Trying to Conceive - A Strong Yearning
Cravings can be strong. Oftentimes, our taste buds will not give up until we've popped that potato chip or bit into that chocolate bar. For a couple trying to conceive, the word "craving" doesn't even begin to describe the yearning that is so strong it hurts. If you have had frequent unprotected sex for over one year without conception, then you fit into the category of "infertile." I know, it is a cold word, but patients who fit this description should consider seeing a doctor for tests and guidance.
If you are just starting down the road of infertility tests or if you're nearing the end of treatment, you're not alone. Statistics show that 1 in 6 couples experience some form of infertility. That is an overwhelming statistic. However, even though there are so many traveling down the same road, this journey often feels so lonely.
Trying to Conceive - The Emotional Drain of "Trying"
Most couples say that the most difficult part of trying to conceive is the emotional drain. Each month, there is a sense of anticipation, a hope that maybe this month there will be success. Often times, the anticipation gives way to feelings of failure and despair. Tests follow, then treatments, then the cycle of anticipation and hope begins again.
Trying to Conceive - A Personal Story
So how can a couple go down the path of trying to conceive and remain emotionally stable? Consider this personal story:
"'Infertile? Are you sure?' Those words triggered over 14 years of tests, doctors, treatments, and 'trying.' Questions constantly plagued my mind as I thought about the possibilities. Would we ever have children? Does our value decrease if we remain childless? Are we doing something wrong?
"Each month the feelings would get stronger and harder. Around the fourth year of infertility, I realized I needed to change my mindset or I would go into depression. I began to acknowledge that God has a purpose in allowing us to go through this trial. As hard as that was for me to accept that, I knew in my heart that it was true.
"Here are some thoughts that have helped me survive during the course of this trial: