It’s that time again! When I stalk… uh… I mean… troll… wait, no—how about lovingly pass the time by finding things on social media about reproductive matters that amuse me instead of doing more productive things like going around my house to figure out what “brings me joy” (what if NOTHING brings me joy Marie Kondo? Have you thought about that?!) C’mon! Laugh with me! It’ll bring you way more joy than cleaning your house (suck on that Kondo!)

1. So many thoughts there. A) Unless they are a doctor, they need to stop with advice. B) I love how when curse words are edited into symbols; they can be interpreted into so many fun insulting words of your own design (like MadLibs Curse words) and C) Do you really have to avoid alcohol? Like all the time?

2. Granted, many may have seen this one before but to me, it still cracks me up. Especially because when I worked in an office and I was going through IVF, THREE women got pregnant at the same time around me. They said, “Must be something in the water cooler!” I guess I was stuck drinking at the “Infertility soda machine.” Any which way, I relate to this meme.

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🧐😱 Is laughter ALLOWED when struggling with Infertility? * Infertility is serious. It’s raw. It cuts to the core and makes even the accomplished, successful, confident people humble, vulnerable, and doubtful. 🀑 So much joy is taken away from our everyday lives. Struggling to have a baby can become A-L-L-C-O-N-S-U-M-I-N-G. * We are worrying about what we eat and don’t eat, how much we should or shouldn’t exercise, which supplements to take or not take. Talk about tiring stuff πŸ˜“ . Through it all, we forgot how to LAUGH πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ Laughter is a powerful remedy for stress, pain, and conflict. More importantly, laughter makes you feel good! ❀️ * It helps you keep a positive view on things even through the worst struggles. laughter can: * Relieve physical tension and stress * Boost the immune system by increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies * Decrease stress hormones * Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good chemicals) * Protect the heart and prevent heart disease by increasing blood flow and improving the function of blood vessels * More importantly, When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is formed 🀝 * This bond acts as a buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointments within a relationship. Among other advantages, shared humor can relieve stress, balance your mood, strengthen your relationships, enhance teamwork, ease anxiety and fear, promote group bonding, attract others to you and add zest to your life 😍 * Drop a πŸ˜‚ and share what makes you laugh in this #infertilityjourney * Follow @fertility.empowerment for more infertility empowerment 😍

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4. Ah, bad or insensitive advice. I know we joke about it often to the point that it’s cliche but really, it never ends. Even smart, well-intentioned people say things like, “You drink a lot of seltzer. Do you think maybe it’s seltzer?” Fertility issues like PCOS, endometriosis, etc. are medical disorders. You wouldn’t suggest to someone who has diabetes, “Have you tried relaxing to lower your blood sugar?” WTF Karen?

5. On a related side-note to the below, a friend of mine always called this a “pap-shmear.” I had to remind him that this is something that tests for cervical cancer and NOT something you do to a bagel.

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β’»β“‘β“˜β““β“β“¨ β“•β“€β“β“β“˜β“”β“’··· I saw this post a little while ago and about died laughing when I did, because @betamummy got it soooo spot on. Yesterday I went back again to my RE about my cramping, and despite a fruitless appointment, I fought the urge to be like "can I show you this really funny gif on my phone??" But for real though, my husband asked why I even use the sheet. My response? Honey, it may not seem like I care about who sees my hooha anymore, but that miniscule shred of dignity I have left makes me feel like the minute the door opens people shouldn't see me spread eagle and belly up." Just sayin'. So when I saw this, I immediately texted it to him with the caption Yaaaaaaaas. After all, he's the one who makes sure my panties are wrapped inside my pants πŸ˜‚ #ttcsisters #ttccommunity #ttcjourney ##ttcsupport #ttc #ttcover30 #ttctribe #ttcwarrior #ttcmembers #ttcbaby #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilitysisters #infertilityawareness #infertilitysupport #infertilityjourney #infertilitycommunity #infertilitywarrior #ivf #ivfjourney #ivfcommunity #ivfsupport #ivfwarrior #ivfsisters #fet #eggretrieval #ivfgotthis #1in8 #icsi #diminishedovarianreserve

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6. I’m sorry but this had me at, “I just hate your uterus.”

7. Every now and then, it’s like a meme speaks from your soul—and pretty much anything that involves retiring from human interaction and building a blanket fort comes directly from my heart.

8. Because some days… a period, a “big fat negative,” an HSG, another pregnancy announcement, a crap letter from your insurance company, a stupid comment, etc. This just says it best.

9. This is REALLY accurate. I mean, OUCH, right?

10. In case you’re just the teeniest bit stressed these days.

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11. Oh yes. We’ve all had these conversations, haven’t we? A whole two months. The agony. TRY MANY YEARS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!

12. There are SOOOOO many people I need to buy this for, including myself. And who knew that socks are where you can get the most accurate news these days?

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Brb, buying these 🧦 β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β € #fertility #infertility #IUI #IVF #IVFjourney #IVFwarrior #infertilityawareness #ivfsisters #ttcsisters #FET #ttcsupport #infertilitysupport #ttcjourney #infertilitysucks #fertilityawareness #ttc #love #wellness #health #ttccommunity #support #pcos #endometriosis #pgs #pgt #transfer #retrieval

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13. I honestly hope we can all have a cake like this one day (and eat it too).