All over the internet, the same questions crop up time and time again under posts about IVF and fertility treatment. Below, I attempt to answer some of the clangers that those of us going through fertility treatment get asked on a regular basis... (Note: these are my own answers and are therefore based on my... Continue Reading →
IVF patients say the funniest things…
One of the (many) things that made me nervous about IVF was the prospect of going under general anaesthetic. I’d never had any form of sedation before and, even in my most inebriated heyday, I’d never blacked out - I always remembered the drunken antics from the night before. Often with more clarity than I... Continue Reading →
IVF Round 1 = fail. It’s over. And the feeling was not mutual.
It's over. And we weren't ready for it to be. We didn't get to experience the sense of completion that follows an embryo transfer or the closure that comes with a negative test result. We simply didn't get that far in the process. Our only 2 embryos stopped growing after just 3 precious days and... Continue Reading →
Let’s not beat around the bush
As featured on Scary Mommy. Fertility doctors don’t “beat around the bush” and this expression, so apt and so full of innuendo, is the most perfect way to describe every single conversation we’ve had regarding our fertility. I’ve become so accustomed to speaking openly about this sort of stuff that my sense of normal conversational... Continue Reading →
What the BLOG am I doing?!
This is my first proper blog post. I suspect that I’m supposed to open with something profound and philosophical but the truth is… I’m just a bit lost. I don’t mean in terms of the blogosphere – sure there’s that too – but I’m lost trying to navigate my way through a journey I never... Continue Reading →
*sensitive* | Our frozen embryo transfer + result
If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you might remember that our last round of IVF gave us one little embryo good enough to freeze. A little bundle of cells that embodied so much hope and emotion, preserved cryogenically until we felt ready to try again. That precious embryo - lovingly dubbed “Frosty”... Continue Reading →
‘Tis the season to be anxious (falalalalalalalala)
I love Christmas. I love decorating the house with mismatched trinkets and reminiscing about the story attached to each one. I love the challenge of wrapping gifts in front of two wrapping paper-obsessed cats. I love the lady in the office with tinsel in her hair and mini reindeers dangling from her ears. I love... Continue Reading →
An open letter to Clearblue
Dear Clearblue, I've been purchasing your products for years. I've used your ovulation kits to track my cycle, relied on your pregnancy tests for a clear result after fertility treatment and stared down at the words "not pregnant" more times than I care to admit. And I feel the need to tell you this: Those... Continue Reading →
World Mental Health Day
I’d like you to think about the last time you went to the dentist. When was it? A few months ago? Last year sometime? When was the last time you spoke about dental hygiene? Or bought a tube of toothpaste? Or flossed? And what would you do if you woke up tomorrow with agonising toothache,... Continue Reading →
A recap, an epiphany & a bucket list
Inexplicably, I somehow didn't update my blog with any of our IVF round 2 shenanigans. Very strange given that I so readily broadcast the most mundane updates of my reproductive system all over Instagram at every possible opportunity.... But for anyone who hasn't already been inundated with the aforementioned, a quick recap of how it... Continue Reading →
IVF plus a job – the juggle is real
Just a very short post from me to say that I've written a piece for ABC about juggling IVF and work. It includes my own experience with "The Juggle" as well as the experiences of 16 other women. Click here to read it
Don’t mess with the Fur Mamas!
Excuse me while I rant... A while ago, in the midst of what would become several months of experimenting with fertility treatment, our two cats decided to devour the decaying, fly-ridden carcass of a frog they'd found outside. It made them ill - a "coming out of both ends" kind of ill which lasted for... Continue Reading →