When I was going through fertility treatments for the first time, I was 27 years young. I was newly married, recently diagnosed with PCOS, and had barely even started trying to conceive when I was thrust into the complicated world of fertility acronyms before my brain had time to catch up. TTC, IUI, WTF?  I knew I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was aware that my menstrual cycle had always been irregular. But I had no idea what all of that actually meant when it came to trying to conceive. I’m embarrassed to even admit...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Mar 10, 2022

We all know that what we put into our bodies affects our health in many ways. So if you are trying to conceive, it makes sense that you might be wondering how diet affects fertility. Evidence shows that diet can affect every aspect of trying to get pregnant, from ovulation to egg quality to embryo implantation. In fact, research shows that nutrition and ovulation are especially closely related.  Let’s talk about ovulation first. What is it?  Ovulation is when an egg is released from a mature follicle in the ovary. The egg lives for around 12...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Nov 8, 2021

A lot of people sense that they will have trouble conceiving, but I actually did not have that innate fear. Despite all of the signs that pointed toward a more difficult fertility journey (lack of regular periods, short luteal phase, etc.), I was quite honestly nothing but optimistic as my husband Bryce and I started trying to conceive.  Maybe my optimism was blind, dumb, or naive; maybe it’s just my personality to see the silver lining, or maybe it was some weird (false) sense that an easy fertility journey was “owed” to me by the world...

Brianna Carri •Oct 25, 2021

After listening to countless podcasts, skimming through a boatload of articles, and scouring the internet for tips and tricks, experts and novices alike seem to have the same advice for navigating infertility: advocate for yourself.  At first blush, this is wise and makes sense. We are the only ones in our own bodies, knowing what we’re feeling and experiencing. Therefore, we must convey this information to our health care team, so that we can receive the best possible care. However, when you’ve been beaten and bruised by infertility, it’s hard to muster the strength to get...

Kelsey Owens •Aug 31, 2021

I began taking hormonal birth control back in 2009 when I was 18 years old. I was at my wits end with menstrual cramps and didn’t want to have to skip class or miss out on any more fun events. Heavy periods, vomiting, and fainting spells had been a part of my life since I was in high school. It was my “normal,” but it kept getting worse and began interfering with my day-to-day life. I was told this wasn’t unusual, but if I wanted to lessen my symptoms my only option was hormonal birth control....

Lauren Mulenos •Aug 22, 2021

The science of making babies started back in the 1930s, and the first reproductive endocrinology practice was founded in 1939 at Johns Hopkins. While the field continues to advance, many individuals find themselves without answers or new technologies to help them conceive.  When I first started working in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility back in 2013, PGS testing was relatively new, and not many patients went with this option when pursuing IVF. By the time I left the clinic in 2016, ERA cycles were coming out. Since then, PGS, ERA cycles, mini IVF and...

Suzie Welsh, RN, MSN •Aug 1, 2021

It’s no secret that many couples struggle to conceive. While this used to be a topic barely anyone discussed, thanks to the incredible community of women and healthcare professionals the world of fertility is becoming much more open and transparent. It is estimated that 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. struggles to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. As an OB-GYN, my office is usually one of the first stops for a woman when she thinks something may not be going according to plan and she begins to face fertility problems.  Often times, when...

Heather O. Irobunda, MD, FACOG •Dec 3, 2020

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

While our struggles with infertility only go back two years, it feels like they are ingrained in our four-year marriage as solidly as any of its other defining characteristics. Infertility is a part of who we are now, and I feel that acutely. That the key chapters of our fertility story would hit right in the middle of a global pandemic, and I would test positive for COVID-19 in the middle of our first IVF cycle, is beyond anything that I could have predicted.  1 in 10 women of childbearing age has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)....

Johnna Muscente •Oct 26, 2020

Dear Kristyn,  When you’re 16 years old, your gynecologist will prescribe you a birth control pill due to irregular periods. You won’t think to question it, because you’re a teenager who really just wants clear skin, so what’s the big deal, right? At this age, you will not be worrying or even thinking about your fertility because having babies seems a long way off. Still, throughout your 20s, you will always have a sneaking suspicion that the pill is masking an underlying issue. You think there has to be a medical reason why your periods had...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Sep 1, 2020
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