Fast forward quite a few years later, and we have now gone through a total of 12 rounds of IVF, 7 rounds of IUI, and a miscarriage.
Infertility doesn't happen to me - it happens to other people. I conceived my first child naturally, within five months. Infertility isn't something I have to worry about... But then I found out about Secondary Infertility. You see, infertility can impact anyone, any time.
Later that year, we were thrust into the crazy world of IVF- shots, meds, appointments, and an egg retrieval. They retrieved 16 eggs and fertilized 11. In the end, we were only able to freeze two. I overstimulated on the medication- a painful and dangerous risk of IVF. They put off the transfer until my body healed and my next cycle started.
As I struggled with infertility and the overwhelming desire for children my mom would often remind me of the quote “Women who through no fault of their own that cannot exercise the gift of motherhood directly, may do so vicariously.”