Turning Down a Shared Cycle

August 30th, 2013
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More and more fertility clinics are starting to offer shared-donor in-vitro fertilization cycles, where a woman agrees to donate some of her retrieved eggs to another patient in return for a reduced cost of her own IVF treatment. If the woman doesn’t yet have any children, or doesn’t have any biological children, this is a [...]

Advice for Infertility Newbies

August 26th, 2013
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Pregnancy after infertility: what can be better than that? A positive pregnancy test is the ultimate goal, right? Perhaps this may very well be true for those who never experienced loss. However, even a single early loss of pregnancy can jeopardize the rightful joy of a newly discovered pregnancy. The thinking is that if it [...]

Counting My Blessings

August 25th, 2013
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Counting my blessings: I think that’s got to be the motto in life if we are to enjoy it. In the realm of infertility, there is a lot to which those who are unaffected by it are oblivious. How easily it can consume your life. How it can drain your energy, positive attitude, finances. How [...]

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Taking Back Your Life

August 19th, 2013
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My husband and I have dealt with infertility the better part of our marriage. It has shaken us to the core at times and made us wonder if we ever would be able to share our love with a son or daughter of our own. It makes you question yourself as a person and changes your [...]

Forks in the Road Along the Way

July 26th, 2013
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I have counted five forks on the road of infertility. Not everyone will come to each one. Some will set up camp at the sight of the first fork, some will travel a ways before setting up camp. These forks are as follows: acknowledging there may be a problem and getting tested; deciding whether or [...]

Pregnancy After Loss

July 25th, 2013
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When we experienced our chemical pregnancy a year and a half ago, we got varying reactions from people. Some tried to minimize the loss by referring to the tiny baby/babies as “just cells” or “eggs”, while others encouraged me to name them and think of them as children I have in heaven. Considering myself Pro-Life, [...]

Infertility Survivor’s Guilt

July 17th, 2013
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Perhaps like most people, when I first started down the journey of infertility, I saw everything through the lens of my own specific circumstances. I assumed that all people who were infertile were childless, and I didn’t take very seriously those conditions which were mild compared to our own severe diagnosis. Of course, as I [...]

Categories: Pregnancy, Resolution

Resolving Childlessness

July 12th, 2013
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Counting my blessings: I think that’s got to be the motto in life if we are to enjoy it. In the realm of infertility, there is a lot to which those who are unaffected by it are oblivious. How easily it can consume your life. How it can drain your energy, positive attitude, finances. How [...]

Infertility During Pregnancy

June 27th, 2013
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How relevant is infertility during pregnancy? I used to think that there was a definitive cure to infertility – having a child. But now that I’m in my second trimester awaiting the arrival of our first baby thanks to the gift of embryo adoption, I see that infertility – at least our infertility – won’t [...]

Categories: Pregnancy, Resolution

Retreat for Those Experiencing Infertility

June 12th, 2013
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Five couples and four women without their husbands in tow usher into the conference room. We drove various distances to be here. Some from Virginia, some from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and some from the other end of West Virginia, where our retreat house is located. We’ve been married anywhere from less than 2 years [...]