Same Sex Couple with Diminished Ovarian Reserve: Laura’s Story [SUCCESS]

January 30, 2017

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Laura. She and her wife always knew they’d need help building their family, but she was surprised to learn she had severe diminished ovarian reserve at just 28 years old. As a result, she was told if she wanted to use her own eggs, she needed to move forward now, even though she wasn’t ready. Join us to hear how she and her wife navigated the world of fertility treatments as a same sex couple — and the advice she has for others in the same situation.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Laura today: age 31, a freelance writer who loves to read and explore the outdoors in the Hudson Valley
  • Before infertility: Laura was an easy-going, social person
  • Laura and her wife met at college in Boston; they are a bickering, fiercely supportive, loyal, and honest couple
  • How nannying for babies sharpened Laura’s appetite for motherhood
  • The first RE appointment: a whirlwind
  • The diagnosis: extremely low egg count, and uterine fibroids for her wife — “You’d better start now; don’t wait.”
  • When Laura lost all hope and felt betrayed by her body
  • How she and her wife helped each other regain hope and optimism
  • Why they switched clinics before moving to IVF
  • One IVF cycle with donor sperm
  • The moment Laura found out she was pregnant
  • Balancing work and fertility treatments
  • Laura’s advice for other lesbian couples: “You know you have to take an atypical route to parenthood. Go get fertility tests done to see what’s going on.”
  • Health insurance issues for same-sex couples around the standard definition of “infertility”
  • How the infertility community can offer more support for same-sex couples
  • The birth of their son: “It was ALL worth it.”
  • How infertility has changed Laura: “I’ve become more patient and optimistic, knowing that things in life don’t come easy.”
  • Laura’s advice to herself back then: “Enjoy the life you’re living. It’s going to change. You are going to make this happen.”

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