Having infertility affected my life in many ways – hormonally, emotionally, and physically.

I was 17 years old when I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a disease one in 10 women suffer from and many don’t even know it. At the time, I was struggling with losing weight, having consistent menses, and my emotions were up and down.

At 19 years old, I was told I had less than a 10% chance of ever having children. This may not sound terrible, but if you consider the math, I had a pretty low probability of conceiving children naturally – if at all.

At 20, I had a midwife send me for an ultrasound that came back with some type of mass in my uterus. I asked my midwife at the time if this mass should be removed to help make conceiving a little easier, and she blew it off and told me it likely wasn’t the problem. She told me to focus on my upcoming wedding and that I was young – that I should live my life a little more.

At 22, I went to an OB who told me that this mass was a polyp that may be part of my problem conceiving. I had surgery a month later to remove the polyp and in April of 2020, I got pregnant with my now 14-month-old daughter.

#WeCanAll take the time to listen and be a shoulder for our friends and family struggling with infertility. #WeCanAll learn to put our foot down and start demanding better from our healthcare providers who disregard or look over issues that we are clearly worried about.

Italee R., WA

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