“Did you try putting your legs in the air?”

Jun 3, 2011

Ah, another gem for the “Captain Obvious” category. I can’t even count how many people told me this over the last year and a half.

What’s gross about this one:  now I know this person is picturing me naked. Ew.

But this piece of advice is particularly irritating to women with fertility issues. If you are dealing with male infertility — which means his swimmers watch Michael Phelps and think, “Okay, HOW the HELL does he swim in a straight line?! It’s soooo hard!” — it doesn’t matter how much of a head start you give them. They’ll still be bumping into things, getting lost, swimming sideways, stopping to ask other sperm for directions, and by the time they get pointed toward the fallopes, they drop dead. Nice job, idiot sperm.

Putting your legs in the air after sex, when you’re trying to get pregnant, is right up there with arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. It might make you feel better, and will make the deck look orderly, but it won’t be the big thing that makes a difference.


About Me

Hiya! I'm Lydia. I live in Iowa with my husband and two children, both the result of iVF. I started this blog in 2011, so everything here's a wee bit... old. I don't do a ton of writing anymore... but I'm leaving the blog up, in case it's helpful for those who stumble across it.

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If you're going through infertility and want to see our journey, start in June 2011 (first two cycles) or January 2014 (third cycle). Hopefully reading about our rollercoaster with assisted reproduction brings you a little hope, and more than a few giggles. (Keep in mind that this information is over a decade old in most cases; please don't take anything you read here as medical advice. Consult your doctor for facts.)

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1 Comment

  1. I can so relate! It is very frustrating. Also, when they ask “So do you guys want kids?” Or now that we’re post-adoption: “Wow, three kids? Have you figured out what causes that yet?”


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