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Staying Positive During Infertility Treatments

<b>3 ways to hold on to your sanity and optimism.</b>

a blog by tori

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my mom on the phone and explaining my upcoming month of fertility treatments, and she sarcastically exclaimed “Boy, you’re just a ball of sunshine aren’t you!” At that very moment I realized something…

I used to be optimistic. I used to be the person that people would turn to if they needed a laugh during a rough day!

Infertility has changed that for me, and I realized that I need to stop the pessimism that is slowly invading my life, and take back my optimism.

Dollars and Sense

by Evelina Weidman Sterling

Fertility treatments are expensive. And about 30 percent to 50 percent of the total costs can be chalked up to fertility medications, particularly the injectables. For a single cycle, the medication costs can easily exceed thousands of dollars.

For many families, it’s hard to budget for the high cost of fertility medications. Given our current economic crisis, people are finding it harder and harder to afford fertility treatments as well as the costs of the medications needed for the treatments to work.

I'm happy to report that pharmaceutical companies are feeling your pain, and many are finding new ways to ease your burden. Three major fertility drug companies — EMD Serono, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Merck — offer special programs that lessen the cost of many of the most common medications used in fertility treatments today.

Curbing the cost of fertility drugs.

Try This Easy Fertility Cleanse

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<b>(And we mean <em>easy</em> . . . )</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Did you know that in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system native to India, it’s taught that our energy channels (nadis) can become clogged with a sticky by-product of poor digestion and toxic living called ama? When ama builds up, it is thought to cause weakness and inefficiency in our metabolic processes and, left unchecked, ama can be the cause of full-on disease.

The Sleep of the Yogi: Yoga Nidra

<b>Release the negative and increase the positive. Try it!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

On Sundays I teach a yoga class where nobody moves and by about 15 minutes into class, the room is filled with the sound of deep breathing and the occasional soft snore. The class is called Yoga Nidra, which means “sleep of the yogi.” It’s an ancient technique of guided meditation that works not only on a physical level but also penetrates into our unconscious mind to release deeply held negative beliefs about ourselves and our world.

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The Wrong Breakfast Crowd

<b>A healthy morning meal is great for your reproductive system.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Breakfast, as we’ve been told since we were kids, is the most important meal of the day. We know a healthy morning meal is good for the brain, but it’s also great for our reproductive system. A morning energy boost that’s low in sugar, high in healing nutrients like B-vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats and fiber will promote good hormonal balance.

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Who Wants to Adopt Their Own Child? No One!

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<b>And in California, Michael Jackson didn't have to.</b>

a blog by Theresa Erickson, Esq.

There are still people out there talking about how Michael Jackson did not adopt his own children born of a surrogate and his (maybe) wife. I am dumbfounded that the legal community has not opened their eyes to the fact that this is not something that is needed when surrogacy is involved in California. I have addressed this issue several times, but I think that it needs one more round.

How's Your Baby Chi?

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<b>Feng shui your bedroom!</b>

a blog by marie lee

I’m a big believer in feng shui (the Asian belief that the way you arrange things in a room can affect things). That is, ever since my poet friend was hanging out in my office and said, “Man, the writing feng shui of your office is ba-a-a-a-ad.” Not exactly a believer, I still grabbed him by the lapels and screamed, “What do you mean by that????” The thing was, I was having a bit of writer's block at the time.

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If Only I Was as Brave as Jackie Barr

<b>An egg donor tells her story.</b>

a blog by the editors

Knowing what I know now, I'd like to think that if I was younger (at 46, I've maxed out) I'd be an egg donor. I'm not sure I'd really be brave enough (probably not) but I'd like to think I could muster up the courage. And that's what it really takes: Courage.

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Love & Infertility

by Kristen Magnacca

During a recent conversation with one of my coaching clients, I noticed was that she was just plain angry. After six years of trying to conceive, her journey was filled with heartbreak. She’d had surgery, clomid cycles, IUI and progressed to IVF where she achieve three pregnancies that resulted in miscarriages.

Her anger was echoed through her words but the one statement that struck me was how she felt that she “had done everything right and still had no baby.”

You're Angry. We Get It. Try this recipe to move through the pain.

Fertility Treatment the Second Time Around

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<b>Is anything better on try No. 2?</b>

a blog by murgdan

Is anything better the second time around?

It’s been said that subsequent pregnancies are never as thrilling as the first. The woman who shunned soft cheeses and sushi sneaks Tekka Maki and downs her Greek Salad with chunks of feta. Her second child gets away with things the firstborn didn’t dare dream about doing.

The same thing is true for fertility treatments.

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