Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Options for infertile women

Thank you, Melissa, for contributing this guest post!

After trying time and again to try to conceive a baby, I finally paid that dreadful visit to the doctor to learn that I am indeed infertile. At any age, this can be a traumatizing truth to a women. At age 25, I was mortified. I started questioning just what it was that I had done throughout my life that made me this way. Had I ate one too many late-night cheeseburgers in college? Gone out drinking too much and exercised too little? What if I had quit smoking just a year earlier than I did? I eventually learned that blaming my former-self sure wasn't helping my stress levels, which in turn was damaging my body even more!

So how did I come around and choose help over self-deprecation? Believe it or not, it started with a simple Google search of “infertility help” when I came across Resolve. Upon my reading I slowly began to realize that organizations such as this one wouldn't exist unless there were plenty of other women like me! So I continued my searches by seeking out these women on forums. God bless the Internet, because not only has it connected me with women whom I can relate to, but its sources provided me with all the options which I eventually weighed to give me the beautiful baby I have today.

And just what are some of these options? Well, I personally began with some of the “less extreme” options. Taking fertility medicines along with intrauterine insemination, or IUI, proved useless, as did in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Adoption, of course, was a consideration of mine. The process, to be honest, was its biggest put-off. And surrogacy, as much respect as I have for women who become surrogate mothers, seemed a little strange for me. This is when I decided to try an egg donor. There are plenty of egg donation centers to be found. My Egg Bank is one such location and is considered to be one of the top egg donation facilites in Atlanta. My egg donor gave me a child, saved my marriage, and saved my life. I am forever grateful to this anonymous donor and have the utmost respect for any woman who has the right stuff to become an egg donor.

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