Shortly after we met, he said, “Women in general tolerate these procedures that we would never tolerate” – “we” meaning men. Women endure hysteroscopies, hysterosalpingograms, endometrial biopsies, intrauterine insemination, ovarian stimulation, and egg retrieval. “Ask men for a semen analysis, and it takes six months,” he said. “It’s an amazing thing.” p. 179
This quote, of course, made me feel proud. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, it felt like I was the only one in the world who was willing to do anything to have a successful pregnancy. I also believe that this is probably one of the main frustrations of women who undergo the majority of fertility treatments. I have only recently been educated on some of the aspects of male infertility treatments and what they are willing to go through. Since I am drawn to the female perspective to identify with, this is where my information base is the largest. I am wondering that since the doctor quoted above dealt with female fertility issues, if this statement is all the way true.
The reading of this statement also brought to the forefront different procedures that I was unaware of. Medical terminology can be daunting at times, but interesting as well. Looking into the definitions of these procedures could ultimately lead to a full blog post itself. There are many options available to women undergoing treatment, especially in the diagnostic phase. Mostly, I was familiar with D&C or D&S since these were the procedures that I went through myself.
The concluding statement of this quote, was ultimately why I chose to include it in this review. “It’s an amazing thing.” This was the way I felt after completing this book. Thankfully there are treatments to help with infertility but mostly, thankfully there are people willing to undergo them to achieve a dream.