Tag Archives: Infertility

September Is PCOS Awareness Month — Here’s How It Can Affect Your Body And Mind

Scary Mommy and Leland Bobbe/Getty September is PCOS awareness month. PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. It affects around 10 million people worldwide. Since it involves the hormones related to reproduction, it can cause many different frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms. Fatigue, increased facial and body hair, thinning of the hair on your head, acne, painful periods and ovulation, mood changes, headaches, sleep problems and, of course, infertility are all possible symptoms of PCOS. It also changes the way your body uses insulin. A lot of people experience […]

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Why I’m Giving Up The Hope Of Another Baby

Ulrike Mai/Pixabay I am endlessly hopeful. I taught high school English for over a decade, and every time a student would plagiarize or be rude or a policy was put into place that made no sense my reaction was always the same: incredulity. To really understand my intense hopefulness, let me elaborate. At the start of my Macbeth unit, I had a cheer that I made my students do on day one. “When I say Mac, you say Beth! Mac — ” Of course, this was met with crickets. Why wouldn’t it be? […]

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Halted Access To Infertility Treatments

Scary Mommy and Visual Generation/Getty If you asked me right now if I wanted more kids, I would have a good laugh — and then probably start to cry, because I am on the brink of losing my damn mind being cooped up in the house with the three kids I already have. But if you had asked me this question 12 years ago, my heart would have burst with longing. My ex-partner and I were a two-uterus couple, unable to conceive a baby without fertility help. […]

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To Doctors, My Fertility Was More Important Than My Pain

Scary Mommy and Westend61/Getty “Are you sure you’re done?” my doctor said to me. “You’re still young.” I had been fidgeting with my hands, rubbing the space between my fingers one by one, when I felt my hands ball up into tight fists and release. Here I was in front of a gynecological specialist I’d traveled more than two hours to see, and he had spent the first five minutes of our conversation asking me about my dating and sex life. Informing him that I’m currently going […]

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36 Relatable Truths For Anyone Who Has Ever Struggled With Infertility

Scary Mommy and Peter Dazeley/Getty Starting a family didn’t come as easy for my husband and me as it does for others. We struggled with unexplained infertility and it took me to my darkest place emotionally, up until that point in my life. I was bitter and angry at every single woman who was able to get pregnant with no problems. Honestly, that bitterness is still there in the background. Almost six years later; one miscarriage, one D&C, one stillborn son (Asher), and two living twin daughters […]

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Infertility Isn’t Just About Getting Pregnant — It’s Also About Staying Pregnant

Courtesy of Khadijah Lardas Another month, another negative pregnancy test. Another month my heart felt distressed. Infertility had the audacity to strike again and it was ruthless, disrespectful and bold. It gave hope, only to cackle with laughter and then rip it to shreds. Courtesy of Khadijah Lardas It forced me to question myself over and over again. What am I doing wrong? I am young, healthy and doing everything “right.” I have an animated and active four-year-old daughter, so shouldn’t it be easy? No. Courtesy of […]

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We’re Struggling With Infertility And Please Don’t Tell Me ‘It’ll Work Out’

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Infertility: it’s embarrassing, shameful, difficult, heart-breaking, and it tends to fill us with guilt. Above all infertility is misunderstood. Did you know that one in eight couples will have trouble getting pregnant? Or that there are plenty of individuals or different types of couples that must consider alternative family planning? Do you know the difference between in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI)? For years, my husband and I navigated through the murky waters of infertility and rarely did we come across someone, even in […]

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An Eating Disorder Told Me I’d Rather Be Thin Than Have Kids

Courtesy of Dr. Colleen Reichmann At 14 years old, I weigh myself five, ten, sometimes 15 times a day. Always hoping for some magic number that didn’t exist. The results dictate my mood. Number up? Total devastation for the day. Number down? Cautious pride — but better double check in an hour, just to make sure. The goal is simple: smaller. Smaller at any cost. The pursuit of thinness is gravely important, more important than friends, more important than sports. More important than health. At 19 years […]

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We Are Definitely ‘One And Done’

Courtesy of Jillian Stackhouse-Frechette There are a few things that I remember about my wedding day. There are the obvious ones, such as the dress, the cake, dancing with my husband, etc. But one that especially sticks out is a guest pulling me aside as we were leaving the church and asking me when exactly we were planning on having a family. My husband and I had been married all of five minutes. What this relative did not know, was that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). […]

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How This Sticker Is Helping Normalize Infertility

Wake up? Pee on a stick. Afternoon time? Pee on a stick. Bedtime? Pee on a stick. Everyday moments in between? PEE. ON. A. STICK. This is the obsessive life of women who are desperately trying to conceive. Why isn’t it discussed more amongst us? I’m honestly not sure. It’s weird that we don’t, because I’m almost 100% positive (no pun intended) that every struggling-to-conceive woman has taken more than one pregnancy test per day whilst trying to get pregnant. Maybe the first test was squinted at […]

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