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National Infertility Awareness Week

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

Comments (2)

I experienced infertility for 5 and half years before being blessed with my baby girl. I went to a number a doctors and had two laproscopies for mild endometriosis. Most of the time doctors that I went to for treatment didn't want to find out what was causing my infertility but rather how they could put a "band aid" on it so I can get pregnant without fixing the underling problem. Eventually I came across The Pope Paul VI Institute where the whole goal is to achieve the overall health in a woman, thus treating her lack of fertility as well. There approach is based in NaProtechnology. After working with this technique I have been able to conceive twice now naturally and carry one pregnancy to term. I am grateful for this approach toward fertility treatments because I wanted to know WHY am I not getting pregnant and then proceed to heal my body for a healthy conception. Infertility was the most difficult thing I have ever experienced and my heart aches for those women who are battling with this issue. Now when I nurse my baby in the middle of the night I feel like it is a real dream come true; such a blessing! http://www.popepaulvi.com/ http://www.naprotechnology.com/
Amber, Thank you for letting me know about this approach and for posting the links. What an inspiring story. I'm so happy for you (and your family), and I will definitely look into this.
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