infertility Articles
Managing your infertility treatment--understanding your relationship with your nurse
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
We often think of our reproductive endocrinologist as our primary treatment provider for infertility treatment. In fact we usually have much more frequent contact, and thus a more involved relationship, with the nurses responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of our care. I have... Read more
Holiday Gifts Ideas for the Infertility and Adoption Community
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by ddavanport
I refuse to think about Christmas or Hanukkah until this week in order to give Thanksgiving its full due. But now that the turkey has been turned into casseroles, sandwiches and soup, I can begin to think about the next holiday. I know it sounds weird, but I love the chaos of thi... Read more
A Holiday Survival Guide for the Infertile
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 by ddavanport
Does the approach of the holiday season make you want to book the next flight to Tahiti Or Nome Or even Pittsburgh Or perhaps youre the bury your head in the sand or the not so silently martyr yourself type of gal or guy. In any event, if you are dreading the upcoming holiday sea... Read more
A infertility Thankgiving story....what I know now and what I wish I knew then
Saturday, November 20th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
Each week, as I search for a topic for this blog, I find myself reliving in my mind the various stages of my own long infertility career. That, plus the onset of the holiday season, has reminded me of my very first infertile Thanksgiving. A decade later, as I look back at that da... Read more
Upsetting things people say, and what to say back: self-protection during infertility treatment
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
If there is one thing that I have learned from my own infertility, it is that people can say some rather insensitive and mindless things Enduring countless questions about when you are going to start a family, admonishments that you certainly aren't getting any younger, and other... Read more
And the Punchline Is…You’re Adopted
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 by ddavanport
Yesterday, as I was cleaning the kitchen, the nearby TV was tuned to sports having been left on by one of the males in my family. Apparently, they are incapable of making a sandwich without watching some game. I was mindlessly listening, when I heard a gravelly voice say Youre ad... Read more
Interview with Top U.S. Official on International Adoptions
Friday, November 12th, 2010 by ddavanport
The US State Department is in charge of processing international adoptions to and from the US. The person at the head of this section at the State Department is Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Childrens Issues. Last week, in honor of National Adoption Month, the State Departmen... Read more
Couples issues in infertility treatment: some thoughts
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
Infertility treatment is not easy on a relationship. The logistical challenges and the emotional ups and downs involved are enough to challenge even the happiest couple. Although some couples may be able to navigate the bumpy terrain of infertility treatment without conflict, man... Read more
To Know or Not to Know: Using Identified or Anonymous Egg or Sperm Donors
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 by ddavanport
Deciding whether to use a known donor, a donor that agrees to release identifying information, or completely anonymous sperm or egg donor is a hot topic in infertility circles nowadays. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine ASRM Conference had a great session on this, and... Read more
When you are "stuck"--impasses in infertility treatment
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 by Lisa Rouff
Infertility treatment is often a long and complicated process, sometimes involving difficult choices and courses of action. Naturally, individuals in infertility treatment may need to stop and take time to consider their choices. In addition, sometimes a complete break from treat... Read more
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