Starting a family is one of the most important decisions a couple can make. Of course, bringing a child into this world is fraught with its own unique set of challenges, and the significance of childbirth cannot be understated. However, for some couples, the struggle begins at conception.
Your biological clock is ticking. Odds are good that you have heard this phrase before. In many cases it comes from a well meaning family member that thinks you should get pregnant before you get too old. The question is though, is your biological clock actually ticking to the point that you may be unable to achieve pregnancy?
About 21,980 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. You may not have known, but September is a month that the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has specifically dedicated to spreading national ovarian cancer awareness.
If you struggle with infertility, you’re not alone. Twelve percent of women, and 1 in 8 couples, struggle to get or stay pregnant. Infertility has been a source of pain and struggle for as long as there have been humans.
In his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, H.P. Lovecraft said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” One area the fear of the unknown is prevalent, is with infertility. For most people struggling with it, there are several unknowns that leave them afraid. However, infertility doesn’t have to be scary.
When you’re trying for a pregnancy, your first two-week wait can feel like an eternity. Every twinge, tickle, and pinch could be a sign of pregnancy. You may find yourself endlessly scouring the Internet to understand your odds and improve your fertility. And in those first few months of trying, you might wonder how people who struggle with infertility manage to cope with endless two-week waits.
Imagine this for a moment -- You’re sitting in the bathroom waiting on the seconds to pass. You’ve been here before. It’s an all too familiar scene. You and your partner are hoping, perhaps praying, and you’re both anxious. You’ve done “all the right things,” and ultimately bought a pregnancy test. All you want is to see the two lines show up that let you know that you’re pregnant. Sound familiar?
Each woman has different expectations, hopes, and dreams when it comes to her life and her fertility. If those expectations include having children, it is hard to imagine that it would require much more than deciding to stop taking the pill. Getting pregnant seems so easy for some couples.
Infertility can put a lot of pressure on your mental and emotional stability. People don't always realize how taxing their hopes, expectations, and potential disappointment can have on them. Not only does your struggle affect your personal state of mind, but it can bleed into the health of your relationship with your spouse as well.
In the last 5 years or so, the amount of women who have decided to freeze their eggs has tripled. This is undoubtedly due to the rising awareness of success rates and the desire/need for these women to give themselves more time before starting families of their own.