Many of you know me, I haven't been around much the last few months, but for the last 19 months I have struggled with infertility and repeated miscarriages. This board has been a great support to me, particularly some of the veterans when I was at the beginning of my journey.
I'm doing a lot better these last few months, partially because I'm now working with a fantastic doctor but also because I have just reached a place of acceptance. 7 months ago I was miserable, more depressed than I've ever been in my life. My journey is far from over, but I feel confident I will not be that low again (or at least I hope not).
Anyway, all this is to say, I was thinking of compiling advice from infertility "veterans". Something along the lines of "what do you wish you had known" (or taken to heart). Ranging from emotional advice to medical advice to other things.
1. I wish I had known that REs can do more than just IUI or IVF, that there's a whole range of things they can do. I didn't know this before, and I was scared of IVF, so I put off going to a doctor. I wish I hadn't waited.
2. I also would advise someone to be as honest and open with their loved ones about their infertility situation as possible, because for the most part, that has really helped me-- getting support from friends and family.
What are some other good pieces of advice?
I'm the first among my core group of friends to TTC, so I anticipate down the road some of them might come to me for advice.