It took me 16 months to get pregnant with my daughter, who is now 2 years old. During those months, I remember doing everything that hopeful couples are supposed to do. I took ovulation tests, I dutifully got up each morning to take my temperature and then cried every month when I was not pregnant.
Those months were hard, especially because our sex life became a robotic procedure and one doctor told us we had almost no chance of conceiving naturally. Thanks doc — we got pregnant two months after he told us we might as well give up.
Although I thought my lot was hard while I was in it, I was certainly not alone. Almost every couple I know has had difficulty getting pregnant with their first child. Well, every couple but the teenagers and celebrities that you see on television because they apparently can get pregnant at the drop of a hat.
One couple I knew tried for more than four years, eventually resorting to in vitro fertilization to get pregnant with their son. Another couple tried for almost two years only to finally get pregnant naturally with no explanation as to the years of infertility.
I often wonder if there is a reason behind all the fertility obstacles that seem to be so prevalent today. Is it something we are doing as a society? Is it an environmental issue? Or is infertility as prevalent as it has ever been and I’m just more aware of it?
Are any of you dealing with fertility trouble currently, or have you suffered through it in the past? Tell us your story and how it turned out. Any thoughts on whether (or why) infertility seems to be more of a common issue today?