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July 18, 2017

Collected infertility comics

Filed under: comics, TTC — ootastic @ 7:50 pm

I first started drawing comics when I was struggling to get (and stay) pregnant.  Given that fertility problems affect an estimated one in six couples and that up to a quarter of pregnancies end in miscarriage, it should be of no surprise to find so many comics on these topics. This is the second of two posts collecting links to relevant comics and other illustrations. Please feel free to point me to any I’ve missed!

The tortures of trying to conceive (TTC) have been captured in the comic memoir Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts, which is reveiwed on the Graphic Medicine website.  Similarly, Broken Eggs is an autobiographical visual narrative by Emily Steinberg, which is further detailed in Cleaver magazine.  One book I was able to read in full is One Good Egg, Suzy Becker’s illustrated memoir about the “Baby Decision” and undergoing IVF.  Got Pins And Needles is an illustrated essay exploring the limits of fertility treatment for “social infertility”.  Meanwhile, the male perspective is covered by The Infertile Man by Drs Aniruddha and Anjali Malpani.  The same authors also offer the Comic Book for Infertile Couples, which is reviewed on the BioNews website.  Finally, the amusingly named Cranky Vagina has a couple of one-panels about fertility treatment.

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