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Age and Infertility

March 17th, 2009
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“I didn’t know age mattered so much!” That statement, or a variation of it, is one that I have heard too many times when talking to others struggling with infertility. We all know of a young person who “accidentally” got pregnant, oftentimes saying it was their first time or while using birth control. However, we [...]

Infertility Myths

March 5th, 2009
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In this era of “octomoms” and families of 8 or 18 it is easy to understand how people can have misconceptions about infertility and its treatment. As I was searching for information and statistics regarding multiple births and fertility treatment (out of pure curiosity), I realized that there are A LOT of myths and misunderstandings [...]

Fertility and Irregular Periods

November 6th, 2007
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If you have irregular periods, you might have a difficult time determining when you are ovulating. I ran into this problem myself when I was trying to conceive. My cycles were all over the map. One month, my cycle might run only 27 days, while the next month, it might run 36 days. This made [...]

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Thyroid Disease and Fertility

September 11th, 2007
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If you are struggling with infertility, be sure to have your thyroid checked. This was one of the first tests that my fertility specialist administered when he started trying to figure out why I was unable to conceive. Your doctor can determine if your thyroid is to blame through a simple blood test, so it [...]

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What is Endometriosis?

September 10th, 2007
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Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility in women. According to Fertilitycommunity.com’s article Endometriosis, 30-40% of women with endometriosis will likely have problems conceiving. I am one of those women. So, what exactly is endometriosis? Endometrial tissue is the tissue in your uterus that provides a soft cushion for a fertilized egg to attach. Women [...]

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Female Factor Infertility: Am I Still a Woman?

August 27th, 2007
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Isn’t the word barren such an awful term? I am so glad we have moved on to the word infertile because at least that sounds clinical. Barren sounds like a wasteland – as if my womb, which is supposed to be fertile, is instead a shriveled up raisin. As much as I dislike the word, [...]

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Endometriosis

July 24th, 2007
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In my last post, Laparoscopy, I talked about having a laparoscopy so Dr. F could determine the cause of my infertility. The results shocked me. I had never experienced particularly painful periods, so my fertility doctors from my hometown had ruled out endometriosis as a possible cause. They were wrong. Dr. F found a significant [...]

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Overview – PCOS

February 6th, 2007
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I am not familiar with PCOS. I only know a couple of people who have it, both of whom have fertility problems as well. I had been wondering how to find out more info when, lo and behold, my February issue of Natural Health had an article titled, “Weighty Matters” by Lisa Drayer, MA, RD [...]

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Infertility Prevention

January 7th, 2007
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While I was dealing with infertility, I felt frustrated at how elusive pregnancy was for me. I was angry thinking back to health class and the terror that was instilled in us about unplanned pregnancies. I wish that infertility statistics would also have been included, to round out everything else we had learned. But then [...]

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Bringing on menopause, A new reason?

November 1st, 2006
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Once again, upon signing online this morning, my opening page had a link to the following website and article, which lead to the next article as the cycle goes. And now, I pass them along to you. Here is the introduction from www.thatsfit.com: Menopausal changes due to a woman’s relationships, not hormones Posted: Oct 26th [...]

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