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Fertility and the Importance of Being Present

<b>TTC can be too much about past disappointments and future fears and hopes.</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Today we’re going to learn a series of yoga poses that will help increase blood flow into our pelvis, relieve tension in our low backs and hamstrings and help to relax our body and mind. But before we jump in and start exploring yoga for fertility, let’s just sit quietly for a second. Okay, sit up straight, put both feet on the floor and close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. Let your mind become still and the breath become quiet. Just sit.

Let Holistic Fertility Help

<b>Over the next 12 weeks we'll explore a D-I-Y approach to optimal fertility</b>

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon

Hello and welcome to our (Beth and Tami’s) holistic fertility blog!

For those of you who don’t know us, we’re friends, former fertility patients and co-founders of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc. (a.k.a. “The Moon” or “PDtM”). Our Centers serve the patients of the two largest fertility centers in the country, Fertility Centers of Illinois and Shady Grove Fertility, and literally thousands of women have come to us to learn how things like yoga, acupuncture, nutrition and massage can help make them healthier and potentially improve their chances of conception. We’re over the moon (no pun intended) to have the chance to share our expertise in the area of holistic fertility with the readers of Fertility Authority!

Excuse Me, are Those Eggs Expired?

<b>How old is too old?</b>

a blog by LaShaundra Seale

Personally having survived the blessing and tortures of IVF, I can totally relate to yearning to cradle a baby in your arms at almost any cost. I say it is a blessing because I was just glad that my husband and I were able to scrape together the funds to undergo the procedure. The torture part, well that comes in with all of the injections and blood-draws. Oh, and let’s not forget the egg retrieval. Oh what a joy! Actually, it really wasn’t that bad because, like thousands of other women, I was ready to do whatever it took to have a baby of my very own.

The Parallel Existence

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<b>There's the life you always thought you’d live and the one you're living.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

It’s maddening trying to live two lives at the same time – the life you always thought you’d live and the one you’re actually living. I know because looking back on my time in the wake of that special hell that is unsuccessful infertility treatments, your heart and your head are pitched in a fierce battle to reconcile what you so deeply wanted to create and . . . what you didn’t.

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Love & Infertility

by Kristen Magnacca

Village Fertility Pharmacy had invited me to present my “Every Day Certainty: 21 Days to Change the Way You Live Your Life” workshop to the Reproductive Nurse Managers Association (RNMA) and I was seated at the dinner, admiring the food on my plate, when I glanced up and smiled at the woman about to sit directly across from me.

Have you hugged your reproductive nurse today?

Silent Sorority

<b>How infertility changes everything . . .</b>

a blog by the editors

It’s time I came out of the closet: I work for FertilityAuthority but, unlike most of my colleagues, I’ve never struggled with infertility. I had my first daughter at 36 and my second at 39. I had no idea how lucky I was. Ok, that was 12 years ago, but no one (ahem . . . my OB/GYN) ever told me my fertility was at risk.

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Antioxidents: Can't Hurt, Could Help

<b>Are you older? Is your infertility "unexplained"? Superfoods may help.</b>

a blog by Marie Lee

Especially for older women and women (and men!) with “unexplained” infertility, antioxidants may be your new best friend. Basically, the process of aging produces free radicals and, the older you are, the more free radicals you are exposed to. These things cause all the things associated with aging (including chromosome damage that can result in birth defects and miscarriages). Free radical damage can also be caused by things in the environment such as radiation (including sunlight), exposure to chemicals, etc.

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Mind-Body Connection

<b>3 wellness therapies that may boost your fertility.</b>

Studies abound about the benefits of mind-body therapies in conjunction with conventional treatments for infertility. These treatments are used mainly to ease stress and contribute to well-being, both of which former fertility patients will swear helped them overcome infertility. There are a great variety of therapies. Some, like acupuncture, have been around for centuries, while others are relatively new.

Touch Therapies

He Is, Therefore I Am

<b>On the ride to baby called Donor Insemination</b>

a blog by tori

Let's start this blog with a visualization.

Think back, back to sitting in high school, more importantly sitting in your Human Growth and Development class (or as it used to be called, Sex Ed). A teacher (normally a same-sex science teacher) would stand at the front showing slides. Slides of pregnancy, slides of sperm, slides of eggs, slides of all the things that happen when one starts to mature, and what could happen if you didn't have good control of yourself.

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The Miracle of Life

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<b>For most, getting pregnant's a mindless act. If they knew what we know...</b>

a blog by Murgdan

You there with the rounded belly;
Talking on your cell phone and dragging your toddler along behind you,
his arm twisting, losing his step trying to keep up with you,
while your attention is focused on your conversation, your plans, your business,
your new pair of shoes.
Please be mindful of the miracle.

You there in the grocery store line;
Digging in your purse and writing your check while you scream at your child that
you wish she were never born,


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