Infertility is becoming an increasing concern for many many couples. It is said that 1 in 6 couples suffer from infertility, and now the number is going up to 1 in 5 couples who are now suffering. If you have been trying to conceive for 6 months, you may have issues with your fertility. Whether you have primary infertility (never had children) or secondary infertility (had 1 or more children and trying for another child but find that its not working), infertility is an emotional and devestating journey. There are no 2 stories that are exactly alike, but the stories are becoming more abundant.
From PCOS, to Male Factor, to Age Factor, infertility affects your whole life. Not just your family life, but your whole life. From work, to friendships, to relationships with food, to exercise, to sex, to relationships with your family, and even the financial burden. It even affects how you view yourself as a human being. There are so many "What Ifs" during this whole process that we sometimes feel like we can't take the next step in our lives that hold any meaning for us, as individuals, or as human beings. From what I've seen, we've been pregnant for as long as we've been trying to get pregnant.
The emotions that stem from this journey can leave you feeling alone, without support, without hope. There is so much grief and loss each month from seeing that negative, or with some of us, the loss of our little angel before they had the chance to live. It's heartbreaking. In the first support meeting I went to, there was a counsellor from the clinic who stated that the grief of miscarriage is second only to the loss of a child.
How does a person navigate this difficult journey? How does a person decide what is the next step for them? Adoption? Surrogacy? Child-free? What is the best choice each one of us can make so that we can live as happily and as meaningful a life as anyone with children? With family? What does family mean to you?