Fertility Blog

by Jennifer Robertson

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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Tips for surviving Baby Showers when you're going through infertility Aug 02, 2021

I went to a baby shower on the weekend. 

I’m going to be honest with you.  I don’t particularly enjoy them.  It’s nothing personal - I guess I’m just hyper alert and a little scarred from my battle with infertility.  This baby shower was absolutely...

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Male factor infertility: how to improve sperm quality in just 42 days! Jul 26, 2021

Why is the solution to Male Factor Infertility usually just IVF?

I remember when we first went and saw a fertility specialist after my husband and I had been trying to conceive for 6 months. We were both tested, and the result was a “low sperm motility” diagnosis for my husband.

I...

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Reducing toxins to increase your fertility Jul 19, 2021

Let’s just start by saying upfront – I am definitely not an expert on toxins, chemicals, pesticides and the impact that they have on our body.

And up until recently I naively assumed that the people in charge (whoever they are) were looking after us.  Surely “they”...

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3 reasons why being unproductive will get you pregnant quicker Jul 12, 2021

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to “just relax” on my fertility journey, I’d have enough money to pay for all those IVF cycles over again!  It really pissed me off, and I’m only just realising WHY those two little words made me so angry.

Aside from...

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Infertility and the constant conflict between your head and your heart Jul 05, 2021

What do you do on your fertility journey when your heart and your head are in constant conflict with each other?

When you’re struggling against both of them.  They have differing opinions and you’re not sure which one to listen to. 

When your head is screaming to you to stop...

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