Drowning in TTC Tips? Separate Fertility Fact From Fiction

Do you know if age, timing, sex position, lubricant, health, or lifestyle impact your chances of getting pregnant?  If you are TTC, you have probably heard many tips and have a hard time telling which ones may actually help. Let’s separate fertility fact from fiction for your best chance at getting pregnant! ...more

Fertility Tips: Everything a Man Needs to Know About Semen Analysis

A semen analysis is one of the scariest parts of fertility assessment for many men. It can bring up all kinds of concerns about what this means about his masculinity, whether his partner will blame him for their fertility problem and whether the people in the lab will think less of him for showing up.So why does the doctor order this test and what can the man expect during the process?...more

Insurance...Insane...IVF

It is funny how you have insurance but with fertility issues it seems like it's a figment of my imagination. Having a baby is simple with insurance but wanting and trying to have a baby is a whole other animal. I know our country is run by bankers, corperations, capitalist but sad to say illness, conditions and syndromes seem to make just as much $$ for the good old U.S. of A.  So, someone else who does not really know me or my family's journey gets to decide if I can try all options to have more children - that angers me at times....more

TTC Tips for Men: Increase Sperm Count, Quality, and Motility

Did you know that men in trying to conceive (TTC) couples can make a variety of positive life changes that may help as they are trying for a baby? To understand how these life changes can help, it’s important to understand sperm....more

Five Things I Did to Prepare for I.V.F.

www.hopeful-luna.comWhen our first I.V.F. cycle did not work out I was devastated. No, I was beyond devastated. I could not believe that after doing everything "perfectly" it could fail. So, we set off to plan our F.E.T. (Frozen Embryo Transfer) using embies from cycle #1. During and after our F.E.T. I did things quite differently than I did the first time around. While we should all follow our doctor's recommendations for our individual situations, there were some changes that I decided I would do just for me.So, what did I do that was "different" this cycle? 1. I completely quit exercising.In my regular life I am an avid yogi and runner. And I don't just like, but I LOVE Bikram yoga. Bikram is the hot and crazy yoga that is done in rooms of 96 degrees. My exercise regimen is not just for vanity, it is about feeling good mentally and feeling strong physically. You are definitely NOT supposed to exercise after I.V.F. transfers, but something told me to start the relaxation way before the transfer. My transfer was June 21st and I stopped my exercise regimen around the 5th of June.That's me!Favorite Pose! 2. I added more fat to my diet.I am a healthy eater. I love to prepare nutritious recipes and cook meals that taste great without packing in the calories. However, for this cycle I let go of some of the strict habits I stick to and I let in more fat. Some healthy fats and some not so healthy. I have been eating some delicious things and not feeling guilty about it one bit. I'm letting my body direct me to what I want to eat.Hello, blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream!I'm still a lover of green shakes, but there is ice cream for dessert.3. I continued with acupuncture and followed all requirements.Acupuncture is amazing. It makes you feel relaxed and I am now so "good at acupuncture" (lol!) that I wait in anticipation for the final forehead needle because that is the one that always puts me to sleep. Is that crazy or what? I was so scared of it at the beginning, but now I love it. I wish it wasn't quite so expensive because it is a sacrifice to make it happen. I was going once a week at $50 per week. However, I decided that I needed to continue since  it worked for so many people that were successful in their treatments.My acupuncturist has rules that she insists I follow and I have tried to do my best: 1) Keep your feet warm at all times. Wear socks in any cool environment. 2) Do not drink liquids that are cooler than room temperature. 3) Try to keep your basic body temperature warm by eating warm soups and drinking warm (not hot!) teas. I truly believe in acupuncture for I.V.F. success. **My acupuncturist will not do further treatments after transfers, she does not believe you need it, but I know many women have practitioners that will do treatments after transfers.4. I relaxed at WORK.I know that this is not possible for everyone and this was more chance than anything, but this FET was done during a time that things happened to be slower at work. Did this have a major impact? Who knows? But it allowed me to feel a little more relaxed. I also made it a point to leave during my lunch time (only about 35 minutes) and get some fresh air and sunshine. On a few days that simply meant walking around the perimeter of my building, but a little sunshine made a difference in how I felt. I did this before and after the transfer.5. I prayed a lot and dreamed a little...There is not one more thing that I could have done to make this transfer work. I prayed daily that God would take my worries from me and give me the strength to let go. It is the hardest thing for me to do. Every single day I asked God to help me see that this is not in my control. From there I have been letting go, little by little. It is still a struggle, but prayer is my saving grace. And it keeps me going because I KNOW that even if this one doesn't work out He will heal us and show us His plan.   ...more

Tracking Ovulation History – The Life of Your Ovaries

Tracking ovulation is one of the most effective ways to boost your chances of getting pregnant. Here are some factors that affect your ovulation cycle and tips for tracking it....more

Ask Dr. Renee: Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Ask Dr. Renee: Should I Freeze My Eggs?Ask Dr....more

October Isn't Happening and I Need To Get Over It

This is about pregnancy - or rather my non-pregnancy situation. If it's not something you want read, then be sure to come back tomorrow. However, if you want to read this post - click the continue reading button....more

TTC and Marriage

Well, trying to conceive (TTC) and having a good marriage can be overwhelming. At my last procedure I got to thinking about the husbands. Many of our men are sufferring in silence moreso than us. We are the women and are expected to be emotional with friends or families that we can purge ourselves to and with. But our men are not so open nor do they have the space where they are given permission to express their feelings about TTC and what it really means for them as men....more

Chemotherapy was Awesome

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