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 →

“Why don’t you just…” and other annoying questions

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 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

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 →

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 →

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 →

A tale of two Sumo’s

This is kind of a long story but I wanted to share because I think it could be useful to someone, somewhere, someday... Rewind just one week and I was in the kitchen administering my first IVF stimulation injection with nothing but quivering hands and total optimism for some good ol’ text book follicle growth.... Continue Reading →

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