In this moving essay, Shannon M. Clark, M.D., explains why she decided egg donation was right for her—and why other women in her shoes shouldn’t feel ashamed.
On the eve of my fertile window, I am full of apprehension. I know that trying to conceive often conjures up all sorts of emotions and even a visceral response not only for me but for so many women. Even though I know I am not alone, part of my experience does feel very lonely and often misunderstood.
Through my work and presence on social media, I hear the stories of many women who experience difficulty getting pregnant. If this is you or someone you know, one of the best things to do is to become more educated on the topic of (in)fertility. It’s not typically a subject readily talked about until one is experiencing it, but where should you go to find trustworthy information?
Endometriosis is a chronic disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside the uterus. Endometriosis typically also involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis.
I am infertile. I have infertility. I am struggling with infertility. There…I’ve said it. It’s out there now. I can’t hide it, nor can I hide from it. I am a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who delivers babies, takes care of pregnant women and who many friends turn to as soon as they get that positive pregnancy test.