General Infertility

One of the biggest questions women often have with regard to pregnancy and work is “How to tell your boss you’re pregnant,” but what...

Stephanie Kramer •Jan 23, 2023

General Infertility

Fertility treatments are expensive and stressful, and for many of us, we only have a window of a few cycles to get it right. That...

Michelle Meyer •Jan 17, 2023

Sponsored by Organon.  Photo not of a real patient. Angeline N. Beltsos, MD, is the CEO, Clinical at Kindbody and is board certified in both...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jan 17, 2023

Here’s the thing about infertility: It isn’t just about the painful, physically draining tests and treatments. It isn’t even just about the emotional aspect...

Zara Hanawalt •Jan 5, 2023

If you’re experiencing difficulties in growing your family, making the decision to enter the world of fertility treatments can be, to put it mildly, overwhelming. This vulnerable and emotional position is filled with difficult decisions and a rollercoaster of emotions to go along with it. At a time in your life where you feel as though you can go from laughing to crying and back again, sometimes within a matter of minutes, it’s easy and entirely normal to feel a tad scatter-brained throughout the process.  10 Questions To Ask at Your First Fertility Appointment That being said, if you’re anticipating your first fertility consultation,...

Lindsey Williams •Jan 3, 2023

We’ve all been there, whether we’d like to admit it or not: finding yourself frantically Googling “how soon can I get a positive pregnancy test?”, looking for any ounce of encouragement to go ahead and test sooner rather than later. Suddenly, you are knee-deep and hours into scouring “POAS” (pee-on-a-stick) message boards looking for the people who posted joyfully that they got a positive test (albeit a squinty, is-it-or-isn’t-it positive) 3-days post embryo transfer. You head to the bathroom to take yet another test, while your partner is telling you that you’d agreed to wait. “That...

Lindsey Williams •Dec 23, 2022

In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the worry surrounding state anti-abortion laws — and their potential impact on IVF — has taken center stage.  If state ‘personhood laws’ define life as beginning at fertilization — and embryos as ‘unborn human beings’ — what will that mean for the future of fertility treatments, from the PGT testing of embryos during IVF to the disposal of surplus genetic material? For those of us who need Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like IVF to grow our families, it’s anxiety-provoking to think about.  Although IVF...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Dec 15, 2022

The holiday season is a layered time. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people who already struggle with their mental health say that the holidays make them feel worse. For three or four months, people balance family events, social obligations, and financial pulls, while still managing their everyday lives. If you know someone who is navigating infertility, they're probably managing even more.  “Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures,” explains RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.  Those going through treatment often don’t have the luxury of working...

Vivian Nunez •Dec 13, 2022

Infertility is one of the most challenging crises an individual or couple can face. It’s often accompanied by loss, bereavement, and a sense of hopelessness. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped turn that around for many of us.  Now, however, in addition to anxiety around hoping an embryo implants, there are increasing medical decisions to make. And along with that — escalating costs. Fertility treatment isn’t cheap, and insurance plans provide little to no coverage. However, you don’t necessarily have to deplete your savings, sell your home, or take out a high-interest loan to help pay for...

Michelle Meyer •Dec 13, 2022

On an early 2022 episode of The Ladygang podcast, each of the show’s three hosts reflected on the worst piece of advice they’ve received. For me — and, I imagine, countless other people who’ve dealt with fertility struggles — one host’s pick resonated hard.  One of the show’s co-hosts, Becca Tobin, who welcomed her first child via surrogate, called out a specific breed of bad advice.  What Not To Say to Someone With Infertility “When you’re going through fertility stuff and you’re talking to other people about it, people who haven’t had fertility struggles, and they...

Zara Hanawalt •Dec 6, 2022
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