Fertility Blog

by Jennifer Robertson

When the only goal becomes……to have a baby. Oct 25, 2021

One day you wake up, and you don’t recognize the person you have become or the life that you’re leading.  Once a confident, decisive and positive person, you now feel like the whole weight of the world is on your shoulders.  You’re angry all the time and can’t be...

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The shame of IVF and how to accept that you need help to have a baby. Oct 18, 2021

I remember the first time I felt true shame about having to do IVF to have a baby.

We were sitting in the waiting room of our fertility clinic, and I was waiting to be taken in for our first egg retrieval.  I was a bunch of nerves and a little uncomfortable - both physically and...

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Stop saying DON'T GIVE UP! and how do you decide when it's time to stop trying to conceive? Oct 11, 2021

The advice DON’T GIVE UP is thrown out there so often, it’s basically ingrained in us from childhood.  You can achieve anything if you don’t give up.  Keep trying.  Practice makes perfect. And the list goes on. 

So, it’s no surprise that it’s a...

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10 Benefits of Being an Older Mum. Oct 04, 2021

I never wanted to be an “older” mum.

It wasn’t my plan.  But sometimes things don’t go according to the way we plan – sometimes they work out better.

The thought of being an old mum terrified me, if I’m being completely honest.  I started trying to...

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Handling the emotions of infertility using cows and buffalo’s as inspiration Sep 27, 2021

“Infertility was not my first rodeo - but it was the first bull I ever rode that bucked me off and laid me on my ass. It broke me open and created scars that never really healed.” - The Injustice of Infertility.

Yep, there is a LOT of beef analogy in this week’s blog post. ...

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Tips to survive the fear and trauma of home pregnancy tests Sep 20, 2021

A home pregnancy test.

It’s a stick that you urinate on.  Just a stick.

But for many of us, it represents so much more.  It can be a beacon of hope.  The destruction of a dream.  A continuous form of anxiety.  And trauma.  It isn’t just a stick.

It holds...

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How do you navigate and maintain friendships with friends who have babies, when you’re struggling to conceive? Sep 13, 2021

Unfortunately, one of the many casualties of infertility is our friendships.

In my experience, there are usually two types of friendship deaths.

The first category is where we lose friends who are unable to support us in the way we need.  Who continually say insensitive comments and are...

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Are signs a beacon of hope or a form of self-destruction on our fertility journey? Sep 06, 2021

I wouldn’t normally consider myself a superstitious person……until infertility.  This journey has a way of taking over our mind and our body.  And the longer you’re on this somewhat soul-destroying rollercoaster, the crazier you feel, and the more consuming it...

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An open letter to the woman on her IVF embryo transfer day Aug 30, 2021

One of the most exhilarating yet scariest moments on your IVF journey is your embryo transfer day.  It has been such a tumultuous time to get here.  You’ve injected yourself with hormones and your stomach is filled with bruises.  You’ve gone through the rollercoaster of...

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Infertility and COVID - the similarities between a COVID lock-down and our fertility struggles Aug 23, 2021

As I’m writing this blog, we’re at day two of a 3-day lock-down.  And I’ve just heard on the news that this lock-down is going to be extended for another 5 days.  I’m not happy.

On my run this morning (in my allocated exercise and fresh air allowance time), it...

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Stop asking women when they are going to have a baby! Aug 16, 2021

"When are you going to have a baby?"

It’s a seemingly innocent question on the surface. But to the woman who is struggling to conceive it’s like a thousand daggers to the heart.

It’s the question we self-isolate (yep, we were doing it way before COVID-19 came along!) to avoid...

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How can you stop struggling with infertility and get relief? Aug 09, 2021

When I look back on the 7-years I spent trying to create my family, the one word that comes to mind to describe everything that was going on inside me was STRUGGLE.

There was inner turmoil and conflict and shame.  And it kept bouncing around inside me with zero chance of escaping, because I...

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