Secondary Infertility & Endometriosis: Kally’s Story [SUCCESS]

99: Secondary Infertility & Endometriosis [SUCCESS]

Today’s Guest:

Today’s success story is about a woman named Kally. She’s a 35-year-old digital graphic designer who loves to bake. She met her husband through one of her best friends, and now they are coming up on their 10-year anniversary. Although she was able to get pregnant with her first child relatively easily, it just wasn’t happening when they started trying for their second. After developing a strong relationship and routine with an acupuncturist for about 9 months, they headed off to a reproductive endocrinologist who ultimately diagnosed her with endometriosis. Join us to hear how she fell into a pit of despair following two miscarriages, and they eventually became pregnant on their own after several IUI cycles.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • At 37 years old, Kally is a digital graphic designer who loves baking, movies, books, and family time
  • Before infertility, she was carefree, naïve, and easygoing
  • How she met her husband through a best friend, then moved rapidly to dating and falling in love
  • As a couple, they are experienced, knowledgeable, and know each other very well
  • Why it “always just felt right to have kids”
  • Secondary infertility after the birth of their first son, now age 7
  • After trying for a year, they saw a midwife, who referred Kally to an acupuncturist
  • After seeing the acupuncturist, she was referred to a fertility specialist
  • The worry and range of emotions at the first appointment
  • The new confident doctor
  • Two laparoscopies to “clean things out”
  • When Kally lost hope: many times, but especially in 2014, “when everyone around me was getting pregnant”
  • How acupuncture helped create a safe space for feelings
  • Fond memories of times of healing and considering the possibility of only one child
  • 3 rounds of IUI, then Clomid, pregnancy, miscarriage, pregnant again, miscarriage again, Clomid again, more IUIs, and success with her son, born in Oct. 2016
  • Why Kally believes she had success: the laparoscopies and the journey with the acupuncturist
  • The paranoia during the pregnancy—worrying about EVERYTHING!
  • Refocusing and finding peace with the possibility of one child
  • Telling others about pregnancy and then going through miscarriage
  • Juggling work and treatments
  • When communicating with a boss and coworkers, know that it’s hard for others to understand if they haven’t experienced infertility
  • Insurance issues and struggling to pay for medications
  • How the relationship with her husband has grown much closer
  • Kally’s relationship with her mother and how it helped ease the burden
  • Learning to be a self-advocate and speaking up
  • How infertility has changed Kally: “I’m more experienced, weathered, and I understand that other people may be suffering when we can’t even see it.”
  • Kally’s advice to herself back then: “Let yourself be and accept yourself. Don’t think about the ‘what if’ or ‘why not’.”

Words of Hope:

There is a happy ending, either with or without a child. Life will be what you need it to be, and it will be perfect. Click To Tweet


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