Flat on My Back

My afternoon consisted of a speculum, a catheter and a Spanish/Italian doctor with a French accent. Jealous yet?It's not every day you get to see the inner workings of your uterus. Besides the fact that I broke out into a cold sweat just remembering this procedure seven years ago it went fairly well.Today was another reminder why it's taken this long to jump back on the fertility-treatment-bandwagon. So far this month I have had one consultation, four panels of blood work, three vaginal (yes, I said vagina) ultrasounds, an annual exam and an HSG....more

Five Steps to Perfect Health

Time is a limited commodity.  Doesn't matter how rich or how famous you are, everybody gets 24/7. That's why when we get sick, and time seems to come to a grinding halt, all we want is a magic bullet to 'get on with it.'  Of course, there are no magic bullets and soon we learn prevention is the only way to stop from getting taken out of the game in the first place....more

Having Your Cake and Eating it Too? Continuing in Infertility Treatment While Applying to Adopt

Sitting as I do with one foot in the infertility world and one foot in the adoption world, a question I hear a lot from people is whether they have to stop infertility treatment before they can apply to adopt.  I suspect adoption agencies and social workers don’t hear this question as much since most people aren’t comfortable asking them this question.  Quite frankly, it is a bit of a sensitive hot topic in adoption circles. Over the years (Gulp, that sure makes me sound old!), I have talked with many adoption experts and therapists about this question, and there is d...more

Sucker Punch to the Gut

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Pregnancy and Infertility

Just saw a new blog by a woman going through IVF procedure. Contains some very useful information and well worth reading. http://fertilityoptions.blogspot.com/...more

Curious Consequences of Older Motherhood

From worries about being the "strange old lady moms" you see in the park to infertile women in their 30s and 40s getting questioned about when they're going to start their families, misreadings by passersby interpret people's life status through out of date concepts of life stage and fertility.  ...more

Ready For My Close Up (and Infertility Discussion)

The New Year is only three days in and I'm already marking it with a new first -- my television debut tomorrow, Jan 4, but the prep started in 2009:Hair cut and colored. CheckTeeth whitened. CheckTalking points ready. Check...more

A Bit of Adoption and Infertility Humor

‘Tis the season of light, so let’s lighten things up with a touch of the funny.  A couple of years ago, I was out running errands with my three youngest kids.  The errands took longer than anticipated (don’t they always), so we stopped at a fast food place to grab something to eat.  The lady taking our order stared and then did a double take, staring first at me and then at each child.  It is worthy of mentioning at this point that two of the three kids look absolutely nothing like me and none of them share any resemblance to each other.  The woman gave me a s...more

Emotional Scars and Figurative Plastic Surgery

When you have visible scars, you sometimes have the option of correcting them with surgery and most people would take that option, preferring to not have the physical reminder of an accident, the constant need to answer questions about a disfigurement. Returning the skin to a proximity of its original state or returning the original movement to a limb can be part of the grieving process--of moving forward from the event that brought the scarring. ...more

Catholics and IVF

The American Fertility Association is doing something that could be considered somewhat controversial, edgy, and hands down fantastic. They are going where other organizations have not regarding a much talked about issue which is being Catholic and undergoing IVF.On Monday, December 7th, The American Fertility Association will be presenting an open webinar for the general public entitled Catholics and IVF: A Pastoral Approach....more