One in 8 couples face fertility challenges. That number is staggering and what that means is each and every one of us knows at least one couple struggling to get pregnant. Yet there is SO much shame and stigma around infertility and fertility treatment.
I know when I was going through fertility treatment, I felt like I was the only one that this was a challenge for. I knew it couldn't be true but it certainly felt that way. And what's worse? I felt I couldn't talk to anyone who would understand what a loss it was to know that without medical intervention we would never have a baby.
The loss of being able to grow a family on our timeline, in our own way, without constant medical appointments. The loss of realizing my body couldn't do what it needed to in order for us to conceive.
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The first time I went to see a reproductive endocrinologist in my late 20s because my window for conceiving was closing rapidly, and the fertility path we chose to take.
My experience with IVF (in vitro fertilization) and what I wished I had known back then
How my husband and I coped with the isolation of infertility and how we used this experience to become closer as a copule
Why grieving (and not just being positive all the time) is essential to helping you get pregnant
How stress impacts women's fertility AND men's fertility and can be impeding your ability to get pregnant
4 tips on how to cope with stress during fertility treatment.
No matter where you are on your infertility journey, allow yourself to grieve the loss of how you build your family.
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I didn't share this on the show but if you're looking for a comprehensive guide for learning about your fertility, check out Toni Weschler's Taking Charge of Your Fertility.
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