Making an appointment with a fertility doctor means making a decision, sometimes a scary decision. It means that you are acknowledging a problem and have decided to do something about it.
It’s proactive. It’s empowering.
And it can be scary.
Is it Time to Make an Appointment with a Fertility Doctor?
The fear is usually that something will be irrevocably wrong. Bottom line fear is often that you will never become pregnant and that’s really the last thing that you want to find out. In fact, I waited about nine months longer than recommended to see a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist for just that reason. I was afraid to find out that I was out of luck and nothing could be done. And I was more content to live for nine months in fear than moving forward. I’m not judging it – I’m sharing that’s what I did.
The reality is that rarely do you hear that nothing can be done. The reality is that most likely, most often, you will find things that can either be repaired or bypassed so that you can have a successful pregnancy and the baby you have been wanting.
The reality is that there is hope and that fear can be diminished with more information.
That’s why it’s proactive, empowering and brave to make the appointment with a fertility doctor.
What Are You Afraid Of?
Education and information that can be acted upon are all those things– and still fear needs to be respected. Fear serves a purpose. It calls our attention for a reason and it often provokes us to ask more questions. Often the right questions.
Acknowledging the fear that you are feeling rather than trying to talk yourself out of it or sweeping it under the proverbial rug can actually empower you as well. It’s that moment where you say to yourself, “OK, this is scary. I don’t want to find out that something is really wrong. Really really wrong. But whatever it is, I’m strong enough to hear it. I’m strong enough to do what I need to do. I’m strong enough for whatever comes my way.”
Proactive. Empowering and brave.
Three words that I associate with infertility.
Face your fear. Make the appointment.
Find out what you need to know.
And remember that you are not alone.
We are here for you.