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Pee Stick Intervention

I’m newly married as of 10 days ago. I have a confession that I probably should have told my wonderful hubby before he put the second ring on my finger.

A Lesson on Prenatal Vitamins and Proper Intake of Folic Acid

Trying to conceive? Gearing up for fertility treatment? Surely you are taking all steps possible to get your body ready for the journey to parenthood. But, have you given enough thought to the amount of folic acid in your prenatal vitamin?

Fibroids and Fertility

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a blog by Genna Banafato, July 17, 2013

Uterine fibroids are a benign time of uterine tumor that is usually completely asymptomatic. The majority of women who have them will never know they are there. However, out of the 20-25% of women who have fibroids, 10% of them will develop some sort of fertility related issue, whether it is difficulty conceiving or miscarriage as a result of the fibroid.

Trying To Conceive: When Should You Abstain from Sex?

a blog by Kim Griffiths, May 9, 2013

When it comes to trying to conceive, we spend so much time worrying about the best time to make a baby that we forget to stop and think about times we should not have sex. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, there are times you should abstain.

10 Tips for TTC While You’re Home for the Holidays

a blog by Claire, November 20, 2012

Are you traveling to your childhood home this holiday season? Thinking this cycle is a bust before it even begins? Not so fast. We have 10 tips for TTC and rekindling a little romance while you're home for the holidays.

Whatever You Do, Don't Mention S-E-X to Your Relatives

a blog by Lori Shandle-Fox, September 26, 2012

So what is all this shame we have about going through fertility treatments? What is THAT all about?

And sometimes, for no apparent reason, we're embarrassed by the whole thing... like, gee, the whole world has been having babies for centuries...big people, small people, dumb people..why am I the one person who can't?

I feel like most things we're ashamed about, at least here in the U.S., are somehow connected to sex. We may feel like infertility isn't at all connected to sex, but somebody around us does. Lots of people don't want to know anything about anything even remotely related to nakedness. Especially your relatives. The truth is, they don't ever want to know that you're ever naked.

More U.S. Women Choosing IUDs for Birth Control: Study

Chicago Tribune,  Aug 2, 2012

A growing number of U.S. women appear to be opting for intrauterine devices (IUDs) as their birth control method, with the number more than doubling in just two years in one study. Researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Fertility & Sterility, said this is good news, since IUDs and contraceptive implants are the most effective forms of reversible birth control. When IUDs first came out, there were concerns - later disproved - that they might raise the risk of pelvic infection and jeopardize women's future fertility.

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How James Taylor Put My Infertility into Perspective

a blog by Shana Kurz, July 24, 2012

“There is a feeling like the clenching of the fist
There is a hunger in the center of the chest
There is a passage through the darkness and the mist
Though the body sleeps the heart will never rest”

(Shed A Little Light, James Taylor)

Last night I watched James Taylor perform at Red Rocks in Colorado. A beautiful amphitheater that was originally used by the Native Americans for religious ceremonies and a place that James Taylor said is “unlike any other.” The night was windy and warm, and I sat tight against my husband as we sang along and swayed or held hands lost in thought.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Approximately 43 percent of women ages 18-59 experience some form of sexual dysfunction. The most frequent complaint? You guessed it: lack of interest, or hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Now add in the fact that you're TTC, and the irony is, you're working so hard to make a baby, but having sex is the last thing you feel like doing!

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Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period

Negative Pregnancy Test with a Missed Period? What does that mean?

There are a several possible explanations for a negative pregnancy test with a missed period. Perhaps the most concerning issue when you are trying to conceive is whether or not you have an underlying medical diagnosis preventing regular menstrual cycles.

Some reasons for having a missed or late period without being pregnant include: ovulation disorders or ovarian reserve issues. Conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, and high Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) or Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) can interfere with your menstrual cycle.

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