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Reproductive diseases like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), interstitial cystitis, and endometriosis can make family planning more challenging. Another lesser-known condition many women face is...

Taneia Surles •Oct 27, 2022

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Infertility hit me hard. There’s no question about that. Like so many of you, I desperately wanted to get pregnant and have children. But...

Frances Jones •Nov 1, 2021

I never thought I would deal with infertility. My earliest memories are of me playing with my dolls and dreaming of the day when...

Dr. Sierra Bizzell •Jan 18, 2021

I love sharing the story of the creation of my modern-day family because I want to open up the conversation on the different ways...

Josephine Atluri •Jan 4, 2021

I was 26 the first time I noticed it. I was watching a movie and relaxing when I happened to run my hand over my belly and felt a firm mass. Unfortunately, I was familiar with this. About a year prior, my sister had undergone a myomectomy, a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. She had almost 30 fibroid tumors removed! So I wasted no time in making an appointment with my doctor and after an ultrasound, she confirmed what I already knew; I had four uterine fibroids.   My doctor explained to me that some women just...

Vina Houston •Nov 2, 2020

What happens when you're eager to conceive, a black woman, and you're diagnosed with infertility? Not only are you facing a journey of pure uncertainty, but you are met with a blank stare from the receptionist: "Why are you here!?!" It is a stare and an aura that says, "We don't normally care for women who look like you. Aren't your people hyper-fertile?" The year is 2012. I am at a reproductive clinic to get answers. I am 29 years old and have never been pregnant. I have been married for two years. My husband is...

Monique Farook •Jun 9, 2020

Unexpected memories can take you back to the happiest and saddest times in your life. Not too long ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across an old photo from a college reunion I’d attended.  There I was, basking in the joy of people I hadn’t seen in 20 years, holding a classmate’s infant in my arms.  I quickly remembered feeling a twinge in my belly that made me pause. I’d suffered a miscarriage at 9 weeks the year before, and that little bundle of joy I was holding was bringing me face-to-face...

Dr. Loree Johnson •Jan 20, 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or more commonly, PCOS, is an incredibly common disorder that affects about 10% of women in the world, which equates to 5 million women in the United States alone. That number may sound high; however, many women remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. September is PCOS Awareness Month, and to support that effort I thought I would share my own experience of being misdiagnosed with PCOS several times while in my 20s. Like many women, I have always had irregular periods. Sometimes I get a period every month for a couple of months and then...

Amy Divaraniya •Sep 17, 2019

Negative. My pregnancy test was negative. My first IVF cycle didn’t work. I have a beautiful three-year-old daughter. We got pregnant naturally so quickly with her that I took my fertility for granted. Being a primary care physician, I quickly figured IVF was in the near future after struggling to conceive our second child for over a year: secondary infertility. Even with my medical training, I could not have prepared for the emotional and time commitments of IVF. From the start of the IVF process, I confidently started the myriad of oral, vaginal, and injectable hormones,...

Dr. Flora Sinha •Jul 1, 2019
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