It Takes a Village – Donor Metaphor

November 5th, 2013
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I have had the privilege of seeing first hand “where babies come from”. Our first two frozen embryo transfers with adopted embryos, albeit unsuccessful, allowed me to see what these embryos looked like under the microscope. I watched them slowly rotate and float in their little petri dish before they were taken into the catheter [...]

What’s Your Goal?

October 25th, 2013
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When you first start to suspect a problem after unsuccessfully trying to conceive for a time, it may be easy to jump to conclusions. Don’t. There are many different reasons why a couple may not have been able to conceive, some more serious than others, and some unidentifiable. You simply don’t know where your situation [...]

Reminders of Infertility

October 8th, 2013
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I want to consider us cured. Maybe not cured of infertility, since the medical condition that got us started on this journey is still there, but cured of childlessness. For me, it was always the difference between being a mother and not being a mother that made infertility so difficult. So once I finally became [...]

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 [...]

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

Finding Joy in Strange Places

March 15th, 2013
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In our attempts at parenthood, I have done my share of research.  I managed to overcome my needle-phobia so that I could benefit from acupuncture.  The meaning of this became especially clear when I was receiving after-transfer treatment last year.  Even though by then I had been going to acupuncture for some time, that day, [...]

Get Excited or Business as Usual?

March 5th, 2013
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As my husband and I begin “the cycle”, I’m left with conflicting emotions.  On the one hand, of course I am excited about it finally being time to try again!  If all goes well, we will be traveling to pick up two of our adopted embryos in two and a half weeks.  On the first [...]

Categories: Treatment

Acupuncture & a Needle-Phobe

February 27th, 2013
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Our first two frozen embryo transfers* took place in natural, (mostly) unmedicated cycles.  We are dealing with strictly male factor infertility.  All of my tests have come back normal. Therefore, we saw no reason to introduce excess hormones into my body when I could ovulate and establish a thick enough uterine lining on my own.  [...]

The Social Implications of In Vitro Pregnancy

October 16th, 2012
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The latest statistics released on birth and pregnancy in the United States show that out of all the couples who fall in the range of an appropriate child-producing age, almost 9% of them are infertile.  The promise and possibilities that an in vitro pregnancy can offer a couple or an individual who is incapable of [...]

Begin Again

October 17th, 2011
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Writing about the creation of life is about beginning again. There is so much information available today for most people who are trying to conceive. Websites, blogs, advertisements, all leading to potential answers and antidotes which will certainly help you become pregnant. After having gone through so many infertility treatments, experiments on my body, mind [...]