Tubal Factor Infertility: Tiffanie’s Story [SUCCESS]

March 4, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Tiffanie. She is a 35-year-old school improvement coach who enjoys do-it-yourself projects around the house. After about a year of trying to conceive, she sought the advice of a reproductive endocrinologist. The diagnostic testing took several months, and ultimately she had surgery to correct several tubal issues. Although she became pregnant after her fourth medicated IUI, it was ectopic. Devastated, they began down the road of IVF. Because she overstimulated, her first fresh transfer was cancelled. And unfortunately, her first frozen transfer resulted in an early miscarriage. Join us to hear how Tiffanie stuck with it and finally became pregnant with her daughter following her second frozen transfer.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Tiffanie was a structured, type-A planner
  • How she met her husband when he was a first-year teacher at a school she worked at; they developed a friendship and began dating
  • As a couple, they love outdoor activities with their dogs, travel, and hanging with friends and family
  • How there was never a question in Tiffanie’s mind that she would become a mom someday
  • How everything in their lives started to revolve around trying to conceive
  • As she was tracking cycles and ovulation, she went to an RE, even though she remained in denial about “needing help”
  • The diagnostic tests were mostly normal, but the HSG showed tubal abnormalities, so the doctor did exploratory laparoscopic surgery, which revealed scar tissue, blockages in both tubes, and abnormal fibroids around the uterus
  • The first IUI with Clomid showed no success, and the second IUI was canceled
  • The next Clomid cycle failed, the one after that gave a positive pregnancy result, and then the result was ectopic pregnancy
  • When her beta levels weren’t doubling as they should, she had to wait a week for the ultrasound to confirm the result of the embryo implanting in the left tube
  • The lowest point for Tiffanie was coming to terms with the ectopic pregnancy loss and the medical intervention to terminate the unviable pregnancy, which was painful both physically and emotionally
  • How they took a break to evaluate the next steps and get back on track
  • Why the doctor recommended IVF as the best option, because the chances of another ectopic pregnancy were very high
  • Why Tiffanie was opposed from the very beginning to IVF and said she would never do it
  • The first IVF, where she overstimulated, but yielded 20 eggs: 6 eggs and 6 embryos were frozen
  • With the transfer of 2 embryos, she received a positive beta test, but it was a chemical pregnancy
  • They regrouped, and Tiffanie self-diagnosed herself with PCOS
  • The doctor had no real answers, but suggested a mock trial IVF, which Tiffanie decided not to do
  • With one more round of IVF, they transferred one embryo and got a positive pregnancy test
  • As Tiffanie waited for the ultrasound, she prepared for the worst, but got good news—and her daughter was born last September
  • Why Tiffanie was firmly opposed to them sharing their infertility journey or struggle with any friends or family in the beginning, not wanting anyone to pity them
  • Why she started a blog, which became a big source of strength in all the ups and downs
  • How she balanced work and treatments by taking sick days when needed, using flexible scheduling, and explaining her situation to her supportive and understanding boss
  • How infertility changed Tiffanie: “I became more flexible, and infertility taught me that I can’t control everything in my life. Infertility has been the one thing that I couldn’t control and accomplish, no matter how hard I tried. My faith has been strengthened through it all, as I believe every struggle has a purpose in our lives.

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