I start stims for my 3rd IVF cycle next Monday, and my box of meds arrived today. I was completely and totally overwhelmed the first time I received meds in the mail, so I decided to do an unboxing video to help those of you who are new to IVF meds feel comfortable with what’s in the box....more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 6.7 million women in the United States ages 15-44 who have an impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. Many of them look to treatment options that can help with infertility; one of these is known as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).As with most treatment options in medicine, there are many myths surrounding IVF. Here are five of the most common ones you should pay special attention to. ...more
Infertility is a study in the art of disappointment. Those of you in the trenches know exactly what I'm talking about. You have to balance, constantly. You have to find the hope within the sadness.
Plaster on a smile and get through that presentation after the bad phone call, attend that baby shower, or even sit in the waiting room of your OB-GYN's office where you're the only one who isn't pregnant.
Eventually, you learn to let the disappointment roll off, to compartmentalize, to focus on the future instead of the present. You learn to only feel the hurt just enough.
After many years of trying to have a baby, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2012. My husband and I went through a successful round of in vitro fertilization to freeze our embryos before I underwent chemo and radiation to knock out the cancer.
After my last treatment in June of 2013, we were unfortunately left knowing that I would never be able to carry a child. My brother’s beautiful wife, Jordan—my sister-in-law and Angel on Earth—came to us and offered to carry our baby. Through many happy tears, we accepted.