welcome

meet heather

Started trying to conceive.

November 2011
May 2012

Miscarriage #1

Loss at about 5.5 weeks.

May 2012

Started tracking BBT/charting.

September 2012
October 2012

Miscarriage #2

Loss at about 5.5 weeks, likely ectopic.

October 2012

First appointment at first fertility clinic.

November 2012

Laparoscopy to remove endometriosis and open blocked tube.

January 2013

First appointment at second fertility clinic.

May 2013

Attempted IUI but cycle cancelled.

June 2013

Attempted IUI but cycle cancelled.

July 2013
September 2013

IVF Retrieval #1

Transferred two fresh embryos and became pregnant with Alexis and Eric.

September 2013
January 2014

Twins Stillborn

Alexis and Eric are stillborn at 21 weeks due to incompetent cervix and premature labor.

January 2014

Transabdominal cerclage surgery to prevent incompetent cervix in the future.

April 2014
June 2014

FET #1

Transferred one frozen embryo, but the cycle failed.

June 2014
August 2014

FET #2

Transferred one frozen embryo, but the cycle failed.

August 2014
October 2014

FET #3, Miscarriage #3

Began acupuncture. Transferred one frozen embryo and became pregnant but miscarried at 6.5 weeks.

October 2014
December 2014

FET #4

Continued acupunture. Transferred one frozen embryo and became pregnant.

December 2014
January 2015

Miscarriage #4

D&C at about 9 weeks on the first anniversary of the stillbirth of Alexis and Eric.

January 2015
April 2015

IVF Retrieval #2

Continued acupuncture. Transferred the only embryo resulting from the retrieval, but the cycle failed.

April 2015
June 2015

IVF Retrieval #3

Continued acupuncture and added visualization. Transferred one fresh embryo and sent the remaining seven for preimplantation genetic testing. Froze four normal embryos for later use. Became pregnant with Aurora.

June 2015
January 2016

Live Birth

Aurora is born 6+ weeks early via emergency C-section.

January 2016
January 2017

Baby #2 Planning

Met with RE to discuss baby #2/FET #5 but hormone levels were determined to be insufficient to proceed. I hadn’t gotten my period in quite some time.

January 2017
November 2018

Lifestyle Change

Began following the ketogenic lifestyle in hopes of regulating my hormones.

November 2018
January 2019

Baby #2 Planning

Met with RE again to discuss baby #2/FET #5. Surprisingly, despite always having a fairly low antral follicle count (AFC) of 9 and an anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level in the 1.0s, even in my twenties, I was shocked to learn my AFC was 25 and my AMH had risen to 3.6. Thanks, keto!

January 2019
March 2019

Additional Testing

Completed an endometrial receptivity assay (ERA) and discovered that I need 148 hours of progesterone prior to a FET, not the 116 hours I had received in the past. In other words, we’d been unsuccessful — at least in part — during past frozen transfers because we were transferring at time when my uterus was not receptive to implantation. My RE also took a biopsy for chronic endometritis (negative) and removed uterine scarring from my C-section. Using hormone replacement therapy, I finally got my period again. I will continue this until our embryo transfer.

March 2019
July 2019

FET #5?

Tentatively plan to transfer one of our four frozen embryos following the protocol dictated by my ERA.

July 2019
my infertility journey

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hello

who i am

A Realist

Your feelings are valid. Although no one should stay in the dark place for too long, I'll make that journey with you -- and help you find your way back out. No 'just think positive.'

Excellent Listener

Whether it's during our one-on-one sessions or via text messages while you hide in the bathroom at work, I am here to listen to your hopes and fears about building your family.

A Researcher

In addition to being naturally curious, I love getting down into the nitty-gritty of individuals' unique infertility journeys -- and the questions still left unanswered.

No B.S.

Although I wish I could promise you a quick and successful pregnancy, alas, I cannot. But I can promise you no B.S. Our relationship will be one of kindness, honesty, and transparency.