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An Open Letter To The TTC Sisterhood

Jessica Melcher | Posted 07.21.2016 | Women
Jessica Melcher

Hundreds or even thousands of miles apart, we are all living the same story. So even if it's just for today, or even just in this moment, try not to be sorry you are a part of our sisterhood. We are some of the strongest women I know, and we're all in this together.

Infertility and IVF... It's A Struggle, Not An Accident

Bitchless Bride | Posted 07.19.2016 | Women
Bitchless Bride

As a topic that is close to my heart and soul, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could make some positive change simply by sharing my perspective, story and goal with you. Because, frankly? It's f*cking exhausting sitting on it all by myself.

The Biggest Lies I Told Myself (About My Future Fertility)

Shannon M. Clark, MD | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Shannon M. Clark, MD

I was in the prime of my life. Sure I thought about one day marrying and starting a family, but I was too busy to really take it seriously. I was too busy being a doctor and finally having the time to live my life. This lead to the first of many lies I would tell myself about my future fertility.

Family Planning Options For LGBT Couples

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

For some in the LGBT community, determining how they can start or even grow their families with the help of fertility experts is a process sometimes fraught with obstacles. I'm happy to say that in my nearly 30 years as a fertility doctor, third-party reproductive options have come a long way.

What is Wedding Dissection, and How it Can Ruin Your Wedding Planning...

Bitchless Bride | Posted 06.29.2016 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

Bridey, will there be times during your wedding planning when you lose sight of the big picture? Definitely. But, every time you get sidetracked, and every time you get obsessed with the minutia or you start over-thinking, you lose.

Why I Decided to Crowdfund To Pay For IVF

Jessica Melcher | Posted 06.23.2016 | Women
Jessica Melcher

I was 26 when we decided we were ready to start a family. I had been dreaming of this moment since the day we got married and my heart was so full thinking of the life that lay ahead of us. We were going to be great parents.

Metering To Black: Neal Snidow's Vista Del Mar, A Memoir of the Ordinary

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 06.20.2016 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

I'll need to take immediate exception with Neal Snidow's elegant and modest subtitle: this book is extraordinary, as gorgeously written as it is structurally complex. While plain, there is nothing about this work that is simple.

Where To Start When Diagnosed With Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

One of the first choices that all patients have to make is where to seek infertility care. It's a critical decision as practice patterns, treatment strategies, and technology used can vary greatly from one practice to another.

12 Celebrities Nail What It's Like To Go Through IVF

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living

We're not entitled to know a single detail about a celebrity's personal life -- much less their medical history. But stars who have chosen to come for...

Do Older Celebrity Mothers Owe Us Women An Explanation?

Hannah Idamakanti | Posted 06.22.2016 | Women
Hannah Idamakanti

This year Janet Jackson announced she was pregnant at 49. Immediately following the announcement came the bashing of her age. I don't want to spark a debate about her age at conception, but it was interesting how many people started playing social worker or doctor in regards to how old is too old.

Fertility & Black Women

Ronda Lee | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Fertility in black women is rarely discussed or acknowledged as a problem. Breeding myths from slavery perpetuate the stereotype that black women do n...

Parenthood After Trauma: The Fight for Veterans' Reproductive Coverage

Jeremy Chwat | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
Jeremy Chwat

Will I be able to start a family and have kids? Those are the words of a young serviceman traumatically injured in Afghanistan. An improvised explosi...

Lesbian Designer Babies

Caitlin McCarey | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Caitlin McCarey

No one has ever thought to control or limit the heterosexual production of babies, but suddenly when LGBT couples attempt to build families using medical methods, their access to these procedures is strictly regulated due to "ethical concerns."

Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Getting or staying pregnant is not easy for everyone -- for some, it can take time and money. While you might not be thinking of having kids right now, having a conversation with a physician about fertility while still in your early 30s could provide benefit later on.

Mom Celebrates Rainbow Baby With IVF-Themed Pregnancy Announcement

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents

When Macy Rodeffer learned that she was pregnant, she decided to announce the news with a photo that acknowledged her long journey with IVF. The mom-t...

Creative Ways Couples Pay for In Vitro Fertilization

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Jill L. Ferguson

According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, one in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has troubles conceiving or sustaining a preg...

Mother's Day -- the Double Edged Sword

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Veronica Montgomery

Across the US, mother's will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8. For many this is a wonderful day, where you feel treasured for all your years of hard work raising children, but for some women this is a really hard day to get through if you are suffering with infertility.

The Silence and Stigma of Male Infertility

James D'Souza | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
James D'Souza

Eventually, after talking with friends and family -- and consciously letting go -- I've gotten to the point where I've started to stop taking everything so personally. I've realized it's not that good things happen to good people. And it's not that bad things happen to bad people.

National Infertility Awareness Week: Changing the Dialogue

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

It's my hope that this year, instead of just writing a post on my own infertility blog, I can sincerely educate the public and ask if we can all compromise. That way, NIAW wouldn't be just one week - it would be yearlong... maybe even lifelong.

What To Expect When You're... Still Not Expecting

Monica Fike | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Monica Fike

IVF is a serious commitment. You don't hop on and off the bus. With each setback along this grueling and at times never-ending journey, I would begin the story over and over again in my head, but I never got around to completing it. Until now.

12 Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Know About Infertility

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living

Getting pregnant, if at all possible, is a lot harder than most people think. While about 60 percent of couples will conceive without medical assistan...

5 Things Infertility Taught Me

Jessica Melcher | Posted 04.27.2016 | Women
Jessica Melcher

When faced with infertility, you have two choices: You can dwell on the heartbreak, the unfairness, the frustration, the anger, or you can take what's happening to you and choose to learn from it. You can choose to grow into a better person than you were when your journey began.

4 Major Things We Still Don't Know About Infertility

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living

About 12 percent of American women of childbearing age have trouble getting and staying pregnant, and about 7.5 percent of sexually experienced men un...

Olivia Munn ‘Froze A Bunch Of Eggs’ And She’s Super Stoked About It

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 04.15.2016 | Women

Olivia Munn thinks every woman should consider freezing her eggs. The actress stopped by fellow funny woman Anna Faris's podcast, "Anna Faris is Unqu...

The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

Shannon M. Clark, MD | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Shannon M. Clark, MD

"Delayed child-bearing" is a term used to refer to women who wait until much later in life to have their first child. Unfortunately, for many career women who delay child-bearing, it is a hard slap in the face when receiving a diagnosis of infertility after they cannot conceive naturally later in life; I was one of those women.