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Fertility Authority’s Blog of the Week: Wife of a Sailor

The blog we’d like to feature this week is Wife of a Sailor.

About three years ago, Jen began having issues with her uterine lining due to birth control. She and her husband, a submariner for the Navy, decided to stop the birth control and not try, not prevent (NTNP) getting pregnant. Like most couples, they assumed it would happen quickly; that missing one birth control pill would surely lead to Jen getting “knocked up”. A full year of NTNP had passed and Jen decided it was time to chart her basal body temperature (BBT) and use ovulation prediction kits (OPKs). After one chemical pregnancy and trying for another eight months, they decided it was time to see a fertility doctor.

She explains: “I had seen so many of my Twitter friends go through infertility that I knew I shouldn't wait for a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), especially since we were approaching the 18 month mark of not using birth control.” Jen and her husband finally received a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. They quickly moved through the gamut of fertility treatments, including Clomid, IUI, unexpected varicocele surgery, more Clomid with Femara and IUI, and finally IVF with ICSI. Sadly, Jen and her husband have yet to successfully conceive though they haven’t given up hope!

Jen started Wife of a Sailor because she is, at heart and in her career, a writer. “Writing is my outlet. My blog started out, and will always be, a reflection of what is going on in my life. I like being able to put my emotions out there because I've found it helps when you realize other people are going through the same things you are. The worst thing is when you think you are alone in whatever you are dealing with. I am always open to people emailing me (see my website for the email address).” Jen says her goal is to help others realize there is a much larger community out there dealing with the stresses of infertility.

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