Challenges

The Infamous Question

November 22nd, 2013
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I was at my neighbor’s house last week and we sat down and talked while our two daughters played together. My neighbor commented on how nice and sweet my daughter is, and that it is good for her daughter to have a friend such as my daughter. The conversation was going well and then the [...]

Grieving Loss of Intimacy

October 22nd, 2013
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One of the losses of infertility that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the loss of intimacy. One way this happens is when sexual intimacy becomes so focused on conception, that it loses its unitive function. Rather than something to look forward to as a shared expression of love for each other, it becomes [...]

Categories: Marriage, Resolution

Time Doesn’t Stop

October 11th, 2013
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It’s been 3,650 days, 120 months, and 10 years from the day that I found out that we suffered with infertility. You tend to think to yourself that if you just give it time and relax that it will happen. You will just wake up one day nauseated and pee on a stick and you’re pregnant; [...]

It’s Your Time To Heal – Male Factor Infertility

October 3rd, 2013
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I remember it like it was yesterday when we received the phone call that changed our lives forever. My husband and I were at work and the doctor’s nurse called me back. She started off the conversation with a question, and that question was “Have you ever considered donor sperm?” We knew at that moment [...]

Facing Emotions Of Infertility

September 9th, 2013
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At my job we have decided that we would get uniforms for our technicians. I was responsible for finding the company and getting prices and so forth. We settled upon the company and I called the representative out to my office. Somehow the representative and I start talking about vacations and needing to take a [...]

Turning Down a Shared Cycle

August 30th, 2013
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More and more fertility clinics are starting to offer shared-donor in-vitro fertilization cycles, where a woman agrees to donate some of her retrieved eggs to another patient in return for a reduced cost of her own IVF treatment. If the woman doesn’t yet have any children, or doesn’t have any biological children, this is a [...]

Pregnancy After Loss

July 25th, 2013
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When we experienced our chemical pregnancy a year and a half ago, we got varying reactions from people. Some tried to minimize the loss by referring to the tiny baby/babies as “just cells” or “eggs”, while others encouraged me to name them and think of them as children I have in heaven. Considering myself Pro-Life, [...]

Retreat for Those Experiencing Infertility

June 12th, 2013
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Five couples and four women without their husbands in tow usher into the conference room. We drove various distances to be here. Some from Virginia, some from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and some from the other end of West Virginia, where our retreat house is located. We’ve been married anywhere from less than 2 years [...]

Painful Rainbows

April 9th, 2013
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With 10-25% of all clinically established pregnancies ending in miscarriage, it’s a wonder that anyone would purposefully put themselves at risk of going through such a heartache. When a couple has to employ the services of a reproductive endocrinologist and pay for artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) in order to even attempt a pregnancy, it’s all [...]

Categories: IVF, Miscarriage, Stress

The TTC Semi-Finals

April 1st, 2013
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I’m seeing double. Double lines on a home pregnancy test, that is! But hold your congratulations. I have been here before, and it did not end well. The way I see it, entering the two-week-wait after an embryo transfer, insemination, or timed intercourse is like entering a competition of sorts, even though we are not [...]

Categories: Hope, Life Lessons, Stress