Silent Endometriosis: Nathalie’s Story [SUCCESS]

October 21, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Nathalie. She is a 40-year-old wellness marketing strategist who enjoys cooking, yoga, and visiting new places. After nearly a year of actively trying to conceive, she saw her first reproductive endocrinologist. Her diagnostic tests were clear, but her doctor recommended surgery to remove scar tissue. However, she sought a second opinion and ended up switching clinics. They did two IUI cycles, then switched doctors again. The following year, they moved to another clinic and began their first IVF cycle, which resulted in no viable embryos. A few months later, they did their second IVF cycle and had the same result. Join us to hear how Nathalie switched clinics once more, did another IVF cycle, and transferred one genetically normal embryo, which resulted in her daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Nathalie was not focused on the moment, herself, or personal growth; she was more competitive and driven by expectations
  • How she met her husband through her best friend, but they didn’t hit it off at first
  • As a couple, they are best friends who support each other
  • Instead of dreaming about motherhood, Nathalie became obsessed with infertility and injections until the point that she felt inhibited
  • After they started trying without any success, she saw her first reproductive endocrinologist
  • When the RE recommended surgery to remove scar tissue, Nathalie thought this was extreme, so she sought a second opinion
  • She switched to doctor #2, did two IUI cycles, and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst
  • She soon switched to doctor #3, but felt like a number at that clinic, so she switched to a private clinic and doctor #4, where they did two IVF cycles
  • The first IVF yielded eight eggs, but no blastocysts; the second IVF yielded nine eggs, and still no blastocysts
  • At this point, the doctor classified Nathalie’s problem as unexplained infertility, going so far as to say she wasn’t sure she could help her any further
  • Nathalie took several months off and thought about starting a blog
  • By chance, she met a woman who encouraged her to try yet another new doctor, her 5th
  • With the third IVF, she got 16 eggs and one genetically-viable embryo, which was transferred later and became her daughter, born in 2017
  • How Nathalie is trying again now for a second child, with one normal blastocyst just waiting to be transferred
  • A Receptiva test showed silent endometriosis, which Nathalie never dreamed might be the cause of her infertility
  • Why you have to speak up and advocate for yourself
  • The many reasons Nathalie had for switching doctors so many times
  • How Nathalie balanced treatment with her career in a male-dominated field; she overcompensated and wasn’t as present in the office as she wanted to be
  • Why she was afraid her infertility journey would impact her career, future, pay bonuses, etc.
  • How Nathalie’s female coworkers turned out to be her harshest critics
  • How infertility has changed Nathalie: “Infertility has allowed me to find my voice in many ways and learn to advocate for myself. It’s opened my eyes to the fact that everyone has their challenge in this life, and mine just happened to be infertility. My end goal has become making this journey easier for even one other person.”
  • Nathalie’s advice to her past self: “Try not to be so hard on yourself. Things always have a way of coming around. There is always an opportunity for good, even in the bleak, dark moments. This is not your fault.”

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