Archive for the ‘Emotional issues’ Category

Declaring war on infertility, not your partner

May 19, 2011Carole No Comments »

Infertility takes a toll on the individual, but it also takes a toll on couples. It’s the rare couple that gets through this journey without arguments about what to do next, when to start and when to stop infertility treatments. This area is totally outside of my league, but having been the uncomfortable witness to […]

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Fast forward past Mother’s Day 2011

May 4, 2011Carole No Comments »

I bought a new vacuum cleaner today. It was a Consumer Report’s “Best Buy” and on-sale plus I had a 15% off coupon and I had some store “cash” , (the bonus faux money from the last purchase that gets you to come back the next time). So I was feeling pretty good about the […]

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May 5 is National Advocacy Day for Infertility

February 16, 2011Carole No Comments »

People have been talking about DIna Roth Port’s article in the February 9, 2011 Huffington Post called Infertility: the disease we need to start talking about. According to her article,  infertility is not mentioned in high school health education classes and is barely mentioned in classes for  medical school students and yet afflicts one in […]

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A love story for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011Carole 1 Comment »

The Chicago Tribune published this story about a 61 year old woman who gave birth to her own grandson. Unconventional certainly, but clearly an act of love by a mother that allowed her daughter and son-in-law to have a biological child- her first grandchild. Her daughter and son-in-law had tried IVF for many years and […]

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Could infertility insurance be part of a basic insurance plan?

January 20, 2011Carole 5 Comments »

You may wonder what national healthcare reform will mean to you and your family. Although a few of the simpler reforms have come to pass, such as letting parents keep their adult children on their health insurance longer, most of the reforms have not gone into effect. It will take six years until all the […]

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Happy New Year from Fertility Lab Insider!!

January 4, 2011Carole No Comments »

Happy New Year! I hope this new year is a year of resolution of infertility for each and every one of you who are suffering from infertility. As difficult as it is, infertility is not a permanent condition, but a life passage. Everyone with infertility moves on to parenting by some means or adapts to […]

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Happy Winter Solstice & Good Fertility Wishes!

December 21, 2010Carole 2 Comments »

On one December day each year in the Northern hemisphere, the earth is tilted at its furthest limit, leaning away from the sun. Today, Dec 21, at exactly 6:38PM EST, those of us in the Northern hemisphere will be tilted furthest from the sun and experience the fewest hours of daylight and the longest night […]

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An embryologist’s holiday

November 25, 2010Carole 3 Comments »

An embryologist’s holiday often begins in the lab. After all, you can’t really put sperm and egg to bed (so to speak) and leave them alone for the weekend or holiday. Some labs close down for the big holidays and don’t cycle patients. This often makes patients unhappy because around the holidays, especially the longer […]

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When is it time to stop IVF?

November 15, 2010Carole 16 Comments »

A new study by Professor Barbara Luke of Michigan State  looked at 300,000 IVF cycles in the US. Professor Luke’s study showed that 36% of women became pregnant after one cycle of IVF. Of women who went on to a second IVF cycle after the first cycle failed, only 12% more conceived (48%) in the […]

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Gestational Surrogacy: it’s complicated for everybody

October 18, 2010Carole 2 Comments »

I came across the article, Military Wives Turn to Surrogacy: Labor of Love or Financial Boost? and it annoyed me. I realize that the title and the article are meant to be provocative and this one is just a revival of an old story for a slow news cycle. There have also been other almost […]

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