Thin Lining & Low Morphology: Edie’s Story [SUCCESS]

March 2, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Edie. She is a 44-year-old singer-songwriter who enjoys hiking, exercising, and biking. After a near-fatal fibroid hemorrhage, she was told to start trying to conceive immediately. About 7 months later and still not pregnant, they decided to try IUI even though her lining was incredibly thin. Three failed cycles later, she was told that she’d likely need IVF. However, they continued trying on their own until they won a free IVF cycle in a raffle. Following a failed fresh transfer, she was told she’d likely need a surrogate because of the amount of fibroid tissue attached to her cervix. But they proceeded with a frozen transfer anyway, which resulted in the birth of their son. A year later, they started trying for baby #2, at first on their own. Several months later, they started frozen transfers with embryos from her first IVF cycle. Two transfers failed, and the other resulted in a miscarriage. She finally had access to infertility insurance, when her egg quality became a problem. Join us to hear how Edie eventually moved on to an egg donor, which resulted in the birth of their daughter.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Edie was driven and focused on her career
  • How she met her husband through mutual music friends in Chicago
  • As a couple, Edie says they are “total idiots with the same sense of humor, especially through the hard stuff”
  • How Edie always felt her maternal instinct and loved being around kids, even when she was younger
  • How planning to start a family was difficult for a touring musician
  • A medical crisis with a fibroid hemorrhage on tour in 2018 pushed Edie straight to a fertility clinic, where she knew there would be challenges in conceiving
  • They tried several IUI cycles, but with her thin lining, there was no success
  • They were ready to begin IVF, but with no insurance coverage, Edie attended a support group and learned of a raffle for a free IVF cycle
  • Incredibly, they won the raffle and did a fresh cycle with no success, but got several embryos
  • One embryo was transferred, and Edie became pregnant with their son, now 7
  • They tried naturally for a while with no success, then transferred another embryo, and Edie became pregnant; she miscarried at eight weeks
  • Her husband got a new job with great insurance that would cover four IVF cycles per year, but Edie’s egg quality was very poor
  • The heartbreaking realization that all her embryos would arrest on Day 5 and not progress further
  • Once Edie decided to use an egg donor, it was all good news from that point forward
  • Their daughter, now 3, was born a year later
  • Why Edie left her first RE but stayed at the same clinic
  • The need to ask the right questions of your doctor
  • Tips about having the breakup conversation with your doctor
  • What it was like to win an IVF cycle through a raffle (Yes, it really happened!)
  • Why Edie is open about her infertility story
  • The lowest point for Edie was when her embryos were tested, and none of them were viable; she thought it was the end of her motherhood dream until she moved on to an egg donor
  • A positive moment was the laughter and healing of Edie’s support group who loved gathering at her apartment to commiserate together
  • What it was like going through infertility the second time
  • The oddity of having one completely biological child and one who is not
  • How Edie balanced her performing career with treatment
  • The friends she has who are also going through infertility, and the one who offered to be  a surrogate, but then withdrew the offer
  • Edie’s best tips for advocating for yourself through your infertility journey
  • How infertility has changed Edie: “Infertility has made me a more patient and compassionate mom. I appreciate my kids an extra smidge more because it was so hard to have them come into my life.”
  • Edie’s advice to her past self: “Be less afraid to ask questions and rock the boat. Learn to be an advocate.”

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