By SIMONNE MICHELLE WELLS
*Editor’s Note: If you have had trouble conceiving or are currently undergoing IVF, this story may be upsetting for you.
I think a part of me always knew I would end up on a long and winding road to motherhood. I never had much faith in my bits.
I had horrendous periods from age 13 that lasted weeks on end. I’ve had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for the past 14 years, and I didn’t meet my true love (happy sigh) until I was 34.
I was almost 36 when we started trying to get pregnant. Six months later we were told we needed to do IVF
I barreled my way through IVF, assuring all and sundry, including myself, that I was fine, it was fine, and I had no idea why anyone ever complained about IVF.
That included when I got Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (yes yes, I do love a good syndrome) and basically felt like a cow with giant internal udders. Turns out I had 40 follicles. 40. That’s a lot.
The upside of strung out ovaries is that we got a lot of eggs and a decent amount of viable embryos. We did three unsuccessful rounds of IVF and that was what brought my ‘I’m fine’ mantra crashing down around me, from which I didn’t recover for almost two years.