These days in vitro fertilization (IVF) is so common that the stigma has virtually vanished; many people feel comfortable sharing that they went through IVF. But donor-egg IVF is a different story.
We were given the opportunity to have a chance, a hope redefined of sorts, of still becoming pregnant. While I had stared at a single-lined pregnancy test for years, I sat in awe as I saw double lines for the first time. Only it just wasn’t my urine that triggered that response. Five years later we saw double lines again from a second gestational surrogacy!
Though PCOS is fairly common, affecting between 8%–10% of reproductive age women (18-44), medical experts do not know the complete list of causes or the full impact it has on a woman’s sexual function. Defining exactly what PCOS is not as straightforward as one would hope. At its core, PCOS is an endocrine system disorder, but the symptoms can vary widely for each woman. Symptoms can include growth of excess body hair, weight gain, irregular periods, and even infertility.
For the past 10+ years I’ve been retrieving eggs for people. A process that if you’re a new patient, can be daunting. You may be wondering, what exactly is involved?
…when my personal infertility journey started, my professional AND personal worlds were turned upside down. After two failed embryo transfers with 5 cycles of IVF and one egg donor cycle, I began to question everything.