IVF

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

IVF

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

Since the first baby was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 1978, there have been more than 8 million people born via IVF....

Brighid Flynn •Jan 12, 2023

It’s no secret that kids are expensive. From providing for their basic needs to the exorbitant cost of childcare, they tend to soak up...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jan 11, 2023

Most people who have experienced fertility challenges have probably heard someone say “Well, you should just use a surrogate!” as though surrogacy is a simple, straightforward process that works and is accessible for every intended parent (spoiler alert: It’s not).  Aside from the complex legal, medical, financial, and interpersonal facets of pursuing parenthood via surrogacy, there’s also the emotional toll it can take. When intended mothers picture their path to parenthood, that image often involves carrying a pregnancy…and letting go of that image can be painful. Sometimes, it continues to be painful even after your baby...

Zara Hanawalt •Jan 11, 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

You may have heard the saying that a “cold uterus” can cause infertility. This dates all the way back to Traditional Chinese Medicine and is grounded in the idea that a thin uterine lining does not respond appropriately to hormones. In her book, The Infertility Cure, Dr. Randine Lewis, a licensed acupuncturist holding a Ph.D in alternative medicine, describes the second half of the menstrual cycle (when we are praying for that successful implantation!) as the Yang phase, and notes that “[l]ike fuel for the body’s incubator, progesterone is warming and therefore Yang in nature.” Progesterone...

Whitney Welsh •Dec 19, 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

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
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