One of the most powerful tools for any patient, regardless of their medical situation, is knowledge. Gathering facts, and educating ourselves on a variety of things is empowering. Infertility is certainly one of those conditions in which patients want to know as much as possible.
Did you know that every year states around the US organize special events to raise awareness about infertility? This year (from April 23-29) -- and this week in fact -- there will be art shows, book launchings, awareness walks, happy hours, meditation circles and more, all focused on spreading knowledge about infertility and the treatment available.
When pregnant, it can be very tempting to spend your extra time relaxing and giving your feet a rest. However, exercising is a much better solution to your aches and pains. It will give you the energy you require and help build to up your strength and stamina where you need it the most.
It is becoming more common for women to wait to conceive until the age of 40. Women all over the world have gradually become more confident about embracing their freedom during youth, focusing on career goals as they become more clear, and choosing to have children once they really are sure that the time is right. While it hasn’t become what you might consider the “norm”, there are many who have done it this way.
Something is making you contemplate switching fertility doctors. You may know exactly why you want to move on, or maybe you just have a feeling that it is time for a change. Finding a good fertility doctor can be quite a process, so it is understandable that you want to be sure it is time to do so. Plus, you have put your trust in your current doctor and they know all about you. You don’t want to just abandon ship on an impulse.
Every year, fertility clinics report the success rates for their in vitro fertilization cycles to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology Report isn’t necessarily meant to be a resource for comparing clinics, but it does give people an idea of what goes on in each clinic’s IVF labs. The reports are not all that easy to interpret, so it is important that you understand what exactly you are reading if you are using them to make an opinion about clinics that you are interested in.
A common question amongst parents who have used IVF to get pregnant for their first baby is, “is it possible to get pregnant naturally after IVF?” The most basic answer to this inquiry is, yes, it is possible. However, there are no guarantees that a natural pregnancy will be achieved the second time around.
For some couples struggling to conceive, they start trying anything they can think of in attempt of getting pregnant. This can include everything from using traditional methods such as only having sex while ovulating, to attempting old wive’s tales like drinking cough syrup in hopes of thinning the “cervical fluid – enabling the sperm to travel more easily up the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg.” Now, there’s a product on the market that claims it may assist with conception. It’s called the Ava bracelet and it’s a fertility tracker -- but is this fertility tracking bracelet just wishful thinking?
It is natural to be concerned about what is safe and what is not when it comes to your body and infertility treatment. Of course, you are going through a lot by committing to this process and you want to make sure that you aren't doing anything to mess it up. Many people wonder if they should abstain from sex while receiving treatment. The general answer is no, you do not have to.
In a survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006-2010, they found that 1.5 million women in the US are infertile and 25% of couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility. Accepting that you may be one of these people is not an easy thing to do. For your whole life you have been told to make sure to wear protection during sex and how getting pregnant can happen so easily, but in reality it is not as easy as one might think.