My name is Sage Randall and this is a little bit about my infertility journey.
My husband and I were married about 9 years ago, and I immediately wanted to start trying to get pregnant so we never took birth control. About a year later I decided to go see a doctor, and we found out I didn’t ovulate on my own. I started Clomid, Famara and ovulation tests to time it just right. Six months later we started doing IUIs; we did about 8 IUIs and then when my doctor was delivering a baby another doctor came in and told me it wasn’t going to work and that my husband needed to be checked. After that we were told that he needed to be on medicine and that it was worth a shot to do a few more IUIs before starting the IVF process. On our very last IUI 3 years in, before IVF, we found out we were pregnant with our little girl.
I’ll start with the end of the story: as I write this there is a precious 8-week-old baby boy napping in his crib. When I think about all the different struggles that I’ve had and what my story actually is, there are so many parts that felt impossible, or like the struggle wouldn’t be worth the result. After the fact, I now put my baby to bed every night telling him that struggle was part of his story and that we are grateful for the miracle that he is. I would do it again if I had to, even now that I know how hard it was.
My husband and I struggled with infertility due to my PCOS diagnosis. I found out I had PCOS in September of 2015. I was working as a personal trainer at the time and was having a really tough time with weight gain and energy crashes. As I am sure you can imagine, being a personal trainer that is gaining unhealthy weight is not good for business. I worked out 5-6 days and week. I tracked my food. And I could not get it under control.
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.