When we think of fertility success stories, it’s easy to link it to pregnancy and a healthy baby entering the world. After all, that’s the ultimate goal. For myself and my husband, our journey is still in process.
I think it’s important to not only share success stories that end in the goal of a healthy baby, but also to share the other ways a fertility journey can be successful.
Our hope increases the closer we get to that successful embryo transfer, but I am finding other ways that our journey has been successful.
I was diagnosed with PCOS years ago but never really thought much about it until it came time that we wanted to expand our family. After trying for a year on our own with no success, we entered our fertility journey with Boston IVF. We have completed one full round of IVF along with another round where we were unfortunately able to proceed with creating any embryos. Currently we have eggs frozen and still gathering information to decide our next steps. For some, this might not feel like a success. But for us, we continue to find out answers and learn more about more about ourselves.
Along the way, I have learned so much about my body, my distress tolerance and most importantly my relationship with my husband. This journey is the hardest yet most enlightening process we could go through. Even though our success hasn’t come in terms of a child yet, I would still say we have reached successes along the way.
We need to hold onto those small successes and remember that every step of the process is meeting a goal. It’s easy to remain hopeful when you see all the pictures of embryos that are now cute little babies. But let’s also remember to maintain hope along the way.
Everyone’s success is different as is everyone’s fertility journey. And Boston IVF continues to make sure we are taken care of throughout every step.
How did your boston ivf physician and nursing team help to make your journey a success?
Wendy Craw nurse at the Providence office has been unbelievably supportive. She has always answered our questions, gone above and beyond to make sure I had my medications on time, and had genuine compassion for us when we hit barriers in our process.
What were some highs or lows of your treatment(s)? What is unique/different about your story?
Highs include the connection building between my husband and myself. Other people can empathize but only the two of us understand exactly what our journey feels like. Lows were not being able to complete an embryo transfer during our second round of IVF.
Something unique about our journey is that I am in the mental health field. But just because I am in the field, doesn’t mean I am immune to the challenges fertility treatment can have on your mental health.
What advice do you have for other struggling with infertility?
Allowing yourself to feel happy, said, disappointed, angry etc, is so important to remember. It’s okay to have feelings about someone’s else process but it’s not ours. Everyone’s journey is different and that’s okay.