infertility Articles
Why Open Adoption?
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 by ddavanport
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I cant wait to share this terrific blog post with you by a first mom, Michelle, who placed her daughter in 2009. Her blog is Not Quite Juno, and her adoption story is not the usual, but then, none are. She is married with three kids. She unexpectedly became pregnant. Turns out yo... Read more
Sperm Chotskies–The Best Part of the ASRM Conference
Friday, October 29th, 2010 by ddavanport
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Hands down, the best part of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine ASRM Conference is handing out my chotskies to my kids once homeespecially the sperm and egg chotskies, which constitutes the majority of what I bring back. By now, my kids are suspicious when I sit them d... Read more
This is your brain on fertility drugs: psychological side effects of medication
Thursday, October 28th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Usually, at the RE's office, new patients are told that fertility medications may make them "a little moody". This is not exactly true--ask any IF veteran, and she will tell you that they have the potential to make you VERY moody. At no time was this more clear to me th... Read more
The end of the line? The decision to end infertility treatment
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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A reader asked me to address the issue of how you can tell if you should stop infertility treatment. This is a very important question, and one that is perhaps impossible to answer. However, I am going to try my best to share my thoughts on this subject, for whatever they are wor... Read more
How Do You Define Family
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 by ddavanport
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I was talking with a couple last week about their options for creating their family. Given her age and their lack of success with IVF, the options we were focusing on were donor egg, adoption, and donor embryo. This couples pain was palpable. At one point, the woman lamented with... Read more
Infertility treatment, love and courage
Thursday, October 14th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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In infertility treatment, it's pretty easy to name the negative processes at play. The longing for, and not yet having, a child. The uncertainty and waiting for answers. The invasive, expensive, and time consuming medical treatments. The soul-crushing losses and disappointments. ... Read more
Homeland Tours
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 by ddavanport
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There is not a parent alive that doesnt want to do good. Oh OK, maybe there are a few sickos, but most of us go into parenting wanting to do whats right. If only we knew exactly what that is. Weve been told that in order for our internationally adopted kids to grow up to ... Read more
Infertility and competitiveness among women--a question
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Here is a question for those out there in cyberspace who might be reading this blog...during your interactions with the "fertile" world, have you ever felt that women were using your infertility to somehow position themselves as "better" or "superior"... Read more
Ambivalence--its role in decision making in infertiity treatment
Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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Individuals in infertility treatment are often faced with difficult and life-changing decisions. Usually, there is no "right" option involved in these decisions. No one but you can decide, for instance, if you should keep going in treatment or if you should call it quit... Read more
Preparing Siblings for an Adoption
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 by ddavanport
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The addition of a child changes the family dynamics for everyone and especially for the children already in the home. This is the case regardless how the new child enters the family, but adoption throws in an added wrinkle. The adopted child may not be a newborn, the child may ha... Read more
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