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A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, April 16, 2015
Embryo adoption is an excellent option for anyone looking to expand their family through alternative methods, especially if you desire to add an infant child to your family. Embryo adoption allows you to experience pregnancy and childbirth! Each fertility clinic and agency that offers embryo donation or adoption develops their own guidelines for who can adopt an embryo. Here's what varies.

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, April 15, 2015
In this blog post, Dr. Kort's recent decision to dive headfirst into the cold Pacific ocean provides a good analogy for the decision on how to approach fertility treatment.

A blog by VB, April 10, 2015

Five years, six doctors and thousands of dollars later my infertility was still unexplained. After a fourth failed IUI I realized I needed to become my own advocate.

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, April 9, 2015

Much of what I do on a daily basis is planning the next step in treatment for a fertility patient. While some patients know from the start what they want to do and when they want to do it, many eventually come to a crossroads in their care. The first line of treatment has not gotten results and and they are ready to take the next step. When, what, and how to proceed become the most important questions that we need to answer together.

A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, April 8, 2015
At my last Mind Body Fertility Support Group, two women recognized each other from their workplace. At first, they looked at each other with eyes of dismay. Not for one second had it occurred to either of them that somebody else in their workplace was experiencing the same problems as each had encountered. But, by the sixth week of group the two women were coming together from work, sitting beside each other and supporting one another like best friends. Their initial dismay turned into compassion when they were able to bond through the common experience of struggling to conceive. This story should not be so surprising. When you think about the fact that 1 in 6 couples struggle with infertility, you likely know someone that it is affected.

A blog by Dr. Jaime Knopman, RMA of New York, April 7, 2015

Oocyte donation offers women in menopause, women with premature ovarian failure and women with diminished ovarian reserve the opportunity to not only become parents but also to carry a pregnancy. Oocyte quality and quantity decline substantially as a woman ages (and in some instances even before a woman ages); this decline is often the cause of many women’s fertility struggles. Despite marked improvements in IVF techniques, we are often unable to fix diminished egg quality and quantity, and therefore in order to achieve a pregnancy, oocyte donation is required.

A blog by Dr. Allen Morgan, Morgan Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, April 6, 2015

In PCOS, the follicle never reaches a size big enough to ovulate so the ovary doesn’t produce progesterone and the uterus has no signal to tell it whether to bleed or not, causing infrequent menstruation. Eventually the lining may grow so thick, waiting for the progesterone, that it becomes unstable and sloughs off in an erratic way causing unpredictable bleeding every day or quite heavy bleeding. If progesterone is absent for many months, the lining sometimes gets so thick from the “unopposed” estrogen that the cells can become abnormal, precancerous or even cancerous. Since the follicles never rupture, month after month they fill up in the ovary and create a line of small cysts right near the surface of the ovary, giving the classic “polycystic” appearance. The term “polycystic” means “many cysts” of the ovary, but these are not so much cysts as they are immature, un-ruptured follicles. They are not harmful or cancerous cysts.

A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, April 2, 2015

The children you’ve always dreamed of have become a reality – actually running around the house having loads of fun! You hug them, guide them, scold them, love them, and it’s all real.

With help from an egg/sperm/embryo donor your family is a reality, but what should you do about telling your children how they came to be? Here are few tips to consider.

A blog by Andrea Braverman, PhD, Reproductive Medicine Associates at Jefferson, April 1, 2015

Recent research has been conflicted about the role of anxiety and depression in pregnancy outcome. Some studies looking at Mind-Body programs have shown women to have higher pregnancy rates who did the course compared to those who were simply on a wait list. Other larger analyses of studies have not shown much improvement.

a blog by Jane Frederick, M.D., HRC Fertility, March 26, 2015

I have treated thousands of people trying to conceive and I can say that stress won’t affect the results of your treatments or hinder your success but it can make you feel worse and cause unnecessary emotional stress. I have found through the years that many of my patients feel they must do certain things that bring about stress including attend baby showers or go to lunch with pregnant friends. I can tell you that it is important while going through infertility to attempt to limit exposure to things that cause you to feel sad or hopeless.