Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Infertility Awareness- Don't Be Silent

1. A disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.

By dictionary definition infertility is a disease. Something in your reproductive system is not functioning properly either from genetic or developmental error. In some cases toxins or hormones that have made their way into our bodies can effect our reproductive health as well. A majority of people if asked would not consider infertility to be a disease...they're wrong. Some people who face infertility have no "true" diagnosis, all their tests have come back with in normal range and their Dr can find no reason for them to not be getting pregnant.

20 Infertility Myths
Infertility: The Disease...
Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed

As I sit here preparing to write this I have to keep reminding myself to keep my emotions and especially my anger in check, so this will be short.
Infertility affects 7.3 million people of childbearing age in the United States alone! 1 out of every 8 couples is effected by infertility. Infertility is STRESSFUL! There are a ton of tests and procedures and meeting that have to happen. Stress does NOT make one infertile! To say so or to believe so is ignorant and insulting. IVF is not as easy as people seem to think it is. It is not a decision to be made lightly. It is a very expensive procedure that most insurance companies and plans do not cover and still has risk of not taking. Adoption is an option but it can still be expensive and until you are ready to accept that your journey is "over" it's not an option most people just jump into. Infertility can make one feel isolated and alone, because so few people are open about their struggle with it, because so many people are so quick to dismiss it or (inadvertently) belittle it, because so many people assume that they are "infertile" when in fact they are not. You don't want to be open about things that hurt you when nobody around you gives you the support you are actually looking for. But that further perpetuates the problem of people not understanding. Infertility can be over come (not in 100% of the cases, but a lot of couples after test, treatments, and procedures are blessed with the long awaited baby their hearts have been aching for!).
So that's all I'm going to write about for now, as I said I have a difficult time keeping my emotions in check right now. To all those out there struggling with/to over some infertility you have my love.


  1. and you have my love right back.. It´s hard not being able to on your own as well, it´s like it´s so up there with being a woman, being able to bear a child, that not being able to ( this far) actually makes me feel less of a woman than my friends who are pregnant... And I hate it. But I love your blog, and I will be following- all the way from Gjerdrum- Norway. You´ve got yourself a new fan- thanks for sharing- r

  2. Oh this is a hard one ! No baby yet here and no money. LOL
    Loving your blog !
    Follow me back !

  3. Well written, and I'm so glad you included Keiko's video. I shared it on my facebook page a while back. I wish more people would see it!

  4. Wonderful, informative post, Elizabeth!

    I adore Keiko. I worked with her on a post that I wrote for Babble about PETA's insensitive vasectomy campaign. She's doing amazing work spreading knowledge and empowering women.

    I am wishing you a short TTC journey.

  5. You have my love dear! Sending positive thoughts your way and blessings! Found you on the Thursday blog hop!


  6. My heart aches. I hope you get the life you dream of.