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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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The Anxiety of Pregnancy After Infertility

by Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW

Women who have experienced infertility desperately long to hear the words “You are pregnant.” And when you do, there is a sense of elation and disbelief as you recognize that your dreams of pregnancy are now a reality. However, for many women there is a lingering fear that something will go wrong during your pregnancy and you may lose your baby. You won’t allow yourself to believe your baby will be healthy until you see it and hold it in your arms. Where does this anxiety come from and how do you make it go away?

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3 tips for soothing your nerves.

Does Your TTC "To Do" List Dictate Your Life?

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<b>Try this exercise and take it back!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Many spiritual teachers espouse the idea of “being fully present" or "in the ‘Now.’” My guru always says, “Learn to be a human being, not a human doing.” These seem like wise words from a wise man in a time when our lives are mostly dictated by “to do lists.”

Female Orgasm is Good for Fertility

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<b>Now, don't let it stress you, but here's why!</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Duh! Female orgasm is good for just about anything, wouldn’t you agree? Sex experts suggest, though, that the most fertile sexual positions are those that stimulate orgasm in the woman.

We get Octomom and "Jon & Kate"

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<b>British media examines the very "real" aspects of (in)fertility.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

You'd think the people who gave us the "stiff upper lip" and protocol dictating "One must never touch the Queen" might be a tad reserved when it comes to reproductive issues, but that's just not the case.

Our friends across the pond are perfectly at ease expounding chapter and verse about all matters fertility. It's almost enough to make their more puritanical American cousins blush!

Baby Showers: Attend or Pretend?

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<b>You're invited to another one (ugh). What will you do?</b>

a blog by LaShaundra Seale

Battling the infertility monster can place you in many awkward positions. And,no, I'm not talking about standing on your head after intercourse to "make it stick." (That doesn't seem to work anyway.) I'm referring to attending baby showers.

This rite of passage is up there with bridal showers, weddings, and graduations. Most of us can attend the latter two without any problem. But attending a baby shower is especially difficult.

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Low Budget Fertility

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<b>5 down and dirty, low budget steps to jump start your fertility!</b>

a blog by Tami and Beth of Pulling Down the Moon

If you’re stressed out and want to start your family, but you just can’t afford fertility treatments right now, here is a down and dirty, low budget, highly effective five step program for jump starting your fertility the holistic way:

    1. Have sex … for fun for a change.

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