It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24-30). Lots of events going on. Find one here.
Not that long ago, I visited the university where I attended law school. As I walked through the library, I observed the women. They concentrated hard as they flipped through their textbooks. Studying, reading, taking notes. That was me 12 years ago. I was so focused on my grades and my future career that marriage/motherhood was barely a thought. I figured it would happen someday…in my time, on my terms, and when I was ready. I had no idea that age is the number one factor in infertility. I had no idea that most infertility treatments fail. Or that all those period problems I was experiencing were symptoms of endometriosis. Did the women in the law library know their biological clocks were ticking? Did I have a duty to warn them? I wanted to. I wanted to stand on a tabletop and simply make them aware.
These days, I am writing about infertility a lot (the May issue of Whole Living/Body+Soul includes an article about my experience with natural fertility treatments). I hope my words reach some of those women. I don’t know that I would’ve done anything differently if I had been warned about infertility in my 20s (maybe yes, maybe no). But I do wish I would’ve at least been cognizant of the issue. Despite all that studying, reading, and note taking, I missed out on an important education.
About Jenny Rough
Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com