Uterine Septum, Endometriosis & Tubal Factor Infertility: Aliana’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 25, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Aliana. She is a 36-year-old teacher who enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family. Even though they had not yet been trying to conceive for a year, her OB/GYN agreed to run tests on Aliana and her husband, all of which came back normal. At the one year mark, they had their first fertility clinic appointment, which reaffirmed their unexplained infertility diagnosis. After two unsuccessful IUIs, they moved on to IVF. Following an unsuccessful fresh transfer and cancelled FET, she had a hysteroscopy to remove a recently-discovered uterine septum. When they finally did their first FET, it resulted in an ectopic pregnancy and the removal of her left tube. Sadly, her second FET resulted in the removal of her right tube due to another suspected ectopic pregnancy. Her second IVF cycle resulted in the transfer of only one poor-quality morula, which was unsuccessful. Join us to hear how Aliana and her husband applied to the Double Donor Embryo program at California Conceptions and finally beat infertility after their first transfer.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Aliana was less grateful, and she’s become more understanding of other people’s pain
  • How she and her husband met through an online dating site
  • As a couple, they balance each other out in many ways
  • Why Aliana wasn’t even sure that she wanted kids until she met her husband
  • To prepare for parenthood, they bought a big house in the suburbs with a beautiful nursery room that soon became a haunted and empty place
  • They started trying to conceive and had no success, so she tracked her cycles and saw her Ob for preliminary testing
  • They began IUI cycles with Clomid and went through two negative results
  • When they moved on to IVF, Aliana met two other women at the clinic who became close friends throughout the journey
  • Since Aliana responded poorly to the medications, the doses were adjusted, but they got three Day 5 embryos–but their first transfer was negative
  • They prepared for a frozen embryo transfer, but it was canceled when her uterine lining won’t thicken properly
  • A 3-D ultrasound showed a uterine septum, so a hysteroscopy was performed to remove it
  • With the next FET, Aliana received her first-ever positive pregnancy test, but it was an ectopic pregnancy, and emergency surgery led to the removal of her Fallopian tube
  • The doctors explained that they would try another IVF when she had healed and that things should progress normally
  • About this time, Aliana discovered the existence of donor eggs and embryos; she knew that it was a real possibility that they would need to go this route as a back-up plan
  • When they tried again with the last embryo, Aliana got pregnant right away
  • An ultrasound was done to check for abnormalities, and another ectopic pregnancy was discovered, and her other Fallopian tube was removed
  • After a D & C and biopsy of the amniotic sac, Aliana found herself in the maternity ward with no baby, no remaining embryos, and no chance to ever become pregnant naturally
  • With IVF #2, they had four embryos but no Day 5 blasts; there was only one low-grade morula (the stage preceding blastocyst), so it was transferred even though there was only a slim chance of success
  • How they felt to “waste” their time and money on this sub-par embryo
  • How an online support group friend offered Aliana an embryo, and even though she didn’t accept it, this kind gift turned things around in her darkest moment
  • Why they decided IVF was not the solution for them, and they chose the double-donor program in CA with a money-back guarantee
  • The only “match” they could request was a racial match, but they were matched with donors and prepped for a frozen transfer in CA
  • Even though Aliana’s uterine lining gave them trouble again, two embryos were transferred, and she became pregnant
  • She started bleeding, but an ultrasound showed one baby and an empty sac; she was nervous up until the day her son was born
  • How they decided to use donor gametes instead of continuing with IVF
  • How they plan to tell their son that he came from donors
  • How their families reacted to their decision
  • How infertility changed Aliana: “I’m a lot smarter now about a lot of things. I’ve been able to use my story to help others understand their infertility and treatments.”
  • Aliana’s advice to her past self: “Be open. Stay hopeful. Hope will come from strange and unexpected places. Cherish those moments when you support each other and find your hope in the darkness.”

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