One in 8 couples will struggle with infertility...
Its not something you ever think you will have to face, then you come to the shocking realization that this is now your life. Many keep it to themselves and attempt to walk this journey alone. Not an easy task!
An infertility diagnosis has been likened to a cancer or aids diagnosis in terms of stress and emotional pressure, not to mention the financial strain! Most insurances don't cover any infertility treatments.
Still others will try to be open and honest to those around them and face the challenge of navigating the various responses of their loved ones. Some reactions are sympathetic, but most range from the attempts at a story of hope (My sister's cousin's friend had that issue and she got pregnant...) to unsolicited advice (just relax, stop trying so hard, just have more sex - yes i have heard that one!) to just plain hurtful (Maybe you just weren't meant to be parents, it's better this way).
For so long the issue of infertility and miscarriage has been a taboo subject, something you just don't talk about.
When my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby, I was excited and optimistic. It didn't take long to realize that my cycles weren't normal and that we might be facing a much longer and more difficult road to becoming parents then we expected. I have been very open with friends, family, and even aquaintences, about our situation and (luckily) have received very positive feedback. I have even been approached by other women who have opened up about their experiences. Unfortunately, some of the feedback they have received was not as positive as what I got. That is what made me decide to start this blog.
It is time for the silence of infertility to be broken!! It is time to shed some light on this so that those who don't walk this path can better understand and support us on this journey.
This blog will serve to highlight stories of infertility, interviews with providers, and will also provide ways of dealing with tough topics. Please contact me below if you wish to share your story or leave a comment if you have a topic you would like to see covered on here.
I am the reigning Mrs. Wisconsin US Continental 2017 and have also struggled with infertility for the past 3 1/2 years. My husband and I have been married since May 26, 2012.