Struggling with infertility and trying to conceive is an intensely personal and individual journey. We may have similar experiences, but everyone’s story is different in its own way.
One thing that contributes to the uniqueness of our stories is the amount of information we share with other people about our struggles with trying to conceive. Recently, a Twitter friend, ShyLittleViolet, suggested I poll readers in order to compare the level of transparency among readers.
I thought her suggestion was brilliant, and not just because I was interested in hearing the responses. While I’m a huge advocate for sharing our stories, I understand that you have to be ready to share such private information. And sometimes it’s hard to get to that place in the middle of something as overwhelming as infertility. So I’m hoping that the responses to this poll will relieve the guilt or shame some of you feel for not yet being ready to share your story. It took me about a year to get to the place where I was ready to blog about it, and even longer before I started opening up to my “real life” friends.
For those of you who do feel ready to share your story, I’m hoping that the responses will encourage you and spur you on to share- even if it’s anonymously or with just one person.
So… please answer the poll below. If you’re on a mobile device or can’t see the poll, click here to take the poll or use the comments section below to tell us how much information you divulge to others.
Update 6/18/14. Davy from the Sea of TTC wrote a beautiful follow-up piece to this poll. Check it out!