The fertile public at large may not know it, but there's something called "The Infertility Closet." It's where one in eight people choose to either ...
As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I have deep admiration for our military. However, serving our country is a tremendous sacrifice -- one that should not come with the cost of military members not being able to raise a family of their own.
This Thanksgiving, I feel gratitude, but not the rah-rah kind. I know that as talk unfolds around me, the rapid, skittering on the surface kind, in some way I am still partly outside it. I can't quite blend back in, because I know too much.
The agony of infertility runs so deep that I feel irrevocably changed by the experience -- so much so that having a baby now almost feels beside the point.
When a woman sits down in front of a camera to talk about her fertility struggles or pregnancy loss, there's not a calm bone in her body. Her heart is...
Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.
You have just as much of a right to proclaim your infertility and ask for prayer as if you had any other disease. So stop questioning your worth like I did. Be strong, because your motherly and beautiful heart does not deserve anything less.
Cramping, bloating, a craving for salt and excessive fatigue let me know a week in advance that, once again, I've failed to become a mother.
I want women to know to just freeze their eggs if they want to. And for younger women, take a minute when you're in your 20's or 30's and just freeze them if you think having kids later in life is important to you. Because life happens - and sometimes things you think will line up, don't.
Though my wife and I couldn't get naked and make babies, we still had the ability to create children with our genes. There are couples out there for whom biological babies aren't an option. With embryo donation, we could give our baby starter kits to a couple, allowing them to create the family they longed for. We would be granting hope to people bereft of it.
I am not crazy for wanting to conceive and birth a biological baby of my own. There is no shame or embarrassment in that. I deserve it like every other woman out there. Life is messy and it just gets messier when you add baby making to the mix.
Over the past 25 years, IVF -- the technology, the science, the success rates, the process -- has dramatically changed. Yet physicians and patients who are facing infertility are not letting go of older techniques and are often taking on unnecessary risks in pursuit of starting a family.
Imagine the irony: You spend most of your young adult life trying not to get pregnant. Then when you're ready to be in the pink or blue, month after month that stupid pregnancy test says no. That's the reality for the one in eight couples who have trouble conceiving.
I've always wondered how our family portrait would ever be complete. How do I honor my three without my three here on earth? And then some photos from a few photographers starting showing up on my social media, a result of how much coverage Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is getting this year.
I realize that my journey may not be as complicated or challenging as many of yours. I want to acknowledge all the beautiful souls, men and women, going through any journey around parenthood. I honor your courage and strength of heart.
Parents can, and should put the needs and desires of their children to seek out and connect with half siblings and/or donors, above their own fears. This is the ultimate sacrifice that parents make for their children. It is also the greatest gift we can give to our children, and to ourselves.