I went from being told “here take Clomid” to “IUI” to “your only option is IVF”.

There’s many things in life I’ve never been sure of, but having a family was never one of them. Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a mom. Figures, right? Because, since I can remember I’ve also had PCOS, endometriosis and doctors telling me I’d have a difficult time conceiving.

It wasn’t until 2012 that my official fertility struggles began. After some time trying naturally and having no success. I went to my GYN who insisted that within taking clomid for 6 months I’d fall pregnant. Well, 6 depressing months passed, and each month resulted in a negative test. I was feeling a little more anxious and scared with each month that passed. At 23, I ended up being referred to a fertility clinic. They believed doing IUI would be sufficient, but testing proved otherwise. 2 completely blocked tubes and a heart shaped uterus later, I was left feeling completely shocked and in disbelief. I went from being told “here take Clomid” to “IUI” to “your only option is IVF”.

To date, I’ve completed 7 laparoscopy surgeries, a hysteroscopy to reshape my uterus, and both my tubes have been removed. I’ve done 2 fresh IVF cycles, 1 resulted in severe OHSS (daily monitoring, drainage, hospital visits, and complications for 3 months – all while pregnant), multiple FET cycles, and miscarriage.

I’m now 28 years old. I’ve been with my husband for 9 years and we have 2 small children via IVF. I am currently going through another FET cycle to try for a third. I’m a passionate writer and advocate located in Toronto, Canada. After studying psychology and landing a job as a women’s counselor, I developed a special interest in women’s issues. My education and work background, combined with several years of infertility issues, inspired me to share my story and experiences, and help to educate others/spread social awareness about infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, and loss.