My name is Callen Migacz, and this is my fertility journey.
My husband and I got married in 2014 and decided to start trying to get pregnant in January 2019. With no luck and coming up to a year of trying, I made an appointment with my gynecologist to get some answers. After a series of very painful tests, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), which means I don’t ovulate regularly. My gynecologist referred me to a fertility specialist, where a bunch more tests were conducted, and she confirmed the diagnosis.
It was heartbreaking hearing the news. I had a hard time hearing that my body was not doing the one thing my body was made to do as a woman. I considered myself a failure.
My husband and I met with the fertility specialist to go over all the tests’ results and discuss our options.
We decided to give IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) a chance, the less invasive option. My fertility specialist put me on progesterone, estrogen, thyroid meds, etc.
After two unsuccessful rounds, I started to feel defeated.
My emotions were all over the place due to the countless medications/shots. My husband and I discussed that if the third round of IUI was unsuccessful, then we were going to take a break. I was having a hard time dealing with the stress of infertility as well as the stress at work due to COVID. However, the third round was successful, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders as my fertility specialist called to tell me that I was pregnant!
My pregnancy went very smoothly until week 39. It was May 31, 2021, and we were hosting family for Memorial Day. I experienced a sudden loss of an excessive amount of blood and was rushed to the emergency room. My placenta tore due to a velamentous cord insertion. I was bleeding internally, which caused my baby’s heart rate to drop. I had an emergency c-section to get my baby out and stop my bleeding. Due to the traumatic delivery, my baby passed away at four days old. My doctor thinks my cord abnormally grew out of my placenta due to my IUI procedure.
Unfortunately, I have to wait at least a year while my body recovers. When the time is right, my husband and I are going to continue our journey with IVF.