It had been three years since I set foot in an OB-GYN’s office. I probably felt the first unexpected twinge as I saw the office name on the door, then another as I walked into the waiting room. “They’re probably all here for OB not GYN,” I thought, as I looked around at all the women. I quietly retreated to a corner seat to fill out my paperwork. As I stood up to give my papers back to the receptionist, I glanced at a very pregnant woman sitting with her husband. I heard another woman greet her friend as they both excitedly compared due dates. Then all of a sudden, I felt my eyes water. “Whoa! Where in the world did this come from?” I felt blindsided by my old emotions.
I was relieved when the nurse called me back. She asked the usual questions, one being, “Have you been on birth control?” I thought, “Birth control? I haven’t taken the pill in 14 years.” Aloud, I said, “No,” then added, “We’ve struggled with infertility for many years.”
My new doctor came in and talked about my GYN issues. I thought he must be wondering why my eyes are red! I wanted to explain, “I don’t know why I’m so emotional right now. I guess you just never get over your infertility.”
I am mommy to a wonderful five-year old and content that he may be my only child. My last few well-woman visits were with my D.O., and I never once thought about the emotions I didn’t have to experience going to an OB-GYN’s office.
In Proverbs 30:15-16, Solomon identifies “Three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things that say not, It is enough.” The barren womb is never satisfied. Matthew Henry’s insight teaches the barren womb is impatient of its affliction in being barren and cries, as Rachel did, “Give me children.” The reference is to the desire of a childless wife for children. It is the reason the ache and the yearning never cease.
Before I gave birth to my son, it is the reason I cried every month when I started my period, even if I tried to make myself believe it wasn’t a big deal. If there was one glimmer of hope – a day late, a feeling of nausea – I would take that hope and then my period would start the next day. Once I gave birth to my son, I never really cried again when I started my new period every month. So I thought, I am satisfied.
Although I don’t have the same degree of struggles and I shed considerably less tears, I have realized infertility will never leave me. It may or may not be as great a yearning, but even if you already have a child, you can still experience this with secondary infertility. It can hit you at any time. I remember going to two baby showers two weekends in a row. I went home feeling happy for them but also sad for me. You can give it to God, but it is a fact, the ache does not go away. Just continue to give it to God daily. He knows our desires. Trust the experience will not cause you to become bitter.