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Fertility Authority’s Blog of the Week: Don't Count Your Eggs
The blog we’d like to feature this week is Don't Count Your Eggs.
Maya and her husband started trying to conceive in 2010, during the time she playfully refers to as "the good ole days" when she "was a spring chicken at age thirty". Maya was initially diagnosed with tubal factor infertility (which was misdiagnosed) and then later received a proper diagnosis of Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR). She and her husband completed their first round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in November 2012, followed by two heavily medicated intrauterine insemination (IUI) cyclesin early 2013. In the summer of 2013, Maya's sister selflessly donated her eggs to give Maya another shot at motherhood. She and her husband did one fresh transfer with three embryos followed by one frozen embryo transfer (FET). "That was all we had," she says, "I have never been pregnant. Now we are preparing for our next step: embryo donation."
Maya began writing Don't Count Your Eggs as a way to share her story with others. "As a clinical social worker and overall advocate of all things unfair, I wanted to give a voice to the often silent world of infertility. My husband and I started documenting our journey to parenthood almost two years ago. I'm 300 pages into a memoir and we've been filming ourselves and have interviewed other 'infertility survivors' who have had to get creative to build their family," Maya explains. She also shares some video posts on the blog and hopes to make a documentary one day that serves as a window into the true world of infertility. Maya created her blog to share her own infertility survival skills and tips, to build a community and decrease isolation, and to show what it really looks like behind the closed doors of an average couple going through infertility. She hopes her readers can feel connected and find ways to stay hopeful. Maya also hopes her readers will be able to laugh at the ridiculousness that occupants of "IF island" have to endure.
Please visit Don't Count Your Eggs at: http://dontcountyoureggs.typepad.com/blog.