infertility Articles
An inspiration for the hard times during infertility treatment: Ernest Shackelton, Antartic explorer
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 by Lisa Rouff
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During the dark days of my own infertility treatment, I came across a biography of the life of Ernest Shackelton, an early 20th century British explorer who attempted to cross the South Pole, but failed to due so, due to a series of bad luck and unforeseen events. Although he was... Read more
Surviving the Adoption Wait
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by ddavanport
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The old proverb is righttime does indeed move slowly for those who wait and after a few months, slow takes on a whole new meaning. Keeping busy is the only way to survive. Fortunately there is much you can do during this time to keep your mind off the creeping calendar, and its n... Read more
A Bedwetting Plan of Attack
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by ddavanport
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If I remember right, you blogged about your kids having issues with bed-wetting and letting them take some ownership with the clean-up We are 2 weeks home with our 4-year-old adopted from China. In China, she had 1 accident per week. Since home, she has an accident every night. S... Read more
Infertility and third party reproduction in the public spotlight: psychological implications
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 by Lisa Rouff
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I think it's safe to say that infertility and third party reproduction is in the public eye now more than ever. For instance, the reality show Guilana & Bill has followed the celebrity couple Guilana and Bill Rancic through 2 IVFs, one ending in miscarriage and another ending in ... Read more
Fame Doesn’t Protect You from Ignorance– Just ask Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 by ddavanport
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I knew better than to look. I really did. As I was typing in the search terms, I told myself Dont do it But did I listen Nope. Its kind of like the way your tongue is almost drawn against its will to explore the sore in your mouth. Your tongue knows that going there ... Read more
"Other people's children": Fears about adoption and donor gametes
Thursday, January 13th, 2011 by Lisa Rouff
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During infertility treatment, it sometimes becomes evident that in order to have a family, one or both of the prospective parents may be unable to contribute their own genetic material to the creation of their future child. Of course, this is a big loss, and something to be griev... Read more
A Homeland Visit- A Different Perspective
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by ddavanport
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One of my pet peeves is the prevalence in the adoption community of talking about teen and adult adoptees as if they are a homogeneous group. Even a few adult adoptees Ive spoken with fall into this trap when they purport to speak for all adoptees. Nothing could be further from t... Read more
Climbing up the mountain: Infertility treatment from the long view
Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Lisa Rouff
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A few months back, a client and I created a metaphor that I feel captures the experience of infertility. In this metaphor, the task of building a family is akin to climbing a big mountain. This mountain is criss-crossed with thousands of different paths and passes of varying leve... Read more
New Year’s Resolution for Those Trying to Conceive
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 by ddavanport
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Chances are good if you are struggling to get pregnant that sometime over the past New Years weekend you prayedhopedimplored that this next year will be the year that your wish will finally come true. Since were at the time of year for resolutions, you can go beyond just wishing ... Read more
Stupid $%^! my doctor says--clinical insensitivity and infertility treatment
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
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A few weeks ago I had to go to a doctor for a minor gynecological procedure. I had never met the doctor performing the procedure before, and so I had to briefly go over my infertility history with him. I was rather surprised when he told me, in a jovial, joking manner, that I was... Read more
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