Monday, April 23, 2012

Defining Infertility


I've talked to a lot of women who have struggled to conceive, and yet they don't see themselves as infertile. 

Of course it doesn't matter what kind of label we put on it, my concern is that women and men arm themselves with knowledge regarding the help that's available to them. Unless they acknowledge their difficulties conceiving, they may never discover all the options available to them.  

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite have frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year--or for at least six months if the woman is age 35 or older. (Found on Mayo Clinic's website.)

When I began this road at 30, I remember my gynecologist spouting off this definition, trying to give me a kick in my "I'll be fine, just give me time" pants. When she said "frequent" I was all, well THAT'S our problem. It's only a couple times a week (on a good week). Evidently she considered that to be frequent, and particularly if you think you're hitting your cycle at the right spot. Sorry to get so personal, but I just know there are naysayers out there just like me.

This is one of my biggest hopes for this blog, that some woman out there who's struggling to conceive would even consider talking to a professional and hearing about her options.

Lord, give these women a strong faith to seek You and receive guidance for their lives in this area. Amen.


This week is "National Infertility Awareness Week." Let's share resources, stories and other ways to help those we love during this time of waiting!

Some who are waiting may need to see a specialist whereas others may need to change their diet and see a chiropractor. With prayer and the potential help of one of these professionals, people can step closer to becoming pregnant.

And, in this, we must also remember our sisters where nothing has worked. Let us pray that the Lord directs them to love the children around them or to take a step towards adoption. No one way is the right way for each person and this is another hard leg of the journey. I pray people see us as a support rather than thinking we believe we have all the answers.

I'd like to remind people to visit our prayer page if they'd like us to keep them in our prayers. Our desire is to be a friend to these women.


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