After approximately two weeks of monitoring, I finally saw my own doctor for the first time. He did the scan and said, I think we are going to trigger tonight, TESE tomorrow, egg retrieval will be on Friday. All of a sudden I got so nervous. I was finally getting into a routine and [...]
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At a doctor’s appointment last week, the nurse was going over some details and said, “ok just to clarify, you have been pregnant twice, one carried to full term, the other was a tubal that resulted in a salpingectomy.” She said it so clinically. So unemotional. I kept a straight face and said, “yes, that [...]
The day was finally here. November 1st I took my last pill of birth control, and today was Cycle Day 1! I called the clinic and let them know I was on schedule. They told me to come in a few days later. We woke up at 5:30 in the morning, got dressed and [...]
We finally got to the day of our appointment with the Urology department. We had heard all about this man and how he was the person to see when you were diagnosed with Male Factor Infertility. We brought all of Akiva’s medical files with us, and we were full of emotion. Fear of what [...]
Around January 2015 a friend of mine asked if I could help her arrange a fundraiser for an organization helping people with infertility. I was so scared. How did she find out? How was I going to explain myself? I had a mentality of “we cannot show the slightest break in our façade” of [...]
Let us go back to the very beginning. It was late July 2014, my husband, Akiva, and I had just returned from a trip to Italy. I had been on Antibiotics prior to our vacation, and was convinced I had gotten pregnant over the trip – I was too scared to tell anyone this [...]
For a long time I have wanted to write about my journey through infertility. I have spoken at events multiple times about what my husband and I went through in order to grow our family. People have asked me to turn my speech into several blog posts, but I wanted it to be different. [...]
There is something so special about receiving a gift. Especially if it is one you have wanted your entire life. You know that energy during the Holiday Oprah episode when everyone in the audience walks away with the most incredible gifts. The well known Oprah declaration ringing out “you get a gift, and you [...]
A little background to an email exchange between two friends Rachel* and Sarah*: Rachel was asking her friend Sarah, who is a Kallah teacher, some halachic niddah questions from time to time. Through these encounters Sarah was aware that Rachel was navigating a fertility journey. The following is an email Rachel sent to Sarah [...]
There is a kind of infertility that no one speaks about but it is so prevalent in our society. No, it is not because of a medical problem or a timing problem but rather a status problem. It is present in the Jewish single men and women who are longing to have a life [...]