Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” -Charles Swindoll I truly believe this quote is accurate for all aspects of our lives, especially fertility. The fertility journey can be very challenging (an understatement I know) and can make us feel that we don’t have control over anything. I challenge my readers today to take a different approach - if “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it” then apply this statement to your fertility. Yes, you have … [Read more...] about Your mindset on your infertility affects your fertility
I hear it all the time in consults - “My period is pretty normal”. Then I proceed to tell my patient or client what I consider the ideal menstrual cycle to be, and they say “wow, mine is nothing like that. That would be nice!” So let's talk about what an ideal period looks like, because it can tell us a lot about your overall healthy and your fertility. 28 days long - ideally your cycle should be 28-30 days long on a consistent basis. And yes, stress can really affect your cycle and can … [Read more...] about Is your period ideal to support your fertility?
This is the first blog post in a series from a client that is experiencing infertility and undergoing her own IVF experience. Her writing bares all, is funny, brutally honest, and hopefully helps you feel less alone on your own fertility journey. Enjoy! -Misty Part One Stims Day 1: It wasn't that bad, but I cried anyway. A bit of background about me: at the time of writing this I'm 34, and my husband will be 35 next month. We've been together for 5 years and married for 2 … [Read more...] about IVF Experience: You’re Not Alone-Part I
The provocative short film If I Could Tell You follows the infertility journey of a woman named Abby on her quest to conceive and become a mother. She goes through a multitude of Western fertility treatments and when these prove unsuccessful she resorts to the black market of fertility options to make her dream a reality. The film accurately portrays the emotional struggles of infertility, especially how other people are always trying to offer their opinion regarding this very private matter … [Read more...] about Review of the short film If I Could Tell You
I frequently ask my clients to take and record their basal body temperatures as it tells us so much about your fertility. However I am frequently presented with comments such as: I already know when I’m ovulating, because I’m using an ovulation predictor kit. I tried doing that, but it’s really hard for me to remember to take my temperatures so I stopped. I don’t want to take my temperature every day. I find people are more likely to take their basal body temperatures if they know … [Read more...] about What your Basal Body Temperatures tell us about your fertility
Time and again I have been in a consult with a new patient or couple, trying to get to the bottom of why they haven’t been able to successfully conceive. And then I hear this: “Yup, I’m ovulating about cycle day 14, I know because I’m using an Ovulation Predictor Kit. And as soon as we get the positive we make sure to have sex that night.” This always saddens me, because if a couple is waiting until they get a positive on their OPK, then they are missing half, or maybe even 2/3rds of their … [Read more...] about Are You Doing It Wrong?