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Spin Cycle: Fertility Treatment Strategies

Stephanie Fry is a media executive and the author of, The IVF Companion: A Personal Organizer for Your IVF Cycles, which she created during her recent five year struggle with infertility to help women before, during, after, and in between cycles reduce stress and have a more positive experience.

In her Spin Cycle: Fertility Treatment Strategies blog, she writes about ways women, men and couples can make their cycles less stressful and overall, more positive.

A long time member of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, she is a patient advocate and has recently joined the Board of Directors of their Bay State Chapter. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts; they are expecting their first child in June.

To learn more about The IVF Companion please visit www.ivfcompanion.com.

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by Stephanie Fry, The IVF Companion, June 22, 2010

As a new or not-so-new infertility patient you may be surprised and a bit overwhelmed by the amount of time and attention a treatment cycle actually requires. Taking multiple medicines, going on frequent monitoring appointments, receiving daily instructions, mentally gearing up for procedures and the long wait to follow can take a lot out of you.

As the physical, hormonal and emotional pressures combine with your every day obligations even small things can begin to feel stressful and it can be easy to lose yourself in the daily grind of cycling. Creating a few positive rituals that you practice regularly throughout your treatment is a great way to add a little positive energy to your cycle and to make sure you are remembering the all important rule of taking care of yourself.

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by Stephanie Fry, The IVF Companion, June 11, 2010

Infertility treatment cycles are often and accurately compared to roller coasters because they are filled with so many ups and downs. Moments of hope, excitement and determination can quickly become exhaustion, disappointment and sadness. It’s enough to make even the strongest of us feel like we are spinning out of control.

About halfway through my treatment I realized that my pattern of ups and downs was sapping my strength and making my cycles much harder than they had to be.

I was always excited to start a new treatment cycle but, when it came time to begin fertility meds, my little car sped downhill pretty quickly. After that first dip I pulled myself back up during the hopeful process of stimulation, only to fall back down again as I worried about fertilization and implantation.

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by Stephanie Fry, The IVF Companion, May 21, 2010

Welcome to the first Spin Cycle! I'm Stephanie Fry, author of the guided personal organizer, The IVF Companion. I wrote The IVF Companion to help women before, during, after, and in between cycles reduce stress and have a more positive experience. I'll be blogging here regularly about ways to make your cycle less stressful and overall, more positive.

So let's start in the middle! You're starting a new treatment cycle.

Whether it's your first or fifth, you're embarking on a journey that will likely be fraught with ups and downs, good news and bad, questions, uncertainty, stress, joy and much more. It's a big deal! Here's my advice: Honor the journey you're about to take by having a little (or big!) commemoration ceremony at the start of your cycle.

Welcome to my new blog, Spin Cycle. I'm the author of the organizational book, The IVF Companion and I'll be blogging here regularly about strategies for making your cyling experiences as positive as possible.