Tubal Factor & Low AMH [SUCCESS]: Jamie’s Story

April 26, 2021

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Today’s journey story of a woman named Jamie. She is a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom who enjoys exercising, reading, and drinking coffee. After two early miscarriages before each of her first children, Jamie knew her fertility was not normal for a woman her age. When she tried without luck to conceive her third child, she knew she had to dig deeper. A multitude of blood tests uncovered low AMH. Her doctor also discovered she had a blocked left tube, but she was told not to worry. IVF was not an option for Jamie and her husband, so they tried medicated timed intercourse and a few IUIs — all unsuccessful. A small polyp was removed near her blocked tube, but the tube itself remained blocked. An attempt to open it via hysteroscopy was unsuccessful, but a tubalplasty worked. A medicated timed intercourse cycle produced a follicle on the right ovary but was unsuccessful. They decided to try 1 more IUI cycle and became pregnant with their third child. Join us to hear how Jamie returned to the fertility clinic for baby #4 and is currently halfway through her pregnancy.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Jamie was worry-free, social, fun-loving, and very relaxed
  • How she met her husband when they both started new jobs in the same building; he wasn’t interested at first, but when they became friends a few months later, it didn’t take long for the relationship to progress
  • As a couple, they are stronger than ever today as infertility opened the communication lines about many important issues
  • How Jamie didn’t really want kids until she got a dog at age 23 and started feeling more maternal
  • How turning 30 prompted Jamie to take a serious look at relationships, marriage, and family–and turn her attention to finding someone who wanted the same things in life
  • How Jamie ended up with an unexpected pregnancy and early miscarriage after a few months of dating
  • How Jamie got pregnant with their daughter soon after the wedding and had an easy pregnancy and delivery
  • When their daughter was about six months old, and they tried for a second child, Jamie became pregnant quickly but had another early miscarriage
  • After trying for a few months without success, they had testing done, and the results were normal
  • Her doctor prescribed Femara, and it worked; Jamie became pregnant again, and their son was born the year after their daughter’s birth
  • Five months later, they tried again without success; Jamie started tracking her cycles
  • Her doctor prescribed more Femara, but another HSG showed a blocked tube; the doctor repeated the procedure and told Jamie not to worry
  • After more months of trying, Jamie saw a reproductive endocrinologist who wasn’t concerned about her blocked tube; they did more IUIs and discussed IVF
  • After opting against IVF because of her husband’s religious views, they chose to do medicated timed intercourse cycles
  • When they had no success in trying, more tests showed that her tube was still blocked, so they returned to the RE
  • How Jamie had a tuboplasty to open the tube, even though the RE said the likelihood was high that the blockage would return
  • With Clomid and gonadotropins, an IUI resulted in Jamie’s first pregnancy in two years; after a great pregnancy, her daughter was born in May 2020
  • Five months later, another HSG showed that the tube was still open, and Jamie became pregnant quickly with only one month of Clomid
  • Why Jamie is happy that she will soon have the four children she wanted to have–without resorting to IVF
  • Why Jamie says it’s important to know yourself and go with what you think will work best for you
  • How the Beat Infertility podcast impacted Jamie’s journey, giving her hope, help, and community
  • What it was like to fit into the infertility community with secondary infertility
  • Why Jamie decided to start her journey with her OB/GYN
  • In having different doctors and clinics, Jamie explains how one pushed for IVF, one was old-school and impersonal, and one formed a strong connection with her through kindness
  • Why Jamie and her husband didn’t want to do IVF, mainly because of his Catholic faith
  • Jamie’s thoughts about her low AMH diagnosis and the possible ties to her childhood chemotherapy for leukemia
  • Jamie’s advice to others with blocked tubes
  • How Jamie felt devastated, worried, and scared upon receiving her diagnosis
  • Jamie’s lowest point, when two fellow infertility warriors got pregnant before she did
  • A positive impact from her journey is the relationships that were solidified because of the struggles
  • How infertility has changed Jamie: “I’m more patient and appreciative of what I have because of the struggles I’ve gone through.”
  • Jamie’s advice to her past self: “Don’t second guess yourself. Go with your gut and take care of yourself.”

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