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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Things You and Your Partner Can Do to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

If you are trying for a baby and want to increase your chances of conceiving, there are things that you and your partner can do together to help boost your chances. Check out some of these fertility-boosting ideas:
  • Change your diet. Not only is it a good idea to go into parenthood feeling your best, but there are actually some foods that can help boost fertility in men and women. Men should chow down on oysters, which increase sperm production, or other foods high in zinc content like pumpkin seeds. Women should concentrate on increasing their protein intake with meats, beans and eggs.
  • Curb your vices. Cutting back on unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking alcohol can be tough, but you’ll find it’s a lot easier if you are encouraging each other. Not only will you feel better, but studies have shown that smoking can decrease fertility in both men and women, while alcohol can negatively affect your growing baby even before you know you are pregnant.
  • Take time to relax. Stress can actually inhibit your ability to conceive and trying to get pregnant can be a stressful process. Take time to relax together. Doing yoga or meditating as a couple isn’t only a great time for bonding, but allows you to reduce the stress hormone levels in your body. Stress can reduce blood flow to your vital reproductive organs and even throw off your hypothalamus, the part of your brain responsible for hormone control.
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Five Infertility Blogs to Follow

The Internet is making is easier for people struggling with infertility to connect with a community who understands what they are going through. People dealing with infertility in even the most remote areas of the country are able to find supportive groups in online message boards and chat rooms. Many moms and dads have started keeping blogs detailing their infertility treatments, giving their readers insight into the process as well as a way to share their joys and sorrows with a community. Reading infertility blogs will show you that you aren’t alone and that there is hope to be found on even your darkest days of the infertility journey.

There are so many great blogs out there, but here are five of our favorites:

  1. My Path to Mommyhood
    After trying in vitro and embryo adoption, this special education teacher and her husband are now trying domestic adoption.
  2. My Little Soldiers
    An infertility blog geared towards men, this blog offers both personal stories about infertility from the male perspective and facts on infertility.
  3. Infertile Girl in a Fertile World
    Detailing her journey through infertility since 2012, the author of this blog welcomed her first child last August. The blog now focuses on how infertility affects her life after baby.
  4. Dreaming of Diapers
    A journey of IVF and surrogacy written over four years, this blog author is currently awaiting the birth of her child who is being carried by her sister.
  5. Snowflakes in the Rain
    Blogger Diane is mom to two beautiful girls thanks to embryo adoption. Read about her embryo adoption journey and how she decided it was the right method for her family. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Cost of Infertility: Egg Donation

In this blog series, we’re looking where your money goes when it comes to alternative family building methods. In our first post, we looked at sperm donation and how the $250-$1,000 price tag adds up. Now we’ll look at another popular family building option: using donor eggs.

Egg donation has a huge cost variance that depends on many factors, including what fertility clinic you use, where you live, and whether you use frozen or never-frozen eggs. Eggs that have never been frozen, also known as “fresh” eggs, can cost you between $20,000 and $45,000, while frozen eggs range from $16,000 to $20,000. Here is where your money goes when you pay for donor eggs:
  • Donor compensation. Donors are compensated for their egg donation based in part on their background, education level, and the desirability of their eggs. The more desirable their traits, IQ, and background are, the more you can expect to pay for the eggs.
  • Administrative fees. These fees go to the clinic.
  • Donor evaluations. You’ll need to spend money to ensure your donor is everything she says that she is. These evaluations will give you a better idea about your donor, her background and medical history.
  • Legal fees. These fees pay for the legal transfer of the eggs.
  • Storage. Eggs need to be carefully stored to ensure they can be used in future procedures. Your fees will pay for the storage, either fresh or frozen, until they are ready to be used.
  • Shipping. If you find the right eggs, you’ll need to get them to your fertility clinic. Part of the price tag goes towards your shipping costs.
Those costs add up! Donor eggs can quickly become too expensive for the average couple to use as an alternative family building method. You can learn more about options for infertility – and discover other affordable methods – at

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Option do You Have After an Infertility Diagnosis?

Millions of couples will face an infertility diagnosis. After you’ve been diagnosed, what happens next? While some couples may decide not to parent, others will begin looking at alternative family building options. Their roadblocks won’t end there, though. They may find in vitro fertilization to be too expensive (and too heartbreaking when it doesn’t work). Foreign adoption may cost too much money, and domestic adoption may take too much time. So what fertility treatment options are left?

This is the first video in a terrific series called Embryo Donation & Adoption: The Journey. If you are new to the idea of donating or adopting frozen embryos and want to learn more, start with the first video. Each video is only a few minutes long, so you can watch all ten videos in one sitting. The entertaining content will give you a much better understanding of the process and how it could be the right alternative family building choice for you. An infertility diagnosis isn’t the end of your journey to start or continue to build your family. Take time to learn more by visiting

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Fertility Solutions Allow Women to Incubate IVF Embryos Inside Their Body

In an IVF procedure, embryos are created in a laboratory by skilled technicians before they are incubated in extremely sophisticated (and expensive) machines. For embryos to develop, they need to be incubated at the right temperature and with the right mix of carbon dioxide and oxygen. A new device called the INVOcell will allow women to incubate the embryos inside their own body, giving them the natural environment they’d experience during natural fertilization. This could eliminate some of the expensive machinery involved in the IVF process and some of the cost of each cycle.

The INVOcell is a small cylinder which holds the embryos and is inserted into the woman’s vagina. After five days, the cylinder is removed and the embryos can then be evaluated for viability. The strongest ones are chosen for transfer to the uterus. According to Dr. Kevin Doody, who ran the first trials on the device at a fertility clinic in Texas, the device had nearly the same rates of success as traditional incubation for IVF embryos. He says that the device has the potential to halve the cost of a normal IVF cycle due to the fact that the expensive incubation period won’t be necessary. Others aren’t so sure this device is going to be a healthy fertility solution for couples. Simon Fishel from the CARE Fertility Group in the UK warns that “abnormal fertilisation [could] go unnoticed because the embryo can’t be checked during incubation.”

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