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a blog by Claire

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month; October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Whether you know someone who has openly suffered loss or not, the truth is 1 in 4 women will suffer a loss via miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss at some point in their lives. It is difficult to find just the right words to help comfort the victim of loss, but the team here at Fertility Authority has compiled a list along with some suggestions from the I AM THE FACE campaign for helping your friends and loved ones observe the day:

a blog by Jay Pal,

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When I was in high school, I had a teacher whom I simply adored. I had heard through the typical town gossip that his daughter had been raped and murdered years earlier, but obviously this was something that was never discussed. One day, though, without him going into the details of the actual incident, he told me about his daughter's wake and how a well-intentioned family member said to him, “I can imagine how you must feel.” He told me that nothing made him angrier, as there was no way in hell they could ever know how he feels. The intensity in which my teacher relayed this story — and the lesson — has always stayed with me. Come to think of it, it’s almost haunted me. I’ve thought of it more often than you know.

child hand in a parent's hand

a blog by Ellen Glazer,

I’ve been working in the field of adoption for over 30 years so you’d think I’d understand how it works by now! Truth is that although there are some aspects of adoption that are pretty clear and straightforward, adoption is a confusing, ever changing (but ultimately wonderful) path to parenthood. This is the first in a series of blogs that I am writing for the FertilityAuthority about adoption. My focus today is on how adoptive parents and birthparents are “matched.”

hearts in the air

I know that pregnancies, miscarrying and the like are all personal issues, but some of these girls were good friends. I mean, really good friends. Why didn't I know they went through this? Sure, I couldn't have stopped it, but certainly I could have been a support for them. I could have prayed for them. I could have done something.

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a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners

We did a radio show recently about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. To summarize my PCOS radio show, the top 10 pearls to know are as follows:

    A blog by Anonymous*

    It’s been nearly three years since my last failed IVF cycle and I still don’t have a baby. You might think that sentence sounds kind of sad, I guess sometimes you would be right. But, oddly, you would also be wrong some of the time too, which is why I included the word ‘survivor’ in the title of my post.

    woman looking out window

    a blog by Jenn Nixon, September 14, 2016

    There is an invisible bar we infertiles constantly teeter on whenever one of our loved ones becomes pregnant; we struggle amid genuine excitement for their success, and nagging disappointment at our own failure. It’s the line between happy for you and sad for me. A place I know all too well.

    A blog by Jessi Wallace, September 8, 2016

    September is PCOS Awareness Month, and women everywhere are speaking out and sharing their experience with PCOS on blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and in support groups. Spreading awareness is important because PCOS is something that is relatively misunderstood in the medical field. From what causes it, to why some women have symptoms that others don’t... it’s a disease that strikes 1 in 10 women, and sometimes they have no genetic tie to it (like myself), while many women do. With it being PCOS Awareness Month, I’ve come to realize that there is a lot that we don’t know about PCOS. However, there is one important thing that we do know and it’s very important for doctors to understand: PCOS does not look the same for everyone.

    Infertile people often have difficulty getting through holidays. We all know that.

    A blog by Jessi Wallace, August 26, 2016
    It was my 23rd day of Follistim. I had just finished my 5th ultrasound of the cycle, and was still waiting on my 6th estrogen lab results. Things weren’t looking good. My three leading follicles were gone, and my lining decreased from 10mm to 4mm. The long walk from the ultrasound room, to the elevator, to the parking lot, to my car… was sad. I think I held my breath the whole way to my car, and I could feel my heart beat hard with every step I took on the cold, wet pavement. I felt like my lungs were about to burst. I could feel the tears welling up inside, and if they weren’t going to come out of my eyes as I held them back, they were definitely going to come out of every pore on my body. I got into the car, put my head on the steering wheel, and wept.