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Fertility Authority’s Blog of the Week: MRKH Musings
The blog we’d like to feature this week is MRKH Musings.
At the age of 18, Mary had still not started her period though everything else appeared to have developed normally. She underwent many scans and tests and it was discovered that Mary was born without a uterus and had a shallow vagina. Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome, as it is called, affects 1 in every 5000 girls born. Mary does, however, have normal and functioning ovaries. She is on the road to parenthood via gestational surrogacy. Mary and her husband have 20 day-2 frozen embryos and plan to pursue a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) with her sister-in-law acting as gestational surrogate.
Mary started her blog as a means of coping with grief and depression following a friend’s unexpected pregnancy announcement: “I started my blog as a way to get out my grief and the overwhelming negative feelings I had about my body, my lack of uterus and the only choices I had to become a mother. For years I had felt so utterly alone. I wanted other girls being diagnosed with MRKH to find solace in my story and to know that they too are not alone, I am out here and I struggle with everything they do. Starting my blog saved me in so many ways.”
Mary hopes that readers will gain an understanding of MRKH through her blog, understand that it is a silent disorder, and learn that many women with the condition grow up in shame and lying about their absent menstrual cycles. She would also like readers to gain knowledge about gestational surrogacy. “People often think of surrogacy as the real end of the road option, but for women like me it is our only option for a genetic child,” she says.
Please visit MRKH Musings at: http://mrkhmusings.wordpress.com/
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