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Silent Sorority

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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,

Enjoying the Moment

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<b>Today, I'll not wish my life away waiting for baby.</b>

a blog by Liz

I´m writing this post sitting in the sitting room of a small hotel in Northern Spain. I have a cold beer on one side and a small bowl of nuts on the other. And, now -- just now -- I don´t want a child.

If I had a child, the scramble for seats on the budget air flight would have been unbearable. I saw them at the airport. The parents laden with prams, toys, organic snacks and baby wipes. Red faced and frustrated they tried to keep their voices calm, "Yes, Mummy wants to go too", or to the children that hadn´t even grasped the rudiments of speech they rubbed their backs hoping a big burp would dislodge whatever it was that was making their off spring cranky. They smiled in recognition to the other parents of ankle-biters. To the rest of us they couldn´t make eye contact, knowing only too well we were praying our flight wouldn´t be sound-tracked by the screaming fruit of their loins.

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Ready for Your Close Up?

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<b>Here's your opportunity.</b>

Here’s your chance to be leading lady, leading man, director or producer in a film about a very poignant time in your life. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and Fertility LifeLines are sponsoring a short film competition, entitled In the Know. They’re looking for entries– deadline August 1– about your path to parenthood, or the journey of someone you’re close with.

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Infertility Sensitivity Doesn't 'Time Out'

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<b>When someone close drops a zinger.</b>

a blog by Pamela Tsigdinos

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a tidy set of rules to guide conversations around infertility? An etiquette book sure would come in handy or, better yet, a simple set of instructions. Yeah, that's it! Just think of the applications. We could laminate them. Perhaps create coasters. Or Stickers? T-shirts? Encase them in glass and distribute as paper weights...

Sigh. We infertile folk certainly don't advocate censorship or misplaced political correctness but one has to wonder sometimes what happens to simple, good old common courtesy. Yes, we do our best to let random acts of insensitivity or misplaced hurtful comments from strangers or acquaintances roll off our back. We usually take the hit and walk it off with this handy explanation: They didn't know any better.

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Brain Waves

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<b>Obsessed with getting pregnant, we have forgotten what's good about NOW.</b>

a blog by Joy and Jim Meyers

We just watched “brain anatomist” Jill Bolte Taylor’s amazing talk at the TED conference, a symposium dedicated to promoting "ideas worth spreading.” A very accomplished scientist, Bolte Taylor knows more about the human brain than just about anyone. It was this knowledge that enabled her to fully experience, in the moment, her own stroke. One morning in 1996 things seemed strange to her. She was unable to speak or read and her movements became almost foreign to her. She knew that something was wrong, but did not have the mental acuity to figure out why. Plus, she was too busy enjoying herself.

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When a Surrogacy Application Comes to Life

by Dena Fischer

When I called my parents to tell them we were considering surrogacy my dad’s first question was “How do you know these people aren’t doing drugs?” It was valid. How did I know? How would I ever know?

We’d read through a pile of applications and one had floated right to the top for both of us: Shannon & Brad. A smiling couple who lived a couple of hours away from our San Francisco home. Nearly ten years younger than we were – married just as long but with two little girls and a vasectomy behind them – this was a couple who’d decided, for sure, they weren’t having more kids. On paper they were ideal – she ran a home day care (could she love kids any more???); he was a local store manager. Her application talked about how much she loved being pregnant, how easy it was and how they didn’t want any more of their own but she missed, actually missed, being pregnant. They’d passed their preliminary psychological screenings – no red flags.

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Four people size each other up to see if they can make a baby together.

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