To all of you, our parents-to-be out there, our hearts go out to you. As if you haven’t had enough waiting, wondering, and thoughts of “why me/us,” surrounding your infertility diagnosis, the coronavirus had to swoop in and do a number on the world. Even so, it can feel like a personal affront, especially if someone you know and love has been directly affected by the virus … [Read more...] about Coping With Infertility During the COVID-19 Crisis
Endometriosis is a fairly common gynecological disorder in which tissue that is similar to the uterine tissue, known as endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. These growths generally occur on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic tissue lining. The symptoms vary greatly from one woman to another, with some women experiencing extremely mild symptoms and others … [Read more...] about Understanding the Link Between Endometriosis and Infertility
In 1978, the concept of fertility was irrevocably changed by technology when the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) was born. Since then, state-of-the-art technologies and refined laboratory procedures have assisted in the births of almost eight million babies worldwide. In recent years, the technology of IVF has become even more … [Read more...] about Recent Developments and the Future of Fertility Technology
If you’ve been trying to conceive (TTC) for a while and have recently begun your fertility treatment journey, you have probably come across a lot of new and unfamiliar acronyms. The language of infertility can seem intimidating for someone who is just starting out, but familiarizing yourself with these abbreviations can help you understand the process, enhance your … [Read more...] about The ABCs of TTC: An Acronym Glossary
Modern technology has revolutionized the way we create and grow families by making it possible for fertility-challenged individuals and couples to conceive. While most people are familiar with fairly common treatment options such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, there are also advanced … [Read more...] about Who Benefits From Genetic Testing?
Getting pregnant is rarely a straightforward process. If you’ve been trying to conceive (TTC) for a year without success, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t happen. Multiple factors have to align in order for the body to conceive, so getting pregnant might just be a matter of adjusting your approach. Make an Appointment With Your Regular DoctorBefore you run … [Read more...] about I’ve Been Trying to Conceive for a Year. What Happens Now?
Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from a woman’s ovary and travels through the fallopian tubes. It is during this time that the egg may encounter sperm and become fertilized. On average, ovulation occurs about once a month, about halfway through the menstrual cycle. For women who are trying to get pregnant, tracking ovulation cycles can improve the chances … [Read more...] about How to Know When You’re Ovulating
As if the world of fertility care doesn’t present enough challenges, negative commentary—which can come from even those who are well-meaning—isn’t something anyone should have to experience. Though societal knowledge about fertility, IVF, and third-party services like surrogacy and egg donation has improved in recent years, there’s still a ways to go. We’ve outlined five … [Read more...] about Five Comments about Fertility Care We Can Leave in 2019
For many young women, taking care of their fertility isn’t a top priority unless they are actively trying to get pregnant. However, even if you’re not planning on conceiving anytime soon, taking charge of your fertility health while you’re younger is beneficial for both the present as well as the future – not only will it help you later down the road should you ever choose … [Read more...] about How Young Women Can Care for Their Fertility
Sometimes, there is no discernible medical reason why a couple or individual is unable to conceive. This is known as unexplained infertility, which essentially serves as a catchall diagnosis for infertility issues that cannot be traced to any apparent hormonal or reproductive malfunction. As results from a seemingly endless stream of medical tests come back without … [Read more...] about What Happens after Infertility Is Considered ‘Unexplained’?