A blog by Megan
Swanek, March 8, 2018
As I sit here, ready to publish this, I am 16 weeks pregnant. After 4 IVF procedures and only one baby girl earth-side, it's still hard for me to believe that we are pregnant without even trying. Sure, this happens to people; there are always outliers, but I never expected this to happen to me. Ever.
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A blog by Megan
I’m giving up coffee!
This is not as simple as it may seem. First, coffee is part of my spiritual practice; I ALWAYS drink (make that “drank” ) coffee when I write. You can bet seven children’s novels, an adult novel, countless short stories and op-ed essays on that. Interestingly, I don’t need it or want it at any other time of the day, but in the morning, when I’m writing, nothing is nicer than a steaming cup of java.
a blog by Claire, March 20, 2017
Is the season of chicks and bunnies better than the other three for in vitro fertilization? The study "Seasonal variability in the fertilization rate of women undergoing assisted reproduction treatments," which is published in the July 2012 issue of Gynecological Endocrinology found that for couples undergoing IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the fertilization — the joining of egg and sperm to form an embryo — rate was higher in the spring. Note: the season had no effect on pregnancy rates.
No, this isn’t another chirpy post about the power of positive thinking or the laws of attraction. While there are potential fertility benefits to both of those things, the positive I’m talking about here is the little plus on the pee stick or the positive lilt in the nurse’s voice when she gives you the news that your beta hCG has just doubled. I've seen the apprehension behind the eyes of my yoga students when they share their good news. One hurdle cleared – “I’m pregnant!” – but another looms ahead: that tenuous first trimester. This anxiety is magnified if their journey has been a long one or if a previous “positive” ended in a negative.
Having experienced multiple miscarriages and other assorted disappointments of my own, that odd mix of joy and terror during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy is something I know way too well. I spent most of the waking hours of my first trimesters taking my basal temperature, making sure it hadn’t dropped, bracing myself to see blood on the toilet paper every time I went to the bathroom and subjecting every ping I felt in my abdomen to a thorough Google search.
Is there anything we can do to make this time bearable?
Absolutely. I’m assuming that you’ve been taking pretty good care of yourself on the road to pregnancy, so now is definitely not the time to pull off that road. Keep on doing what you’ve been doing to stay happy, healthy and balanced. If you’re so freaked out that you can’t remember what those things were, here is a checklist for staying positive, figuratively and literally, during the first trimester:
A blog by Megan Swanek, February 14, 2017
In my career as a school counselor, one of the main things I don't do is give advice. People generally don't follow advice that another person gives, plus we should never put ourselves in a position of presuming to know what is best for another person. But I have some advice to share if you or someone you know suffers a miscarriage. Just a few things that have helped me since that awful day almost a month ago, when I learned at a routine appointment that she had no heartbeat.
A blog by Neway Fertility
Infertility comes with many emotions. Hidden emotions of infertility are a common struggle and many couples often find themselves dealing with and feeling like they have no one to talk to. Should you keep those emotions hidden or should you openly share your struggle? Self-esteem, depression and stress are the three most common emotions and addressing them during this emotional roller coaster is proven to help you work through infertility and the struggle with this disease.
If you are having trouble trying to conceive or suspect you have infertility, you might be wondering which doctor is right for you: OB-GYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor). As a former fertility patient myself and huge fan of my OB-GYN, I went through a wavering thought process before I made the call to my fertility doctor: “Why can’t I just work with my OB-GYN and take Clomid?”... “Ok, I know we can do this!”... “The thought of a fertility clinic is intimidating!”... “Does this mean I need to do IVF?”... “The fertility doctor will know how to treat us!”
A blog by Kym Campbell
Men taking antioxidant supplements to improve their fertility is a trend that is growing in close proportion to both the increasing prevalence of subfertility in couples trying to conceive, as well as the increasing awareness that male factors can be a significant problem during this potentially challenging phase in a couple’s relationship. It is well known now that male factors are the sole cause of infertility in 30% of couples who have difficulty conceiving, with another 20% attributable to both male and female factors.
Did you know men have healthier sperm in the winter and spring? I didn’t, but I wonder if that is the reason my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in April 2010 was successful.
A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined semen samples of 6,455 men, between January 2006 and July 2009, who were being treated for male factor infertility. Researchers found higher count, higher motility, and fewer men exhibiting morphology problems when the sample consisted of sperm made in the cooler months. A sperm production cycle takes approximately three months, so sperm produced in the fall was likely collected in the winter and sperm produced in the winter was likely collected in the spring. Sperm quality showed a steady decline into the summer and fall months, sperm which would have been produced in the spring and summer months.