After a lot of soul searching and researching, I have decided to start my own site dedicated to the frustrations I have faced with fertility and reproductive issues throughout my life especially the last four years of fertility treatments. I invite you along on my journey as I don’t think fertility is talked about enough despite nearly one in eight facing struggles. I will hesitate to use the term “infertility” as I am trying to remain positive. I may never be fertile, but I still hope to be.
My name is Michelle, and I am a 37-year-old woman who lives in the Washington, D.C. area though I am originally from Michigan. My career has focused mainly on education and non-profits. I current work in operations at a large community of non-profits in D.C. My husband and I have known each other since high school but didn’t start dating until after college. We got married five years ago and started trying to conceive (TTC) soon after.
Through this site, I plan to dive deep into the fertility frustrations we have faced, including:
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian stimulation
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
- Interuterine insemination (IUI)
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Egg retrieval
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS)
- MTHFR mutation
- And more
I also want to discuss issues of mental health, family dynamics, and all the other stuff that occurs whether or not you are facing fertility issues. I hope that my story can help others cope with the frustrations they too face and build a community of open discussion.