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A Spring Break for Infertile People... Oh, If Only...

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It ain't a pretty site

a blog by Lori Shandle-Fox, Laughing IS Conceivable, April 1, 2011

As March winds up, I've been pondering all things spring. College Spring Break comes to mind. Which leads me to the image of us infertile women on the phone with the travel agent booking our Spring Break of sorts.

Warning: It ain't a pretty sight.  

Yoga's Stress Relief: An Aid for Infertility?

The New York Times,  Feb 4, 2011
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KIMBERLY SORANNO, a 39-year-old Brooklynite undergoing an in vitro fertilization cycle as part of her quest to become pregnant, had gone to her share of yoga classes, but never one like that held on a recent Tuesday night in a reception area of the New York University Fertility Center. There were no deep twists or headstands; just easy “restorative” poses as the teacher, Tracy Toon Spencer, guided the participants — most of them women struggling to conceive — to let go of their worries.
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The Simple and Surprising Physiology of Stress

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'Fight-or-flight' compresses blood flow and energy

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, September 3, 2010

What exactly happens to our bodies when we are stressed? Why does this impact our reproductive ability? It's a simple and surprising answer, and with this answer you can improve your health anytime, anywhere.

Stress Biomarker Linked to Lower Probability of Conception

Modern Medicine,  Aug 25, 2010
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Women with high salivary alpha-amylase levels have reduced chances of conceiving

Elevation of a stress biomarker, salivary alpha-amylase, is associated with a reduction in a woman's chances of conceiving during the fertile part of her monthly cycle, according to research published online Aug. 5 in Fertility and Sterility.

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It's a Fact: Stress and Fertility Are Not Friends

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It's time to gain control of stress and get a fresh start on fertility

a blog by Joanne Verkuilen, Founder, Circle+Bloom, August 20, 2010

Good news! We are one giant step closer to understanding more about our female bodies.

Stress and Infertility

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Study suggests stress reduction may increase pregnancy rate

a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., East Coast Fertility, August 17, 2010

The old fertility legend about a couple who had failed fertility treatments, adopts a baby and then all of a sudden gets pregnant is one we have all heard.

Old Maxim of Fertility and Stress is Reversed

New York Times,  Aug 16, 2010
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Research suggests the two conditions may be linked

Even as more and more fertility clinics adopt stress-management programs like yoga, cognitive therapy and biofeedback, the role of stress in infertility remains a matter of debate. Some experts still recite an old maxim: while infertility undoubtedly causes stress, stress does not cause infertility.
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Now researchers suggest that the two conditions may indeed be linked.

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Can You Plan Passion?

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Scheduling romance is not a bad idea

by Kristen Magnacca, July 7, 2010

Have you asked yourself how your passion to become parents brought you to such an unexpected place in your life? Or perhaps are you wondering have you lost your passion to this experience?

When I think about passion I like to define it as the unbridled desire that ignites our actions, which is similar to the real definition: a strong and barely controllable emotion.

Five Ways to Relax at the Drop of a Hat

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A "sensible" way to take the stress out of trying to get pregnant

a blog by Beth and Tami of Pulling Down the Moon, Apr. 16, 2010

I am addicted to lavender. While I’ve never been able to find clinical data to support this, it’s widely related in healing communities that chronic pain patients in lavender-colored rooms scented with lavender do much better than their counterparts. I do know that lavender essential oil helps me relax and when I sprinkle a bit on the DH, I believe he does become a bit more helpful . . .

But seriously, did you know the quickest way to relax is to use your senses?

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