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With 1 in 6 people diagnosed with some form of infertility, chances are there is someone out there with a story similar to yours. IFAASA is going out there to find those stories. If yours isn’t here, we’d love to hear it, regardless of whether it is ongoing or what the resolution was. Sharing your experience might help someone else.

Personal stories may be sent to info@ifaasa.co.za. Please put ‘Personal story’ in the subject. You may, of course, choose to remain anonymous. Please also note that we cannot allow the endorsement or slander of any specific medical professionals or clinics.

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Right now I have unexplained infertility. However, I am not particularly fond of that term. I prefer to think of it as “not having met my infertility yet.” Because I cannot honestly say that I have tried or tested everything, that I have done every diet and exercise regime, or that I have met with several REs on my path to my infertility discovery. I would love to try everything, meet everyone and get this situation solved for good – get me a baby already! But I also suffer from a particular sect of unexplained infertility – and that would be financial infertility.

Lisa Newton is a writer, a blogger and fellow infertile. She enjoys interviewing people who have experienced infertility firsthand. This interview is with Jay – a man who’s willing to speak out about male factor infertility.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m an Aussie guy living in Melbourne Australia. I’ve been married for three and a half years and work a cushy desk job in a small insurance company.

I’m obsessed with video games and write game related content for a small community site with some mates.

Where to start? Well, the thing with me is that I’ve always known that I wanted to adopt, and living in South Africa, I always assumed that my adoptions would be transracial.

Being one of five daughters, and the only unmarried one, in my 20s, I used to tell my dad that his brown grandchildren would continue his name.  And that is how it has transpired. Although, my dad died before he met his grandson who bears his name.

Interview with Sue Slotnick, RESOLVE Board of Directors:

  • Now that you have been child-free for several years, how do you think the decision has been for you?
    When you look at the list of pros and cons for living childfree, the list of advantages is always much longer. You can travel, be spontaneous, change careers, and fall in love with each other all over again. You have none of the stresses that parenting creates. We have done some truly amazing things. We have travelled to Alaska and Africa. My husband and I have both changed careers and we are able to commit ourselves to things we are passionate about without having to worry about financial constraints. So for us, our decision has been a very positive one.

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