For the last two weeks, you have been trying to find the movie, Mother and Child, at your local library. Why? Because it is a good movie and you love Annette Bening? No. Because the movie has to do with infertility. It happens like this. You see a movie trailer, whether a comedy or drama, where the main character is struggling with infertility, adopting or yearning for a child and you have to see it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a comedy about Jennifer Lopez attempting to get comical during an IUI or Jennifer Aniston looking for a sperm donor at her 40th birthday party, you want to see it because you seem to like to torture yourself.
Some people claim they have ‘gay-dar.’ When it comes to movies, you have infertility-dar.
You end up seeing the movie, leaving the theater in tears and feeling angry that they didn’t portray the character in a realistic light. What the fertile?! got pregnant on her first IUI? What happened to doing multiple IUI’s and then moving onto IVF because it didn’t work? And look, Jennifer Aniston found her sperm donor and bing, bang, boom, she is pregnant after one month. And of course, you also cried a little during the ridiculous comedy, Baby Mama where Tina Fey wants to be a baby mama but needs some help. Word of caution. When you see a movie with an infertility plot, it usually has a happy baby ending.
But since you never learn, for the last two weeks, you have been to four libraries trying to reserve the movie, Mother and Child. And this time, you will make your husband watch it with you so you can torture him as well.
Until the next infertility movie trailer and the film/torture cycle begins again.