I realized the other day that my most recent blogposts were presenting nothing but the "bad news" about trying to get pregnant. Lots of "don't do this" and "here's something else to avoid" can add up in a fertility patient's mind to "Well, what's the use in trying?!"
I was browsing the Internet for topics of interest to my blog readers when I stumbled on this: "Women ditched me because I was infertile" (It sounds like an ad, but it's an article on the Daily Mirror.)
The young man's story perfectly illustrates so many aspects of why we do what we do at Houston Fertility Center.
Not many men feel secure enough to reveal their deepest emotions about their infertility, and particularly in the way that this semi-pro football player in Great Britain did. His loss of a testicle to cancer -- without fertility preservation efforts prior to cancer treatment -- resulted in a distressing mix of relief from being a survivor and embarassment at "losing his manhood". He even felt that his diagnosed inability to father a child kept women from wanting to be his partner.
I won't reveal the whole story to you -- it really is a sweetly romantic tale worthy of a screenplay, and I encourage you to read it on the Daily Mirror's website.
It's important to stay on top of new research findings, as well as all of the fertility basics that are already known to optimize your chances at pregnancy. But now and then, it's also good to just bask in the hope of others' true stories.
~ Dr. Sonja Kristiansen MD