So many times in our lives when bad things happen we can feel like we are alone in the experience. Being diagnosed with infertility was one of those times for me. At that point in my life, I hadn’t known anyone in my circle of friends who had trouble conceiving or came away from an appointment with their OB with an actual diagnosis as to why they weren’t getting pregnant. For me it was endometriosis, for you, it could be PCOS or no known reason at all ……it’s just not happening!
For my husband and I, when we finally came to grips with the fact that an REI was between us and any hope of having a family; we truly thought we were part of an incredibly small minority. Then we walked into the waiting room here and realized we were just one of dozens of people on that given day, and clearly thousands in this one practice alone. I started to look at the statistics as to how many people infertility really effects. The numbers were astounding to both of us.
According to the CDC, National Survey for Family Growth (2006-2010) 1 in 8 couples has trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. In 2014 there were 59.63 million married couples living in the U.S. That’s a LOT of people. The bottom line is you are not alone, and help to get you through to the other side of this place you never wanted to be is just a phone call away – whether it be to make a new patient appointment or to speak with a psychologist about the next upcoming support group to meet more people facing what you are. Give it some thought. The first step is the hardest.
—–former IRMS patient, long-time infertility patient, great supporter of support groups and IVF Mom