Thanks to a new miracle surgery, the hope that little Violet Lee can one day have children won't be killed by chemotherapy.
The plucky, 2-year-old Brooklyn girl is set to become the youngest person ever to undergo a fertility procedure when a New York doctor removes one of her ovaries Tuesday and freezes it while she undergoes treatment for a serious immune disease.
The tiny organ will be put on ice for 20 years or more, ready for re-implantation if and when a grown-up Violet decides to have kids of her own.
Primary Ovarian Insufficiency Affects 1 in 100 Women by Age 40
When a young woman's menstrual periods get out of whack — extra-long, extra-short or intermittent — she may just chalk it up to stress and ignore it. To even out monthly cycles, doctors often prescribe birth control pills, without doing much of an evaluation first. But both those approaches are a mistake, says gynecologist Lawrence Nelson, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Dr. Nelson is researching a treatment for primary ovarian insufficiency.
Checking your cervical position is another way of monitoring your cycle and finding your most fertile time of the month. It helps you to know when ovulation is about to occur and can also indicate whether or not pregnancy has been achieved.
How to Check Your Cervical Position
Checking the cervical position takes some practice. A good time to try is after a bath or shower.
Monitoring it can help you get pregnant. Here's how.
Checking your cervical mucus throughout your cycle can be an empowering way to monitor your body's cycle and help you get pregnant. As ovulation approaches, your cervical mucus (CM) changes and becomes more fertile or “sperm friendly". Right after ovulation, the cervical mucus changes back to the less fertile kind. If you can detect when your cervical mucus is most fertile, you can predict ovulation and time sex to increase your chances of pregnancy.
Yesterday’s edition of the talk show The View focused solely on infertility. The show featured celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who are just getting ready for their first IVF following failed IUI cycles, Dr. Jamie Grifo, a fertility specialist at NYU Fertility Center, and two couples and a recently divorced woman who have infertility.
The ladies of The View also talked about their own experiences with infertility. Barbara Walters adopted her daughter following three miscarriages. Sherri Shepherd had her son via IVF treatment following a failed IUI cycle and Clomid treatment. (She’s 42 and wants to have more children. She asked about freezing her eggs, but Dr. Grifo explained that at her age, she’s not a good candidate.) Elisabeth Hasselbeck had trouble getting pregnant until she realized she had Celiac Disease, and went on a gluten-free diet. She now has three children. Joy Behar had an ectopic pregnancy that almost cost her her life when her fallopian tube burst and caused internal bleeding. She has one daughter.
The overall goal of charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is to find out if and when you are ovulating. BBT is the temperature of your body at rest. A special BBT thermometer, the most precise thermometer available, can record your temperature to the tenth degree. To determine your BBT you must take your temperature first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed, eat, drink or go the bathroom. This will yield the most accurate results.
The first step to understanding your fertility is to understand your monthly cycle. Understanding the phases of your menstrual cycle will help you understand the natural process your body is going through, and when you are most likely to conceive.
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ALEXIS STEWART, daughter of Martha Stewart, is an outspoken advocate for women dealing with fertility issues. She has spoken publicly with People magazine and Oprah Winfrey, among others, about the emotionally and financially draining process of trying to get pregnant at age 42 and has openly shared her experiences with various methods of fertility treatment.