Lindsey

" I have been TTC for 2 years. Have stage 4 endometriosis confirmed by laparoscopy. have done 1 round of IVF and 5 frozen embryo transfers. 3 transfers failed and 2 transfers ended in miscarriage. I have had 2 d&c post miscarriage. We are starting the second round of IVF now with retrieval planned for Mid September

Coping with emotional toll of infertility is so tough, there are the highest highs and the lowest lows. For me, connecting with other women going through this has helped me so much to not feel alone. It’s good to have people to talk to that can really understand my struggles and let me feel my feelings without judgement and pushing me to always stay positive and see silver lining.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis long before we started trying to get pregnant so I was definitely on alert when we finally did start to try to look for signs that maybe things weren’t normal. I started tracking ovulation with at home OPKs which were never giving me a positive result. After 3 months of never seeing a positive OPK or pregnancy test I went to see my gynecologist. He had me do an HSG test that showed tubal blockage so I was sent directly to a reproductive endocrinologist where after further testing, we decided that jumping right into IVF made the most sense for us.

My advice for someone going through infertility: -find a tribe of women to connect with who understand what you are going through. They are the best kind of support -learn to advocate for yourself, you know your body better than anyone else! -it’s a marathon not a sprint, letting go of timeline expectations helps me to let go of some control -set boundaries for your own mental sanity. Fertility treatment can be a full time job and you need to take care of yourself -you can do hard things!"

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