After one year of being happily married, Lyndsey and her husband Blake wanted to start a family. Lyndsey is a planner, and that was the plan.

After nine months of not having a period, gaining 40 pounds, and not getting pregnant, Lyndsey finally scheduled an appointment with her gynecologist. A few weeks later, bloodwork and an internal ultrasound determined the diagnosis: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Getting pregnant would be a challenge Lyndsey had not anticipated, but she was ready to face the challenge head-on.

Two months and two doctors later, Lyndsey and Blake began their fertility treatment in hopes of starting a family. Five rounds of Letrozole, a fertility medication, failed to do the job. In these five months, infertility had already sunk its teeth in financially and emotionally. Lyndsey and her husband decided to take a three-month break. They resumed with Clomid, another fertility medication. Low and behold, Lyndsey was pregnant on the second try! At seven weeks pregnant, Lyndsey and Blake heard and saw their precious baby’s strong heartbeat. It was a dream come true! Unfortunately, this dream was short-lived. At 17 weeks and two days pregnant, an ultrasound revealed that there was no heartbeat. This was without a doubt the worst day of Lyndsey’s life. A D&C was performed the following day, and the grief settled in. Although Lyndsey will never forget this experience or her baby, she decided to try for another baby a few months later.

Again, Lyndsey got pregnant on the second round of Clomid! However, this time it was different. Excitement was replaced with fear and uncertainty, and around seven weeks pregnant, Lyndsey started having intense pain on her right side. She knew immediately something was not right. The diagnosis: an ectopic pregnancy. Lyndsey’s ectopic pregnancy also resulted in the removal of her right fallopian tube. This left Lyndsey and Blake with only one option to conceive: In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Lyndsey began her IVF journey a few months after recovering physically and emotionally from her ectopic pregnancy and tube removal. After meeting with two IVF providers, Lyndsey and Blake settled on their favorite. Before starting IVF, many tests had to be performed and finances had to be in order. Already thousands of dollars in and faced with another $25,000 bill, Lyndsey and Blake finally got a big break when Blake’s health insurance started to cover IVF (up to $50,000). Lyndsey and Blake were able to quickly proceed and had eight healthy “embabies” after the egg retrieval process. Unfortunately, their first transfer did not take. Lyndsey is currently undergoing her second IVF cycle and hopeful for a successful pregnancy. She credits her ability to stay positive and keep moving forward to her husband Blake, the love of her life.

Three years, three loses, thousands of dollars and counting. This is #infertilityuncovered.

Lyndsey D., Pennsylvania

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