“There’s many things in life I’ve never been sure of, but having a family was never one of them. Since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a mom. Figures, right? Because since I can remember I’ve also had PCOS, endometriosis and doctors telling me I’d have a difficult time conceiving. It wasn’t until 2012 that my official infertility struggles began – after some time trying naturally and having no success, I went to my Gynecologist who insisted within taking clomid for 6 months I’d fall pregnant. Well, 6 depressing months passed, and each month resulted in a negative test, and feeling a little more anxious and scared. I ended up being referred to a fertility clinic at the age of 23. They believed doing IUI would be sufficient, but testing proved otherwise – 2 completely blocked tubes and a heart shaped uterus later, I was left feeling completely shocked and in disbelief. I went from being told “here take clomid” to “IUI” to “your only option is IVF”.
To date, I’ve completed 7 laparoscopy surgeries, a hysteroscopy to reshape my uterus, and a bilateral salpingectomy – both fallopian tubes removed. I’ve done 2 fresh IVF cycles, 1 resulting in severe OHSS (daily monitoring, drainage, hospital visits, and complications for 3 months – all while pregnant). I’ve also done multiple FET cycles, all of which failed except 1 that resulted in a miscarriage.
I’m now 28 years old. I’ve been with my husband for 9 years and I have 2 small children. I enjoy baking, working out, or doing anything outdoors. I’m a passionate writer and advocate located in Toronto, Canada. After studying psychology and landing a job as a women’s counsellor, I developed a special interest in women’s issues. My education and work background, combined with several years of infertility issues, inspired me to share my story and experiences, and help to educate others/spread social awareness about infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, and loss. Please feel free to connect with me on your journey using love, hope, and science!”
Cheryl Dowling, Creator of The IVF Warrior