To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? – Shakespeare, on infertility
JUST KIDDING. But really, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Is it too late to start an infertility blog in the middle of IVF egg retrieval and embryo transfer?
Let’s jump right in: Joe and I have been struggling with unexplained infertility for the past two years of our three-year marriage. Over the last year, we’ve been through it all: trying-by-not-preventing (fail) timed intercourse (fail), testing (all looks good), Clomid (fail), IUI (fail, x3), etc… and now, IVF. Along the way, and especially with IVF, I’ve learned from the experiences of so many strong, amazing bloggers and YouTubers online. I wanted to start this blog to add my voice… and let other women know that they’re not alone.
Shouldn’t this blog be anonymous? Maybe. Probably. Infertility can be incredibly personal, and private. And it’s ugly. Undignified. Full of TMI moments. But I didn’t want to hide the fact that we’re struggling through this. I didn’t want to be ashamed. And when we finally find our way to parenthood, I want to claim that victory for us, with our names, not in Internet anonymity.
So here we go…