Alternative Remedies

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, [...]

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.  [...]

PCOS and the South Beach Diet

March 30th, 2010
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I have come to the realization that I like to find holistic treatments to infertility. After looking back at the majority of my posts it seems to be the trend, so don’t be surprised at the message of this one! My sister-in-law and I have a lot in common– we married James brothers, we are [...]


January 25th, 2010
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Raspberries are by far one of my favorite foods in the world! When I overheard somewhere that raspberries could be beneficial to women with infertility problems I jumped for joy. I went out to the grocery store and bought a whole flat of raspberries that night. By ten p.m. I had eaten three green baskets [...]

Three Months for Healthier Sperm

September 8th, 2009
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Men get off relatively easy when it comes to infertility. The woman is advised to do all sorts of things to improve her chances of conception, but the man is often let off the hook when it comes to making lifestyle changes. Often the female partner is told to watch what she eats and drinks [...]

The Truth About Crinone

June 23rd, 2009
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I was very reluctant to stop taking my Progesterone In Oil (or PIO) shots and move on to the Crinone 8% vaginal progesterone gel. When I begged my doctor to let me stay on the shots (crazy I know) he told me that I would love the gel – that it would be so much [...]


April 30th, 2009
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Much has been said about the benefits of acupuncture for someone suffering through infertility. Of all the crazy, wacky things I tried to help me get pregnant -ingesting Mucinex and Robitussin, anything to do with kegels, holding my legs propped against the wall for an hour, and so much more – the one thing that [...]

Mind/Body Connection’s Influence on Fertility

November 14th, 2007
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My predecessor, Karianne, wrote some interesting posts on the mind/body connection as it relates to fertility. That got me thinking about the mind/body connection and how big a role that the mind plays in being able to conceive. Generally speaking, I see a big connection between the mind and the body. For example, when I [...]

Yoga to Increase Fertility

September 20th, 2007
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When I went to a Reiki appointment recently, I noticed a flyer called “Yoga for Fertility” posted on the bulletin board. I have gotten into yoga over the past few years, but I never did any yoga while I was going through fertility procedures. I find the thought of using yoga to assist with conception [...]

Are You Getting Enough Folate?

June 9th, 2007
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I have just finished reading an article about the nutrition status of United States women in regards to folate. Folate definition from pdr health. The term folate is used in two different ways. Folate, a member of the B-vitamin family, is a collective term for a number of chemical forms which are structurally related and [...]

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