You, Me, Empathy - Episode 80: How Infertility Impacts Mental Health with Alethea Allarey
Alethea has a huge heart, and I’m so proud of her for being vulnerable about her experience in trying to get pregnant. We talk about self-care during the IVF and IUI process, anxiety-easing practices such as organizing (especially books!), and feeling like a failure when the treatments don’t work. (You can hear Alethea talk more about failure on Episode 14 of You, Me, Empathy.)
Alethea talks about her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and how that plays a role, the pressures for women to have children, the shame that comes when it doesn’t happen, the amazing support she’s been given from her husband Jason and close friends and family, and how she navigates trying to be positive and realistic at the same time.
If you’re curious to hear where Alethea is at today on her pregnancy journey, you can listen to an epilogue we recorded as a bonus for $4/month and up Patreon supporters!
Go to Patreon.com/YouMeEmpathy for Alethea’s update! Thanks to Alethea for sharing!
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