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Hello! My name is Jenn Nixon and I am a 31 year old writer from Richmond, Virginia. For the past 6 years, my husband and I have been consistently annoyed by a little thing called “unexplained infertility”.

I started writing about our procreative attempts in my first blog, Conceptional Dysfunction in 2012. We started fertility treatments around the same time, becoming pregnant with a little girl from our third round of IUI with injectables. At 16 ½ weeks, during a routine ultrasound, it was determined that we had suffered a recent second-trimester loss. It was from this experience that we would discover how much our journey was truly a "blessing in disguise".

This year I was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects and a myriad of heart issues, all of which have put our TTC efforts on hold. As of now, we are in the process of pursuing and saving for gestational surrogacy in the hopes that we can utilize this option to finally complete our family.

While waiting for our happy ending, I have continued to write about our journey, moving over to my new blog, Tricky and Peep, in June 2013. Infertility has taught me to find humor in even the most frustrating of moments. In what other medical specialty would your husband want to “fist pump” your doctor because he increased his sperm count? The path of an Infertile can be a bumpy one, but I tend to prefer being positive and hopeful no matter what the roadblock. Laughing through medically assisted baby-making has proven to be a useful weapon during a frustrating situation, one which I utilize to the fullest. I hope you will continue to follow me on my comical journey of infertility.

If you have any questions about my infertility, have topics you would like me to write about, or would like to share your story, please e-mail . Want to read more tales of infertility, marriage, and everything in-between? Visit my blog at


woman looking out window

a blog by Jenn Nixon, September 14, 2016

There is an invisible bar we infertiles constantly teeter on whenever one of our loved ones becomes pregnant; we struggle amid genuine excitement for their success, and nagging disappointment at our own failure. It’s the line between happy for you and sad for me. A place I know all too well.

See A Fertility Doctor

A blog by Jenn Nixon, April 25th, 2016

Recently, the state of Oregon implemented a new initiative aimed at encouraging an open dialogue between doctor and patient about reproductive plans. “One Key Question” focuses on having doctors ask, “Would you like to become pregnant within the next year,” during each medical visit whether it’s an OB/GYN or a Primary Care Physician.

medical expenses

a blog by Jenn Nixon, October 2, 2013

October 1st marks the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, a vital element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which allows individuals, families, and even small businesses the opportunity to purchase health coverage. With the latest “Obamacare” overhaul of the insurance system, one might have assumed that our elected leaders considered adding provisions for their 7.3 million constituents who struggle with infertility.

baby bump

a blog by Jenn Nixon, August 29, 2013

Have you read about the husband and wife who each wrote a post for, complaining about the twin pregnancy they spent thousands of dollars toward fertility treatments to get? Oh please do before you continue into my post any further:

sad female

a blog by Jenn Nixon, August 21, 2013

Once upon a time, I was conversing with a pregnant fertile friend who was inquiring about my feelings regarding my recent pregnancy loss and what my fertility treatment plans were for the future. I happily answered her questions and appreciated her encouraging words regarding the hope for my success. After I had finished my life update, I asked her how she had been feeling:


Comments (2)

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I have read so many different blogs, websites, tweets, etc. regarding fertility and what to do. Over the last 5.5 years I have felt every emotion I ever thought possible and at times was lost. I felt like nothing was the right thing to do and no one knew about what I was going through. I was ashamed, scared, upset and even noticed myself getting bitter. Once I began to realize these feelings, I decided to take control back from a situation that has rendered me until this point, vulnerable and control less. But now, I have decided to come out of the fertility closet and start sharing my story and knowledge with others. I hope that by doing this, it will allow others to know that the stigma placed on infertility is just that....a stigma and I won't stand for it. Please read our story and share it with others.


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