Tubal Factor Infertility: Rebekah’s Story [SUCCESS]

March 9, 2020

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Rebekah. She is a 40-year-old therapist who enjoys spending time with her family. Rebekah’s period has been excruciating from the start. Her doctor at the time suspected endometriosis, so she went on the pill, hoping for relief. She thought she didn’t want children and thus didn’t pursue it further. However, her perspective changed when she met her husband. An HSG revealed that one of her tubes wasn’t functioning. After medicated timed intercourse and IUI didn’t result in a pregnancy, they tried mini-IVF. They retrieved 6 eggs, 5 of which fertilized. She became pregnant with twins after transferring two Day 3 embryos. However, only one survived and resulted in her first daughter. Join us to hear how Rebekah transferred her Day 5 and Day 6 embryos a year later and became pregnant with twins.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Rebekah was social and fun-loving, but she never wanted to have kids
  • How she met her husband online, having a different connection than in any other relationship she had
  • As a couple, their lives are busy and stressful with three young kids
  • How meeting her husband made a life with kids seem normal, desirable, and necessary
  • How other decisions changed because of Rebekah’s desire for parenthood
  • When she went for testing at age 35, the HSG showed one of her tubes completely blocked
  • They tried timed intercourse, then added medications before attempting an IUI cycle and moving to IVF
  • How Rebekah went to the first clinic that took her insurance because she was just ready to move forward
  • With six eggs retrieved, two embryos were transferred right away, and three were frozen
  • One of the embryos survived, and Rebekah’s daughter was born at 38 weeks
  • At first, they didn’t think they wanted more children, but Rebekah decided she wanted more, and she hoped for another good outcome as they transferred two of the frozen embryos
  • Just 20 months after her daughter was born, they added boy/girl twins to the family
  • With one IVF cycle and two successful transfers, Rebekah has three healthy children
  • Why Rebekah decided to donate her last remaining embryo to science
  • Why Rebekah decided to see a medical professional early in her journey
  • With her fertility clinic, Rebekah always felt like the communication style was challenging to understand, and she caught them giving inaccurate information several times
  • The biggest takeaway from her journey is that you have to be your biggest advocate and not rely on anyone else
  • What Rebekah needed most in her infertility journey
  • The moment Rebekah found out that one of her tubes wasn’t functioning at all
  • How Rebekah was very goal-oriented through the entire process, always planning for the next step through the highs and lows
  • A positive part of her journey has been the many incredible women she has met along the way
  • How they were able to afford treatment by using insurance and help from Rebekah’s mom
  • How her relationship with her husband grew through the journey as they trudged through together
  • How and when Rebekah brought their family members on board in their journey
  • Tips for being your own advocate, especially around dealing with insurance
  • How infertility has changed Rebekah: “I truly am a different person because of my infertility journey. I’ve always been someone who creates communities and fills spaces where people need help. I’m now dedicated to supporting women on their motherhood journey. Without the experiences I had, I wouldn’t have touched the people I have been able to help.”
  • Rebekah’s advice to her past self: “Step back and take a bird’s-eye view. Don’t jump in. Take a minute to pause and breathe. Educate yourself and be kind to yourself. Come on your infertility journey from the most positive place you can.”

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