My husband and I always talked about having a family of five kids. When starting to try for a third child, I didn't expect any problems. My first two kids came easily, so I assumed things would be easy again. When my second son was just over a year, I got pregnant—and then quickly miscarried. We were upset but reassured that miscarriages are common. Eventually, I got pregnant again, but seven weeks later, experienced a traumatic miscarriage.
Then, for reasons not understood, I stopped ovulating. After blood work, my doctor made a diagnosis of PCOS and told me I probably would not get pregnant on my own again. Our doctor recommended Clomid and progesterone supplements. I got pregnant (again!). But, it didn't stick. I miscarried for a third time.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. After six years of trying, we finally conceived with the help of gonadotropins, and 36 weeks and six days later, I gave birth to beautiful twins.
Rachel Gurevich is a fertility advocate and author who has written hundreds of articles on living with infertility, from the concerned-but-unsure stage, to navigating treatment options, to coping with the daily stress. Rachel vividly remembers her concerns when struggling with infertility, and she uses those experiences to write compassionate articles that answer practical questions and offer support.
A professional member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Rachel has been writing about women’s health since 2001. She is a coauthor of "Birth Plans for Dummies" and the author of "The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant," "FabJob Guide to Become a Doula," and "FabJob Guide to Become a Death Doula."
In 2014, Rachel received The Hope Award for Achievement, from Resolve: The National Association for Infertility. "The Doula Advantage" received several endorsements, most notably from "America's Pediatrician" Dr. William Sears, and is also listed as recommended reading by the American Pregnancy Association. Rachel has also contributed to Reuters Health, Grateful.co, and USA Today, and has been featured on NPR.
Rachel has a bachelor's degree in pure mathematics along with a minor in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
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