When speaking about infertility, it is a hard thing to explain. How do you put your story into words to tell someone the sadness, heartbreak, tears, and joy that you feel? Lauren’s story began in 2014.
After Lauren was married in June of that year, she and her husband officially began “trying.” By June of 2016, the couple knew something was wrong. It had been two years with no baby. Lauren’s husband had a baby from a previous relationship, so the couple felt Lauren might need testing. She felt like she was the broken one.
In August of 2016 she was officially diagnosed with PCOS and needed to have surgery to remove a very large cyst on her ovary. She lost a portion of her fallopian tube during that surgery which left her wondering, “What else is infertility going to steal from me?”
Six months post-surgery, the couple started seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. The words that kept Lauren going was when her doctor said, “Let’s get you pregnant.” After six failed IUI rounds where everything was “perfect” and her numbers were “right on track,” Lauren and her husband’s journey came to a screeching halt by the end of 2017 due to insurance changes.
The couple talked and decided to wait. No more shots, appointments, or pills. It was time for a break. Lauren was falling hard into a depression, she felt like her marriage was failing, and they seemed to be out of options.
In March of 2018, they discovered a miracle. She was pregnant. Somehow, on her own, Lauren ovulated and their little fighter stuck. He was born perfect at 40 weeks and 1 day in November of 2018. He is their miracle baby.
To all the women struggling: The fight is worth it. Fight for love and for what you want. Everyone who wants to be deserves the chance to be a mother. I believe in you. Remember to be your own best advocate for yourself.
Lastly, do not be sad. You are not alone, and we are in this together.
Lauren C., Chicago, IL