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 →

“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 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 →

How to be Zen AF

Anyone who has so much as dipped their little toe in the ocean of infertility will have been told, at one point or another (but most likely several hundred times), that they need to “just relax”. Given that the reason for mine and Simon’s infertility is a lack of motile sperm (which is quite obviously... Continue Reading →

Lights, camera, ACTION!

I saw a solitary magpie this morning. One for sorrow. I never used to be one for superstitious tendencies but I'm not taking any chances these days. You think I'm in any sort of position to turn a blind eye to one of those thieving little monochrome bastards? Think again. I did a small head... Continue Reading →

IVF countdown: thoughts at 1 month to go

Our first IVF cycle begins in January and despite the fact that it’s taken 812 days and 29 sad, unfertilized eggs to get to this point, I’m still in a state of total disbelief that we’re here. But we are here and this is happening. [For any fans of The Office (US version) – that... Continue Reading →

18 Responses to that “when are you going to have a baby?” question…

“When are you going to have a baby?” Shortly after getting married, I started being asked this at an alarming frequency – not by my friends and family but, almost exclusively, by people who weren’t particularly close to me (distant relatives, nosey neighbours, Barbara from accounts etc.) It’s an incredibly invasive, potentially triggering and not... Continue Reading →

The TTC tribe, sisterhood & the best fertility blogs

At the beginning of 2018, with over a year’s worth of very decidedly unsafe sex under my belt and shortly after learning that my husband and I were working with “sub-optimal” (read: lazy) sperm, I started writing a journal…of sorts. At this point, nobody knew of our desire - let alone our struggle - to... Continue Reading →

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