

June 10, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Katie. She is a 34-year-old assistant district attorney who enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports. When she was in her last year of law school, Katie and her wife didn’t expect to start trying to conceive right away but wanted to find a gay-friendly clinic for when they were ready. When they met Dr. Allison Rodgers, a reproductive endocrinologist and medical contributor on this show, they felt very welcomed by her and the entire Fertility Centers of Illinois staff. Fertility awareness testing revealed neither had any issues, so they proceeded with Katie’s eggs and Linda carrying, a process known as reciprocal IVF. Their first retrieval resulted in only two embryos, and the first transfer failed. Thankfully, the second transfer resulted in their son. When they were ready for a second child, Katie wanted the experience of carrying. Join us to hear how they used the same sperm donor, Katie’s eggs, and became pregnant on the first transfer following her retrieval.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before their treatment, Katie was independent, loved to travel, and enjoyed the simplicity of a life full of whatever she wanted to do
  • How she met her wife when Katie worked part-time security at a restaurant where Linda worked; they became friends and bonded over their love for musicals
  • As a couple, they have a good partnership and balance each other out
  • How both of them wanted to be parents from the beginning and discussed it frequently
  • The decisions to pursue a house with a yard and a supportive community were impacted by their desire to have children
  • The legal ramifications of just how they would go about building their family
  • How they found FCI and felt welcomed by Dr. Rodgers and the entire staff
  • They started testing and prepped for IVF
  • How they went through the retrieval and transfer with no success
  • Dr. Rodgers encouraged them to stay positive and discussed when they could try again
  • The exciting events that led up to the second transfer and how Katie says “it just felt different”
  • The positive pregnancy test and confirmation from Dr. Rodgers, which was “the greatest feeling in the world”
  • The joy of the first ultrasound, seeing and hearing their son’s heartbeat for the first time
  • The excitement of watching him grow and develop during the pregnancy
  • In October 2015, their son Houston arrived a month early but healthy
  • Having a second baby was something they never had to question, but Linda was adamant that she didn’t want to carry again
  • Since Katie now wanted to have the pregnancy experience (something she never thought she would want), they did IVF with Katie’s eggs and the same donor sperm
  • How Katie took drugs to help her egg quality before the transfer
  • After the transfer, her ovaries had overstimulated, and she didn’t feel well, but when she took a pregnancy test, it was positive
  • The first ultrasound showed a strong heartbeat, which Katie describes as “a surreal experience”
  • Now, she is 12 weeks along with their second child and enjoying the new experience
  • The lowest point was when the transfer didn’t work the very first time, but they remember how Dr. Rodgers helped them move forward, and Katie says Linda’s positivity helped her get through the disappointment
  • A positive moment of figuring out how to get through the unpleasant shots by helping each other
  • How this experience has changed Katie: “We really didn’t have infertility issues, but had to go through the process of treatment. Seeing all the others there at the clinic made us know that we were not alone and that our struggles aren’t unique. Just knowing that helped us connect with a lot of people.”
  • Katie’s advice to her past self: “Be a little more positive and not negative.”

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