Hope for Christmas

As we come into this Christmas season,  I know it can be hard for those of us in the fertility struggle. But have faith!
Infertility, and a fertility miracle are actually a part of the Christmas story. I plan a whole post (or possibly series if posts) about infertility in the Bible, but today, I will quickly talk about Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was Mary’s cousin. The Bible says:

Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.
Luke 1:36  (NIV)

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Elizabeth, who was apparently past her prime pregnancy age (now how old “old” is, I don’t know), and everyone had written her off in terms of becoming a mother,  became pregnant. She delivered a son named John. John the Baptist. She is a part of the Christmas story and the promise of Christ.

We must remember that when the world says “No”, God (and science) says “Yes”. Elizabeth’s baby grew up to be a prophet and leader. All things are possible.

There is hope this Christmas. There is hope for the new year.

Some Days are just Bad Days

I try to keep everything pretty positive around here. I generally have a positive but realistic attitude about life in general.

I haven’t yet began to dive I to my fertility issues here, but today, I’m going to jump ahead a little.

Two weeks ago, I went in to speak with my RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist, a doctor who specialize in fertility) about her analysis of my current situation after some tests and information form my surgeon. She gave her thoughts, but the basics were that we should start the process sooner rather than later, and IVF would be the best bet. She ordered a blood test (AMH test) to check my ovarian reserves, (eggs I have left).

 

It took this chick 3 sticks to actually draw blood...
It took this chick 3 sticks to actually draw blood…

Well, today I got my results, and they weren’t that great. My level is at a .6, which is below average for my age.

 

I am extremely disappointed and sad. I allowed myself to cry for the first time in a long time about my infertility, because it all got a little more real today.

The journey is not over, and I know I will bounce back and keep pushing, but today is just a bad day. It was not the result I was hoping top hear.  However, I wouldn’t be true to the purpose of this blog if I didn’t share this experience.

 

Please visit the following links for a full explanation of AMH testing and how it relates to fertility

10 Facts about Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels (AMH)

Anti-Müllerian Hormone (Including Graph)