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TIP OF THE DAY: Get Ahead of the Paperwork!!

It sounds so simple to say, but getting ahead of all of the paperwork involved in infertility treatments - no matter what path you take towards parenthood - is a great way to beat some of the stress.
 
I used to say, "If I see one more clipboard, I'm going to scream!!" Every time I did another IUI or IVF cycle, or had any sort of test or procedure, there was always a bundle of new paperwork to fill out. What a waste of paper, when you think about it. I mean, why can't they just use the same information from a previous cycle?

Fertility Acupuncture...Does It Work?

Let me just remind you that I am NOT a medical doctor. I'm not a scientist. Never conducted any research or ran a clinical trial of any sort. However, I spent 6 years trying to have a baby, and have tons of personal experience on the topic.
 
I will start this post by saying that I have NO idea what the statistics are in terms of whether or not there's proof out there in the universe that acupuncture helps with fertility treatments. I know for myself, having gone for bi-weekly treatments consistently for 2 years, that it helped with

Thinking of Adoption?

No matter what path you're currently on in your infertility journey, at some point, you might find yourself considering adoption as one possibility towards parenthood. While it is certainly a costly undertaking, consider how many costly IVF cycles you may have tried, unsuccessfully.
 
While no one can guarantee anything in life, adoption may ultimately give you more bang for the buck, if you will. In other words, if your funds are limited, pursuing adoption will more likely result in a baby, than continuing endless cycles of IVF.

To Blastocyst or Not...That is the Question

When undergoing IVF, there might come a time when you are faced with the decision to "go to blastocyst," or not. Simply put, this refers to whether you opt to culture your embryos in a Petri dish for 5 days in the lab, before having them transferred back to the uterus.
 
There are serious consequences to doing it or not doing it, so this decision must not be taken lightly. Not surprisingly, embryos fare much better living inside the uterus, as opposed to living outside the body.

Infertility Doesn't Care About Holidays

I will start this post by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year. Not just because it's the cliche thing to say this time of year, but because I really wish you happiness and good health this year. By happiness, I mean the fulfillment one feels when realizing their goals. By good health, I mean whatever it takes to be happy, while taking the best care of the body, mind and spirit.
 
Whether your family building happens biologically, or through a donor egg/sperm, or through a surrogate, or adoption, I wish for you that it comes true this year, in whatever form it takes shape.

TIP OF THE DAY: Cutting Corners to Get to Your Fertility Specialist

How many times have you heard, "Oh, just relax. It'll happen [getting pregnant] when you least expect it. Why don't you go on vacation in the meantime?"
 
Fertility specialists notoriously tell you that you need to try on your own for a year before making an appointment to see them, so they can weed out the people who "just need to relax" from those who are truly infertile. The definition of infertile, is basically anyone who has tried to get pregnant on their own for a year, unsuccessfully.

The Weak Link Between Stress and Infertility

I found a great article that talks about the link between stress and infertility. Someone
once said to me, "(studies have shown that) stress doesn't cause infertility, but
infertility DEFINITELY causes stress." Truer words have never been spoken!
 
 

Advice for your first infertility appointment

I couldn't agree more with this article from Babble.com on how to prepare for your first infertility appointment. It is right on point! 
 
 
I would just add that it would serve you extremely well to keep a small notebook that you bring to these appointments as well. First, a list of questions you don't want to forget to ask your doctor. Second, to take notes on anything they tell you that is important to follow up with and understand.

Follistim AQ Injection Instruction Video

Here is an instructional video clip I found, which illustrates the correct way to administer Follistim AQ; a subcutaneous injection (under the skin). 
 
 
A few comments of my own:
1) The areas of the body they show for the injection site are the upper/outer thigh area, the abdomen (always stay 2" outside the belly button area), or the back of the upper arms. I recommend only using the abdomen area, as you want the medication to stay as close, and concentrated, to the reproductive area as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Infertility

Here is an article from RESOLVE - The National Infertility Association, on basic FAQs about infertility. Chances are, if you're on my web site, you or someone you know is already aware of what it is, but this will clearly break it down for you anyway. A good link to pass on as well.
 
 
 
 
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