Infertility surge?

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?

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  1. Anya Getman

    Sue the EPA and the chemical companies to compensate for all of the time and money lost, and check your children for neurological disorders that are running amok (oh, say, ADD and Autism?).

    I spent years in the midwest right next to enormous fields of corn and soy. In 2006, bees started vanishing. The young bees, when it came time for them to become foragers, got disoriented, and couldn’t return to their hives.
    Hour long full length movie here:

    I just thought, wow, I started having major problems with mares settling, right around when beekeepers started losing bees! My mare, successful and money winning in multiple disciplines, and related to Olympians and a 4* eventer, simply couldn’t get pregnant via shipped semen after her 2005 colt (her 6th successful pregnancy, if you count the twins found late by the vet that I had to reduce and lost both, the embryo transfer that aborted in the surrogate between months 4 and 5, and the filly that aborted at 10 months due to rhino). Her daughter took 2 years to get even a first colt, and then she drove the vets insane trying to figure out why she wasn’t settling for another. My only mare that settled while I was in Illinois? A young mare that I’d recently shipped in from the coast of California. I don’t have to tell you the thousands and thousands of dollars I spent in frustration. I could have simply bought several foals for what I spent. No profit for Uncle Sam even in a good economy, due to lack of foals for the investment!

    Once West, in the desert, and now simply west of the big corn and soy farms, and surrounded only by tree farms and nurseries, I’m starting to see relief, and pregnant mares. The same ones that hadn’t foaled for years. My older mare would help raise the new mare’s foal, and her daighter’s foal, frustrated at the lack of her own.

    We had a huge, beautiful natural beehive in a tree on my 16 acres in Illinois. It was abandoned in 2007, and no hive replaced it.

    In the US, human women have had a recent surge in infertility, also.

    Hmmm … parallel?

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