The Chicago Cubs, the World Series and Infertility

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

Infertility Does Not Discriminate

Infertility can strike anyone. It does not discriminate; however it can affect everyone differently.Historically, women of color have been portrayed as hyper-fertile, leading to the misperception that they are immune to infertility. Therefore when the unthinkable happens, they are devastated!...more

PCOS: How To Control This Common Infertility Diagnosis

PCOS is the most common type of female endocrine disorder and one of the leading causes of female infertility. However, there is certainly hope for women with this condition and it is often an easy intervention. Sometimes we treat this diagnosis with Metformin, a medication that can help to normalize hormone levels. If this is unsuccessful, a few months of a pill called Clomid may help induce ovulation and then conception may occur. If all else fails, in vitro fertilization is extremely successful when used to overcome PCOS-related infertility....more

How many IVF cycles should I pursue?

What is the Right Number of IVF Cycles for You?With all of the emotional and physical hardships that accompany IVF (in vitro fertilization), patients often ask me how many cycles they should pursue. There is no one pat answer because each patient’s fertility issues are unique....more

Is Laughter the Best Medicine for Infertility?

A medical clowning organization will be conducting a followup study about the affects of laughter and IVF treatment. The original study, which shows a 15% increase in IVF success rates due to laughter, is definitely worth taking seriously. Laughter is known to affect the immune system, the heart and the lungs. These systems play a role in conceiving so there may be a realistic connection. In any case, at North Shore Fertility we believe laughter is good for all of us....more

I WISH I WEREN’T A LIAR: ON TALKING ABOUT INFERTILITY as originally published on SammichesPsychMeds

Originally published on SammichesPsychMeds I wish I weren’t such a liar. I wish that I could lean in close to my best friend and tell her the truth when she asks if I’d like another baby. “Actually, there’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you.” I’d lower my voice, look around to make sure no one is within earshot, and say, “I would love another baby, but I just can’t do it.” “Why?” she’d ask. ...more

A New Number

 This time around, I promised I’d be easier on myself; not focus so much on the what ifs or dwell on the weight gain. This time I would pamper myself and spend the extra money on the prenatal massage and not be so concerned if I had two cups of coffee or ate a turkey sandwich – without heating the meat....more

Treating PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. We are continuing our series of blogs on the diagnosis and treatment of this infertility/reproductive hormone disease. ...more

IVF Rollercoaster: ‘Grueling, Painful, Isolating, Roll of Dice’

Pamela M. Tsigdinos is the author of the award-winning memoir, Silent Sorority. Her latest ebook on the aftermath of infertility and surviving IVF is: Finally Heard: A Silent Sorority Finds Its Voice.  ...more
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How to Get Pregnant in 25 Easy Steps

1.Chat with boyfriend about having children – perhaps two or three of ‘em. Imagine them growing up in a perfect bubble of bliss, or something. Agree you will try and make a baby as soon as married.2. Have a wonderful wedding day and talk about how romantic a Honeymoon baby would be. Convince self you are pregnant on Honeymoon as a bit more tired than normal and just have a feeling. Tiredness is nothing to do with all the drinking and late nights and you are definitely not delusional with the feeling....more