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Infertility Is…A Community

a blog by Kim Griffiths, April 25, 2013

I remember getting a phone call from my OB-GYN informing me that my husband’s semen analysis results were abnormal. According to the Kruger strict scale, 4% morphology is normal, but my husband’s results came back at 2% normal morphology; 98% of his sperm were misshapen and therefore probably could not penetrate an egg. Combined with the fact that my body couldn’t get it together to ovulate, we were basically taking a shot in the dark and hoping for the improbable to happen.

I was scared, I was devastated, I felt alone. I didn’t know anyone who had been diagnosed with infertility and didn’t know where to turn. It felt so personal, yet I wanted someone to share with. My friends didn’t quite understand what I was feeling and although they meant well, comments like “It will happen when it is meant to happen” didn't change my outlook.

I scoured the internet for resources and realized there are other women and men out there going through infertility. I came to learn that 1 in 8 couples were struggling to build their families, a statistic that has since narrowed to 1 in 6 couples. You can easily name six couples off the top of your head, yet the hush-hush nature of infertility might prevent you from ever finding out that your sister, your best friend, or your cousin shares your grief.

Emotionally Preparing for Take Your Child to Work Day

April 19, 2013

Take Your Child to Work Day is April 25, 2013. It can be a fun bonding experience for parents and their children, but for individuals or couples who are still struggling to conceive, it can be a painful reminder of infertility and a marker of passing time.

Similar to child-centric holidays, baby showers, and birthday parties, it may be difficult to cope with the reminders of infertility on Take Your Child to Work Day. It is best to prepare for the day with positive thoughts, responses to family building questions, and a plan to give yourself a much needed break.

Coping with Infertility by Creating New Holiday Traditions

How New Traditions Can Help You Cope with Infertility During the Holidays

March 27, 2013

Not unlike the winter holidays, Easter and Passover are filled with family-focused events, traditions, memories, and a certain level of expectation to participate in family gatherings. When you’re coping with infertility during the holidays, you may not feel up to visiting with family and friends particularly if there will be children present or you anticipate hearing the dreaded “When are you going to have kids?” question.

Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Discusses Infertility and Stress Management

Source: RMA New York
Lisa Schuman, LCSW and Psychotherapist at RMA of New York, discusses ways to cope with the stress of infertility. Infertility causes patients to feel overwhelmed and may become depressed. Working with a therapist who specializes in infertility will help patients to feel more control over their infertility and the fertility treatment process. Lisa explains how acupuncture, massage, and exercise offer instantaneous stress reduction.

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Our Best Advice on Infertility Etiquette over the Holidays

Pass it on to friends and family

a blog by Claire, December 23, 2012

The lights, the noise, the social events you must attend, the hustle and bustle. Santa ringing a bell on every corner and endless Toys 'R Us commercials and the focus on children and presents. This time of year is stressful enough without throwing in the added burden of dreading social gatherings with people who will inevitably say the wrong thing about infertility and trying to conceive.

A case of the Bah-Humbugs

a blog by Claire, December 18, 2012

There are two types of people celebrating the winter holidays: those who are full of holiday spirit... and those who are NOT.

Good Karma

a blog by Krissi McVicker, October 15, 2012

When I discovered many wonderful apps for children, I downloaded them to my iPhone for the random moments we need to keep the kids occupied. Then, my children wanted to use it all the time and when it became too much, I decided to get them an iPod Touch of their own to share. Well, recently, they lost it and when it didn't turn up for a while, I figured it was gone for good. Until I got an e-mail from an honest good Samaritan who told me he found it. After a few e-mails back and forth, we met and when I got it from him, my kids were thrilled!

The Wizardly World of Infertility

a blog by Krissi McVicker, October 8, 2012

Last night, I finally watched the last Harry Potter movie that my husband and I have been wanting to see for a while. I know the DVD came out nearly a year ago but finding the time (and mustering up enough energy) to watch a movie around here is a real luxury. Now, I've watched each movie but my husband actually read the whole series and loved them all. He was even reading a couple of them while we were going through our first rounds of IVF, which I'm sure was a welcomed retreat back then.

The Odd Life

a blog by Krissi McVicker, August 9, 2012

Have you heard about the new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green which opens on August 15th? After viewing the trailer, this movie looks like it will not disappoint as a tear jerker film where you may leave with that "feel-good" up-lifting feeling.

Elizabeth Banks: Her Tale of Infertility and Surrogacy

How hard is it to play a pregnant woman on TV and in movies?

a blog by Infertile Naomi, January 16, 2012

I always wonder how actresses privately struggling with infertility can play a pregnant woman in a movie or television show. It seems like the more you have difficulties conceiving, the harder it is to be around pregnant women. I was thinking about this topic when I came across an article about actress Elizabeth Banks and her struggle with infertility.

According to the article in Lucky Magazine, Banks and her husband (Max Handelman), tried unsuccessfully to have a baby saying that “it was a womb issue … her embryos wouldn’t implant.” She later turned to surrogacy to conceive her child and became a mom to baby Felix this past year.

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