Now that is what I call a breakfast spread! They also supplied all sorts of dairy and gluten alternatives, what troopers.
✨ The journey to parenthood is full of life changing decisions ✨
Everything involving a change big or small can create fear. Fear of the unknown, the what if’s, should we, can we afford it, the how’s, the when, the why’s. ❤️ The next step for some are: 🍍Do we cycle again?
🍍Bulk Bill IVF? 🍍Should I get my partners sperm checked?
🍍Do we transfer 2 or more embryos?
🍍Do I do a preggie test before blood test?
🍍When is enough, enough?
🍍Should I change clinics?
🍍I don’t like forums, how to engage? 🍍 When to look at donor eggs option? 🍍Do we need donor sperm?
🍍How to find a donor?
🍍Australia or overseas?
🍍Known or anonymous donor?
🍍When to look at Surrogacy?
These subjects and more will be discussed in future blogs . ❤️ If you can, take the step in the direction you’re gut tells you. Sometimes it’s the best step ever ❤️
Yes please💁🏼♀️. If there is one thing I’ve learned during this 4 year infertility journey it would be to take care of yourself and in doing so comes in many different forms. From health and exercise to relaxing and just breathing. For me the biggest is trusting in all the faith I claimed to have before infertility ever hit us like a lightening strike into our seemingness worry free world. Right after my husband and I started trying (literally 2 months in) my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed 3 years later. That lightning strike was bigger then infertility alone. Our lives changed forever and never went back to “normal” I don’t think they ever will but I think that’s the point. If you don’t go through things in life then how would we ever grow and learn and truly need each other? We all have choices on how we deal with this painful difficult path but most days I still choose to be happy, I choose to believe I was placed here for a reason and I choose to believe God will give us what our hearts long for. For he knows the depths of our hearts. So much love for anyone going through this #infertility
journey. #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness #ivf2018 #ivfjourney #ivfcommunity #ivfsupport #ivfsisters #ivfwarrior #ivffirsttimer #ivfcycle
Thank you for all your comments, prayers and support yesterday, it means so much!
I’m feeling extremely anxious and I am convinced that this is going to end too 😔
The IC line is a shadow which is not really even visible on camera. I am going to go out and grab some more first response to see if the line goes darker or lighter over the next few days... early loss and infertility takes all the fun out of a BFP 💔
It feels like a tease every time we now see a positive and we can’t relax or enjoy a moment of it
A little bit about us...I’ve got one blocked Fallopian tube through scarring from endometriosis but apart from that our infertility is unexplained. After 2 years TTC we started IVF in September 2017 and have had 3 unsuccessful embryo transfers so far. We’re out of frozen embryos now so are due to start again from scratch in Autumn (dates still TBC) I’m both excited and terrified about starting again! It’s great to have the opportunity for IVF, but it is hard work!! Just got to keep hoping! 👍🏼🤞💖 #ivfjourney #ivf #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilitysupport
Día 11 del ciclo.
Hoy empieza en serio la acción. Como ya sabéis este ciclo y el que viene, mientras empezamos la fiv y estamos de vacaciones, vamos a darlo todo por el método divertido.
Vamos a usar la gravedad a nuestro favor y tengo que decir que lo he probado en serio (unos 30 minutos con las piernas en alto y cojines bajo las caderas) y he notado que la cosa se sale menos, así que aunque digan que son mitos, yo creo que algo ayudará.
Y nada, solo nos queda esperar al día de la ovulación y a poner toda la carne en el asador! 💪🏼💗 Vosotras dejáis que la gravedad os ayude?
#buscandobebe #embarazo #buscandoembarazo #infertilitysucks #infertilidad #infertility
Hello IVF community! I’m finding right now that infertility can be a very lonely place so have created this space to hopefully share some experiences, learn from yours and keep smiling through these tough times. I know there are so many others out there fighting this same battle and we can only get through it together, right?? 🤞💖✨ #infertilityjourney #infertilitysupport #infertilitysucks #ivfjourney #ivfcommunity
Nearly 2 weeks since my first Zoladex, and I’m still feeling like my normal old self. I’ve had barely any pain from my endo and my laparoscopy is in 10 days time. Keeping everything🤞for a smooth ride until then and beyond.
Good way to end the day. Some good old humour that we can all relate to!! Just split and stacked enough wood to last us what felt like a life time. Made me realise I’m so bloody unfit. Think I definitely deserve my Indian curry for dinner now 💕
This is the second longest cycle I have had so far. Knowing what I knew earlier this cycle, is that I ovulated late, and my usual BFN signs. (O on CD16 and I am now 18dpo). Wtf! This is our unmedicated cycle after clomid, because that didn’t work and we took a break. I TRIED to relax and NOT get hopeful again. And now AF is still late. I’m pissed of because this is going to end in another day of tragedy and crying because I let myself get hopeful. This was supposed to be an easy month 🤦♀️ I left all pregnancy tests in Italy, and I am not willing to buy more for the sake of saving money. I hate that I even think about testing because I know better and I’m NOT pregnant 😭😭😭 #infertilitysucks #infertilityhurts #infertilityjourney
Louise Brown honoring the world’s first IVF embryologist and nurse, Jean Purdy, who pioneered IVF treatment alongside Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards — Founders of Bourn Hall, the first IVF Clinic.
👉 Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5975683/Worlds-test-tube-baby-pays-tribute-forgotten-IVF-pioneer-gave-life.html
cc: @bournhallfertilityuk @bournhallivfcentre
Leaving one of my favourite quotes here 💜 Happy Weekend and big buckets of baby dust to you all! 💜
Repost from @angelsmatter_network
💕 I use this caption a lot and I’ve just come to the realisation that I shouldn’t be. It’s so easy to just say “I’m used to it” when people tell you they don’t know how I’m coping. But this is right, even though I’ve been through a fair amount of shit lately it doesn’t make it any easier the more and more it happens. So from now on I’m not gonna let myself be “used to it” I’m gonna let myself be hurt cause after all his journey is fucking hurtful!!
✨💉 time flies when you live and die by your injection schedule 🙃 ultrasound and blood tomorrow morning. My ovaries feel HUGE and heavy but I realize how lucky I am to be responding as quickly and positively as I have so far. I’m so proud of all of us in this community who pick themselves up and keep going everyday 💉✨
Having a hard time figuring out how to cash flow fertility treatments while also paying off the last $9.5K on our credit cards! We have been working as much as we can but it’s been a lot. Feeling disheartened by not making as much BS2 progress as we were before and feeling exhausted from treatments and work. Need 5 hugs and 10 naps!! #debtfreecommunity #debtfreejourney #babystep2 #infertilitysucks #infertility
How am I doing? It might not be the answer you're hoping for.
I've been more consumed with my infertility for the last 8 months than I have in the last 9 years of trying. It's hard not to be while enduring fertility treatments. Before I started this step I could avoid it—the devouring pain, the heartbreak. I'm a pro at avoidance. I could put my focus on other things, like my career and relationships with friends and family. I could try and find happiness in other things since I couldn't find it in pregnancy.
Now I'm reminded every time I take a pill, give myself a shot, go to the doctor, see a pregnancy announcement, a gender reveal, a baby, see a negative pregnancy test. Basically, I never stop thinking about it. I'm failing at the one thing I should be able to do, the one thing I was born to do. And the feeling has trickled into every aspect of my life. Failing to get pregnant. Failing to be a good friend/wife/sister/aunt/daughter. Failing to write well and finish any novels on my own. It's like this flickering neon sign above my head. Failure.
After our 2nd failed IVF earlier this month, there have been no words that bring me comfort. Nothing anyone says makes me feel better about the outcome. If anything, I get angrier the more people try to console me.
I don't know why I was prompted to come to Utah, why THIS doctor was the one I felt the most peace with. I don't know why I've had to spend an accumulative of 7 months away from my husband over the last year, why we had our 3rd failed IUI and 2 failed IVF cycles. I don't know why this is my path, why there's been tens of thousands of dollars spent with nothing to show for it.
But I do know I have 3 more embryos waiting for me. As much as I want to throw in the towel, I can't. I won't. Someday I'll regain the strength and courage to continue on with this process. Someday I won't feel this anger and despair, this dominant sense of failing. I'll want to get out of bed. I'll stop hating my body. I won't be so angry with God. I'll have faith again. And that is what I'm trying to focus on.
The someday. 🖤
Dance in the rain ☂️🌈
First of all... thank you so much to @ivfstrong_babyk
for this amazing and thoughtful gift! I will carry it with me everyday! ☔️☔️🌈🌈 ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️ After my first failed iui.. I mean I was way down in the dumps- I was using the #glowapp
to track my cycles and ask questions and I thought hmm maybe i could find a cycle buddy. Enter- my amazing cycle best friend.
We live exactly 795.4 miles away from each other but shes someone who I wouldn’t be here without. We clicked immediately and ever since then we vent to each other, pray for each other, and talk about everything. (Our husbands make fun of us and say we are pen pals) I tell you that I wouldn’t be where I am without her and I mean it. She is strong, powerful, thoughtful, loving and an amazingggg friend! We get each other on a different level. I communicate with her more than I do with friends/family that live in the same town and those that I’ve known for years. Our friendship is nonjudgmental one and we just get it. ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️
Kariann- thank you for being who you are and for being by my side through thick and thin! You are truly a blessing!! ☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️☔️
To this community of strong independent woman... find yourself a cycle buddy- I promise it will make so many horrible painful times..seem a little less lonely!! 🌈🌈 #pcos #pcospregnancy #pcosweightlossjourney #pcoswarrior #pcosawareness #pcosfighter #letrozole #letrozolebaby #iui #iuijourney #iuibaby #iuisisters #misscarriage #misscarriageawareness #misscarriageawareness #movingforward #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityawareness #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness
IT’S GO TIME! 🙌🏼
❣️Aunt Flo showed up bright & early (3:30am) and was angry! This was one of the most painful CD1 I’ve had in a very long time! I don’t know if it’s because I had the hysteroscopy last week or what, but I hope she got it all out of her system because... no thank you!
Monitoring Appointment #1
💉Bloodwork & ultrasound all looked good
🍷Pom juice started! How much do you drink when prepping for FET? I drank this whole bottle today (16oz) but then read only 8oz! 😳
🔵Started 4mg of Estrace. Any pros/cons with these little guys?
🙏🏼This is all getting real again. I kept telling myself as I was curled up in a fetal position with a heating pad, cramps, backache & migraine... “You’re going to be pregnant in 2.5 weeks!” Over and over again. It’s going to be so worth it. I used to worry about “jinxing” good things to come, but for the first time I’m choosing positive affirmations. It’s going to happen. It HAS to! So today felt like the first day of the rest of our miracle journey 💫
#infertilitysucks #ivf #ivfwarrior #ivfgotthis #ivfteacher #ivftransfer #ivfFET #ttcsisters #ttccommunity #ttc #estrace #infertilityjourney #ivfjourney
We have to celebrate our small victories always, because they matter; especially when we are on this #ivfjourney
🌴🌞🌊 Had not been feeling like doing anything for months, for many reasons (pain, hormones, anxiety, sadness, stress, the list goes on) and finally started again a few days ago. (Credit my energy boost to hugs and kisses with @garyvee
) Forgive yourself and keep moving 🚶🏻♀️ Start slow if you have to, but start eventually. The H was a good sport to join me, even though he already 🚲 and 🏊🏻 5 times a week 💙 Happy to be moving again and to be able to share it with with this #ttccommunity
😘 Walking really helps me to clear my 🧠.
I realized today I've never taken the time to introduce myself to all of you who don't know me in real life 💁🏼
I know a lot of accounts are specific TTC accounts or infertility accounts and real life friends and family aren't typical followers. If you didn't know, this account is my real life Instagram, I don't have a separate account for the two because, infertility is my "real" life. Educating others on the reality of your life, can be more impactful when those you're educating have an emotional connection, so I am an open book and I don't filter who can and can't see where we are at in our journey. Those real life friends of mine who want to know what's up, will stick around and my TTC tribe has grown pretty strong on here so I haven't found the need to move my journey elsewhere. .
I don't say this because I think two accounts isn't a good idea. Infertility is a personal journey and I know that everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to being open about it and everyone has a different purpose for starting their account and sharing their lives with the interwebs. I started sharing because I wanted to educated, I wanted to end the stigma & I wanted to feel heard, that's why I post for everyone to see. .
Anyways, I'm Rita 👋🏻 I'm 26 as if the 15th 🎉. I've been married to my best friend and the love of my life for a little over 2 years now. We've been trying for baby number 1 for 5 years now, yup we started "not trying" when I was 21 (no judgment welcome 🚫) we've been seriously trying for a little over 3 years now and have been seeking medical help for as long.
I have PCOS and have known from a very young age that I wouldn't be able to have children easily, fun fact I actually told my husband before we were dating I probably couldn't have children 🤷🏼♀️. Basically infertility wasn't a surprise to either of us, we walked into our marriage knowing what was ahead. We are the proud fur parents to two amazing pups 🐶🐶 they're pretty much our reason for life. We live in the Las Vegas valley but are originally Bay Area raised. I'm in my FINAL year at UNLV (hey reb!).....
Continued in comments:
I’ve never felt so unsexy when trying to make a baby.
Thank you all for your suggestions - I took them all! I’ve been on stool softeners for three days and brought in the laxatives (by doctor order). I realize how bizarre it is to be talking about 💩 on instagram, but this is a real side effect, and one that has made my recovery rather miserable.
It’s hard to pinpoint the pain in your stomach when there is so much still trying to heal. Furthermore, the looming threat of OHSS is a real fear. How do you distinguish between the pains and discomfort?
Hoping to find some relief soon 😞
New blog post, “What You Should Include In Your Care Package For A Friend Struggling With Infertility” 🎁 LINK IN BIO ✨
[ d a i r y - f r e e ]
I certainly never thought I would become #dairyfree
. Trust me, I 💖cheese as much as the next Wisconsinite. However, for health reasons, I started to slowly reduce it and ultimately ditched it. My skin is clearer. I beat #infertility
. My periods are regular, even with #pcos
. My tummy feels better. My total and LDL cholesterol dropped, despite hereditary high cholesterol. Yep, all around, my health (and even mind!) is so much better without it. Which is why I haven't turned back.
I'm here to tell you that you CAN ditch dairy, if you really want to. SO MANY people tell me, "I can't give up dairy." The truth is, you can...if you really want to. And let me tell you, you'll thank yourself--like, really thank yourself.
Plus, thankfully there are SO MANY delicious dairy-free alternatives--such as our #vegan
pesto made with raw cashews, olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, salt & pepper. 🌱
Link in profile to 2 of our favorite dishes using our dairy-free pesto! 👆🏻
💕a l i s o n
#ttccommunity #infertilitysucks #pcosawareness #pcosfighter #pcosdiet #plantbaseddietitian #plantstrong #pcrm #hownottodie #starchsolution #forksoverknives #highcarbvegan #poweredbyplants #healthyvegan #veganmuscle #registereddietitian #justvegan #foodasmedicine #foodismedicine #healthylife #dairyfreelife #plantpower #ahealthynut #endometriosis
~~You need to read this~~
I used to care what people thought about me...
What is she wearing?
Why is she posting so much?
Why is she always trying to sell something?
Why is she even working with that company? .
I've heard them all behind my back-- it used to hurt.. Why?!
Because I was in a dark place when I got started with everything- When I finally said Yes! .
I was doing it for me! Saw the results I had been wanting for a LONG time- & fell in love with myself again! .
I didn't realize how important that was for every other aspect of my life..
I started coaching because I wanted others to have the same opportunity- hearing about what FINALLY worked for me- and Seeing their own transformations physically & mentally! .
I wanted that for as many people as I could possibly talk to SOLELY based off of how amazing I Have seen this work! .
If I weren't a coach-- I would still be doing it all for ME! .
I made my own Health & Happiness one of my main priorities in my Life! .
Now I get to see my friends and family feel the same!!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! .
So-- I ask myself-- Why WOULDN'T I do this? If I have a passion for it and I have a passion when I share it-- then WHY wouldn't I try... for them?! .
I found my purpose- I care for people! .
I want you to join me because it's been what you been wanting- I want you to join me because you've been watching and are scared on how to get started- I want you to join me because you may have a secret passion for this as well! 😉 💕🤗
Girlfriend!!! 💌Message me! 😘😘
The day that we found out we were pregnant after our first IUI, we were in tears. It had already been such a long road and we saw the light at the end of the tunnel. We called our parents and shared the good news, we took pictures of the positive pregnancy test, and announced to close friends that our struggle was over. The “impossible” was done or so we thought. Two weeks later our first ultrasound revealed we would not be bringing another baby home. We were devastated, but so ready to continue our fight to grow our family. 7 months later we are still fighting the good fight 💪🏽 Our hearts are longing for a new baby to come alongside our son, Christian, and walk through life with him. If you would be willing to purchase a shirt to support our cause or donate even $5, it would make an insanely huge difference in the life of our little family 💕 .
#infertilityawareness #infertility #infertilitysucks #ivf #ivfgotthis #ttc #ttccommunity #ttcjourney #bewell #bewelltees
"You have less than 1% chance of conceiving another baby on your own. We need to be aggressive with our treatments and even then it may be a difficult road." When I heard those words from my doctor I was devastated. And confused. How did we conceive our first baby if this was true? Doc's answer? No way to know for sure but basically seems like he was a miracle. The days and weeks (and now months) after that appointment have been such a roller coaster. The hoping, waiting, anxieties, and sheer devastation have been an unparalleled level of emotions that no one should have to endure. It's a hard journey. It's even harder alone. Don't get me wrong, my husband, family and close friends are so supportive. But sometimes their support comes in the form of frustrating epithets from someone who just doesn't quite get it. So here I am. Searching for a support system from women who get it..
#lowamh #ivf #ttc #secondaryinfertility #aretwomiraclestoomuchtoaskfor #infertilitysucks #searchingforarainbow #rainbowbaby
The VIVA EVE team had a great time setting up and hosting our #FibroidsAwareness
seminar! We ordered Panera for our attendees and had free swag bags with goodies like lip balm, SPF, and other freebies. If you’re interested in attending next weekend, check the link in the bio to sign up ➡️
We had the most amazing time today at Shark Tank Open Casting call. We met some amazing people, debuted our new packaging, and empowered at least 3 women know more about their menstrual cycle! Even if Proov doesn't make it to TV, it was worth all 7 hours waiting in line. #sharktank #beaproover #infertilitysucks #homeprogesteronetest
Last night, we got the go-ahead to trigger at midnight and IUI appointment is scheduled for Sunday morning! I’m so thankful to have gotten to this point in our journey; to uncharted waters. At the same time, we are both cautiously optimistic. Things look good, with the exception of my slightly thin lining, and we have one, maybe two(!) follicles to work with.
Everything up to this point, from the past year and a half or so, has been for this: A chance at becoming parents.
It may seem like a long time to finally be at our first attempt/IUI, and it is, but we needed this time to cope. We needed time to take in the fact that we were working with two diagnoses. We needed to take time to digest the reality that it’s not possible for my husband to be biologically related to our children. We needed time to choose our donor. We needed time to process. We needed time to heal.
The process took a lot longer than I expected, and definitely longer than I wanted it to take if we are being honest, but it was necessary. We are a team and, if anything, this process has really solidified that. We are so much stronger because of this journey and, despite how hard it has been and will be in the future, we will get through it.
This post is a bit personal about why I had surgery and what it means for me and my future. If your not into long posts happy scrolling and have a great Saturday! .
As a lot of y’all know I have been down and out recovering from a surgery. I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me! I was really hesitant about posting the out come of my surgery but I think it’s best I talk about it.
In January my @nicholas.seidler
and I decided we wanted to start trying for a family soon. So I went to the doc to make sure all the pipes were working for us to get pregnant lol. I always knew there was something wrong with me. I would be in pain the majority of the month. I bloat at the drop of a hat. Sometimes it’s so bad it’s hard for me to breathe. . . Fast forward to feb. I got diagnosed with pcos. I was devastated but I knew I would still be ok. .
Progressively my symptoms have gotten worse since getting off birth control a year and a half ago. However, when I started getting hott flashes I knew it was time to go back to the dr. We were told it’s time to do an explorative surgery called a laproscopy. .
We got the results back a few days ago and I found out I have severe #endometriosis
. For the first few days I was crying my eyes out feeling embarrassed and almost like I am a broken women. However, I’m not! Endometriosis effects 1 in 10 women. I think there needs to be more awareness about it. A women should not feel ashamed or alone when getting this diagnosis. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that it is very rarely talked about. .
Endometriosis is basically where a women has scar tissue growing in areas it shouldn’t be. It is also where tissue that is supposed to grow inside the uterus is growing in other areas. It is very painful and can effect fertility of a women. .
This may seem like a wide array of photos posted in this post. Yet, to me every photo means something. Some show me that I am strong. Some show me that I am still a women no matter what. Others show me how blessed I am to have a man who loves and supports me no matter what. .
So what does this mean for me find out in the comments..