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.
I first found out that I had PCOS. I was sad, worried, and felt like my dream to motherhood would never come true! Than, my husband had his semen analysis and the doctors discovered he had only 2 sperm! Devastated, confused, and shocked, we cried, prayed, and asked God for the best.
We went through all the tests, stresses, etc. and discovered that he had very high FSH levels and was thus not making very much sperm at all. Our only option was IVF/ICSI and TESE (a testicular biopsy) with hopes of retrieving and finding sperm. Sperm was found and we completed the entire IVF process. We are now humbled to say that we are 12 weeks pregnant with twins! IVF actually worked on our first try! We are thrilled and although we anticipate the birth of our "own" biological children, we also anticipate the day we can adopt a few too! Always keep your hearts, minds, and prayers open to the best plan out there for you!!!
P.S. A GREAT book that helped me through this entire process was “Calm my Anxious Heart” by Linda Dillow
Mom in the making
HopefulMy husband and I have been married for 6yrs and have been tying for a baby for 3yrs. Over the last year I had undergone surgery to correct my Endometriosis. My left fallopian tube was nonfunctional. Now, the doctors say everything looks okay, but I'm still not pregnant. I took Clomid for a few months but it made my Endomertiosis worse, so now I'm about to undergo insemination. We really hopes this works, I am only 24 yrs old and I feel like everyone is a mom but me. I can't even be around new moms or pregnant women. Most don't understand, if they aren't dealing with this themselves, it is the hardest feeling to ever explain. I just want all the women to have hope even when you feel like it's all gone. I've been there, and I'm even still there at times. My sister is 35 and has a hysterectomy. She can never be a parent of her own child. I just want this procedure to work.
Troubled TimesI have been married for a year (not long I know) but my husband and I desperately want children. That's been my dream since I was little...a house full of beautiful children.
However, I found out I have premature ovarian failure. I ama 25 and have no eggs! This of course is heart breaking to my husband and I. I cry on a daily basis and I am numb honestly.
We are trying to find a good RE in NC to help us out and get us started on a plan. I am nervous. I don't know what to do or expect. I just want to be rocking my babies to sleep at night!
More Difficult than I ThoughtMy husband and I have been together for 10 years and married for 6. We decided in Dec 05 to start a family. We tried for 5 months and it is now May. I never thought it was going to be this hard.
I am very healthy and very fertile. I have regular cycles and I know when I am ovulating. Every month I thought this could be “it” until my period came. Now again my period is here and I am starting to worry. I am also, in a way, pissed off because here we are a couple who decided to wait and plan while others are getting pregnant by accident.
I know I still have a chance before I am considered infertile but it still makes me angry. I am the only one in my family that decided to wait. All my sisters got pregnant when they were teenagers. It just doesn’t seem fair to me when I hear about couples like me who are having a hard time and would make great parents.
I am 29 so I can’t help but think that maybe I waited too long. I am going to keep trying and my husband is going to a fertility clinic to check his sperm. If there is nothing wrong with his sperm I will have more hope and maybe it’ll just be a matter of time.
Pregnant?My husband and I have been married for nearly 5 years. I've always know I wanted to be a mother. That feeling has been part of me for as long as I remember. My husband has been in medical school so we've waited to have children. I knew going into it that it might take a while.
After the second month of trying I started having some slight pain, almost like cramping. I spotted very lightly for 2 days then it stopped. I had terrible nausea one day and had to use the bathroom constantly. I was so excited! I got home from our trip and took a pregnancy test. I was so confused - the test was one very, very light line - not pregnant. Since it was so light I wasn't sure it was correct. Especially since I had so many symptoms. But those were gone. Nothing else happened.
A few weeks later I got my period. My cycles have been crazy ever since. Every month I can't wait to see if I'm pregnant. Checking for cervical mucous, taking my temperature and charting it...I just want a baby!!! I'm pretty sure it's about time for my period. I took a pregnancy test 2 days ago after work and it was negative. Still no period, and my nipples have been ultra sensitive for a week.
I'm afraid of taking another pregnancy test too early - I've wasted enough money doing that and had so much disappointment in the past. I don't want to tell anyone, yet I want to tell EVERYONE! I'm not sure when I'll take another test. Maybe in another 3 days if no period.
To all of you trying to get pregnant, I am praying for you. It is a painful and extremely emotional time that no one else can understand. It seems like someone is always having a baby shower that you're invited to or your best friend is talking about having a second baby...
Let's decide to keep trying and doing all we can to get pregnant, but not forget that we have friends and families and will miss out on a great part of our lives if we neglect everything else.
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