Infertility is something that, in the past, was rarely talked about. Now, with the advent and growth of social media, I think people are starting to talk about it more openly, sure, but the fact remains: infertility affects more people than the number of individuals who are willing to openly discuss it. In fact, there are things no one will tell you about infertility that I'm gearing up to tell you today, because there's no need for those who are struggling to do so in silence.
I've been walking this infertility road for more than five years, and my husband and I have taken a different route than most. Instead of embarking on the prescribed in vitro fertilization (IVF) path, we chose to move 4,000 miles away from our home to adopt. We jokingly referred to it as the path of most resistance, essentially starting a new life in a new city in order to grow our family. Still, it turned out to be the best path for us, and relatively easy despite the move and adjustment.
Even though I have become a mom through adoption, which has healed a lot of hurts caused by infertility, we are still technically on this infertility journey. It is still, in a lot of ways, quite sad and unbelievably difficult. Here's a little primer on why it's one of the toughest things many people deal with, usually behind their cheerful Instagram photos and the happy Facebook posts.