My story started out when I was 16 years old. I was having intense menstrual cycles and missing school all the time because of the pain and it was taking a toll. My mom took me to her Gynecologist, and he wanted to do a surgery to see if I had Endometriosis since I had all the symptoms.
A month before our wedding, I got off birth control ready to start trying for a baby right away. I was on the pill for about 12 years, and never had reasons to believe I would struggle getting pregnant. I figured, like so many friends and family around me, it'd happen pretty quickly.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis. The diagnosis followed a year of mindfully trying for a baby—tracking and logging and researching and wondering why we still weren’t pregnant. With the diagnosis, we finally had our answer. An answer that led to even more questions and uncertainty, but an answer nonetheless. Since then, we have soldiered through one major laparoscopic surgery, one round of IVF, two polypectomies, one failed fresh transfer, one cancelled Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA), and one cancelled frozen transfer. I never could have predicted this journey. I never would have planned this journey. Even so, I have learned a lot because of the journey.
My name is Lauren Sancton and I am originally from Houston, Texas and currently live here with my husband, Marc, and 2.5-year-old daughter, Reese. Our fertility journey is like most - not linear, and has its ups and downs and everything in between.