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MAM for Fertility

<b>Is your uterus out of balance?</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Have you ever heard about MAM on a TTC blog and wondered what the heck it was? Mayan abdominal massage is a non-invasive, external massage technique used to guide and reposition the internal abdominal organs for optimal health and well-being.

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Astrology for Fertility, Just for Fun

A taste of the esoteric.

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

As you may know, we work with medical fertility doctors to integrate holistic treatment seamlessly into medical fertility treatment. Today, many holistic services such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition and yoga have clinical research that validates how they might increase blood flow into a woman’s reproductive organs, regulate hormones, help induce the relaxation response or, perhaps, even enhance conception rates (as acupuncture suggests).

Reproductive Legal Update

by Melissa Brisman, Esq.

This month’s update begins with some interesting information for infertile individuals and couples struggling with insurance coverage for their reproductive arrangements. Next, we look at exciting legal developments for lesbian couples across the country. Finally, heading down to Florida, this month’s update makes note of a comment from Governor Charlie Crist with regard to Florida’s longstanding ban on same-sex adoptions in the state.

August 2009 reproductive rights watch.

TTC Chronicles

by Jill Blakeway for

Trying to get pregnant and not succeeding can feel very disempowering and out of control. As an acupuncturist, I like to encourage my patients to participate in their own healing and have found that one way that women can profoundly affect their own fertility is to maintain a healthy weight.

How weight affects fertility.

My Heart Must Go Out to Her

<b>Congrats Celine . . . AND Rene.</b>

a blog by the editors

I can live without ever hearing My Heart Will Go On again in my life. In fact, almost any Celine Dion song is like nails on a chalkboard to me. But, holy cow, Celine Dion is reportedly pregnant! And I couldn’t be happier for her.

Granted, no reputable source has reported this yet (People doesn’t count) so I’m hoping it’s true. Celine’s 41. Her first son is 8. She’s struggled with infertility for years and has undergone many rounds of IVF. Yes, she’s a celebrity, but she’s human just like the rest of us. She must be elated! I feel the same, for her, that is, and for all the other women out there who have conceived via ART.

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Meet the Meyers

<b>We're the In-Betweenigans.</b>

a blog by joy and jim


This is not a complaint. Okay? Let’s just get that straight right now. But lately I’ve noticed that there’s really nowhere for the “Pregnant Infertile” (how’s that for an oxymoron?) to go. I have one foot in the door of potential parenthood and the other back in Clomidtown. Should I be happy or scared? The women who’ve never had trouble in the fertility department, are they terrified too? Just asking.

Do You Have Unexplained Infertility?

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<b>Study shows a faster, less-expensive, safer route to pregnancy.</b>

There is exciting and hopeful news for patients with unexplained infertility. A recent study demonstrates that in bypassing IUI with injectable medications and going straight to IVF, patients will get pregnant at a faster rate, save money, and lessen the chance of having multiple births.

Pregnancy Tests

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<b>How tests in the doctor's office differ from the ones you do at home.</b>

Pregnancy tests are designed to detect the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). HCG is often called the “pregnancy hormone” because it is produced during pregnancy and is made by cells that form the placenta. Blood tests to detect the hormone are conducted by a doctor, while urine tests can be self-performed with a home pregnancy test (HPT).

Blood Tests

Blood tests are slightly more sensitive than urine tests and can detect very small levels of hCG. This allows doctors to get an accurate reading very early on in the pregnancy, about 7 to 12 days after conception.

Is Your "Exercise Personality" Fertility Friendly?

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<strong>Find out!</strong>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Some women have a less-than-healthy relationship with physical exercise.

Some hate it and struggle to fit it in to their day. Chronic under-exercise can make it hard to maintain a healthy body weight or may contribute to sluggishness and depression.

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IUI: What to Expect

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<b>Read this tell-all!</b>

a blog by Liz

At the moment, I am closer to being pregnant than I have been for years. Maybe forever. I’ve just had Interuterine Insemination (IUI).

I was prescribed clomid to kick start my dormant ovaries into action. I had heard numerous horror stories about its side-effects so I was expecting hot flushes, mood swings and general bitchiness. In a way I was quite looking forward to them, just because then I would know that the drugs were working. But . . . nothing.

I felt normal.

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