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Give Us the Bad News Nicely, Please

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Give Us Bad News Nicely

Unlike the mostly happy baby updates coming out of ob-gyn offices, the news from reproductive endocrinology offices is usually a little tougher to deliver and to receive.

Since most fertility procedures are out-of-pocket expenses, we are within our rights to expect to be cared for by a kindly team with an outstanding bedside manner. Fortunately for me, my RE and his team were all-stars at delivering information and care (whether in person or by phone), answering my questions thoroughly and clearly. My doctor was genuine in his desire to achieve success and seemed, almost, to take any setbacks personally. I sometimes felt like I was letting him down when my beta tests came back negative! That's why when I hear about less-than-compassionate encounters with those providing fertility services I'm more than shocked, I'm outraged.

Hidden Fees?

Does Your Clinic Charge These Fees?

Given the state of the economy, there’s been a lot of cost-saving infertility treatment news lately. In fact, we’ve blogged about it. So it came as a surprise to learn that some clinics are charging for a service you don’t use, or charging for what should be a free service.

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Gender Selection

Boy or Girl? About Gender Selection

Gender selection may be used when parents want a child of a specific sex, a “balanced family”—a boy and a girl, for example, or in instances where sex-linked diseases such as hemophilia are a concern. More and more fertility clinics are offering gender selection with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI); methods include preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and Microsort®.

Avoid Non-Stick if You Want Your Baby to Stick

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Avoid Non-Stick So Baby Can Stick

Perflourinated chemicals, PFCs, which repel oil and water, are the basis of all our so called “safe” convenience products: Teflon, StainMaster carpets, Goretex. Well, guess what? After eating your organic eggs made on your teflon pan and putting on your Goretex jacket to go running, you may be wreaking havoc on your fertility: A study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood took longer to become pregnant.

Not Jimmy Choos, But Fertility Shoes

Not Jimmy Choos, But Fertility Shoes

I was encouraged to learn that someone I know actually went to one of the clinics mentioned in my last blog and was offered the "lower rate" advertised.
(Maybe I should stop being a skeptic and just think, "Wow, this is GREAT NEWS!Doctors are making efforts to bring their prices down!")

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Growing Pains

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Growing Pains

a blog by Brenda

So these last weeks have not exactly been great in our world. The parts I remember clearly went something like this: travel to expensive, out-of-state clinic, inject mega doses of hormotional fertility medications, transfer three more embryos to the ol’ embryo graveyard (a.k.a. Brenda's uterus), and receive one last “I’m so sorry, sweetie” phone call to end any hope we had of achieving pregnancy. Yup, our final IVF cycle was a flaming flop and we are officially jumping off the hamster wheel of infertility treatment madness.

IVF for Less? Really?

IVF for Less? Really?

Well, here's the good news about the bad economy . . .

Over the past two weeks, two different clinics (count ‘em TWO) have touted the fact that they’re lowering the price of IVF.
Well, sort of . . .

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Viva la Resolution!

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Viva la Resolution!

a blog by Liz

I don't really like New Year's resolutions, in the same way I don't think that you should wait until Monday to start a diet. But on a random day in April, with a good four months of an enforced TTC break to come, the time is ripe for renewed resolve.

The good thing about declaring my resolutions now is that I can omit the ones I have already broken:

No more than one cup of tea a day.
Hah! Do you know how cold it is in London? Not a chance of success on that.

Reproductive Legal Update: April 2009

by Melissa Brisman, Esq.

This month’s legal update contains a hodgepodge of news related to reproductive law both in the U.S. and abroad.

NY Courts Rule against Parents’ Legal Rights to Deceased Son’s Sperm

On March 3, 2009, the First Department Appellate Division of the courts of the State of New York issued a decision holding that the parents of a man who died of cancer cannot obtain legal rights to their son’s donated sperm. The roots of this case date back to mid-1997 when Mark Speranza, then 23 years old, deposited his sperm at Repro Lab, Inc., a tissue bank licensed by the State of New York. Mr. Speranza was an aspiring police officer who was about to undergo treatment for cancer and he was concerned about being able to conceive a child afterward. Mr. Speranza signed an agreement with Repro Lab, Inc. in which he was given several options for how to dispose of the deposited sperm in the event of his death. Mr. Speranza elected, in the event of his death, to have Repro Lab, Inc. destroy all of his deposited sperm.

April's Reproductive Rights Watch

Donor Egg Love: A modern love story

by Joyce McFadden, April 6, 2009

To be of help through this column, I want to write about the things a woman might want to know if she’s contemplating using donor egg. The best I can offer in that regard is to remember the questions I had before I met my daughter (who was conceived with donor egg), and to compare those questions to the answers found in the reality of living with her. So, these are the things I wish I could have known when I was deciding if I could handle being a donor egg mother, and the reality today.

Can I Handle Being a Donor Egg Mom?


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