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I Am More than My Infertility (I Think)

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Do more, think less

a blog by CGD, May 13, 2011

I need a new hobby, something else to focus on and pour myself into, aside from my fertility treatments. I feel kind of boring and stagnant, as essentially my life pretty much looks like this:

    Get up, work out, go to the office, stress about infertility/make infertility related phone calls/go to infertility-related doctor’s appointments, come home, repeat.

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'Jeez, It Took You Long Enough'

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Insensitive mother-in-law can ruin the first Mother's Day

a blog by Alec, May 12, 2011

Happy Mothers Day to all of the Wannabe Moms who recently made it to the other side. Unfortunately, this story is of a first Mothers Day; wrecked by one, well-placed, insensitive comment.

It's not unusual to find impatient Wannabe Moms and Dads, but when that impatience spreads to the rest of the family, only bad things can happen.

Infertility Brain

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Pregnant gals don't have the monopoly on losing their minds

a blog by Elphaba, March 31, 2011

We’ve all heard of pregnancy brain — supposedly it’s that potent mix of hormones, vomit and anticipation that combines to make pregnant women forgetful and spacey. Experts debate its existence, mostly dismissing it as urban myth, and yet most pregnant women can regale you with at least one or two (or 20) examples of that time they put the flour in the fridge or forgot their own name.

Pregnant Women Don’t Have a Monopoly on Insanity

There is another very real, very active form of baby-induced mind mush — and that’s the infertility brain.

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There's No Scarlet 'I' for Infertility

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Talking about my 'secret'

a blog by CGD, March 14, 2011

I have a secret (and I bet that some of you do too). I may look normal on the outside and mostly act normal too, but on the inside my mind and body are consumed with infertility — both emotionally and physically.

I guess this is always true for me, but never more so then when I am mid cycle, as I am now.

Infertility as My Constant Companion

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Honing Your 'Pregdar'

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An infertility diagnosis tends to increase your ability to detect pregnant women

a blog by Elphaba, February 28, 2011

The other day, a fellow blogger came up with what I thought was a fantastic word every infertile woman should add to their vocabulary.

Pregdar — as in the innate ability for an infertile woman to spot a pregnant woman from a thousand miles away.

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Giving Up Control in Order to Gain It

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Try unburdening yourself of the details of infertility

a blog by Ellen Glazer, February 3, 2011

Sometimes the most brilliant ideas in life are seemingly the simplest. That was my sense yesterday when a client came in and told me that she had asked her fertility doctor and staff not to give her any information during her current in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

She does not want to know what her numbers are. She requests not to know how the follicles are measuring and many eggs are retrieved. And please don’t tell her how many fertilize. She wants to know only the number of embryos available for transfer and for freezing. Not their quality. Not their cell count. She has a need not to know.

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The Infertility Words Just Roll Off Their Tongues

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Women easily talk 'fertility stats' and forget how truly resilient they are

a blog by Ellen Glazer, January 20, 2011

“I have done three IUIs (artificial inseminations) and four IVFs (in vitro fertilizations),” or “I’ve had four IVFs, two frozen embryo transfers, a chemical pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy.”

These are but two examples of the introductions I hear each day. Women come in to see me and before I learn anything about them, such as where they live, what they do for work or for fun, or how old they are, they recite their recent fertility history. The words seem to roll off their tongues — three IVFs, four IVFs, sometimes even more. Often I have to remind myself to pause and think about what this really means. And I have to ask my clients to pause and tell me something more about themselves than their fertility stats.

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The Gift of 10 Terrific Coping Strategies for Infertility

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You don't have to go through the holidays alone

a blog by Traci Shahan, RN, WHNP-BC, Doctor of Nursing, Albrecht Women’s Care: A Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

It seems like a split second ago, my husband and I were traversing the slippery slope of getting through the holiday season, childless once again. We have now spent more holiday seasons as parents than we did coping with infertility, but the empathy remains. Never too far from my frontal lobe is the indelible impression of how delicate life is and, consequently, what an absolute miracle it is that I am a mom, as ours was one of the more unique roads to parenthood.

The Cards Are Coming ...

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Beware of the holiday photo cards when coping with infertility

a blog by Ellen Glazer, December 2, 2010

It’s that time of year again. Holiday cards are coming.

Maybe there will be a few less this year? Postage is up, snail mail is out, and most of us are watching costs as the recession drags on. Nevertheless, you need to be prepared if you are coping with infertility or undergoing fertility treatments.

The cards are coming. The cards are coming, and they ain’t pretty.

Stress, Infertility around the Holidays

Fox 5,  Nov 22, 2010
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Fertility doctor gives advice

Dr. Mark Perloe from Georgia Reproductive Specialists talked about stress and infertility around the holidays. He had tips for patients and those considering taking the first steps on their infertility journey.

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