Hi, it’s Whitney!
I wanted to chat about something very near and dear to my heart today – infertility. April 23rd–29th is National Infertility Awareness Week, and given that approximately 1 in 8 couples in the United States have experienced infertility, chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by it. A little over 7 years ago, we were told IVF was the only way we would be able to conceive a baby. I felt completely alone, and it was only years later that I realized so many other women I knew were also impacted by it in some shape or form. I wish I had known then just how common it was because infertility can be so incredibly isolating. Many people who experience it do not feel comfortable sharing, and those who haven’t may not know just how stressful the process is or what to say.
When I shared a post about my own journey last year, Cassandra Merolla reached out to share her experience as well. She is a Larchmont mom and at the time, was pregnant with her son, Miles, conceived via IVF. We both felt compelled to share our stories and hopefully bring some awareness to what can be such a sensitive topic to talk about. Below is some of what Cassandra has experienced dealing with infertility. If you are struggling with infertility, I hope this post gives you some comfort and lets you know that you are not alone. If you know someone who is, I hope this post gives a little insight into what your friend or loved one is currently experiencing.
Can you tell us a little bit about your family? Where in Westchester do you live?
My husband (Jamie), son (Miles, 9 months), and I live in and love Larchmont! Jamie was born and raised in Larchmont and we knew we wanted to move back around when we were ready to start a family. Jamie works at a corporate credit card startup and I’m a real estate agent at Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s in Larchmont. We have a mini bernedoodle, Murphy, who is quite popular around town.
You struggled with infertility and miscarriage before having your son – what prompted you to seek help for infertility?
We were trying to conceive for about a year and I just felt in my gut that something was wrong (it took us ~3 more years once we started fertility treatments). I was using ovulation tests and they never showed that I was ovulating. I suffered from pelvic pain and ruptured ovarian cysts in the past but birth control, which I was on for many years, masked the symptoms. Once I went off birth control, the symptoms started to return and I went to my OB GYN for a consult.