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Don’t look back in anger

A friend of mine and I were having a chat over MSN this afternoon when I asked him about his wife, who was due next month. The conversation moved on to the topic of needles and I casually mentioned that my phobia of needles was almost completely erased, after the whole IVF experience.

(I mean, it would have been extremely counterproductive had I been squeamish about jabbing myself, wouldn’t it? I would really be wasting time and energy squirming in pain when I could just stab and go.)

He very innocently asked me the following questions: Is the course of IVF working? Is the jab helping in any way?

His questions made me smile, for it just underscored the fact that most people don’t really get what IVF is all about and they will never have to know what it entails.

And then I wondered, do I regret going through IVF?

There are some people who, when faced with infertility, dither and fall into deep depression because they cannot fathom going through the whole shebang of assisted reproductive technology. To them, the cost of going through something as deeply intrusive as ART is not worth the end result of possibly having a child.

But it was never like that for me. I would never have forgiven myself if I didn’t pursue relentlessly what I wanted. I will go on to my second or third or even fifth IVF if I need to, finances permitting (touch wood though!!). I would have done everything I could in order to spawn (and make the world a better place too!).

At the same time, I think the whole process has made me a better person. I’ve always been the instant gratification sort of person and you can imagine what kind of cosmic joke it is for the Universe to put me through infertility! Want to have a baby now? DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200 AND HEAD STRAIGHT TO JAIL.

So yes, I have learnt patience and empathy.

I used to plan my life around the perfect goal posts but now, I realize that it’s okay to move the goal posts back a little. I don’t have to have a child before I hit 30, as long as I have my child eventually. There is no law stating that 30 is the best age to have a kid, nobody is getting upset except me and for what? A silly childhood notion of white picket fences and marrying Prince William? Gah!

Plus, I think IVF has shown me just exactly what I was made of. I didn’t moan (excessively, anyway) even though I was so sick towards the end and was bordering on bloody ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. I endured the jabs myself and even helped myself to more (acupuncture, anyone?). There were no tantrums or hormonal rages from this genetically-modified cow too. Was v proud of myself.

Along the way, I even made new friends. Talk about multitasking! I just had dinner the other day with YL and S and we were laughing and joking about our silly incidents during IVF. Like, when I went to KKH and did a vajayjay scan with Dr Handsome, only to find myself lying on that uncomfortable bed with NOTHING but a piece of PAPER TOWEL covering my nekkid lady parts. See, IVF-ers are not a depressive lot, we laugh and giggle too! We are not always moaning and weeping!

IVF has even made our marriage stronger than before. We’ve been through so much and we emerged more in love than before. He has seen a side of me that even I never knew existed, and he took care of me so tenderly and selflessly. It’s true, what doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger.

And so, my answer is no, I don’t regret going through IVF and I never will.

5 thoughts on “Don’t look back in anger”

  1. your posts are always so heartfelt and that’s why I’m a fan ๐Ÿ™‚

    just wanted to share that many years ago my geography teacher had her beautiful healthy first child at the age of 43. We were all so amazed as we were just 17 then and 43 seemed old to us then. Also this teacher of ours was super strict and we never imagined her as a mum.

    Not anymore now that I am in that age zone and seeing celebrities all becoming first mums when past 40. In the old days I would have never imagined this was possible. When I was 17 I couldn’t imagine being 30. Now 30 seems sooooo young to me.


  2. I think it’s always great to have hope. that’s the only thing that’ll bring you forward, and trudge on no matter what. and that takes great courage.
    and you have that. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. Aahhh, fertility madness. So much to laugh, learn and live through – all the better with the help of friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes me want to write a post on the most memorable highlights of the baby chase: Pink Sperm (Fortified with 7 Vitamins & Minerals for Your Daily Needs!), overeager panty-dropping, naked nonchalance, corpus-luteum-in-bladder-disguise, Progesterone supps that can be swallowed and/or inserted into alternate orifices… Lovely.

    Hugs, babe. You’re doing well. And the bit about a stronger, more loving, tender, selfless marriage – totally agree ๐Ÿ™‚


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