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Uterus Half Full? Or Half Empty?

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<b>Your emotions while waiting for beta.</b>

a blog by murgdan

Are you a uterus-half-full or a uterus-half-empty kind of girl?

The hardest thing about waiting for beta after any fertility treatment is the endless roller-coaster of emotions. Am I? Aren’t I?

I felt a twinge, I must be.

I’ve felt that same twinge before, I must not be.

Thanks for the Torture, Tabloids.

<b>Our "Mad Men" world of pregnant celebrities.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

I have a few guilty pleasures. One involves gossip magazines. Some days I’m disciplined and look the other way when outrageous headlines leap off the cover in the supermarket line, others days I buy and dive in. The tamest of them all, People, gets delivered weekly to my house. Some issues entertain me, but one, in particular, makes me gnash my teeth: The editors’ seemingly endless fascination with celebrity “bumps” and carefully airbrushed angelic first family portraits.

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Donor Egg Love

by Dena Fischer

After we found out I couldn’t conceive or carry a baby, there was a long time where we just didn’t deal with it. We kind of shoved all that bad news into a closet and stood with our backs against the door, keeping it in, not wanting to look at it or think about it. Brad, my husband, had gently broached the idea of surrogacy, but I wasn’t ready to go there. I needed time to lick my wounds and wrap myself around the idea that it just wasn’t going to happen in my body. None of it.

So it was stuffed into the metaphorical closet, but every once in a while something happened that forced me to take a peek.

The Car Seat Freak Out.

5 Fertility Myths Debunked

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<b>Is 40 the new 30? And more!</b>

Debunk fertility myths and learn fertility facts from fiction.

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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.


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