As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, there are a lot of questions on everyone’s minds, and there’s a lot we don’t know yet. One thing we do know is that community is more important than ever, and even though we’re physically apart, over the last few weeks we’ve seen businesses, support groups and even DJ parties bring hundreds of thousands of people together online.
LOLA’s community has been a part of this movement. It’s been uplifting to watch our group of members, experts, partners and colleagues continue to speak candidly with each other about their reproductive health in this uncertain time.
We asked our community to tell us how the coronavirus is impacting their reproductive health, and what they’re doing to cope. Here’s what they had to say:
“My husband and I started passively trying [to conceive] a few months ago, not expecting anything to happen too quickly. This was before the pandemic began. We just found out three days ago that we are expecting, only a few minutes after finding out my husband was treating the first COVID-positive patient in our area. We are trying to focus on the excitement, but it’s hard not to live in the fear of the moment.” — Holly
“I always feel more anxious and emotional in the few days leading up to my period, but right now I can’t tell the difference between PMS anxiety and Coronavirus anxiety.” — Lindsey
“It’s rough right now in the Endometriosis & Adenomyosis community because so many places are cancelling surgeries. These ladies have waited years to find a doctor that actually believes them & then wait typically several months to receive surgery because we have so few excision surgeons. It’s a stressful time waiting to find out if your going to be cancelled next, but the Endo/Adeno community is unlike any other when it comes to virtual support, like the work that @endogirlsblog, @endometriosissummit, @endometriosis_surgeon and many other online support groups are doing not just right now, but always.” — Alanna
“After 5 months of trying, we got pregnant only for it to end in an early miscarriage. I’ve never felt anything more devastating and never expected it. Now that I’m recovered, I’m too scared to stop trying for the time being. I’m already 33 and there is no knowing how long it could take again, even in spite of the virus and lockdown.” — Sarah
“I definitely am having some severe stress hormone reactions right now, causing anxiety, emotions, and a very annoying breakout. I would love some help being more mindful and present right now.” — Molly
“I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant and have started showing symptoms of coronavirus. I got tested today, I’m considered high risk because of being pregnant. Not exactly how I imagined the end of my pregnancy but am just trying to stay calm and in the present.” — Danielle
“My husband and I got pregnant fairly quickly the first time, but I know it may not be as easy the next time around. Given what’s going on in the world I don’t think we’ll start to try anytime soon, but I’m also anxious to wait too long in case it becomes more difficult.” — Jordana
“I barely noticed my PMS symptoms this month because of all the anxiety I’m feeling.” — Kendel
“I’m in my 39th week of pregnancy with my first child. So many unknowns cause nervousness for sure.” — Allison
“I just got my period 5 days early, and I’m usually really regular. I’m not sure if it’s caused by stress over all the coronavirus news, or if something else might be happening with my body. It’s definitely not helping my current anxiety level, that’s for sure. — Liz
“This current situation is devastating. I have waited so long to do IVF which is now postponed indefinitely.” — Anon
“I’ve been feeling pretty stressed and noticed that taking time to think about where my body is at has really helped me feel grounded.” — Sadie
How about you? Do you have questions about taking care of your reproductive health during the pandemic? How are you managing your health during this time? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments.