Unexplained Infertility: Samantha’s Story [SUCCESS]

December 23, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Samantha. She is a 31-year-old quality engineer who enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking. Samantha started tracking her cycles more carefully after about two months of trying to conceive. Because she never became pregnant, she scheduled an appointment with a RE about 7 months later. She had low Vitamin D, lower than expected AMH for her age, and a short luteal phase. They decided to start with IUI, but unfortunately, both cycles failed. They switched REs and made the decision to move on to IVF. Their first retrieval was fruitful, resulting in 10 blastocysts. However, the first FET resulted in a miscarriage. That’s when she reached out to me for infertility coaching. Join us to hear how Samantha’s second FET resulted in her daughter and what life has been like post-infertility.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Samantha was intensely driven and flourished under pressure
  • How she and her husband (both introverts) met through online dating
  • As a couple, they complement each other and have important values in common
  • How there were times when Samantha doubted that she would become a mom, even though she always assumed it would happen one day
  • How paying off student loans and buying a house in the suburbs prepared their lives for parenthood
  • How Samantha started tracking her cycles and then saw an RE for testing
  • With no diagnosis, they moved forward with Clomid in 2017
  • Their second IUI was with Letrozole because Samantha was done with Clomid
  • Their costs were out-of-pocket, so they switched clinics to maximize their chances with the money they had
  • On the first IVF cycle, they ended up with ten blastocysts
  • The FET in 2018 worked; Samantha was shocked, but she suspected that something would go wrong, and a blighted ovum resulted in a miscarriage
  • When Samantha’s HCG went down, the second FET resulted in her daughter, born in March 2019
  • In the beginning, Samantha knew something was wrong when her luteal phase was really short
  • Her first impression of the fertility clinic was that one location was nice and relaxed, but the other felt too busy and rushed
  • Why Samantha was relieved when they switched clinics
  • The questions Samantha had about using Clomid in the beginning, and how she didn’t feel cared for at her first clinic
  • Samantha’s diagnoses ended up being unexplained, low vitamin D, and low AMH
  • How Samantha struggled during her journey with depression, obsessive thoughts, and anxiety
  • How Heather was able to help Samantha by being a sounding board
  • The anxiety Samantha felt in knowing there was something wrong with her body, and the fear she feels about trying to have another child
  • How Samantha feels more thankful to be a mother because of what she’s been through
  • Samantha’s lowest point was the miscarriage, and she felt distraught that a positive pregnancy test might mean that things can still go wrong
  • How infertility impacted Samantha’s friendships
  • The positive moment of hearing and seeing her daughter’s heartbeat for the first time
  • How Samantha’s relationship with her husband has grown stronger as he was a supportive partner through the infertility journey
  • How Samantha balanced her work responsibilities with treatment
  • Her tips for communicating with your workplace are to be honest with your supervisors and co-workers
  • How a huge pay raise and a shared risk program helped Samantha afford treatment
  • Why a shared risk program might be the answer for you
  • How Samantha learned to advocate for herself
  • The intense emotions around the birth of Samantha’s daughter
  • Samatha’s birth plan vs. reality
  • How infertility changed Samantha: “Many people are going through things that we don’t know. They may look like perfect, happy families, but you don’t know their stories. I’ve become more sensitive to people, and I’m a more thankful parent.”
  • Samantha’s advice to her past self: “Cherish the time you have with your husband.”

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