Sponsored by Organon Dr. Alice Domar is a health psychologist with over 34 years of experience as a fertility therapist and has conducted decades of research on the relationship between stress and infertility. She serves as the executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, pioneering the application of mind/body medicine to infertility care. This article is written from the point of view of Dr. Domar based on her more than 3 decades of extensive experience working with patients experiencing infertility. If you get the sense that everyone is talking about infertility these days, that’s...

Alice D. Domar, PhD •Apr 25, 2022

It might sound daunting to have your and your partner’s genetic makeup and quality tested; it can feel like it’s just another thing to tack onto your long list of worries and concerns while dealing with infertility. But while it may seem overwhelming, genetic testing is truly a groundbreaking science that can provide a helpful road map for your doctor to work with on your fertility journey. So, should you do genetic testing before–or during–IVF? Let's look at the options:  Genetic Carrier Screening Genetic Carrier Screening is a DNA blood test that determines whether a not...

Brighid Flynn •Apr 14, 2022

I miscarried at the same time as a close friend who had also been fighting infertility. She told me she was pregnant two weeks before I found out I was pregnant, too. Our due dates were fifteen days apart. We were thrilled about the idea of raising babies together. I miscarried first. She miscarried two days after me.  When we were in the depths of it all, still bleeding as our bodies worked to become un-pregnant, we consoled each other. We updated each other on appointments and procedures, comforted by the fact that we were both...

Nina Correa White •Mar 29, 2022

Going through fertility treatments can be filled with many seemingly impossible decisions. Should I alter my diet to improve my chances of getting pregnant? Should I ask my doctor to switch up my protocol after a failed cycle? Should I tell my boss that I’m going through IVF? But the biggest, and arguably the most important decision that you will make throughout this process is choosing the best fertility clinic and doctor for you. (No pressure.) Whether you’re just starting out on your infertility trek or looking to make a change to your care team, here...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Mar 18, 2022

We know the word “hope” can be a tough one to hear. While on our fertility journeys, it can feel like hope is one of the few things we have control over, and yet it can be a hard one to balance alongside fear and skepticism. It isn’t always easy being told to have hope or to keep hoping because what we want most in the world is just on the other side of that little four-letter word. With chemical pregnancies, however, there truly is reason to hope for a successful pregnancy afterward, and it’s a bit...

Brighid Flynn •Mar 16, 2022

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

The holidays can be a bittersweet time of year, especially for those of us whose journey to parenthood hasn’t been a smooth one. This season, usually associated with such joy, can feel deeply isolating when you are navigating grief, loss, or uncertainty. If you are struggling this holiday season while navigating infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy after loss, please know that you are not alone.  As friends in the perinatal space for years, we reconnected this fall after experiencing pregnancy loss with our second pregnancies just weeks apart. Kristyn, Co-founder of Fertility Rescripted, experienced a chemical...

Julie Sawaya and Kristyn Hodgdon •Dec 21, 2021

In 2008, I discovered To Write Love on Her Arms after a close friend died by suicide. When I learned about their flagship event, I couldn’t have felt more drawn to the concept. That night was called “Heavy and Light,” the title captured from words by Jamie Tworkowski, put on a tee-shirt to celebrate Casey Calvert’s life and mourn his loss.  “Our hearts are heavy and light. We laugh and scream and sing. Our hearts are heavy and light.” I’ve felt this term Heavy & Light in my bones, deep in my heart and my soul,...

Amanda Osowski •Dec 8, 2021

Pregnancy loss is a deeply painful, and unfortunately, all-too-common experience. I know this firsthand, after recently experiencing a missed miscarriage with my second pregnancy at 11 weeks. Up to 25% of confirmed pregnancies end in loss, and this underscores how common miscarriage really is since loss can occur before pregnancy is even known. The vast majority (85%+) of pregnancy losses occur during the first trimester, but losses can occur in the second and third trimester as well.  The period of time following pregnancy loss is a combination of the zero (preconception) and fourth (postpartum) periods. Depending...

Julie Sawaya •Nov 16, 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
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