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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Trying to Conceive

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years & 9 months. I am 28 years old and my husband is 30. After 6 months of trying, I started to feel a little nervous, but figured that was normal.

Once a year had passed by and we still hadn't conceived I decided to see my family practice doctor. He assured me this was normal and some couples take longer to conceive. He wanted me to start keeping a chart for my temperature and cervical mucous, try ovulation sticks and have my husband come in for a sperm count. I have to say I never really benefited much from the charting, I never really understood what to look for. The only thing I relied on was the ovulation sticks, which usually seemed to test positive. After my husband had his first sperm count done, we were told that the numbers were low. He went in a second time, and the numbers once again were low.

SO, my doctor referred him to the urologist. After an exam the doctor thought it would be wise to undergo surgery for a varicocelectomy to increase the sperm count. My husband went through that last summer. After several months, he went in for another sperm count only to find out that the surgery really didn't help much!!! Now we were getting pretty frustrated, but we were still hopeful at getting pregnant. We kept trying but after another visit with my doctor, he decided to refer us to reproductive endocrinology.

We are now at the point where we basically have to decide between IVF and IUI. The specialist we are seeing has not said one way or the other which one he recommends for us. He said the percentage rate for conceiving and having a live birth is higher with IVF, however the cost is significantly higher. I really feel helpless at this point and just don't know which way to go. My husband and I are leaning toward in vitro, but the cost is of course a HUGE factor.

We haven't told any of our family about what we've been going through because we are pretty private when it comes to personal matters. But it's getting to the point where I really need to talk to somebody who has gone or who is going through this too. We are really trying to hold it together, but some days are pretty tough.


Keep the Faith

I just want to tell everyone out there to hang in there and keep your heads up. My husband and I tried conceiving for three years with various treatments (Clomid and IUIs).

We were successful with the first IVF and now we have a beautiful baby boy who will turn one in two weeks. God bless each and every one of you. I pray that each and every woman trying to have a child is eventually successful.

My advice to you all is to try and stay optimistic even when you have nothing left inside, and also to lean on others whether you meet them on the computer or at the fertility clinic. There are so many women out there going through the same disappointments. Speaking to others gave me strength. Good luck to you all.


My Journey

I am 22 yrs old, been married now for almost 4 yrs now and my dh and I have been trying to get pg for 3yrs, and nothing I use works. I've been through all the testing, hsg, and viginal ultrosound, everything looks good except for the ovaries (polycystic).

My dh has a low sperm count, so the only thing the doctor told us we can do is ivf with icsi. We are set to start out treatment next month and I am worried that it may not work.


Grieving again...

I posted last week that I was pregnant by pure dumb luck. Well, today our story ends like all the others...I miscarried. I can not even cry...I'm still too angry. I woke up this morning to bleeding and began cramping shortly thereafter, I was devastated. I am so frustrated, I miscarry so early that I fall into the "we don't know" and the "there's nothing we can do" category.

I'm just one of those unlucky statistics that you've heard about. I keep hearing, "the odds are you'll have a healthy, normally progressing pregnancy eventually." Well, it doesn't feel like it from our prospective. We can't even be happy anymore once we learn of my pregnancy because we immediately start hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

I'm wondering if I should look outside of conventional medicine and try herbals. I'm wondering at this point if it isn't worth a try...I mean, it has to be less expensive than all these tests and labs I'm having done now!

Everything has come back normal thus far and I have no doubt that this HSG is a huge waste of my money because, I haven't any doubt it will be normal like all the other tests I've had.


Took A While To Get To This Point, And Can't Wait

It all started when I was with my ex of 2 years, we wanted kids together and we could not have them with one another the old fashioned way since we are both women, so I turned to my guy friends for help, and really had no idea about AI and how much it cost or anything. I was 20 going on 21.

Well we agreed that I would use a guy friend to accomplish getting me pregnant, but it never worked I tried for a year. Well turns out she left me for a woman that was already pregnant, so I guess it was a good thing we didn't have kids together. Now I'm with a wonderful woman who I have been with for almost 4 years and we want kids through IUI, which to me is what I should have done to begin with, but hey you live you learn.

I went to get all sorts of tests done this month had to have an HSG and get blood work done, man they took a lot of vials of blood. Well the tests came up that everything is normal and nothing is blocking my tubes, so doc says we are good to go. I went for my first IUI yesterday and my sides are hurting and my stomach feels bloated. I'm really hoping that it worked.

I had 59 Million sperm implanted in me, does that mean I have good odds? Oh, the wait is just overbearing LOL I'm 25 and set with a job and so is my fiancÚe, so this would be a nice gift.


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