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

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 you’re new to IVF, it can be difficult to wrap your mind around all of the different medications involved and the role each one plays in the egg retrieval or embryo transfer process.  Even as an IVF veteran, you can think you have it all figured out and then–bam!–your protocol changes and you’re back to square one. From late-night injection questions to last-minute medication needs, IVF can be unpredictable, which is why it’s so important to have a reliable fertility pharmacy on your side to support you every step of the way.   Before starting fertility...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Mar 13, 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

Whether or not to take a break from IVF is a heavy question. For one, it implies a worst-case scenario: your IVF cycle didn’t end well, which, after months of preparation and countless tests and procedures, is devastating.  This question also takes into account several aspects of your well-being, from the emotional to the physical. Are back-to-back IVF cycles a good idea for you physically? How about emotionally? What about financially? Let’s dive into it.  The Timeline What are back-to-back IVF cycles? IVF cycles are considered back-to-back, or continuous, if they are administered with just one...

Brighid Flynn •Mar 6, 2022

It’s a jungle out there… if you’re a prenatal supplement. With thousands of options to choose from, it’s no wonder most people (and physicians) simply choose the latest bestselling prenatal vitamin or whatever is most affordable. Who has time to wade through every option when ingredients feel like a laundry list of gobbly gook? However, when it comes to preparing your body to conceive there are certain dos and don’ts when choosing a prenatal supplement that every person with ovaries should follow for optimum egg quality and hormone levels. We’re breaking it all down into four simple steps, since...

Charlotte Medenwald •Mar 4, 2022

Let me tell you a little story about my first round of IVF. Spoiler alert: it was a big fat failure. When we started our IVF journey, I was so excited! Finally, after a year and a half of trying to conceive we were actually DOING something about it. And our odds were good! With a solid sperm count and above-average AMH, our Reproductive Endocrinologist gave us a 75% chance of InVitro Fertilization (IVF) and a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) resulting in a real-life baby. I remember my husband Brad and I left that appointment feeling...

Elyse Ash •Jan 10, 2022

These are things I hear every day from my patients: “I have never felt this sad and anxious," “If I see another pregnancy announcement on social media, I will scream," "Why doesn’t anyone including my partner seem to get it?" “What did I do to cause this?," “I feel that I have to attend this baby shower, but I just don’t want to go,” and “Infertility is all I ever think about; I can’t get it out of my mind." If you recognize any or even all of these thoughts, my guess is that you are...

Alice D. Domar, PhD •Aug 30, 2021
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