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Surviving Mother’s Day with Infertility

Talk to most women (with and without children) and they’ll confess that Mother’s Day brings a mixture of happiness, guilt, and regret. Even mothers struggle with the concept of “Mother” on this holiday. For women who are wrestling with infertility, Mother’s Day can be one of the hardest holidays on the calendar. Depending on where you are in your fertility journey, Mother’s Day may evoke strong feelings (it’s entirely ok if they change from year to year!) and it’s perfectly acceptable to adapt your weekend plans to support your feelings. So, what are the best ways to survive Mother’s Day when you’re dealing with infertility?

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What is Infertility? How Can Infertility be Treated?

Whether people are becoming more vocal about infertility or because many of us have witnessed friends, family, or our self struggle with it, infertility seems to be more common than ever. A statistic from Mayo Clinic found that a substantial 10-15% of couples who are trying to conceive experienced infertility.

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Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

The debate about egg freezing has been around for a while now, but the recent announcement from Facebook and Apple has put the discussion for egg freezing back on the proverbial “table”. A women may choose to freeze her eggs for a number of reasons; illness, job constraints, lack of a partner, and many other personal causes contribute to a women waiting until later in life to start the process of having a child. Thankfully, these days technology provides women with many options for preserving their fertility until they feel ready to take those steps.

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Understanding Endometriosis: Symptoms and Treatment

About 5 million American women suffer from endometriosis, according to statistics from the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While, only 8% of women within childbearing age (15-44) suffer from endometriosis, it is important to know the symptoms of endometriosis and understand the risks endometriosis can play on fertility, especially if you have been unsuccessful at becoming pregnant.

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Preparing for Successful IVF Treatments

If you’ve peeked around on the internet you’ll probably notice there are a plethora of fertility tips for IVF treatments. Some of the lists are community driven (and not necessarily doctor moderated) with personal tips that range from keeping a chart of your shots so you didn’t miss one, to advice to “stay away from plastics.”

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How Does IVF Work?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), has provided women across the globe with an opportunity to experience pregnancy which previous may not have been possible before this amazing technology. While many people know the basics about IVF, it’s important to understand what IVF can treat, the steps involved, and typical IVF success rates before committing to this method of assisted reproduction.

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Fertility and Acupuncture

During fertility treatments patients have access to many different therapies and methods for improving their assisted reproduction experience. With such a wealth of information available it can sometimes be difficult to know what supplementary treatment options provide real benefits, and which ones are less helpful.

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What to Expect When You’re Doing IVF Treatments

Take a quick stroll in any Barnes & Noble, or peruse Amazon’s fertility section and you’ll see there is a big disparity between the amount of books about pregnancy versus the books on infertility treatments. While more amazing publications are popping up on what to expect while you’re in the middle of fertility treatments, there is still a lot to be desired. Online forums can be a good place to chat with others who are experiencing similar symptoms or who have blazed the trail before you, however, most content is not medically approved and should not be used for diagnostic purposes. We’ve included a list of the top 10 things you may experience during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments at our Connecticut fertility center:

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Which Lifestyle Choices Count for Female Fertility?

If you’re in the middle of treating infertility, you’ve probably heard from concerned family or friends what feels like every variation of home remedy to solve your infertility issues. We’ve heard the gamut, from being told to eat more pistachios to just relaxing and it will happen “when the time is right.” These kinds of suggestions, although well meaning, are not helpful and aren’t directly linked to improved odds for natural conception. While some aspects of fertility can only be helped through medical assistance like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), there are physician-recommended lifestyle choices that may promote fertility and make your body more receptive to nurture a growing child. Read along for useful lifestyle tips that really do coincide with fertility:

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How to Handle the “2-Week Wait”

You’ve just finished a round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) and, if that wasn’t enough, now you’re looking at 2 weeks of waiting to know if your procedure was successful. The time frame leading up to the procedure is busy with numerous doctors appointments and staying on top of home treatments such as injections or pills, but as soon as the procedure is done it seems like there is so much open time to worry and wonder about whether you’ll receive good news.

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