After years of struggling with infertility, couples often feel frustrated, disappointed, and letdown. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. What exactly is infertility? It is known as the inability to conceive after having unprotected sex for more than a year. While reproductive problems are treatable with infertility drugs and high-tech procedures, not everyone is able to get pregnant. When pregnancy doesn’t happen due to infertility, many couples turn to adoption.
If you or your spouse is infertile, it’s important to resolve your feelings and accept that you will never conceive naturally. Fertility treatments are advancing and overcoming reproductive obstacles, but you are not guaranteed a positive result at the end of treatment. Years of unsuccessful treatment can take a physical, emotional and spiritual toll on your outlook. This is why it is so important to accept and move past feelings of inadequacy before beginning the adoption journey.
Even though you may not be able to have a child due to infertility, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a family. Adoption is a great alternative for those looking to bring a child into their life. Many parents who adopt say they can’t imagine their lives any other way. Any child, biological or adopted, should be treasured and loved as your own. They want to hear how much you wanted a child and how happy you were when they arrived.
Actress Mariska Hargitay said in an interview with Good Housekeeping, “Adoption was a bumpy ride-very bumpy. I’m not gonna lie. There were wrenching moments. I say to everybody, ‘Adoption is not for the faint of heart.’ But God, it was worth the fight.”
Infertility is not the end of your journey. Adoption is the beginning. At ABC for Adoption, we want to help you on your journey to becoming parents. We understand that adoption can be a lengthy process and we work hard to facilitate successful placements for our adoptive couples. To set up an appointment with ABC for Adoption, please give us a call at 888-44ADOPT or 847-821-2901.