DOR, Tubal Factor Infertility & Uterine Abnormalities: Jackie’s Story [JOURNEY]

December 30, 2019

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Today’s journey story is about a woman named Jackie. She is a 37-year-old student and consultant who enjoys hiking, camping, rafting, and listening to this podcast while walking in the park. Because Jackie is single, she went straight to a fertility clinic when she was ready to build her family. To her dismay, testing revealed that her AMH was extremely low. Two months later, she switched fertility clinics and had three back-to-back natural IUI cycles, all of which failed. Although she began Letrozole the next IUI cycle, it was cancelled due to uterine adhesions. After a hysteroscopy to remove them, she began planning an IVF cycle. Join us to hear how Jackie’s first IVF cycle was cancelled due to lack of response — and what’s coming up next in her journey.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jackie was a worrier and a planner who works hard and plays hard
  • How Jackie always assumed she would be a single mom with her daughter, like her mom
  • How she moved specifically to have more space for a child, so she looked for partners who wanted children
  • When Jackie had her annual exam, her AMH was low, so she went straight to a reproductive endocrinologist
  • After three natural IUI’s that all failed, testing revealed uterine adhesions and blockages in both tubes
  • She planned for IVF after a hysteroscopy to clear her tubes
  • When her first IVF cycle was canceled, Jackie started taking DHEA
  • With a Clomid cycle and three blasts, one embryo was transferred, and two were frozen
  • Jackie’s first impression of the fertility clinic was that it wasn’t a good fit for her; it seemed that the doctor wasn’t really interested in her and the clinic always seemed haphazard and disorganized
  • After Jackie switched clinics, she was much happier
  • How Jackie faced the unique challenges of infertility as a single person
  • Why her infertility diagnoses were devastating and left her eager to figure it all out
  • The process of selecting a sperm donor
  • Why Jackie wanted a healthy donor but one that was different ethnically than her
  • Why she had to choose a second sperm donor after the first one didn’t supply enough sperm for the two children she hoped to have
  • Why ethnic diversity is important to Jackie in her children
  • The new 2020 insurance coverage in NY
  • The lowest point for Jackie was after the second or third failed IUI when she just “felt dead inside”
  • The positive moments of all the laughs along the way
  • How Jackie balanced her master’s program, work, and treatment
  • How she was able to share her experiences with a team member
  • The importance of mindset and mental health
  • In opening up to coworkers, choose who you’re comfortable with and trust them if you can
  • How Jackie was able to afford treatment because of her savings and an inheritance from her grandmother
  • How this journey has impacted her relationships with friends and family
  • Jackie’s best tips for communicating with friends and family and setting boundaries
  • Why Jackie hasn’t told her mother about what she is pursuing
  • How Jackie had to advocate for herself through her entire journey and ask a lot of questions
  • Jackie’s tips on advocating: “Information is important. The internet can be a friend and an enemy. Turn to credible sources to get a sense of what’s going on.”
  • What’s next for Jackie: “Hopefully, a positive pregnancy test, but if not, another cycle in January.”

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