Coping with Infertility During the Holidays

Nov 25, 2010 | Fertility Care
The holiday season is a very stressful time of year. It can be even more stressful for those suffering from infertility. The holidays are filled with family get-togethers which can bring out a variety of emotions, especially if everyone is talking about their babies, children, and their pregnancies. You may even get pressure from family and friends, who do not know your struggle, to start a family. What can you do to get through this time with the least amount of emotional pain? 1.     Let Go: As a society, we are used to the idea that if you work hard enough at something, you will achieve it. Women approach infertility with that same attitude – if I take control of my fertility, I will be able to achieve my goal. Our fertility is one thing that is completely out of our control. We can do things to optimize our chances to conceive but there is only so much you can do to optimize your chances, the rest is up to God or chance (or whatever you believe in). I want to tell women who are stressed out, trying to control every aspect of their fertility to let go. This is...

What you should know Pre-Pregnancy about Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin D

Nov 18, 2010 | Fertility Care
When people plan to go on safari, what do they do? They go to their local travel clinic and find out what immunizations they should have. They do this months in advance of their trip. Imagine pregnancy as your safari. ObGyns recommend that women make a preconception counseling appointment to review all the precautions you need to take before embarking on your "pregnancy trip." We may now need to talk to women pre-pregnancy about Vitamin D. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal  is suggesting that low vitamin D levels in the mother during pregnancy may be linked to Multiple Sclerosis in her offspring. Vitamin D is generated by ultraviolet radiation from the sun, so if the association is true, then a woman with less exposure to sunlight during the first trimester may be at risk of her child developing the disorder compared with women whose early pregnancies occur in sunnier months. So when you see your doctor for your preconception counseling appointment or for your next annual exam, consider screening a vitamin D level and start supplementing now. Access to the article here:

Fertility 101 Seminar with Dr Aimee

Nov 15, 2010 | Fertility Care

Laptops May Pose Infertility Risk for Men

Nov 15, 2010 | Fertility Care
If you're a guy, your laptop could be decreasing your chances of conceiving. A very well done study published in the November edition of Fertility and  Sterility  showed that men started experiencing unsafe temperatures after sitting with a laptop for 10 to 15 minutes. The study used thermometers to measure the scrotal temperatures of 29 male volunteers who sat with a laptop on their legs for three separate 60-minute sessions. (more…)

Fertile Kitchen Event

Nov 01, 2010 | Fertility Care
Author Cindy Bailey will give an info-packed talk about her book, The Fertile Kitchen® Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Optimizing Your Fertility, at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Please come meet the author, learn about eating to optimize your health and fertility, and enjoy samples from the book’s recipes. Books available for signing and purchase. Please read her blog for very helpful tips: When: Saturday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Where: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA. For more information, please visit: Book Passage

Live in the SF Bay Area? Seminar on November 4th

Oct 20, 2010 | Fertility Care
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