Where can you find infertility support when you are feeling despair?
When I was struggling to get pregnant, I felt so alone. I really needed someone to talk to other than my husband or my mother. I found the perfect person.
Today, I am sharing my infertility journey with Dr. KC Charette, she is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders located in Delray Beach, Florida.
Get the scoop on our interview and what it would be like to have a session with Dr. KC Charette in the video below.
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SHARING MY INFERTILITY JOURNEY WITH DR. KC CHARETTE – LIVE FROM THE PLAYROOM
Dr. Charette has a variety of experience working with patients. On the show, she really wanted to highlight her specialized training and experience in working with women who have experienced difficulty becoming pregnant, who are having difficult pregnancies and supporting women through that postpartum process.
I decided to share my struggles with getting pregnant and how I could have used infertility support during my infertility journey.
It’s been ten or fifteen years since going through all of my infertility struggles. But, I’m excited to share, because I’m in a good place I know so many who have struggled
There are so many women who have a story about infertility or postpartum, or whatever. I’d love to share my story on Local Mom Scoop.
Dr. Charette does a Q and A with me, and I hope that it really helps a friend, or another mom, dad, parent or family, or whoever is struggling.
Tell me a little bit about your journey to have your daughter.
Everybody has a different journey and it’s one of those where we started trying, and after a year, it didn’t happen. Then, I realized, oh my goodness, I’m a 31-day cycle, not a 28 day cycle.
I started getting the ovulation kits and the infertility testing. They couldn’t find anything wrong with me and they couldn’t find anything wrong with my husband.
After almost four years of trying, you name it, we did all the infertility tests. We decided to go to a fertility clinic.
I had to do IVF and ended up having the best eggs. I produced ten blastocysts which are the best kind when you want implantation. We did have to do Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
ICSI was picking out the best guys and implanting them into the eggs. So, we had the best eggs but at the time there was only a 40% chance of getting pregnant. None of the eggs stuck.
It was a horrible, horrible day. I remember. It’s one of those days I’ll never forget.
What About The Acupuncture?
Wish I had met Dr. Zoll who was a local acupuncturist before the IVF treatment. Word on the street was he was able to get 85% of his patients pregnant. I was drinking liquid Chinese herbs out of a bag that looked like muddy water. No alcohol. Eating healthy. I ended up getting pregnant after doing six months of acupuncture.
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Did I Know If It Was The Drugs?
Did I know if it was the drugs?
Do you know if it’s mother nature? You know, you just don’t know. That was kind of my journey.
As I share this story, it was almost 11 years ago this month and I don’t forget any of it.
What was that like for you to want to have a baby emotionally, and to not be able to achieve that?
Women were made to have babies. I feel like it’s part of mother nature, and when you can’t achieve something like that, it was such an emotional journey. It was hard.
I had a group of friends who were actually on their second child. Going to all the baby showers, and having to put that smile on, it was not easy.
If you could go back in time, what do you think, in addition to using acupuncture, and eastern medicine would have been helpful for you during that time?
Well, I wish I’d had more infertility support. It would have been wonderful to have someone like you in my corner.
Doing all the fertility injections and taking all the drugs and everything that happens can be a lot emotionally. But I made sure my husband was involved. He was giving me the progesterone, and he was there at some of the visits. I made sure he was totally involved and thinks that’s why we are still married after 20 years.
But I wish I’d had somebody else to talk to. I didn’t really have a friend, or I didn’t have a mom tribe … or a pre-mom tribe … and I probably could have really used some counseling.
What do you think you would tell women and families who present day, right now, are struggling with infertility?
Just get a support system.
You’re not alone.
What’s it like for you to talk about his right now. Thinking back, 11 years ago, what does it feel like to talk about this right now?
I still remember all the feelings and what people said to me, and how it’s so painful. But I’m lucky. I’m so blessed that I was able to get pregnant and have the coolest kid ever.
Dr. KC Charette has a few recommendations about finding a provider and getting the infertility support you need
Dr. Charette recommends finding somebody who has experience in working with women, couples, families, also experience in working with infertility and with the process, that journey.
Call a provider just before scheduling that first appointment. Have that brief consultation with them on the phone. Because, you want to make sure the person that you sit down with, that you feel like is the right fit, has that training and has that background.
If you are interested in a session or consultation with Dr.KC Charette, call
(561) 617-3323 or go to her website kccharette.com.
Dr. KC Charette, Psy.D.Licensed Psychologist
The Center for Treatment of Anxiety & Mood Disorders
4600 Linton Blvd, Suite 320
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Office: (561) 617-3323
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