IVF

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 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 [...]

Castor Oil?

July 12th, 2010
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A good friend of mine got word today that her IVF cycle has to be delayed even more because of a cyst. She went in for her baseline ultrasound after taking birth control pills and they found a pretty large cyst. They instructed her to keep taking birth control pills for a month longer and [...]

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On the Fence

March 24th, 2010
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The other day at the library I decided to go beyond the aisles of Dora and Little Critter and actually find something for me. As I walked around I saw a set of blue eyes staring at me from the cover of a book. It was the eyes of Michael J. Fox, a face I [...]

IUI or IVF?

October 19th, 2009
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IUI is widely considered the “first step” when a couple begins fertility treatments beyond taking medications. I have had friends state that they are willing to try IUI, but draw the line there. They say that they won’t “go as far” as attempting IVF. This decision is, if I am being brutally honest (and I [...]

Boy Babies Through IVF?

September 16th, 2009
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When my husband and I decided to try to have a baby we talked of our hopes and dreams for the yet to be conceived child. We both envisioned a boy first, followed by a girl, and even talked of a third whose gender was not speculated. We by no means only wanted a boy, [...]

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Calculating Due Date After Successful IVF

August 11th, 2009
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As soon as we got the positive beta all I wanted to do was shout the news from the rooftops. We didn’t, of course, but I was obsessed with my news and could think of nothing else. So, I began to furiously scour the internet for information on my probable due date, a progress report [...]

Categories: IVF, Treatment

A Typical IVF Schedule

August 10th, 2009
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Although each patient’s IVF schedule is individualized according to their own personal circumstances and needs, it can often be a comfort to have a general idea of the “typical” schedule. Whether you are trying to coordinate your IVF cycle with your work schedule, or just trying to familiarize with the process and how much time [...]

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The Economy and Infertility

July 30th, 2009
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Historically when the economy is in shambles family size decreases and couples think more about the financial impact of having a child than they might when the economy is robust. I imagine that a down economy also affects people’s approach to infertility and fertility treatments. One of the biggest stresses for me when pursuing IVF [...]