“Treatment is exhausting and can be so hard on you physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s easy to get lost in the doctor appointments and tests. When you take care of yourself you are able to handle everything else so much better. Despite the difficulty, you can find hope and comfort.”

In March 2018, we decided it was time to start our family. A few months later I began taking Metformin to regulate my period, but my body didn’t respond well and made me really sick. I gave my body some time to feel better and then decided to see my obstetrician in December 2018, after 9 months of trying to get pregnant. My OB discovered that I had elevated prolactin and as a result, an MRI of my brain was ordered. Thankfully, everything was as it should be. After that diagnosis is when we went to see Dr. Moore.

Treatment began with Cabergoline to regulate the prolactin and to see if my body would ovulate on its own after that. It didn’t. We waited for the next cycle. Thankfully, I started my period and had plenty of eggs, so the next step was figuring out how to make me ovulate. In April 2019, we started using Femara. The first round didn’t result in large enough follicles, so we increase the dose. Within a few more days, we had two good-sized follicles. We did a trigger shot and, despite a 20% chance of success, got our positive pregnancy test in May 2019. Our baby girl was born in January 2020. We feel very blessed that with our first baby, our treatment was fairly minimal and miraculously worked on the first try.

The unknown was the hardest part. I found myself asking so many questions, especially since my diagnosis seemed to not be too common. I hated not knowing what the result would be and when we would get our baby. It’s hard to have a good desire to go unanswered and I’m not a very patient person. My biggest advice? Take care of yourself first. This is something I didn’t always do the best at and as I already look to the future, I know will make a priority. Treatment is exhausting and can be so hard on you physically, emotionally and mentally. It’s easy to get lost in the doctor’s appointments and tests. When you take care of yourself you are able to handle everything else so much better. Despite the difficulty, you can find hope and comfort.

—Tatiana