For those of you who are just discovering your own infertility issues, buckle up for the amount of advice you’re going to receive … wanted or unwanted. For those of you who have been battling infertility for a while, you know what I’m talking about. Everyone who is aware of your “condition” all of a sudden wants to be your doctor, therapist or “Dear Abby” figure. If I had a dollar for every piece of advice I was given, I could have enough money for, well, an IVF cycle. Continue Reading
I know I recently posted about finding the humor in injecting yourself with hormones as part of your infertility treatment (You’re Telling Me I Don’t Need A Degree to Administer These Shots?!?) I’ve been thinking about that post and the great comments it received. Since the topic seemed to resonate with a lot of people, I thought I would revisit and expand on it.
When I take a step back and look at the IVF process as a whole, I am amazed at two things. First, the continuing advances in medical science that have allowed me to have children. The fact that our parents’ generation didn’t have this type of medical assistance is mind-boggling. But what truly fascinates me is that these same learned professionals who perfected the science of creating life trust us simple-minded laypeople to play doctor and be responsible for precisely mixing medications and properly injecting them into the correct part of the body. So yes, it’s rather crazy to think that anyone who signs up for IVF is then given a prescription for hormone injections with a few instructions and a “good luck” memo.