After Infertility: What to Do with Leftover Frozen Embryos When Your Family is Complete

Frozen embryos are a blessing for many infertile couples going through the IVF process, but what about when your family is complete? What do you do with your frozen embryos?

Ya know what? I feel totally ripped off by this whole infertility thing. Yeah, yeah, the whole, years of treatments and needles and appointments and procedures and buckets upon buckets of tears thing… sure. That was pretty bad.  But that’s… Continue Reading

Step-by-Step Progesterone-in-Oil Injection Tips {to Make Them a LITTLE Less Miserable}

Progesterone in Oil Injection Tips | A Step-by-Step process to making them less miserable.

Of all the tortures infertility brings – estrogen patches, clomid, metformin, twice daily stim injections, ultrasounds upon ultrasounds, daily blood draws – progesterone in oil is the ultimate torturer. The worst of the worst. The Bastard-King Joffrey.

But never fear – I’m here to help! I amassed some lifesaving tips and tricks throughout my three-month reign of PIO-terror. I won’t pretend they make the experience pleasant or completely painless, but I can guarantee they’ll make it ~less awful.~ Continue Reading

5 Crazy IVF Superstitions (That Work!)

IVF is a crazy, unpredictable journey. Most of the process is completely out of your control – except for these 5 things. These are 5 easy superstitions and tricks you can try to improve your odds – they couldn't hurt!

Let’s be real for second: IVF sucks. In every way.

Sure, it’s a scientific wonder, and it’s amazing it even exists, and it’s helped thousands of people start families who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to (myself included). So, fine, it’s got that going for it.

But the worst part is, you can put yourself through all of the pain, agony, and expense of IVF, and it’s still not a guarantee.

So for me, when I went through it the first time, I researched everything — ev-er-y-thing — I could do to improve my odds. If it didn’t work, I wanted to know I’d done everything in my power to have the best odds possible. Continue Reading

Why You Should Listen to That Voice in Your Head

It's hard to trust in God's timing, and to listen to Him when He's telling us what to do. But this story proves why sometimes it's necessary to put all our trust and faith in Him, and let go!

If infertility has taught me anything, it’s that I am not in control. Of anything. Ever. And just when I start to think I am in control, I get knocked back to down to size.

This is one of those stories.

My husband and I had been talking about maybe, sort of, possibly, looking into trying for a second baby. Our embryo storage bill was looming in the next few months, serving as a big, expensive reminder that our future babies were there, just waiting for us.

“I’m just not ready,” I kept thinking.

“But it’s time,” a voice in my head kept responding. Continue Reading

The Infertility Guidebook: …and Beyond

When you've gone through all the infertility treatments known to man... what's next?

The worst thing about infertility is that there’s so much unknown. Within your own journey, the diagnostic process, treatment options, and even just how and why certain treatments do or don’t work.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment, unfortunately. Continue Reading