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Top 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Trying to Get Pregnant This Winter

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It's cold and flu season, and we want you to stay healthy. Here are our top six tips for staying healthy if you trying to get pregnant this winter.

1. Get a Flu Shot

A flu shot is recommended for everyone but it is especially important (and considered safe) for soon-to-be-pregnant women. Even though it's safe, if you are still uncomfortable, you can ask for the preservative-free flu shot which most doctor's offices or flu shot clinics carry.

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Diet and PCOS

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Just like with any diagnosis, women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may experience the disease differently from one another. That being said, there are definitely symptoms and associated issues that tend to be very, very common among the diagnosed. Skin problems. A little (or a lot) of extra weight that wasn't really earned (which is wholly unfair). Facial hair. Completely unreliable or the total absence of ovulation. Basically a slew of things that may make you feel like you're personally bringing sexy back.

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PCOS and Weight

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (or more commonly and coolly known as PCOS is very common among women - it is a condition where the ovaries typically have various small cysts. These cysts can cause pain, they can moderately to severely disrupt a woman's hormones (typically women with PCOS have low levels of follicle stimulating hormones and high levels of male hormones), and they can adversely affect a woman's fertility.

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Famous People Who are Adopted

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When it comes to adoption in Tinseltown, there is usually a fair amount of attention paid to celebrities who build their families through some form of adoption. Most of us - even those of us who pretend not to know such things - can probably name a few celebs who have done so. But what about famous people who are adopted themselves? It's nice to see examples of grown up adoptees who have gone on to do interesting, extraordinary or noteworthy things. Here are some famous people who were in some way formally or informally adopted; some were adopted from birth, some grew up in foster care, some were raised by extended family - and some may surprise you.

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How Many Embryos Should You Transfer?

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Whether or not you have had problems with fertility, most likely if you have even a vague concept of what IVF is, when you hear the phrase something in the word-association-game portion of your mind shouts 'twins!' 'triplets!' or 'octomom!'.

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HRC Fertility Celebrates 25 Years and Thousands of Babies

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In terms of choosing a great Fertility Doctor or clinic - Southern California patients are pretty lucky. While no one really wants to need a Fertility Doctor in the first place, if you do need one, living here is a blessing because of the number of qualified, experienced and state of the art clinics. One of those clinics, HRC Fertility, is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this week.

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Discounted Egg Freezing Services for Cancer Patients

For women diagnosed with cancer that may affect their fertility, there is hope: Fertile Hope.

Founded in 2001 by Lindsay Nohr Beck, and now a national LIVESTRONG initiative, Fertile Hope offers discounted treatment and free donated medication for egg freezing and embryo freezing via their financial assistance program. Sperm banking services are also available to male patients.

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Should You Do Natural Cycle IVF or Mini-IVF?

September 6, 2013

The majority of fertility centers begin a fertility patient on a conventional IVF protocol where clinically indicated, but natural cycle IVF or minimal stimulation (mini-IVF) may be just as effective at a lower cost and less risk to the patient’s health.

Frank Yelian, M.D. of Life IVF Center, says: “[Conventional IVF] has been successful, otherwise no one would do it, but we believe it is outdated. It only takes one egg to result in a pregnancy, so why do we need ten to twenty? It is inefficient.” Dr. Yelian maintains that current technologies like intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allow doctors to find the embryo with greatest potential for developing into a successful pregnancy. Because of these technologies, the need for aggressive ovarian stimulation and the risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) can be virtually eliminated.

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