If you are looking for hope, these Infertility Stories are sure to help you realize that you are not alone.
No one really “gets” infertility like those who have lived through it themselves.
It’s one of those clubs that no one really wants to be a part of (but somehow, we involuntarily became members of).
Ironically, it feels nothing like a club. There are no meetings, there is no clubhouse, there are no secret handshakes. None of that. Infertility is notoriously LONELY.
In almost every infertility blog I have ever read, there is a sentence that reads something like “I felt so alone…I had no one to talk to that understood…1 in 8 couples are affected by infertility so why is it such a taboo topic?”
Like I’ve told you guys before….when my personal journey with infertility gets really difficult, the only thing that is guaranteed to bring comfort to my anxious little heart is to read other stories from other women who have gone through a similar struggle and made it to the other side.
Sometimes, when there is no light at the end of this dysfunctional-fertility tunnel and it feels like it is hard to breathe, it makes you feel less of a failure to read another woman say “yes…it took a long time and a lot of pain but here I am with my babies”. It makes a huge difference every time.
Unfortunately, it can be tough to find infertility stories that you can relate to, especially, when it is treated like such a taboo topic.
14 Women Share Their Infertility Stories
Thank God for the selfless individuals that allow us a glimpse into their private experiences and their painful moments.
I searched far and wide across the interwebs to find blog posts in which women have shared their walk through infertility, pregnancy loss and fertility treatments extensively (not just little snippets). In each of these stories, you will find the intimate befores, durings and afters and I hope that it brings you all the hope that you are looking for.
Make sure to visit each of their blogs to read more about their lives.
14 infertility journeys to help you understand that you are not alone and that you can survive this. May you find hope, comfort and inspiration as you read these stories.
On their DIY blog, the Finns share their 3-year infertility journey. They have struggled through PCOS, IUI, IVF, chemical pregnancies and even reproductive immunology to achieve parenthood. Casey & Finn have done a wonderful job capturing their journey step-by-step and with beautiful pictures! Make sure to read all the way down to find links to each step of their TTC journey.
Jessica Olien shares her journey to fertility using illustrated comics, which I think is amazingly creative! She really captures the emotional struggle behind fertility treatments in a unique and dare I say, humorous, manner. One particular comic that stands out describes infertility "...like someone is missing and I don't know if I'll ever see them again. I can't fully lose hope and I can't move on". So appropo.
Becky's is a story of redefining what it means to achieve motherhood. Read her story to discover how she struggled through premature ovarian failure to end up with 3 kids using donor eggs. Her entire blog is now dedicated towards raising support and awareness about donor conception as a path to parenthood.
If you are looking to actually learn about fertility treatments, this is the blog post for you. Liz goes into some awesome details about various kinds of treatments and what to expect. She goes on to describe how she became pregnant with their "3% miracle child". Trust me, it will make you tear up. And if you're not the reading type, she also has a podcast that you can check out!
The Ramseys are the founders of the very successful, faith-based group named- Waiting in Hope Ministries.
Their passion to help others using their story is truly inspiring. Click over to their blog to read their extensive story of waiting (for years!) infertility treatments, surgeries, miscarriages, which all ultimately end in joy.
On Dorothy's food blog (Crazyforcrust.com), she shares her story of secondary infertility - a type of infertility that is not taken as seriously as it should be. She and her husband have to go through so much! A vasectomy reversal and various fertility treatments just to arrive where they are now.
Beth (MissModernWellness herself) talks about going from being terrified of getting pregnant to getting married and then waiting, waiting and waiting for pregnancy. Beth tells a vivid story of maneuvering IUI, pregnancy loss, IVF to finally arrive at parenthood.
At the Creative Bite blog, Danielle shares her 3 year long battle with infertility, PCOS and miscarriage. Much like myself, Danielle actually started her blog to distract herself from the agonizing pain of pregnancy loss. She proceeded to lose 35 pounds and at least 5 failed medication cycles in her efforts to become a parent.
The Amateur Nester offers "Christian encouragement during infertility". At her blog, Lisa chronicles her infertility story in exceptional detail including costs, cycles and testing. She also shares links and other resources that she has found to be a source of support during this difficult walk.
Elisha's infertility story of PCOS, infertility, foster care and adoption has given birth to Waiting For Baby Bird Ministries- a faith-based non-profit support group. Check out this blog to read about how she found encouragement in God and also to find more information about this awesome ministry.
Amber Massey's infertility story shares her struggle with secondary infertility and pregnancy loss. Reading her personal story and experiencing the raw emotions she shares and the joy that follows is sure to bring you hope.
At her blog, MummyToTwindividuals, Amanda describes the agony of everyday life with infertility. She goes on to have IVF+ICSI and goes through OHSS (a potentially fatal complication of IVF stimulation) to eventually "buy one get one free" with twin blessings. Check out her story!
& Last but not least, we end where we started - my little old blog right here. If you are familiar with my journey to fertility, you will know that I have struggled with endometriosis, loosing a fallopian tube, ectopic pregnancies and 7 total pregnancy losses. Unlike most of these other stories, my story has not ended yet. I'm still on the journey...still moving my feet. But even still, I hope that you find hope, encouragement, comfort and inspiration here.
I hope that reading about these infertility walks helps you feel less isolated, less helpless and found a way to exhale. I hope that you understand that you are bigger than this, that you have a future and that there is an end point to your struggles.
I thank and admire each of these ladies for the bravery they’ve demonstrated by sharing their infertility stories.
Remember that National Infertility Awareness Week happens every April. I encourage you to try and contribute to the cause in any way that you can.