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5 Common Misconceptions About PGS and PGD You Need to Know

Heather Huhman | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Huhman

To help clear the air surrounding these preventative measures, here are five common misconceptions (and little-known facts) about PGS and PGD testing:

How to Mindfully Support Loved Ones Struggling With Infertility

Melody Pourmoradi | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Melody Pourmoradi

Saying "the wrong thing," as well intended as it can be, often causes additional pain and suffering to those couples trying so hard to conceive. Here are some tips on how to shift your support from a state of helplessness to a space of helpfulness.

Roots and Wings for Donor Offspring

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Donor conception can be talked about openly and honestly between loving parents and their donor children. Telling is just the beginning though. And having a curious child in no way lessons your importance or significance as a parent. It is an innate human desire to want to know where we come from.

6 Important Things Your Infertile Partner Needs You to Know

Heather Huhman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

Relationships are tough enough as it is -- throw infertility into the mix and they can become even more complicated. When struggling with infertility, a couple's time, thoughts, and finances tend to all revolve around one goal: taking home a healthy baby.

4 Frustrating Facts About PCOS... and What They Mean for You

Heather Huhman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Huhman

These are some of the most notable symptoms of one of the most common hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorders found in women: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). So, what is PCOS exactly?

5 Frustrating Facts About Endometriosis... and How to Deal

Heather Huhman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

Endometriosis can be described in one word: painful. There's the obvious physical pain that accompanies the disorder, ranging from pelvic pain to awful periods (dysmenorrhea) to less-than-pleasant intercourse. Then there's the emotional pain.

5 Frustrating Facts About Unexplained Infertility... and How to Cope

Heather Huhman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

Dr. Allison Rodgers of the Fertility Centers of Illinois explains in an interview that an unexplained diagnosis is actually a good prognosis. It's better to find nothing than to find something seriously wrong -- even if that means extra guesswork for you and your doctor.

11 Awesome Ways to Relieve Infertility Stress

Heather Huhman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

While we can't always change our circumstances, we can change how we deal with them. Here are 11 ways you (and those with infertile loved ones) can relieve some of the stress of infertility.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Fertility Clinic... and Knowing When to Get a Second Opinion

Heather Huhman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

After a year of trying to get pregnant on our own and experiencing two early miscarriages, my husband and I decided it was time for a medical opinion of our situation. But in our grief and haste, we did the wrong thing: made an appointment at the first clinic we found on Google that was closest to our house.

11 Ways to Support Your Infertile Friends During World Infertility Awareness Month (and Always)

Heather Huhman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Heather Huhman

I know that your ability to have a baby (or many babies) is not what keeps me from having one of my own. I also know you are confused about how to approach me -- afraid your abundant fertility will send me into a deep pit of despair. This isn't a me problem or a you problem; it's an us problem.

Infertility From The Other Side of the Desk

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Veronica Montgomery

As with any battle, you sometimes have to change tactics while on the battlefield. We have seen patients through the years have to redefine their description of success when it comes to infertility treatment.

Why I Did 7 Rounds of IVF

Tina Donvito | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Tina Donvito

Why would any sane person go to such extremes to have a baby? And if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, does that mean I was nuts?

An Open Letter to My Egg Donor

Wendy Burch | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Wendy Burch

I've always been a big believer in thank you notes -- not the ones you email or text, but the ones that include handwriting and postage. Now that I just had a baby, I estimate I owe close to 200 of them. I'm hoping to have them all done before my kid starts preschool.

Putting the 'I' in Infertility

Wendy Litner | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Wendy Litner

Infertility is all I want to talk about. The mailman stops to give my dog a cookie when out for our walk and when he asks, "How are you?" I want to stop, take his hands in mine and say, "My husband and I are struggling to have a baby!"

Our Fellow Warriors, True Friends, Limited Supporters and Incapables

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

Being completely understood by others needs to have nothing to do with who we are or our stories. We must honor ourselves, no matter what our loved ones' capabilities of understanding us are.

The Day God Spoke To Me

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Kristen Hewitt

I'll never forget that call from the IVF nurse who had become my friend at the clinic: "Your FSH level is down to 13, if you want to try for a second...

IVF Confessions: in Defense of Egg Freezing

Renée Whitworth | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Renée Whitworth

The only time I was not in treatment from 2008 until 2011 was when I was pregnant or recovering from a loss. And with all these appointments came countless disappointments.

Infertility 101: What NOT To Say When Your Friends Are Trying

Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Camille Preston, Ph.D., PCC

Generally speaking, I am a driven, overachieving, type-A person. I get things done! Not so with conception.

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

Infertility Etiquette 101

Seleni Institute | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Please don't enthusiastically tell your friend, family member or co-worker about someone who got pregnant naturally after years of trying or treatment. Hope is a good thing, but not when it can be interpreted as yet another performance metric.

25 Ways You Can Raise Awareness

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Barbara Collura

One in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility. This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

25 Things to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone Living With Infertility

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Barbara Collura

Did you know that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility? This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

What's Changed (and What Hasn't Changed) for People with Infertility in the Past 25 Years (Part 3)

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Barbara Collura

In the 25 years since then, technology has evolved and the Internet has emerged. Medical advances have been made and there is now a wealth of information about infertility, medical treatments, alternative treatments, support groups, blogs about fertility, social media, you name it, all available online.

What's Changed (and What Hasn't Changed) for People with Infertility in the Past 25 Years (Part 2)

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Barbara Collura

"In general, infertility is now a subject that can be talked about. But when I came into the field there was lots of secrecy around the subject of infertility. People would even keep their infertility from their relatives."

IVF Loss

Pamela Brill | Posted 06.21.2014 | Women
Pamela Brill

or some reason, there are no tears. Just anger. White hot anger. And if anyone near you is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant or even just talking about children, you're not responsible for your actions.