This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
Eight years, 96 months, 416 weeks, 4,380 days, 69,936 hours. That’s how long we’ve been trying to conceive. December is a specifically hard month for us since we experienced two miscarriages during what is supposed to be a festive and joyous month.
If you thought that six miscarriages total would deter us from TTC’ing again, you thought wrong.
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I am determined and ambitious. Getting pregnant with a “sticky bean” is a goal I have my mind set on. That’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with the help of the Stork OTC.
What is Stork OTC?
In plain English, it’s an at-home device to help couples get pregnant. It’s an insemination device that helps the little swimmers get closer to where they need to be during ovulation.
“No Shots. No Scans. No Prescriptions. No Procedures. Because trying to get pregnant is challenging enough.”
In fact, according to their research up to 20% of women who use the conceptacle get pregnant. This is comparable to IUI success rates which are anywhere between 16% to 21%.
TTC’ing During the Holidays
If you’ve been in the TTC boat, you understand how difficult the holidays are when you’re surrounded by friends and family who have little ones cooing and running around everywhere. It can get depressing. Here’s some tips to help you get through.
Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!
Maybe people will get the hint and leave you alone already! This will give you a chance to use the Stork OTC. Take a trip to Target, and you can pick it up for $59.99. It is located in the family planning section right next to the ovulation kits! *wink*
“Trying to get pregnant is an intimate matter. Another reason we designed our device to be used at home”
People can often see evasion as your lack of interest in having children. This sets in motion the coaching and cajoling they think is needed to convince you that having a baby is a good idea.
People’s imaginations are typically worse than what is really going on. By this time next year (if you don’t have a baby in your arms) your family will have diagnosed you and be ready with pamphlets in hand on every health concern that impacts fertility.
Offer a Cliché
Like, “We look forward to starting a family and when we have news to share, you will be of the first to know!”
Most women will read between the lines and see that you are trying. Most of those women will nod and smile and you will probably get away with only a handful of nudges and winks.
In walks the clueless family member who starts to point out that you aren’t getting any younger and that if you don’t get down to business you are going to have to go to one of them fancy fertility doctors and have them mix you up a test tube baby.
As if you aren’t feeling awful enough about your situation, the open-ended answer opens you up for guilt trips from all directions.
Explain your situation and don’t skip the emotions! Most people will understand. They might not have personal experience but can be compassionate about where you are on your journey. You might even learn that others in your family have had similar issues.
The door is WIDE open for advice, old wives tales, techniques and other completely unsolicited information. It is hard to hear the well-meaning reminders to “just relax,” “it will happen when you stop trying,” and the other mind-numbing lines that make us cringe. It is completely okay to nod, grin and blog the crap out of it when you get home.
Your uterus and your husband’s sperm has just been set upon the dinner table and are open for critique. Infertility has long been something to hide, be ashamed of, and certainly never discussed. You might be in a very uncomfortable spot.
Making the topic free game means that people are practically invited to ask questions. Very ignorant questions about the process of making a baby involving a short pop quiz on your baby making techniques. It might get awkward but if you are game, you will be helping the greater cause of taking the silence out of infertility and pregnancy loss.
Deciding which of the three approaches you feel most comfortable taking is not a decision to take lightly. It’s time to urge women, and better yet, couples, to decide ahead of time how much they are willing to share and if they are prepared for the good, the bad, and hopefully never the ugly.
Let’s Party Before the Baby Dance
Now that we’ve got the “what to do’s” out of the way, let’s get ready for a Twitter Party!
We’ll be partying it up with Stork OTC and you’ll get the chance to win some amazing prizes! Come discuss with us all that is TTC and be sure to use the hashtags #StorkOTC and #gettingpregnant.
Party starts at 8 pm on December 21st. Come talk with me and others facing the same issues.