A couple of weeks ago, I went to the clinic to have a follow up with my RE. DH had to work, so my MIL offered to come. I’m so blessed to have in-laws like them. Being Chinese, talking about feelings is unheard of. Granted, I feel completely awkward and uncomfortable when we do talk about feelings, and also when my parents hug me. But it’s different with my in-laws. I’m so open with them, we talk about everything, have open arguments/debates about stuff. There isn’t really anything I won’t talk about with them. Continue reading
I received my package from Planting Beans yesterday! I can’t believe how much I got!
I got FOUR pairs of socks, beautiful magenta nail polish, lip gloss, mango bath salt (mango is my favourite fruit!), a box of cards, box of candy (nom nom), burlap makeup bag (I had lots of burlap in my wedding!), and a lovely card with an amazing message! Thank you so much!
Thank you to Chelsea at Starbucks, Peace, and the Pursuit of a Baby for setting this all up!
Update: This was written for the American National Infertility Week. Canadian Infertility Awareness Week is May 19 – May 28.
This week, April 19 – April 25, 2015, is National Infertility Week in the US. While I am not American, I wanted to participate in this initiative to get people talking about infertility.
I had always thought that our journey to infertility would be a result of my body not cooperating. I had been on birth control pills for 12 years. I’ve read, and been told by friends, over and over that it will take months for my body to get back into “shape”. I’ve had someone tell me that their friend got pregnant while she was switching birth control pills. I shouldn’t have anything to worry about. I’ve been told by the same someone to relax, it will just happen. I knew in my gut that something wasn’t right after trying for four months.
I went to our family doctor explaining my concern. Since it had only been about six months, he told me not to worry, but he gave me a requisition to for pre-natal blood work. While I was there, I also asked for a requisition for DH. Luckily for us, our doctor had no problem sending DH for a semen analysis.
We are the 1 in 3 couples facing male factor infertility. DH also has a chromosome abnormality on chromosome 1. We are not sure if this is contributing to his low sperm count, and quality, because his father also has the same abnormality. We have gone through one failed IVF cycle, and are waiting to do our first frozen embryo transfer.
While women are becoming more open in talking about their infertility challenges, it’s time to bring more awareness to male infertility. A lot of men attribute their manliness to their sperm, which is ridiculous. A man’s sperm does not make him a better man. There needs to be a conversation between men that disassociates manliness and their “equipment”. A lot of men are not able to find the support they need during their infertility journey because they are afraid to talk about the cause of their problem.
Men need as much support as their female counterparts. Let’s bring more awareness to to male factor infertility, and show men the support they deserve.
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Canadians need support too! 1 in 8 US couples face infertility, while the statistic in Canada is 1 in 6! Join us in spreading the word on infertility in Canada!
The Canadian Infertility Awareness week is May 19-28, 2015. As Canadians, we need to be vocal about our struggles with infertility. Awareness promotes understanding, builds community, and hopefully will help shape the future of fertility funding in Canada.
When we first started trying to conceive, I found it difficult to find Canadian-specific infertility resources. Then, I discovered the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) and reached out to volunteer with them.
I recently had a call with Carolynn Dube, the new Executive Director of IAAC. I’m super excited about the upcoming changes and new initiatives they are rolling out.
To build awareness, IAAC is hosting the #1in6campaign.
IAAC is looking for Canadian’s affected by infertility to share their stories. They will feature 1 story each day in May leading up to the 2015 Canadian Infertility Awareness Week.
If you are interested, submit your write-up along with 1-2 high resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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