Whether to keep going when fertility treatments fail

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Whether to keep going when fertility treatments fail

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One of the scariest things is to get the diagnosis of unexplained infertility. It’s incredibly hard because there is nothing to fix, you have no idea what’s wrong with you. You can keep throwing drugs at your body and sperm inside of you and go to acupuncture and pray, but it may never happen. I think one of the things that you have to talk to yourself about is how much are you willing to go through, how much are you willing to put your body through, and how much money do you have to keep trying. I tried 13 times and that’s for people in the know, it was 13 IUI’s, which means 13 times a doctor fed a catheter through me and put sperm directly in my uterus and those 13 times never achieved a pregnancy, but I knew I wanted to be a mom and I just squeezed every inch from my savings, had I went to a different clinic, I tried different programs they had there and finally, it was through IVF I conceived my son. Of course, before I conceived my son I also had a miscarriage which is devastating but I knew I had to keep going and so I did, and I was so lucky.

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Dresden Shumaker

Single Mom & Blogger

Dresden Shumaker blogs at Creating Motherhood, a site she created in 2005 to chronicle her path to single parenthood. She was honored as a BlogHer "Voices of the Year" keynote speaker in 2012. A former Hollywood insider, Dresden now spends her days working in PR and new media for a Philly tech startup and her evenings negotiating with her three year old son about the number of toys he may bring into the bathtub. Dresden is a single mom and lives in a multigenerational home in Philadelphia.  

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