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A blog by Tara Mae Mulroy, March 27, 2015

There can be nothing that seems more damning, more like an awful curse than when you've reached that year of unsuccessful trying if you are 35 or younger or six months if you are 36 and older, and your doctor diagnoses you with infertility.

I remember meeting with a fertility physician for the first time after our first consecutive year of trying and him saying, "Well, you're infertile. Time to talk about other options." That /word/. The "i" word. I have a friend who is trying to conceive, either naturally, if possible, or with the help of IVF after her husband's vasectomy reversal, and she doesn't even want the word said around her. She believes in the power of words and how they can define our realities and us.

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.

A blog by Arthur Castelbaum, MD, RMA at Jefferson, March 24, 2015

Fertility preservation is not a complicated process. I routinely will see fertility preservation patients within 24 hours. Through the generosity of one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, our team can obtain thousands of dollars of medications that stimulate the ovaries for free. Most women start these small easy-to-take injections within three days of their initial visit, and eggs are harvested within two weeks of treatment. It does not matter what point in your menstrual cycle the fertility preservation medications begin. Happily, fertility preservation treatment does not lower breast cancer survival rates.

A blog by Dr. Allen Morgan, Morgan Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, March 23, 2015

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women, affecting 5-10% of the female population. It is characterized by irregular menstrual periods and infertility due to a lack of ovulation (release of an egg), and by signs of excess male hormones overproduced by the ovaries.

A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, March 20, 2015

Going through infertility is stressful, there are no qualms about it. The good news is that we can actively alter the way our bodies respond to stress. Imagine you have your very own personal apothecary that is available at your disposal 24 hours a day. Yes you! You can actively calm your system and reverse the stress effects of infertility.

A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, February 19, 2015

When the newest adoption choice of embryo adoption is discovered, people are surprised to learn that the agency is advocating for the use of an open adoption model. Openness is often the thing that is most attractive to families choosing to donate through an embryo adoption program. Openness may be the reason that embryo adoption agencies have embryos waiting for recipient families and fertility clinics have long waiting lists of patients who would like to use anonymously donated embryos.

A blog by Dr. Daniel Kort, Damien Fertility Partners, March 18, 2015

I got a call from one of my favorite patients last week. She had recently undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) and we had transferred 2 beautiful 5 day old embryos. She had been reading online and was concerned about our transfer technique. Why didn’t we use ultrasound? Where did we place the embryos within the uterus? Did we use the best technique and why?

A blog by Gail Sexton Anderson, Ed.M., Founder, Donor Concierge, March 17, 2015
Parents who already have children often find it harder to make the decision to match with an egg donor.

a blog by Maya Moskin, March 16, 2015

Whether to share your fertility struggles, and with whom to share them, is an extremely personal decision. I never thought much about it because I’m a sharer by nature and knew I needed to share in order to get the support I needed. But in the beginning, my husband was much more reserved and much less inclined to talk about it. This wasn’t so much because he was embarrassed, but because, well, sometimes it’s a complicated conversation. Because infertility is usually a two person adventure, it’s important to be able to agree on disclosure issues. Over time, as we became aware that our fertility challenge was not a simple fix, Noah and I decided to go very public. I started writing a blog, and together we started documenting our journey on film, in hopes of sharing our story and the story of others in a similar situation.

A blog by Anne Belden, MS, PCC, March 13, 2015
What can you do to manage the effects of infertility-related stress when trying to conceive? Learn how to elicit the Relaxation Response - the body's inborn capacity to reduce stress.