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.
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to infertility. One of the most common ones is that it’s mainly a female issue, but the reality is that achieving pregnancy is not solely reliant on the female alone. It takes two to tango as they say.
Houston, TX, July 12, 2017-- Dr. Vicki Schnell of the Center of Reproductive Medicine has been selected as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star. This marks the seventh consecutive year Dr. Schnell has been selected as a Super Doctor, and her 13th time being honored as a Super Doctor.
Regardless of what stage you’re in with your infertility journey, the process of struggling to achieve pregnancy can be a frustrating experience. Along your path, you’ll most likely begin working with a fertility clinic, and at some point you may find yourself wondering if you chose the right one. Should you switch fertility clinics, or continue on with your current choice?
It’s incredibly common for people to assume that their difficulty getting pregnant is because of the woman’s fertility. This is due to the awareness of a woman’s biological clock running out, something that men don’t have to worry about. However, there are many issues that contribute to fertility complications in both men and women.