My Struggle with Infertility: The Story of Joyce Lay -Taita Taveta MP


Challenges in life are inevitable. But it’s what we do with these experiences that counts. Taita Taveta MP Joyce Wanjala Lay became a teenage mother, but lost her son at just two years old. She then went on to get married later on, but then discovered she had trouble conceiving. Hers has been a journey with infertility which she is not shy of publicly acknowledging. In this video by Merck More than a Mother, Joyce engages in a noble effort, advocating for IVF which will undoubtedly go a long way in helping thousands of Kenyan women become mothers someday. I have re-shared the original video.


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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


  1. Every thing is well with Jehovah, He is giver of everything and He knows the reason as to why things happen…..Gods time is the best ….we should endure and persevere in such situation and wait for Him….

  2. A moving story thanks, In general, bearing children in the context of marriage is the biblical norm. It is required to fulfill God’s charge to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earthà” (Genesis 1:28). In the Bible, infertility was an anomaly worth mentioning, and there are no recorded instances of a couple voluntarily remaining childlessùalthough there are examples of a husband remaining so dedicated to his infertile wife that he did not seek a second wife or concubine. Nowhere in the Bible did God condemn an infertile couple. Several times infertility was brought to an end with the birth of a significant Bible character (Genesis 21:7; 25:21; Judges 13; 1 Samuel 1; Luke 1). Twice God granted fertility to women for the expressed purpose of comforting them (Genesis 29:31; 2 Kings 4:8-17). And once God used infertility as a curse for sinful behavior (2 Samuel 6:20-23).

    Once a woman is diagnosed with infertility, the overall likelihood for successful treatment is 50%.1 Whether a treatment is successful depends on the:Underlying cause of the problem Woman’s age History of previous pregnancies
    How long she has had infertility issues Fertility treatments are most likely to benefit women whose infertility is due to problems with ovulation. Treatment is least likely to benefit infertility caused by damage to the fallopian tubes or severe endometriosis.1The first step of treating infertility in many cases is to treat the underlying cause of infertility. For example, in cases where thyroid disease causes hormone imbalances, medication for thyroid disease may be able to restore fertility.Fertility treatments for women fall into the following categories: Medication Treatments for Female Infertility Surgical Treatments for Female Infertility
    Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)


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