Tell us a bit about yourself and your body positivity journey
My name is Amber Izzo and I’m an infertility and lifestyle blogger from the East of England. I started my blog after my infertility diagnosis. After two failed rounds of IVF I became really resentful towards my body; I saw myself as a failure and less of a woman. My body positivity journey has been exactly that – a journey – rather than a destination. There are days where we all wish we looked a little different, but I’ve come to learn that ‘beauty’ is a social construct and what is important is how I feel. My body is not anyone else’s to critique, but it is all of mine to love.
Did your journey with IVF and infertility change the way you view your body?
Absolutely! Over the course of both operations and 2 rounds of IVF, I had gained nearly 4 stone. Initially I was so angry at myself for it however, after my second round of IVF I came to realise just how much my body had been through. I had put my body through the mill, and all I was doing was tearing it down. My infertility and IVF has now completely changed the way I view my body, and rather than seeing it as a failure, I see it as a warship and my biggest weapon. My body is amazing; it is capable of so much and is not defined by its ability to procreate.