Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Pregnant Mom's Ultrasound Left Her Stunned.

It Was Her Lifelong Dream

Ashley Gardner and her hubby Tyson were at the doctor's office in July of 2014, and they were extremely nervous. They were anxiously waiting to get an ultrasound of Ashley's stomach, and the results would that would be life-altering. It was the start of an excruciatingly long journey.

It Was Her Lifelong Dream

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Ashley and Tyson married in their mid-twenties and were living in Utah. They tried having kids shortly after saying their "I do's." Since they both adored their families, they wanted to start their own soon. In fact, it was their love for children that got them to fall in love in the first place. But their dream wasn't as easy to achieve as they'd hoped. For eight years, they tried making a baby, and nothing happened.

The Condition Was Heartbreaking

The Condition Was Heartbreaking

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Ashley learned she had endometriosis, which was keeping her from conceiving a child. This condition causes cells that should exist in the womb, to grow in other areas. But since these cells are designed to break down during menstruation, it created a whole bunch of health issues for Ashley, including fertility problems.

A Forced Change Of Plans

A Forced Change Of Plans

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Endometriosis can cause bladder problems, fatigue, and also infertility. The condition keeps a woman's egg cell from making its way down the fallopian tube, making conception impossible. So, after trying to make a baby for eight years the old-fashioned way, Ashley and Tyson decided to try another method.

Shifting Their Faith To Science

Shifting Their Faith To Science

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The couple decided to give in-vitro fertilization (IVF) a shot. This process involves doctors extracting eggs from a woman, retrieving a sperm sample from the man, and then manually getting the two to combine in a lab. The embryos then get implanted in the uterus. But before Ashley and Tyson could undergo IVF, they had a lot of hoops to jump through first.

The Long Road

The Long Road

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IVF is expensive and the couple was not rich, so they needed to save for years just to try the procedure once. Then they needed to keep their fingers crossed that it would work, which wouldn't be easy. The live birth success rate for IVF in women under 35 is only 40 percent. Despite the odds, Ashley and Tyson´s desire for a baby was strong enough that they decided to risk it.

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