Hi! I’m Lauren – a cliché millennial jumping on the blog-wagon (albeit about 10 years after everyone else). Ever so current, me. Give it another 10 years and I might invest in Bitcoin or watch Game of Thrones or shove a load of filler in my lips* 🙄.
*Because I know my mum reads this, I feel the need to point out that this was a joke. I’m not getting lip fillers.
So that’s virtual currency, plastic surgery and medieval, fantasy television dramas covered…. Back to the task at hand… About Me:
I like to travel, drink wine and chat. Preferably all at once. I’m half adventurous and half anxiety prone – the kind of girl that might plan a week trekking through the Amazon Rainforest and then obsessively Google “fatal sloth encounters” until the moment the plane takes off.
My husband and I (along with our two ginger cats who surprise us each week with a new toilet location/unwanted, feathery friend) have created a life together that’s our very own version of perfect. Cat piss and all. I used to say that a baby was the only thing “missing” but I don’t say that anymore. We’d like one. We’d LOVE one, in fact. Two, for that matter. But it’s proving a hellovalot harder to reproduce than I was ever led to believe in my blissful adolescence.
The last 3 years of trying to conceive, fertility tests, IVF treatment, operations, injections, pills, procedures, tears, tantrums and crotch examinations have inspired me to start this blog. I’m not a writer (probably already apparent) but a friend suggested that writing a journal might help me ride out this uncertain time – and she was right. I decided to go public with it largely because I was fed up of people speculating about the status of my womb at every bloody opportunity – which, FYI is still a very empty, very elusive entity. I also wanted to share all this because, whether people choose to remain quiet about it or not, infertility affects one in seven so there’s a good chance that someone I know can relate to what I write.
So here it is, possibly (probably) the most indiscreet, grammatically incorrect, graphic, sarcastic and overly detailed collection of personal anecdotes you may ever read. Disguised as a blog. Thank you for reading this far and if you’re going through your own fertility struggle – very, very best of luck to you!
To stay updated with my journey, you can follow this blog using the link at the bottom of the page.
OR find me on Instagram: @laurenifen.
My site navigation is a bit clunky, if you don’t know where to start, these are some of my most read posts:
“IVF patients say the funniest things”
“Why don’t you just… and other annoying questions”
“Keeping up with the pregnancy announcements”
“Let’s not beat around the bush”
“IVF Round 1 = fail. It’s over and the feeling wasn’t mutual”