It recently came to my attention that October is distinguished as “Infertility Awareness Month”. (You may also be aware that there is an “Infertility Awareness Week” recognized in April.)
This is a subject I approach with caution and deep respect as this is not something I have experienced first-hand, but rather, as a friend and daughter. My journey has brought me two children, both conceived naturally and immediately upon “trying” for them. I repeat: that is MY journey. No two look the same.
My mother waited almost three years, month after month, before “finally” getting that positive result on her home pregnancy kit. It took another few years for my brother to come along, and then BAM!, my baby sister was a sudden and wonderful surprise.
I have friends who have experienced miscarriages, and multiple at that. Others who have undergone In Vitro Fertilization, both successfully and not. And friends who have adopted children.
No two journey’s look the same. But one thing is for sure… I feel safe to say that for those who have the calling to parenthood, the immediate assumption and expectation is that it’ll be a natural conception, and within your own desired timeframe.
This is one of those topics that can feel painful. It can come with a strong desire to stay silent. To cancel social media accounts to avoid seeing others’ happiness with their children.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, and through this blog, is that writing is both therapeutic for the author, and transformative for the reader. You never know who can learn, or no longer feel alone, after hearing your story.
We welcome you to share your story during this month of awareness. Please email it to, firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. I thought this was a nice blog from Dorothy Pang, L.Ac. Posted on Life Enthusiast: https://www.life-enthusiast.com/articles/infertility-awareness