As with most bad things in life, we think we’re immune to them until the day they come knocking on our door.
Prior to being diagnosed with infertility at age 30, I certainly never thought it would happen to me. I’m young and otherwise healthy, plus my mom easily got pregnant when she was 39.
When you’re thinking about trying to conceive, it’s easy to jump ahead to the being-pregnant-and-having-a-baby part of the equation. But there’s a lot that can happen before you ever get there.
I wish I’d known more about the challenges that could accompany trying to conceive, long before they happened to me. And since I’ve had to learn many of these lessons firsthand, I’ve realized that I’ve probably known many other women who’ve faced similar struggles.
While my journey with hypothalamic amenorrhea and infertility have been incredibly challenging, they’ve also taught me so much. Here are nine things I’ve learned that I wish I had known before I was diagnosed with infertility: