“It essential that you find yourself a great support network or team because you will need them in so many ways…”
I began my fertility journey after starting to feel somewhat frustrated by the fact I was unable to fall pregnant naturally. I began to feel more conscious of my age and it was both exhausting and frustrating seeing families around us who seemed to have no trouble falling pregnant.
One of the biggest obstacles I faced was living in the country where many services were unavailable. Finding the right place to get the type of ultrasound I needed, making sure my bloods were collected at the correct pathology clinic, and that the clinic understood the reports needed to be sent through urgently, especially after the dreaded two-week wait bloods.
Telling my workplace about my journey was something that helped me immensely. My employer and colleagues never questioned my appointments, my extra breaks or when I had to excuse myself to do my injections.
I was incredibly grateful for the support of my husband and four of my closest girlfriends. I found it hard to confide in my family because in the past, they were so focused on when I was going to start a family. Telling them they were going to be grandparents was such a wonderful surprise for them, especially given the fact they had no idea I was going through fertility treatment.
From my experience, the advice I would give to anyone embarking on their Fertility Journey is to look after your mental health. Fertility treatment can be draining, time consuming and costly. It essential that you find yourself a great support network or team because you will need them in so many ways.
If you’re exploring donor options, make sure you find the right donor who is right for you. The right donor may not be available right away, it may take a couple of cycles, but like finding your life partner, when you know, you know.