Saturday, September 30, 2006

Infertility Management of Couples With HIV

What is the consensus about discordant HIV couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the risks of transmitting the infection to the uninfected partner and fetus?

I ran across this interesting article today. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Infertility Management of Couples With HIV

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Importance of endometrium to ivf success

Viagra therapy and successful pregnancies

In case anyone was wondering whether or not the edometrium or endometrial lining is importance to the success of IVF, the following article may provide an answer. I mention IVF but it really doesn't matter whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with ART, the importance of endometrial lining is the same it seems.

SIRM: ENDOMETRIAL LINING AND IVF OUTCOME: "While three of the four women subsequently conceived, the study is too small to prove that these pregnancies can be attributed to the Viagra therapy. Larger independent and controlled studies will be needed to demonstrate this. "

I'm not sure of the date of this article, but let me know what you think?

Infertility Journey

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Secondary Infertility

It seems that patients suffering from secondary infertility have an extra hurdle to cross. I personally do not think that this situation is any less stressful, however it will inevitably receive less sympathy. Perhaps lack of education is the blame.

For patients suffering from primary infertility, there is also a lack of education surrounding the issue. However, those who have at least one child will most likely be told to be greatful for that. I'm sure they hear phrases like "well at least you have...."

Honestly I still think I would rather have to suffer from secondary infertility than primary infertility, but I do not think at all that it should be ignored or be a cause for discrimination.
The Daily Record - NEWS - A SILENT AGONY


Thursday, September 21, 2006

JLo seeks fertility treatment

JLo and IVF

I find it amazing that most find fertility problems and treatment to be very private issues that we share only with our close friends and relatives, but it seems that celebrities seem to be a little more open about theirs.

Although I'm sure any attempt to keep it under wraps would be exposed, it doesn't appear to be a panic/stressful issue here. Well at least she doesn't have to worry about the financial aspect--that alone will alleviate much of my problems. :)

I wish her the best although the emphasis on 2 babies is a little confusing. Most of us are dieing for one healthy baby. But hey who am I to speculate?

Tonight - JLo seeks fertility treatment

Infertility Journey

Friday, September 15, 2006

Baby Shower Tomorrow

What about Baby Showers!

I'm throwing a baby shower for a dear friend tomorrow. Another acquaintance stated that it must be tough for me to do this. Mind you this is the same person who told me I was thinking about getting pregnant too much.

Actually, I'm very happy to do this for her. She tried for a very long time to get pregnant also so it's not like its one of those "whoops." Secondly, I love her dearly and I can't wait to see her baby. She understands what we go through and is very supportive, the least I could do is have a happy get-together for her.

For now, thankfully I haven't found baby showers to be a difficult tasks and I'm hoping it remains that way. I'm trying to stay positive. I'm hoping tomorrow is a perfect day for her as well as hoping that I don't end up in a slump. Prayers needed. :)

Monday, September 11, 2006

They've scared us: it's the men's turn now

"Every woman over 25 feel like an ageing piece of produce indelibly stamped with a sell-by date."

I found this quote quite interesting and true oddly enough. We get nervous knowing that our clock is ticking. The pressure of knowing you have a few years to conceive coupled with not being able to do so easily.

While on the other hand, our male counterparts are encourage to relax because they have all the time in the world. Well according to this article, they may have to jump on the biological bandwagon as well.

You can read the article here:
Telegraph Comment They've scared us: it's the men's turn now

Infertility Journey

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Denying free IVF on basis of Obesity?

Obesity = pay for IVF?

I guess this is a prime example of "kick you while you're down." Dealing with obesity and infertility has to be extremely trying. But to deny free IVF on the basis of obesity alone? I agree if there are health risks to back this decision. However, if you are going to deny free IVF on the basis of being overweight, then the procedure should not be performed at all on overweight patients.

This article brings up other issues related to adopting this opinion. I realize that there are risks but the risks are there whether or not the patient pays, so why take the risks if she pays?
Can we deny free IVF to overweight women? - The Herald

Obesity and Infertility

Friday, September 08, 2006

Breakthrough offers hope for Infertilie Women

Hope for women born with no uterus and post hysterectomies

It's quite obvious now that I have an obsession with women who are going through infertility. There are so many causes linked to infertility but this one just amazes me. Call me crazy but I've never heard of women being born without a uterus as a common cause. According to the article 15,000 women in Britain alone are born this way.

What's even more amazing is that there is hope that these women will be able to give birth soon. In addition women who have had hysterectomies are included in this group. Makes me think that this infertility wave will soon be a think of the past. At least there's hope!

First womb transplant 'within two years'

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Obesity and Male Infertility

Male infertility related to obesity

I ran across this article today. Another one of those seemingly simple and often overlooked factors. It's obvious that optimal health is the best starting point for ruling out these types of causes. Imagine trying for years only to find out that your troubles could be greatly reduced by just a few simple lifestyle changes.

Check out the article here:
Aging - Health Topics and Medical News Stories: "risk of infertility. This was true regardless of a man's age. It is possible that male obesity leads to less sexual intercourse and less opportunity for conception. But male obesity may cause poorer quality semen and hormonal differences and this may also result in infertility. "

Monday, September 04, 2006

�Crocodile Hunter� Steve Irwin dies - Asia-Pacific -

�Crocodile Hunter� Steve Irwin dies - Asia-Pacific -

I know this is a little off topic but I woke up this morning and a friend of mine had sent a link to this article. Not they way I Imagined starting the day. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. It's a reminder that life is so short. He will be sorely missed by all of the fans of the show but I'm sure many will find comfort knowing that he died doing what he lived for.

Friday, September 01, 2006

What do they expect us to say?

Soooo, when are you going to start a family?

Ok, just a little vent time. Along with the relax, this has to be the most annoying question. Sadly it doesn't stop until you either have a kid or hurt someone's feelings or divulge that you are having trouble getting pregnant right now but thank you for rubbing it in.

After getting asked this so much, I have yet to figure out a proper response. I guess part of it is because I don't know what the heck one expects you to say. If infertility is not an issue, then I guess you could say something like "maybe a little later." But what do you say otherwise?

A friend of my husband had a cute response to the older women who would ask. When asked when they were going to start a family, he would reply "Toniiiiight." LOL. Any other suggestions? I guess when I get asked this question, I get so annoyed that my first reaction is to say "Mind your business." But of course I'm not that outspoken.

Ok venting over but I welcome suggestions?

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