4 Things You Should Know Before You Start Infertility Testing/Treatment

When I started down the path of trying to have a baby, I didn't really have a clue as to what was ahead.  Part of the reason I built my website was to provide a resource of valuable information so women over 35 (or any age) who were trying to conceive would be better prepared.  I started thinking about my biggest learnings in the process and here they are:  

1.  Start out well rested and centered emotionally.  This is often a long process filled with many many ups and downs.  Even for the most prepared women, it is hard to go through.    My best advice is to understand that infertility is a roller coaster and make a support plan in advance.  Enlist your spouse, family and close friends to provide love and support but not too much prying.   You will need this.

2.  Understand the time required and plan for it.  Infertility testing and treatment take time - very specific time.  When you are ovulating, you need to get in to the fertility lab.  If you have a big presentation scheduled, you will have to miss it.  It is important for you to plan PTO time or speak with your boss if you are working so that you can schedule some flexibility around your testing and treatment.  I actually walked away from my career to take the time I needed to de-stress and dedicate to having a baby. 

3.  Know that you will have emotional swings.  Most infertility drugs can have a side effect of emotional swings.  Be prepared for this.  Read up on it.  Talk to friends.  Get on forums or websites and ask questions of women who have been through it so that you have an idea of what to expect.  Then let your spouse, family, and friends know what may be happening so that they can support you most effectively. 

4.  Know that you will give blood.  And more blood.  And more.  I have never had more blood draws in my life than when I was getting tested for infertility and then going through the actual process of getting pregnant.  I was deathly afraid of needles and still am; however, I set that fear aside because I had to do it to get to my baby.  Again, understand that it will happen and prepare yourself accordingly

The process of getting pregnant via infertility treatments can be long and arduous.  The more prepared you can be, the better.  Take my four key learnings and research more learnings so that you have as much knowledge as possible before you start the process. 

I would also love to hear other women's key learnings as they went through or are going through infertility treatments.  Blessings to all who are on this most important and difficult journey. 


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