In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), here are some ‘common’ myths about infertility.
MYTH #1: Your Fertility Clinic will Never Call you Back
It might feel like they will never call you back but eventually your fertility clinic will call. You have left a voice message with your fertility clinic early this morning. You could be calling for any number of reasons including (but not limited to) your pregnancy test results, IVF fertilization report, an inquiry about ovulation or some embarrassing questions about spotting and if it’s normal. “Hi. It’s (blank), calling again. I went for my beta blood test this morning. Please give me a call back with the results.” You called them at 8:30am. 9am, no phone call. 10am, no phone call (10:15am, check to see if phone is working. It is). 11am, no phone call. 11:15am, phone rings and it’s your mother. You quickly hang up on her. As you wait for the call, the phone comes with you into the bathroom and you contemplate calling them again. FOR THE LOVE OF INFERTILITY, WHY WON’T THEY CALL ME BACK? You start thinking that it must be bad news or you would have heard from them sooner. You wait by the phone the entire day until the clinic finally calls you back at 4:59pm. See, they do call back.
MYTH #2 You Will Get Pregnant Before Your Little Sister
False! Even though you got married first, started trying for a baby first and you are 5 years older, your little sister will most likely be pregnant before your uterus can even say “What the Fertile?“ Your sweet little sister, Janie, will likely do one of two things: (1) get married and come back from her honeymoon pregnancy, or (2) announce that her and her boyfriend (of three months) got pregnant accidentally. But not only will she get pregnant first, she will most likely, get pregnant with baby #2 before your next IUI. Congratulations to Janie.
MYTH #3 You Would be Thrilled to Plan your Sister-in-Law’s Baby Shower
OMG! Your sister-in-law, Mindy Sue, is pregnant…again! You found out on Facebook when she posted her 12 week ultrasound photo. Isn’t this like her fifth baby already? She already expects you to plan her baby shower and you would be absolutely thrilled to be the hostess. FALSE. You put on a fake smile and say “of course, I’d love to plan your shower.” Then, you politely run to the bathroom where you spend the next 20 minutes sobbing on the toilet seat. You don’t want to go to her shower, let alone plan it. In actuality, you would rather not attend any baby showers/ first birthday parties or family events where babies and preggos are present. But you will put on that false smile, bake little blue and pink cupcakes and throw Mindy Sue one hell of a baby shower. Just try not to spike the punch.
MYTH #4 You Will Never Be Jealous of a Pregnant Dog
Spotty the dog is pregnant. Belinda the cat is pregnant. Even Trish your goldfish is expecting. Your family couldn’t be more excited so why in the world are you feeling so envious? During infertility, you might will feel jealous when you hear a pregnancy announcement. Even if you feel so happy for your pregnant friend/ sister/ co-worker/ dry cleaner’s daughter, there might be some envy because you wish it were you. But you probably never expected to be envious of your pregnant dog, and you wouldn’t even think about admitting this to someone else! Anyone (who was not infertile) would think you had just gone mad. But feelings of jealousy are completely normal. During infertility, also expect to feel envious of pregnant Barbie dolls, any cartoon movie where the main character gets pregnant, and hearing that a complete stranger on Twitter is pregnant.
MYTH #5 Breaking a Negative Pregnancy Stick in Half Won’t Make you Feel Better
Yes, It will. It also helps to place it on your driveway, get in your car and drive back and forward over that negative pregnancy stick until it no longer resembles a stick.
Wishing everyone a Happy Infertility Awareness Week but heck, isn’t EVERY week Infertility Week?