Secondary Infertility & Advanced Reproductive Age: Geraldine’s Story [SUCCESS]

May 28, 2018

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Geraldine. She is a 42-year-old business coach and podcaster who enjoys skiing and mountain biking. After deciding to begin building their family, she charted her cycles using basal body temperature and cervical mucus, only to learn they likely had a timing issue. Although Geraldine was already 38, her OB assured her they had plenty of time — and better technology for tracking her cycle. Within three months, she conceived her daughter, but her story doesn’t end there. Join us to hear how Geraldine’s journey to have a second child included a miscarriage, multiple fertility clinics, several IVF cycles, and genetically abnormal embryos before she finally conceived her son.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Geraldine was determined, focused, and didn’t let things stand in her way
  • How she met her husband at a hockey rink in their hometown in Montana when she “saw a cute guy” and they started hanging out together
  • Since they met later in life with already established lives, they love doing things together, but have a nice balance of independence, too
  • She never knew for sure that she wanted to be a mom, because she was never interested in dolls, babies, or little kids
  • How secondary infertility impacted life and big decisions
  • After charting cycles for a while, she got pregnant quickly with her daughter, Hazel
  • In 2016, another pregnancy and miscarriage
  • Why they chose a clinic in Spokane, WA, since there is only one clinic in all of Montana
  • The first IVF with NO viable embryos; they were devastated and questioned how to keep moving forward
  • Why they sought a new clinic in Portland, OR
  • The next IVF yielded 2 viable embryos, and they chose the boy and it worked. Geraldine is just hours away from her scheduled C-section with her son
  • How she knew it was time to seek help because she didn’t want to risk waiting
  • When the Ob tells you at age 38 that you still have time
  • Geraldine’s experience with tracking cycles and cervical mucus
  • The decision to change clinics, separating the emotions from the data
  • Being open and transparent with people during the journey, and why she’s glad about that
  • Knowing people were judging her decisions, but feeling very supported, too
  • Helping those who are really scared about pursuing IVF: “ It’s not that bad and it’s SO worth it when it works.”
  • Handling the non-science part of the IVF journey
  • How she knew that the “old-fashioned way” probably wouldn’t work for them
  • A fond memory of when her mother came to stay with Hazel while she and her husband went to Portland for a week
  • Balancing work, family, and fertility treatments
  • Affording treatments and paying out-of-pocket with their savings
  • Geraldine’s advice to herself back then: “One of the biggest challenges was hearing people say that they knew it would work for me. Inside, I didn’t know if it would happen. My advice would be to take it as it comes and trust the process, and it will work. That’s easy to say now. You have what you need to handle any outcome.”

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