I’ve been through a lot of fertility
treatments. I’ve done twelve cycles of Clomid and timed intercourse, three
IUIs, three IVFs, and a donor frozen egg transfer. All failures. In the midst
of IVFs resulting in negative pregnancy tests, I remember there were several
times I wanted to give up, that I thought it just wasn’t going to happen. I
remember every crushing disappointment when a cycle wouldn’t work.
Couples going through infertility
understand disappointment. At the start of a new cycle, there is this hope they
have, that maybe, just maybe, this next cycle will be it. That a pregnancy will
finally happen that will result in a baby. Couples remain hopeful through the
monitoring appointments, through the daily injections, the mood swings and
discussions with the insurance company. Even when every other cycle before this
one was negative, there is that hope held out that this one will be different.
Infertility is ultimately a lesson in hope
and disappointment, and many of us cycle between the two for months, and in
many cases, for years.
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