Have you been struggling to get pregnant? Have you had multiple miscarriages? Have you been diagnosed with PCOS or endometriosis? Do you feel alone and misunderstood?
As defined by The International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), “infertility is a disease characterized by the failure to establish a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse or due to an impairment of a person’s capacity to reproduce either as an individual or with his/her partner.”
1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC)
Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained. (American Society for Reproductive Medicine)
Infertility is such a difficult and agonizing disease. Often, friends and family do not understand all of the specifics around the issues. Sometimes, you are met with unwanted advice that is not helpful. Additionally, not a lot of people know how to be supportive of those who are suffering.
Then, you may have or may not have sought treatment. However, the idea of it all can be very overwhelming and scary. If you have not started treatment, you may have questions about how that aligns with your faith and/or you do not know what to expect.
If you have gone through treatment, you may have experienced trauma from every step of the process. You have not received a lot of compassion from the doctors and/or nurses. You may have dealt with so much anxiety from the testing and needles. On top of that, the fear of the process being unsuccessful followed you every step of the way. Then, you get to the end of treatment and that negative pregnancy test was devastating. It was a loss that you never experienced before or it was hard to explain that the loss was real despite not hearing a heartbeat or getting as far as an ultrasound.
No matter where you are in the process, infertility is so hard. If you or someone you love is having a hard time with infertility, please reach out to me. I would be happy to discuss how I may be able to help.