If you’re dealing with infertility, chances are good that you’ve paid a visit (or two or three) to Dr. Google to see if there is anything you could do to improve your odds of getting – and staying – pregnant. But let’s face it: the internet is filled with endless tips on how to improve egg quality: everything from eating clean to avoiding processed foods to staying away from chemicals in your hair products, make-up, cleaning supplies, and nail polish. Not to mention a laundry list of supplements you should be taking. Needless to say, it...

Susan Portz •Jul 27, 2022

Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have, which makes maintaining egg quality and healthy ovulation incredibly important for reproductive wellness, especially as you get older. While there is nothing you can do to prevent the regular loss of eggs as you age, there are several dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to improve your egg quality and, ultimately, your chances of a healthy pregnancy.  In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, getting good quality sleep, exercising, and managing stress, taking supplements is a great way to...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jul 18, 2022
Health & Wellness

How Successful Is IUI, Really?

If you’re about to begin undergoing fertility treatments, there’s a chance you’ve asked yourself “does IUI even work?”. Maybe you’ve heard multiple success stories from IVF patients, but few from those who have conceived via IUI — or maybe you’re simply discouraged by the relatively low success rates (we’ll get into those below, but spoiler alert: IUI is unsuccessful more often than not).  But IUI can work — it worked for me in 2018, when I conceived my twins. Though I had a lot of doubts going into the procedure, it ended up being the right choice...

Zara Hanawalt •Jul 5, 2022

Infertility has a funny way of making you experience dual but conflicting feelings: strong yet weak, excited yet entirely worn down, some days quite literally laughing and crying in the same beat. As someone who has long struggled with my body image in the past, one thing I was certainly not expecting out of IVF was gaining a deep admiration for my body and the strength and perseverance it displayed throughout the long road to pregnancy. During my teen years, my body image was not what I would call particularly healthy. Like many young women, I...

Lindsey Williams •Jun 24, 2022

June is National Men’s Health Month, but there is no better time than the present to start taking men’s health seriously - especially when it comes to your fertility health when trying to conceive.  We know that 1 in 8 couples find themselves having difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. While much of the focus and education around fertility health centers solely on women, men’s health plays a vital role as well. After all, sperm does contribute to 50% of a baby’s DNA. You might be surprised to hear that male factor infertility is a contributing cause...

Lindsey Williams •Jun 17, 2022

Sponsored by Organon Kristyn Hodgdon is an IVF mom, current fertility patient, Co-founder and Chief Community Officer of Rescripted. This article is the opinion of the author and reflects the author's views. The author is not a healthcare professional. Let’s set the stage: You may have been trying to conceive (TTC) for a while now. You may think you’re doing everything right, however, month after month you’re hit with that single pink line or the negative symbol on a pregnancy test. With each passing month, you may feel a little bit more helpless and in search of answers. You...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jun 13, 2022

When you have been trying to conceive for a while without any luck, it can be difficult to know what your next steps should be. Should you make an appointment with your OBGYN? What about scheduling a consultation with a fertility specialist? If those options sound too daunting or out of reach for you right now, there is another, simpler option.  No laboratory test is a crystal ball into the likelihood of a future pregnancy, but an ovarian reserve test is a simple blood test that can be an effective way of measuring the hormones that...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jun 1, 2022

If you have recently been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), it’s completely normal to be worried about your future fertility. You might be asking yourself, “Will I need fertility treatments to get pregnant?” Unfortunately, like so many things with fertility, the answer to that question is not so straightforward. However, the good news is that if you have PCOS, there’s no need to panic. There is definitely hope for conception, either naturally or through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like IUI or IVF.  In this article, we’ll walk you through some of the different treatment options...

Brighid Flynn •May 25, 2022

As a Reproductive Urologist, I specialize in treating male patients who want to get their partner pregnant or preserve their fertility. Even though men are 50% of the fertility equation, the topic of male fertility is not discussed nearly enough or as thoroughly as female fertility. So, how do you know when to get your male partner's fertility tested? 5 Signs It's Time to Get Your Guy Checked 1. You’ve made the decision to try to get pregnant. When couples decide to try to conceive, it’s time for both partners to get their fertility evaluated. For the female, this...

Kelly Walker, M.D. •May 16, 2022

When it comes to optimizing your fertility and improving your odds of getting pregnant, there is so much to consider and understand. If it’s been a while since you started trying, you might begin to question your every move, wondering what it’s doing to your body and your chances at conception. Because there is so much misinformation on the internet, relying on reputable, science-based guidance is extremely important during this time.  So, do you have to give up your beloved coffee, wine, and exercise when trying to get pregnant? The answer is it’s complicated, but we’re...

Brighid Flynn •May 3, 2022
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