Painful Rainbows

April 9th, 2013
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With 10-25% of all clinically established pregnancies ending in miscarriage, it’s a wonder that anyone would purposefully put themselves at risk of going through such a heartache. When a couple has to employ the services of a reproductive endocrinologist and pay for artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) in order to even attempt a pregnancy, it’s all [...]

Categories: IVF, Miscarriage, Stress

The TTC Semi-Finals

April 1st, 2013
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I’m seeing double. Double lines on a home pregnancy test, that is! But hold your congratulations. I have been here before, and it did not end well. The way I see it, entering the two-week-wait after an embryo transfer, insemination, or timed intercourse is like entering a competition of sorts, even though we are not [...]

Categories: Hope, Life Lessons, Stress

Opportunities of the 2 Week Wait

March 30th, 2013
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While the infamous two-week-wait seems to be dreaded by most women, it’s only because the focus so often is about what we want. “Obviously,” you may say. But for a person of faith, it is not necessarily so clear-cut. This time of uncertainty offers several opportunities for growing in our relationship with God, and perhaps [...]

Two Week Wait Obsessions

March 27th, 2013
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The time between an attempt at pregnancy (be that timed intercourse, an intra-uterine insemination, or an embryo transfer) and confirmation of the result of the attempt is commonly referred to as the two week wait. Generally speaking, it takes about two weeks before a pregnancy can be detected, even though the actual length of time [...]

Welcome to the Fertility Blog A-Z and Everything In Between

April 6th, 2011
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Welcome to the new series of Fertility Blogs! As a Mom and a woman who had some of the most excruciating experiences with my infertility treatments, I can empathize and sympathize with every woman, man and family during these emotional times. A friend once asked me to describe myself, using one word, starting with the [...]

The Goal of Fertility Treatments

April 20th, 2010
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The Southeast Chapter of RESOLVE is having it’s first annual Family Building Conference on May 1st in Atlanta, Georgia (CLICK HERE for more information). Beyond being a spectacular idea – getting people together with experts to discuss issues surroung infertility – it is also very well named! The conference intends to “address the medical, emotional, [...]

Hoping for a Miracle

May 12th, 2009
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While suffering with infertility I always had a secret hope that I am sure is shared by many other people who pursue fertility treatments. I wanted more than anything to just miraculously get pregnant and prove all the doctors wrong, showing everyone that we weren’t actually infertile and that we could get pregnant on our [...]

Categories: Causes, IUI, IVF, Stress, Treatment

Taking Time Off From Fertility Treatments

January 30th, 2008
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If you have reached a place where you feel like you are losing your mind with trying to become pregnant, you might want to consider taking a month or two off from trying to conceive. You might find that giving yourself a breather is just what you need to help you have the stamina to [...]

Categories: Stress

Intensity of Fertility Procedures

July 17th, 2007
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We continued the fertility treatments throughout the summer and fall of 1998. The fertility procedures were consuming my life. I had multiple doctor appointments each month between the follicle tracking, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), and pregnancy tests. (The progesterone would cause a false positive if I took a home pregnancy test, so if my period was [...]

Categories: Stress

Reducing Stress During Fertility Treatment

February 3rd, 2007
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Continuing along the lines of stress and how it relates to fertility, I found the following question and answer at Click here to read the full article. The woman with the question felt that her stress was affecting her ability to conceive since there were no findings from her testing. She wanted to know [...]

Categories: Stress