Infertility Warrior: Nicole

 


Today on the blog I want to introduce you our infertility warrior Nicole. Nicole shares her story of secondary infertility after the birth of her first born and struggles with PCOS. We are thrilled to have her here today to tell her story.

Q: Tell us a little about your infertility journey.

I became a teen mother at the age of 16 without trying to get pregnant so I never expected at 31 we would have secondary infertility issues. Our Infertility journey really started  back in 2016 when I had a myomectomy to remove ten fibroids that threatened my infertility due to size and location. We began officially trying after our wedding in September 2017 with no success naturally. So, we sought help from an OBGYN in August 2018. After four failed rounds of IUI we decided to move on to a reproductive endocrinologist in January 2019. After concerns with irregular cycles during our quest to conceive naturally I was diagnosed with PCOS.

From there we had two more unsuccessful IUIs before moving onto IVF in July of 2019. During this time we also discovered a Uterine Septum and Ovarian Cysts and endured another setback after our first round of IVF transfer failed. However, our IVF cycle gave us 4 embryos total, and our second frozen transfer in October of 2019 was successful and on my oldest son’s 18th birthday, we found out we were pregnant.

 

Q: What has been the hardest part?

 The hardest part was probably the 6 failed IUIs we experienced before doing IVF. I would’ve began IVF sooner looking back.

 

Q: What has been the best part?

The best part was of course conceiving, but even more special was the day we found out on the day I originally became a mother for the first time also became the day I got a second chance.

 

Q: Where are you now on this journey?

We just welcomed our son on May 29th, 2020.

 

Q: What is one thing you wish people would stop saying/asking?

“Maybe you should just adopt.” Or “Just be happy with the one child.” I absolutely hate this toxic advice. It’s so disheartening.

 

 Q: Anything you have learned that you would like to pass along?

My advice to anyone considering fertility treatment is to advocate for yourself. Do not listen to anyone’s voice over your own inner voice. Preserving your mental health plays a huge role, don’t be ashamed on this journey.


 Q: Anyone or anything that has inspired you along your journey?

Social media specifically Instagram has been a huge tool for support and resources. I’ve been able to connect with other women, couples and groups all over the world. I found our doula on IG as well as ROOTT, Fertility for Colored Girls, Broken Brown Egg, Pregnantish.


 Q: Where can people find out more about you? (Instagram, Facebook)

 You can find me on Instagram @Faith_n_Fertility which is dedicated to my journey.

 

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