"Infertility kind of came out of nowhere for Mike and Heather. Though she knew there was a possibility of difficulty conceiving, no one ever actually considers that they may not have the chance to become a parent. In 2010 Heather began experiencing irregular or absent menstrual cycles. She visited her primary care Doctor to discuss her concerns, but was assured that not having a period every month would not be an issue. Uncomfortable with the feeling of being disregarded, she sought out a new Doctor to find answers to her problems. After several tests were performed it was confirmed that Heather had #PolycysticOvarianSyndrome
, a #HormonalDisorder
that affects upwards of 10% of women nationwide. Heather began making lifestyle changes to optimize her health, but never considered that she may someday experience the heart break of Infertility. Fast forward two years when Mike and Heather began dating. Things moved quickly, it was #loveatfirstsight
. They moved in together after three short months, adopted two fur-babies, and began discussing the idea of buying a home. Because it was known that #PCOS
could create issues with conceiving, in 2014 they decided to start trying for a family.
When 12 months passed without a #positivepregnancytest
, they both began to worry and decided to talk with her Doctor. Infertility is defined as a healthy couple under the age of 35 failing to #conceive
after 12 months of trying. And just like that, she was diagnosed as #Infertile
. Testing began, and it was found that she had one completely #blockedfallopiantube
. Because the state of Maine does not recognize #Infertility
as a disease, insurances do not cover any treatments. They decided for financial reasons they would hold off on #IVF
and try #ovulation
inducing medications such as #Clomid
. After 7 failed rounds, and bills racking up from lab work, #ultrasounds
, and other tests, they decided to take a break before seeing a #fertilityspecialist
. It has now been two years since they decided to mentally, emotionally, and financially take a break from the heart wrenching reality of Infertility. They are due to be married at the end of June, and plan to begin the journey...