#07 Infertility, IVF, Secondary Infertility & How Yoga Transformed Jen's Life
It's difficult to truly capture Jen's story.Coming off birth control, post-pill amenorrhea from the iud, being pressured to conceive because of her age, multiple rounds of failed IVF, thyroid dysfunction, blocked fallopian tubes, chronic insomnia, hormones, medication, sleeping pills, covid, lockdown, secondary infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, D&C.There's not much Jen didn't experience on her extremely bumpy road to motherhood. Twice. Jen's story is a reminder that no matter how tough things get, no matter how many months drag by, no matter how many negative pregnancy tests or failed rounds or lack of answers, there is always hope.Better have some tissues handy!xxAnnaWant to follow along? BUMPS PODCAST INSTAGRAMEnquiries:firstname.lastname@example.orgConnect with Jen:Website - Elements Pilates YogaYoutube @elementpilatesyogaInstagram @jen.elementspilatesyogaMore about Elements Pilates Yoga:Element Pilates & Yoga supports your journey to motherhood through tailored, online Pilates + Yoga programs. Our aim is to work with your cycle & assist with natural conception or where needed, we also guide you through assisted fertility cycles and IVF.Breakdown of topics covered in this episode:3:40 - Coming off birth control: transitioning off the marina IUD & post pill amenorrhea5:18 - "Geriatric pregnancy" and the pressure it creates9:03 - Navigating cultural mismatches, language barriers, and lack of communication while seeking fertility care overseas10:31 - AMH levels: importance, controversies, and testing12:15 - In vitro fertilisation (IVF): Jen’s experiences15:35 - First miracle pregnancy19:33 - How infertility impacts marriage, future planning, and relationships21:10 - Approaching conversations about fertility and family planning in the workplace22:40 - Trying for baby number 2: Jen's surprising cycle return and subsequent challenges25:00 - Ovulation induction, progesterone, and the frustrations of another year of unsuccessful attempts25:41 - Dealing with new challenges: thyroid dysfunction, chronic insomnia, hysteroscopy, and blocked fallopian tubes26:41 - Jen's second IVF cycle28:28 - Fertility in your 30s: understanding the impact of age on fertility and the importance of proactive measures29:37 - Coping with lockdown: the emotional toll of COVID-19 on fertility treatments and Jen's lowest point31:56 - Secondary infertility: addressing the guilt, confusion, and unexpected responses surrounding wanting more children35:30 - Fertility yoga: restoring balance, regulating cycles, and improving sleep37:34 - Natural pregnancy success39:39 - Coping with miscarriage: navigating pregnancy loss, D&C and the emotional healing process41:45 - Science behind yoga: exploring the scientific aspects of yoga, its benefits, and its impact on fertility44:18 - How letting go helped Jen fall pregnant naturally for the second time44:55 - Female intuition: harnessing the power of women's intuition46:44 - Spreading awareness: how fertility yoga can enhance fertility and transform lives50:07 - Lessons learned: Jen's most significant takeaways from her experiences Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.