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Pineapple badges - IVF Babble

Hello,

There’s a new website and a trend with people wearing pineapple badges, it’s to help show support to fertility issue couples - have you seen it?

ivfbabble.com

Useful website with some good articles.

Not sure what I think about it - nice that it’s getting more public support but not sure I want to wear one and get lots of questions that I’m not strong enough to answer...

What do you think?

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Where does the money go to though . I’d have one but want to know who is benefiting from the cash xx

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Good question! I don’t know 🤔

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I’ve just looked and it says profits will be donated to the fertility network but it’s just nice to get people talking and make people more aware xx

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I’ve got mine and wear it on my bag. I’ve never told anyone about the IVF but I braved it and put a pic on Instagram of it tagging IVF babble and will await the questions. Now I’m nearly due I don’t feel scared to answer any questions plus before I didn’t want the pressure of people asking if it had worked xx

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Good point, perhaps it depends where in the process you are, as to how brave you are or willing to answer questions.

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Yeah I think so. I applaud people who can openly talk about it. I’m not an open person anyway so it’s hard but I want to make people more aware now as I hated the “when are you having children” questions xx

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I like the idea of the pins but like you I’m not sure I’d be ready to answer any questions it generated.

We don’t discuss our IVF with anyone outside our immediate family. Maybe that’s the idea of the pin, if we all talked about it more then those experiencing fertility issues mightn’t feel so isolated. It might help do away with some of the stigma associated with IVF xx

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I think its a lovely idea. Im not open / confident enough to wear one as still keeping things quite private at the moment. Maybe if / when i get a BFP i would feel more confident to wear one and embrace the questions! xx

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Yep I’ve got one! I think unless you are going through it yourself or someone knows someone who is, “normal” folk probably wouldn’t have a clue! My husband and I have always been really open with friends, but I struggled with people other than friends at work knowing. Now a year on and I’m being more open, I paint and I’m being clear that my art is inspired by my IVF journey. I think I’m just in that place now, but totally get why people are a little hesitant to tell, it’s such a personal decision to make. Sorry I just rambled there!! Hope you’re well! Xxx

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I think it's a great initiative, but sadly have to agree with many of you that at this point of my journey I feel it's too early for me to start talking more openly. After going through an array of tests and operations since October 2016 we're just waiting for our first IVF consultation, and I feel that at the moment I have more questions than answers.

However I totally support the idea, as it often feels like IVF is the last taboo subject in our society now that mental health problems are becoming an acceptable topic of discussion with even royalty are talking about their mental health issues (which I think is really great!). I hope to have the strength to join the movement once I'm in a more stable place on my journey.

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