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The Brain-Fertility Connection

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Our story starts more than twenty years ago when Circle+Bloom founder, Joanne Verkuilen, was diagnosed with PCOS as a late-teen. The words from her OB-GYN that “pregnancy may be difficult” were hard to hear. Not surprisingly, she had problems with conception. After her difficult emotional journey which ended with two beautiful and healthy children, her close friend then started having fertility problems which prompted her to action. Exploring the connection between the mind + body, as well as the direct connection between stress and hormone balance and ultimately fertility, she had the idea of creating a daily relaxation program that tracked to the monthly cycle. Given the fact that our bodies are changing every day throughout the month, a physiological daily guided visualization made complete sense to her. As she says “it was my “ah-ha” moment and one that I will never forget standing in my kitchen with this idea that hit me like a bolt of lightening. I have never turned back.”

Susan Cooke, Joanne’s sister, made the decision to join her to be part of what she calls “an opportunity to help women with my business experience to build a company that we can truly be proud of.”

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a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, November 29, 2010

Navigating the landmines throughout the holiday season can be tricky for those who are in the throws of trying to conceive. And there are a lot of good articles and advice out there to help you through it.

What I would like to talk about is the power of gratitude.

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a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, November 12, 2010

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a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, September 24, 2010

I found myself in the middle of spin class today — sweating profusely — but at the same time oddly emotional and tearful. I burst out into tears while "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel blasted from the sound system. I was wondering why the heck I thought it was appropriate to start tearing up while pounding away on that bike, and ended up almost laughing to myself while I was crying.

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a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, September 3, 2010

What exactly happens to our bodies when we are stressed? Why does this impact our reproductive ability? It's a simple and surprising answer, and with this answer you can improve your health anytime, anywhere.

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a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, August 20, 2010

Good news! We are one giant step closer to understanding more about our female bodies.

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