Infertility

Even though infertility affects at least 10% of the population, most couples feel as though they are the only ones struggling through it. Help give some reassurance to those encountering fertility problems by talking about your experience. Did you turn to in vitro fertilization or some other form of infertility treatment? Were alternative or natural fertility treatments useful for you? We want to hear your encouraging anecdotes about infertility and fertility treatments.


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Excited and Scared


I am a healthy 30 yr. old, and have been TTC for almost 2 years.

I had 3 cycles on Clomid only, then 2 cycles of Clomid & IUI, then 3 cycles of Follistem/Ovidrel shots and IUI. Nothing. I am currently going through my 1st round of IVF. I just had 3 embryos implanted today. I am so excited, but at the same time I am scared to be excited for fear of disappointment.

Reading about others' experiences makes me feel better and not so alone. Just like I heard one of you mention, it can be frustrating when all my friends seem to be able to get pregnant exactly when they want to. Of course I am excited for them, but I want to join them in their happiness. I am so lucky though, b/c my insurance is covering up to 4 rounds of IVF.

My heart goes out to those of you having to find the finances. Who needs that kind of additional stress? Hang in there and hopefully in 2 weeks I will be posting my success story!

Colleen






I have been there...

I could NEVER understand those around me who didn't deserve or desire children and who would look at the opposite sex & become pregnant!? And those around me who had solid relationships & marriages desperately desiring children of their own were unable to have them. I questioned that a lot!!!

How is it that in my 20's I so easily got pregnant & wasn't even thinking of children & now in my 30's couldn't carry a pregnancy when I so desperately wanted children with my husband of 2 1/2yrs!? In the middle of my journey a college girlfriend "accidentally" became pregnant for the 3rd time to the 3rd man. I was so angry & losing hope, faith & deeply depressed.

I know where you are all coming from. Although there was no physical or diagnostic reason I was miscarrying, I understand the thought & grieving process involved.

There are going to be times you will need an outlet for your frustration, grief & despair. It's okay to feel sorry for yourself for a minute. Just don't let it consume you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off & discuss with your mate/partner & physicians what other options there are out there for you.

Don't discount or reject environmental or non-conventional approaches. I researched a lot throughout my journey & found the same as all of you, there are plenty of things your doctors don't know about this whole process. Use good common sense, of course, but look into things that have worked for other couples. I know it gave me hope & inspiration to learn more & keep going.

There does come a time when you have to say enough is enough, but you & your mate/partner decide what is best for each of you. Everyone is different. I think that I would have been even more devastated if I didn't already have a child, so for that I am truly thankful I had her so early & effortlessly. I can only tell those of you who are trying for the first time to have children that I'm so sorry & know, to some extent, what you are going through & that you aren't alone.

Please keep the faith & continue to forge ahead in your journeys.

Karen






Too all you beautiful ladies

Noor im am so happy that i can touch your heart reading your article made me break down and cry i just fell and broke down, never in the world did i think this would ever happen to me never.

i am also heart broken and extremely depressed im stress and im suffering im rebelling i just dont know what else to do anymore i still also silently pray i beg i wish i hope i try to stay strong but im also breaking. i try to help others by encouraging them but i am weak so weak i dont even know who i am or want to be anymore

i want all you ladies to keep trying and keep praying im dying for one of you to write next time your sucess story i want you all to be mothers and enjoy what god has blessed so many with.

I want you to keep on going no matter what even though i have fallen and almost given up. i know you ladies wont. i know you will keep holding on. Maybe in the past something i did rubbed God the wrong way maybe something even now. but just keep the faith keep praying and one day you will come back and write a success story and help other women.

God bless and stay strong we are all women with the same situation. it breaks my heart but i know you still have faith insde you somewhere. just keep pulling the faith card out and trust God.

pray for me and i will pray for you all like i do.

hannah

hannah






Still Trying

I have been reading your stories and my prayers are with all of you; I can identify with losing faith but still try to stay strong. My husband and I are all over the place emotionally when one of us is down the other is positive. We tried IUI and on Valentine's day found out we were pregnant with a beta of 17 then to find out 2 days later we were no longer pregnant. This is the second chemical pregnancy we've had.

The doctors upd the chlomid to 100mg and we used the shot last nite and go for another IUI tomorrow. It's hard to stay optimistic when you have premature ovarian failure...our best chance are 8%. Even with all the hormones & drugs we only have 1 follicle; hopefully it works.

The doctors said we can try it this way for 5-7 more months and then that's it. It's awkward going for the procedure and work is getting really frustrated with the amount of time I'm needing to get to my appointments.

We're left with adoption which we are undecided about personally, emotionally and financially we know we can't afford; we're thinking about leaving our families and moving to a state that is cheaper to live in order to save some money.

I hope we all become pregnant and have healthy children
Take care,
Kelly

Kelly






My heart is broken

I am writing my story because I know that this will be a theraputic exercise for me. I was also very touched by some of the stories I read, especially Hannah's.

I really needed to hear another person tell me to still have faith in God, because though I am a very spiritual person, I really feel my faith in God is being tested enormously. My husband and I have been trying for a while now and nothing has happened. The doctor told me I have ovulation problems and put me on Clomiphene, but I haven't gotten pregnant.

I try to be strong but it is very hard when you desperately desire to be a mother but can't. I see celebrities that do drugs get pregnant and it only makes my angrier. I don't smoke or drink and I try my best to live my life as a good person.

All I can think is "why does God not give me a child". My heart is broken but I will try to take Hannah's advice and seek God.

Noor







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