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.
About a year later, after birthing my hard-won twins, I began to write about the long slog of high-tech conception. For me the experience lingered even into motherhood, and still does. Two women from my high school emailed me to say they'd read my stories and knew exactly what I meant. Suddenly, after decades of no contact, we were pouring out shared infertility tales.
This study does not tell us anything about freezing eggs from older women and those who don't have a good fertility profile. What the study does reveal is how effectively frozen eggs from younger, healthy women perform for patients who need them and how invaluable the decision to store one's own eggs, while young and healthy, could prove.
I survived infertility (quite well in fact) but as with many life crises my healing wasn't complete. I still feel sadness at times when I hear stories of couples getting pregnant as planned, and enjoying traditional family life. And sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like, had I not experienced infertility.