New Year Family Building

Have you been trying to conceive for a while? Are you thinking maybe red wine and a romantic evening aren’t doing it? Since it’s going to be 2018 and a whole new year, it might be a good time to consider exploring different family building options. Here are the most common ways to add to your family.

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Holiday Harmony

The holidays can be the happiest time of the year… or the saddest. According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a high incidence of depression during December’s holiday season. Hospitals report an increase in the number of suicides or attempted suicides during this time of year. Mental health professionals report a significant increase in their patients’ symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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How Opening Up About Miscarriage Helped Me Heal

After experiencing my own losses I find this societal pressure to be silent the most damaging to those who have experienced or will experience miscarriage. It perpetuates the idea that this is something to be ashamed of and should be kept hidden. I wish during my losses that I felt empowered and safe enough to share the excitement of a positive pregnancy test before our dreams turned to nightmares. 

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Coping With the Holidays

“Ohy Vey! It’s that time of year again.”  I begin to hear this from fertility patients starting on or about Halloween, moving into Thanksgiving and then, of course, the December holiday season. Why is this time of year so difficult for those who are struggling to conceive and what can be done to lighten the load.

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Breaking with Tradition

By Shelley Skuster We broke tradition by not having cake at our wedding reception. I should’ve known then that my husband and I would continue to break the mold of what people viewed as “traditional” or “normal.” A little more than a year after I walked down the aisle...

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Thanksgiving With a Side of Comments

Ah, Thanksgiving. The one time a year where it’s a guaranteed sit-down family meal with turkey, stuffing and a side of, “So, why don’t you have kids yet?” While we at MedAnswers support questions, these are the kind of questions that can ruin a holiday, let alone your well-intentioned Aunt Agnes’ chances of living till dessert.

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From Confusion to Confidence

Finding that inner strength takes time and self-advocacy takes different shapes for different people – the best way to be your own advocate is the way you feel comfortable. But if you’re like me, sometimes you have to ask yourself, “what happened and what can be done to help?”

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PCOS Resources

According to WomensHealth.gov, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS, is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones and one of the leading causes of infertility among women of child-bearing age. According to us, it’s an unwelcome interloper on many women’s path to parenthood.

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Fertility Friendly Habits to Try This Fall

If you plodded through most of 2019, dragging yourself out of bed for testing and treatment over the course of many months and cycles, you may be looking at this Fall as a new start. While you’re dealing with what you can’t change, it may help to create new, fertility-friendly habits to help you deal with the day-to-day grind.

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Decoding: PCOS

Advances in technology have revolutionized genetic research. We are now able to search across the entire genome for variants associated with diseases, including disorders that can affect fertility, like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

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Let’s Talk about PCOS

In reality, PCOS is a lifelong condition. Doctors cited cases – though rare – in which premature hair growth, likely connected to PCOS, started in females as young as four. Additionally, the idea that a women can’t have PCOS because they no longer have their periods is just untrue.

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