Tips For Preparing For IVF

Mar 23, 2011 | Fertility Care
IVF has the potential to be an emotionally, physically, and financially exhausting experience due to the "high stakes" and "end of the line" nature of this treatment. Thus, patients need to consider thoughtful preparation before beginning the process. If you are a patient about to begin a cycle, here are some tips to help get ready for IVF: 1. Gather information and plan ahead - Good decision-making involves being well educated and informed about your body, the IVF process, and your clinic/treatment program. IVF is an anxiety-producing experience, and one of the best antidotes for anxiety is information and knowledge. The more you know and understand about the process, the less stress you may feel. Look for articles and other reading materials about IVF. If your practice runs educational IVF classes, attend as a couple and talk to others who have been through IVF. 2. Prepare for decision-making - It is important to anticipate decisions that may occur during IVF and discuss your options ahead of time. Sometimes these decisions may have moral and religious implications which you will need to consider and discuss. You will need to decide how many embryos will be transferred while maximizing your chances for...

Coping with Miscarriage

Mar 23, 2011 | Fertility Care
Coping with miscarriage is a very personal experience that every woman will do differently.  Some women form a bond with their unborn child immediately upon the news that they are pregnant, while others only do when signs and symptoms  of pregnancy begin.  If you’ve suffered a miscarriage you may have heard one of the following phrases: Phrase #1 - You can always get pregnant again. Phrase #2 - It is probably better that you miscarried, since something must have been wrong with the baby. Phrase #3 - Well at least the baby wasn't born yet. Phrase #4 - God must have done it for a reason. Miscarriage Tip #1 - It is not your fault!  Approximately 40% of miscarriages have no medical explanation Also 50-60% of first trimester and 20% of second trimester miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormatlities within the fetus. While coping with miscarriage many women believe that it is their fault that they miscarried.  Many women will even feel that they are inadequate as a woman because they must be "defective" if they can not carry a pregnancy to term.  While other women will wonder what they have done to deserve such a devastating experience.  Tip #2 - Anger...

Sharing about a free fertility event – from Fertile Kitchen

Mar 21, 2011 | Fertility Care
Sponsored by Fertile Kitchen, a special FREE fertility event that starts on Monday, March 21st and runs through March 28: The Fertility Focus Tele-Summit! The telesummit is a “virtual event” that features fertility experts from around the world sharing knowledge and insights on a wide range of fertility subjects.  You can listen in to all the information-packed presentations either live over the phone or online. Cindy Bailey, co-author of  The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility  will be speaking at this event on the topic of food to optimize fertility on March 26, 3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern, and 10pm London time. It’s FREE, but people need to sign up to reserve their spot. They can do so by clicking here:  For those who sign up through the Fertile Kitchen website, they  are offering a 40% discount off the book: The Fertile Kitchen Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility.

Hope, Believe, and Persevere

Mar 16, 2011 | Fertility Care
If you're my patient, you may have heard me talk about the three words that I think may help you cope with the stress of fertility treatment. Here they are: 1. HOPE: Let yourself hope that you will get pregnant this cycle. It's okay - let go and hope that you will and can get pregnant. Cheesie I know, but seriously........keep the hope alive! 2. BELIEVE: Believe that you can and will get pregnant. Again, it's okay to believe. Let go of the past and let yourself believe that this is the cycle that will work. 3. PERSEVERE: Regardless of what happens, remember this: YOU WILL PERSEVERE. No matter how much it hurts when you find out you are not pregnant, you will get through it. There is always tomorrow, another cycle, another plan and more hope. Surround yourself with the support system you need and the medical team that will hope and believe with you. I hope this helps.

3 Things to Look for in an IVF Lab

Feb 23, 2011 | Fertility Care
1. Laboratory Environment. The Best labs take measures to assure good air quality such as positive air pressure in the lab, HEPA filtration of lab air, extra filters to remove volatile organic compounds (think smelly chemicals like organic solvents- tile adhesives, paints, ethanols) from the air, use of laminar flow hood to keep work surfaces sterile and heated stages to maintain warm temperatures for embryos and gametes when they are being handled outside of the incubator. These are really minimal requirements but surprisingly, these minimal requirements are not consistently found in every IVF lab. 2. The Human Factor.   (more…)

Third Party Reproduction, Not just for Celebrities

Feb 18, 2011 | Fertility Care
What it is: Also called “collaborative reproduction,” this category includes the use of donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo, surrogates, or gestational carriers. Sometimes the third party is someone known to the intended parents, such as a friend or relative, and sometimes the arrangement is made between strangers through agencies, clinics, or attorneys. How do you get started? 1. Know the laws in your state. Depending on what you need to do to start a family, seek advice from a reproductive law attorney. The attorney will consider the laws of where you live and where your surrogate or donor for example live 2. Determine whether you want to find your egg donor and/or surrogate independently or with the help of an agency. • Currently, there are a number of surrogacy and egg donation programs that offer specialized services to couples/individuals considering assisted reproduction. • Because there is little regulation in this field, it is very important for you to ascertain the type of services that these agencies will provide you for your money. 3. Determine Costs • Be certain that you are aware of the costs associated with the program you have selected. • There may be overlooked costs for...

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