The Chicago Cubs, the World Series and Infertility

  The Chicago Cubs, the World Series and infertility have more in common than you realize....more

Does Losing Weight Improve My Chances of Getting Pregnant With PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of infertility in women. PCOS is often associated with obesity. Obesity, however, is NOT a diagnostic criteria for PCOS, as it can also occur in normal weight women.  ...more

Does Losing Weight Improve My Chances of Getting Pregnant With PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)is the most common cause of infertility in women. PCOS is often associated with obesity. Obesity, however, is NOT a diagnostic criteria for PCOS, as it can also occur in normal weight women.  ...more

Does Losing Weight Improve My Chances of Getting Pregnant With PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)is the most common cause of infertility in women. PCOS is often associated with obesity. Obesity, however, is NOT a diagnostic criteria for PCOS, as it can also occur in normal weight women.  ...more

Nothing Above, Nothing Below (No Mother, No Children)

DUPLICATE PLS DELETE!Do children root you somewhere, tether you to a place and time? I have no mother and no children, and sometimes it’s like having no ceiling and no floor.My mother died when I was 18, but she’d been ill for a few years. In the end I put her to sleep myself, encouraged by a blubbering district nurse. It was a dark winter’s evening just before Christmas, and my mother was in her own bed, the dog nearby.‘Give her some more….. more than that!’....more

What Kind of Writer Are You?

Almost 9 years ago, I received an email out of the blue from Denise Tanton asking if I wanted to write about infertility for BlogHer. I had been writing about infertility on my blog, Stirrup Queens, and she thought the subject matter would be a good fit for the editorial section of the BlogHer site. I came here to write about infertility. I was an infertility writer. If I wanted to be generous and stretch it, I could call myself a reproductive health writer. ...more
My path has been very similar to your path. I'm a writer because I write, thanks in no small ...more

Do Fertility Drugs Raise the Risk of Cancer?

Fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple follicles.  Their use is associated with multiple ovulations and often with high estrogen levels.  It would therefore be reasonable to a...more

I Don't Have Kids And I'm Okay With That...And You Can Be Too

This is not a sad story. So don’t get any ideas. Especially “solutions.”“Well, if it were me…” But it’s not you.“I’d be just devastated…”Nevertheless, I’m okay with it.“But…”And you can be too....more

Infertility: The Monthly Road To Hope

I remember sitting on the front porch with my mom, the summer after I graduated from high school. My friend had just had a baby, and my mom was reminiscing about when she was pregnant with me. I had always pictured myself as a mom, even as a kid. But that night was the first time that I really remember looking forward to becoming a mom one day. Then I had the thought “What if I cannot have kids?” I brushed it off, and told myself that I was being silly, and to never worry about that again....more

I Am the Silent Mother - Always Waiting

Yes, I do have three wonderful stepchildren. I adore each and every one of them. I love their quirks, their attitude, and even their tantrums. I love that they call me Mom, Mommy, Mamma - words that I never thought I'd hear. For seven years I have been a Mother - and in the same breath I am not. I am the silent mother, always waiting. I don't get the special presents, balloons, flowers, gifts et,c....more
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