"I always wanted to be a mother," the Williams' struggle with infertility
MONTICELLO, Ga -- MaKayla and Jonathan Williams got married just over two years ago. They didn't know their journey to become parents was going to be a difficult one.
MaKayla, 21, and Jonathan, 25, discovered they had fertility issues after nearly a year of trying to get pregnant.
Monticello community members, friends, and family are doing everything they can to support the young couple's decision to do In-Vitro Fertilization.
"Month after month it was a negative pregnancy test. I would sit in the bathroom and I would cry," said MaKayla.
Jonathan said it was initially frustrating.
"You know always having that expectation from month to month that you're going to get good news and never do," said Jonathan.
After a trip to the doctor MaKayla found out she had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also known as PCOS, something 10% of women in the United States suffer from. It's one of the most common causes of infertility according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"There's never a day that would go by, that I would just not cry, and it was hard," MaKayla said.
But PCOS wasn't the couple's only road block. Jonathan also suffers from a combination of fertility issues. Almost 9% of men aged 25 to 44 years in the United States reported that they or their partner saw a doctor for advice, testing, or treatment for infertility during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"At first it was kind of a shock and hurt for both of us," Jonathan said. "We both kind of leaned on each other and it just brought us both closer."
MaKayla said through this process she has met countless women who face the same struggle to become a parent, but refuse to give up.
"An outpouring of support from ladies that haven't even been to the doctor yet," MaKayla said. "They want to know what they can do to not be nervous about going, and I just tell them go."
She said she's grateful to have a community help she and Jonathan save up for IVF, and hopes it will make her dream to become a mom a reality.
"When I was little, you know they would always say 'what do you want to be when you grow up,'" she said. "I always wanted to be a mother, that was the only thing that I really wanted to be."
Monticello community members have set up a few fundraisers to help the couple, whose IVF costs will be in the ballpark of $15,000 to $20,000 dollars.
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