April 19-25th marks National Infertility Awareness Week. Why am I blogging about this you ask? Yes we do have 2 pretty fantastic children (I might be slightly biased) but there is also a side to infertility that is less known about. Secondary Infertility.
1 in 8 couples struggle to conceive – so
you we are not alone. We’ve known for a few years that there was something not quite right but felt it was somewhat ungrateful to talk about wanting to grow our family when some are struggling to start one. Our youngest son is 7 – we wanted a child not long after him so they would be close in age. That didn’t happen. I’ve been pregnant 3 times since our son was born, none of them lasted more than a few weeks.
Earlier this year I decided to try and do something about it so I went to the Drs and we are now going through various routes of testing. Testing to see what is wrong. So many tests and yet still no answers. If I see someone coming towards me with a sharp object it’s almost a natural reaction for me to stick my arm out so they can take me blood. AGAIN.
We have no answers, we know no reasons why (yet), we just can’t have another baby.
My house is filled with forms to take to various hospital appointments all of them branded with the words ‘FERTILITY INVESTIGATIONS‘ in bold. I think the hardest part at the moment is not knowing why? Without a cause there is still no hope a remedy.
Maybe we put off asking for help for too long? Maybe it’s too late? We shall see. For now though there is no light at the end of the tunnel, but at least the end of the tunnel is just coming into view…it’s there I can see it if I try.