Dear Reproductive Medicine,
I’m one of your patients.
I went through five IUI’s (all done with injectables), one hysteroscopy/laparoscopy surgery for stage 3 endometriosis, four fresh IVF cycles and one frozen.
I also, during my four year trying to conceive trek, unexpectedly dealt with PTSD that went undiagnosed for quite some time and entailed panic attacks, many of which took place in your waiting rooms.
My husband and I have now embarked on the third year of grieving and mourning the loss of our children, notably all by ourselves. And no, we don’t consider our departure from reproductive medicine and the pursuit of a family with children a “choice” upon which our grief can be blamed. It was, rather, the only sane and responsible action to take under the circumstances.
Yes, I’m one of your patients. A patient who, two years and three months out of her final treatment is disturbed by many aspects of the care she got….and didn’t get…..while in the care of reproductive medicine. Prompted by this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week theme, it’s time to #StartAsking. (more…)