My fertility journey has been an ongoing rollercoaster. At age 19, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, which always caused me to worry about my fertility. Fast-forward almost ten years and my husband and I have been TTC for a little over a year. We recently went through fertility screening and were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. We have a fertility plan for the upcoming year that includes a scheduled laparoscopy and potentially trying IUI and IVF if needed.
At this point in the journey, the most difficult part has been feeling like my fears are coming true. A big piece of working through it is having an open communication with my husband and ensuring we share our feelings and concerns. We are a team and it is important to lean on each other during this journey. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be a part of a company called @ttccrate, which has been a supportive community during this time. Something I had decided early on was that I wanted to be open with my experience. After years of hiding about my endometriosis, the last few years I have been much more open about it in an effort to bring awareness.
It’s worth noting that I have made a host of lifestyle changes over the past few years to help with my endometriosis. Through exercise and proper nutrition, I was able to lose about 80 pounds over 6 years. More recently, I started to reduce my intake of inflammatory foods. I also try to get nutrients that are important for a pre-pregnancy diet and have reduced my caffeine intake.
For those women at a low point in their journey: there is an amazing community out there who understands what you’re going through. Reach out and find comfort in others. Also, give yourself a lot of gentle love and care.
We’ve since unfortunately had two chemical pregnancies and one failed IUI attempt. We’re now preparing to start Ontario-funded IVF in the Spring. I also now volunteer on the events and fundraising committee for Fertility Matters Canada (a national organization that empowers Canadians to reach their reproductive health goals by providing support, awareness, information and education, and promoting equal access to fertility treatments.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀