Before I delve into the inevitable, let me take you back in time—way, way back. I spent my childhood believing that magic was real, not potions, spells, or bewitchery (though I did try out a love spell on a boy named David in grade 5, that's another story). My version of magic was believing that I could achieve anything, even sports until a few broken bones proved otherwise. My parents created a beautiful and colorful world for my brother and me, filled with laughter, kindness, and endless support. Personalized mixtapes, late-night dancing, movie/pizza night, birthday themes...

Georgia Graci •Mar 18, 2021

Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in ten women of childbearing age. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the uterus appears in other areas of the reproductive tract or pelvic region causing symptoms such as painful periods, cramping or pelvic pain throughout the menstrual cycle, digestion issues, pain with sex, and infertility. Symptoms vary widely and oddly enough, the severity of symptoms does not appear to correspond with the severity of the condition. Unfortunately, it is a very common and painful condition that we still don’t know a ton about! Endometriosis and Infertility...

Claire Virga, RD, MS, CDN •Mar 11, 2021

The thought never crossed my mind. In all my years working in the fertility field, I never guessed I might receive an infertility diagnosis. It’s an odd thing how the mind plays tricks on you, or maybe it simply prevents you from living out a trauma before it happens.  In December of 2019, my husband and I finally decided to pull the trigger on trying to get pregnant. Growing our family and becoming a mom is a lifelong dream of mine. Full of excitement that this was finally my turn to get pregnant, we did not...

Suzie Welsh, RN, MSN •Mar 4, 2021

It’s no secret that many couples struggle to conceive. While this used to be a topic barely anyone discussed, thanks to the incredible community of women and healthcare professionals the world of fertility is becoming much more open and transparent. It is estimated that 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. struggles to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. As an OB-GYN, my office is usually one of the first stops for a woman when she thinks something may not be going according to plan and she begins to face fertility problems.  Often times, when...

Heather O. Irobunda, MD, FACOG •Dec 3, 2020

Bilateral Tubal Blockage with Hydrosalpinx: the words that would bring my journey to motherhood to a screeching halt. After a year of believing that our hopes were within reach—believing that there must just be a minor issue of why we weren’t getting pregnant—we received our official diagnosis. It stopped everything. It robbed us of the art of surprise. I would never get to surprise my husband with a positive pregnancy test. It stole our hope from us. We would never get to hope that a miracle would “just happen.” Despite lots of unsolicited advice from...

Amanda Chenausky •Jul 20, 2020

I never thought I would be writing out my infertility story or that I would even be in this place. Our journey started in 2015. I had been with my husband for only a few months. We were just dating and getting to know each other. We met in Las Vegas through some mutual friends, and let me tell you, he swept me off my feet!  After a while of dating, we started noticing that I was in a lot of pain during intercourse. One night, I was in so much pain that I couldn't...

Kaitlin McFarland •Apr 1, 2020

What do severe period pain, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, painful sex, nerve pain, and GI symptoms all have in common? They are all symptoms of endometriosis. What Is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, develops outside of the uterine cavity in abnormal locations such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and abdominal cavity. It took me four more years to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Four years of unknown pain and suffering. Four years of doctor visits and being asked, “Are you sure you're actually in pain?" Four years of being...

Chelsea Blackburn •Nov 20, 2019

Before I dive into my own experiences with stage 4 endometriosis, I think it’s important to start off by saying that everyone’s experience with the disorder is different. Some women with endometriosis don’t have any symptoms at all, while others suffer from debilitating pain on a daily basis. This is my story. I started my period when I was 12. Everything seemed normal, just as the movies had made it out to be. I was a headstrong girl, desperate to grow up too soon, so I initially found it all to be very exciting—I was a...

Glenda Barber •Oct 28, 2019

It seems like everybody knows somebody with an IVF baby, so when my husband Seth and I learned in June 2018 that IVF with PGD testing would be the route we would be taking to have a baby, we thought surely come Fall 2019 we would be holding a baby in our arms. Oh, the naiveté! We had no idea that the road we were about to traverse was treacherous and filled with roadblocks and detours. We are many miles down this road now, after two egg retrievals and no viable embryos, and looking back,...

Olivia McDonald •Oct 7, 2019
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