We have a healthy baby (almost toddler), so most people don’t realize we were diagnosed with infertility. We don’t talk about it much, even though I’m terrified that we won’t be able to conceive another child. Somehow it feels like our struggle doesn’t count because we got our baby and never went through some of the invasive treatments that other have to use.
One of the stated goals for the “Join the Movement” campaign is to change the conversation about infertility. I realized this morning that I can change it by having it at all. While I’ve been very open on this blog, I’ve never been good at talking about it in real life. My mother-in-law found out a few weeks ago because I never told her. I don’t think my husband has ever told anyone. I try to be open about it, but it’s really hard to feel like a voice for infertility now that we have a baby. Sometimes I get the feeling people don’t understand why it’s still an issue, so I’ve stopped talking about it as much.
So it’s time to change the conversation by having it at all. You aren’t alone. 1 in 8 couples experiences infertility and it can be emotional, physically, and financially draining experience. We were fortunate enough to conceive on our own, but there shouldn’t be a stigma surrounding fertility treatment or adoption.
Part of me is so relieved to be “on the other side” but we have no way of knowing if we can have a second child. I worry a lot about if we will be able to conceive again and how that might affect my family and my child. I want to give Charlotte a sibling, but part of me is afraid to even try again because it was so hard last time.
Anyways, if you stumbled your way here via the Google (or Bing or whatever the kids are using these days), click HERE for more information on infertility.