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The Shade Tree

Every afternoon, about ten minutes before 3pm, they are there. I can see them from the end of the trail as I walk in to take my place in the playground lot to pick up my son from kindergarten. At the end of the trail, right near the blacktop that is painted with foursquare grids, there is a shade tree. There’s only one shade tree on this side of the

Building Resilience

One thing I find really tough about infertility is how helpless it makes me feel. I’ve always been a person who was in charge of my life. If I wanted something, I worked hard for it, and I achieved it. But infertility isn’t like that. ‘Trying harder’ for a baby won’t make it more likely to happen. In fact, it can put a lot of stress on your relationship. And

Q. I Have Left Over Medication From My Last Fertility Treatment. Can I Sell It?

A. It is illegal to buy or sell prescription medications as an individual. If you have left over medications that have not expired we suggest donating them to your fertility clinic. Want to participate? Log In and share your thoughts.  |   Sign in   |   Sign Up Instantly!

Q. My Doctor Wants Me To Lose Weight To See If That Resolves My Infertility Before Moving Onto More Aggressive Options. I’m Impatient. How Much Is My Weight Really Affecting My Fertility?

A. Both underweight and overweight women may suffer from hormonal disorders, which can cause infrequent ovulation or cease ovulation all together. In many cases, achieving and maintaining a healthy BMI can lead to regulating ovulation without the need for medication. Want to participate? Log In and share your thoughts.  |   Sign in   |   Sign Up Instantly!

Q. How Do I Know My OB/GYN’s Limitations For Treating Me If I Am Experiencing Difficulty Getting Pregnant?

A. Difficulties in achieving pregnancy may be resolved by a gynecologist without a referral to a specialist. Many OB/GYNs can perform a basic infertility evaluation. If a problem is found during your evaluation or you are diagnosed with more complex fertility issues, it is advised to see a specialist. Want to participate? Log In and share your thoughts.  |   Sign in   |   Sign Up Instantly!

Fertility Medications

The following is a list of common medications associated with fertility treatment. All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners. Acetaminophen Acetaminophen is classified as an analgesic (pain reliever). It is used for pain relief and to reduce fever. The most common brand name is Tylenol®. Alprazolam Alprazolam is an anti-anxiety/anti-spasmodic medication principally used to treat anxiety. It is sometimes used to relax the uterus and prevent contractions

ART Terminology

The following is a list of common terms associated with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is produced by granulose cells in the ovary and has many biological functions. AMH is often a useful marker of a woman's ovarian reserve. Antral Follicle Count (AFC) Antral Follicle Count (AFC) is the number of antral follicles present in the ovaries determined by ultrasound. It is often measured on

Infertility Explained

What is infertility? Infertility is the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize infertility as a disease. Approximately one third of infertility can be attributed to male factors, and about one third can be attributed to female factors. In about 20% of cases infertility is

Fertility And Junk Food

With infertility rates on the rise, more couples are asking what they can do differently to improve fertility potential. Let's start with the basics, how healthy is your sperm? A healthy sperm is a happy sperm, and happy sperm are more successful sperm. Studies analyzing the link between diet and sperm health have repeatedly demonstrated that men who eat right are the most fertile. For men and women alike, the

Folic Acid Intake And Fertility

Everyone needs folic acid, but it's especially important in women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, because it plays a major role in cellular growth and regeneration. A diet that's high in folic acid can prevent certain types of anemia, and reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Diets rich in folic acid may also reduce your lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and several types of