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Knowledge is Power

 December 30th, 2016

{August 5, 2016}

I spent Tuesday evening of this week at the free monthly seminar hosted by Fertility Specialists of Texas. I really look forward to these nights each month as an opportunity to connect with women … Women who I don’t know, but share a bond with. And, while I felt prepared to attend as a guest speaker, I wasn’t prepared to be back in the patient chair.
< you didn’t already know, they offer free AMH screenings prior to the seminar (more to come on that in another post — and you should really go and get yours drawn!). It’s been four years since I last had my AMH checked. I found myself going back and forth on whether I wanted to have mine checked as I watched these awesome ladies getting their levels drawn. Here’s a snap shot of just a few of the thoughts that swirled through my head in a matter of seconds: Should I do it? Do I want do know what the level is? What if it’s low? Does that change anything? I mean, why check? I’m not going through a fertility cycle right now. It’s just a lab. I’ve had dozens of labs drawn in the years of infertility/treatments, why am I so stressed about this one?

No less than a couple of minutes later, with the encouragement of Tessa and Dr. Goldstein , I found myself sitting in the lab area getting my blood drawn. In a chair that my rear-end knows well. A chair I have sat in dozens of times over the last four years and two IVF cycles. A chair that quite honestly brings back lots of happy memories. It was sitting in that chair that I realized I felt so anxious about this lab because knowledge is power. And ladies, knowledge gives you options. Options and choices.

Choices, even good ones can be stressful to make. Sometimes it feels easier to live in the dark and hope everything is okay. You may be hoping that you’ll just get pregnant on your own after three years of trying. You may be hoping it’s just all “bad timing” that’s caused the months and months of negative pregnancy tests. I’m hoping that my AMH level buys me more time. Hope is a good thing. You should have hope. But, knowledge gives you power. And, at the end of the day… the end of another month and another negative pregnancy test … not knowing doesn’t help you.

So, whether it’s making that first phone call to set up an appointment, coming to one of FST’s free monthly seminars, or moving forward with recommended testing — do it. It can’t hurt you. It can only help. Knowing what is or isn’t going on empowers you. And, while choices can be hard to make, they’re nice to have. And, you deserve to have lots of choices, my friend.



Hi! I’m a proud IVF mom of two amazing boys, thanks to the expert care at Fertility Specialists of Texas. I know, first hand, how lonely infertility can be, which is why I write personal entries for the FST blog  — it’s my way of helping break through the isolation. To let you know you’re not alone. And, neither am I. If you ever want to chat with someone who’s had empty arms, who knows the heartbreak of this journey, I’m here. And, I’d love to connect: fstivfmom@gmail.com.

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