About 12.1% of women in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that's around 7.5 million. However, men are as likely to be sterile as women are.
Surviving Infertility Treatments
Karen Jeffries's book Hilariously Infertile is an honest look at the struggles many couples face. Although there was a lot of pain, Karen uses humor to keep from being overwhelmed by stress. She uses what she learned on her journey to help others.
Karen found that during this process many other people around her had also gone through similar struggles in silence. At this point, she felt like it was something that more people need to speak up about so that others wouldn't feel so alone.
She sat down one day to write out her story and found that it was pretty hilarious! Listen to this podcast episode to hear more about what she went through and how she used humor to get through the tough times AND help others.
Karen has found that her audience enjoys laughing along with her, men and women alike, as she tells some of the humorous stories that come with infertility treatments. If you are in the area, she will be cracking folks up at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on November 10th at 7 p.m. Details below:
Her stand up routine is something she never expected but is a unique platform for helping other couples get through the stress of infertility. Even those who have not experienced the struggle find her stand up routine hilarious. Here's a clip:
Karen was recently on HLN when her book went on sale on Amazon – you can see that she genuinely cares about helping other people. Her goal is to help people laugh or smile when they are struggling through infertility. The book is the raw truth about her experience with infertility.
Hilariously Infertile on A Healthy Bite Podcast Show Notes:
More people are speaking out about the subject, did you feel alone in this?
You were able to see the humor in the process, was that a coping mechanism, or are you usually a funny person?
Karen, you were on CNN talking about your book recently – have a lot of women reached out to you about their struggles?
How long did you wait before getting help?
Infertility is not just a woman's problem, as many people assume. In your journey, did you encounter couples where the woman was fine, but the man had infertility problems?
You talk about IUI in your book, can you tell us what that is?
In your book, you wrote about your egg retrieval surgery, which resulted in painfully swollen ovaries. You could barely walk, and you had to take your daughter to daycare the following day. Did you ever think why me?
I talk to couples who are going through these struggles; health insurance coverage is a factor in choosing how to proceed, was that ever an issue for you guys?
Some couples are finally able to get pregnant, only to have the pregnancy end in miscarriage. Did you guys ever consider adoption?
You wrote about your journey and found that many publishers felt there was not an audience for this topic. I bet that was infuriating considering your following?
Although, you persisted and published your book with the mission to help other couples in the frustrating world of infertility.
Your difficulties with publishing taught you that so many people were at home, suffering in silence, what would you say to those couples?
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