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The Thursday Thinker

Do you ever schedule time when you decide you will NOT think about infertility?  Like taking a day off?  A day you don’t worry, a day you don’t look at the fertility calendar a day you don’t Google anything baby related? I know when you’re in the midst of it that can be hard and seem counterproductive but it actually ... Read More »

The Truth about Trying Tuesdays 4

Here are some statistics on the actual cost of treatments.  Remember often insurance does not pay for these costs.  This is from the RESOLVE website: The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lists the average price of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in the U.S. to be $12,400. (ASRM does not qualify if this includes medications.) RESOLVE encourages all ... Read More »

The Truth about Trying Tuesdays: IVF Success Rates

You need to be careful when you compare IVF success rates from clinic to clinic.  There are many factors that can make a clinic appear more successful than it really is.  Here is an overview from one clinic that outlines what to consider: “IVF  Success Rates: Why do they differ so much between clinics? Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago Related Pages ... Read More »

Miracle Monday: “When the Cradle is Empty” Chap. 10

This week we look at Chapter 10 of “When the Cradle is Empty” by John and Sylvia Van Regenmorter.  Chapter 10 is titled, “High-Tech Treatments: Tough Issues” This chapter addressed the difficult moral decisions when it comes to assisted reproduction technologies.  It outlines the logistics of the most common forms of ART and answers questions based on each one.  What ... Read More »

The Thursday Thinker: Health Insurance

Do you think health insurance should cover infertility procedures (currently most plans will cover a certain number of IUI’s but not IVF)?  Should there be limits put on what is covered? Why or why not? -Cindy Read More »

The Truth about Trying Tuesday: Success Rates

This week’s statistics are encouraging: According to National Survey of Family Growth, CDC 1995, approximately 6.1 million women and their partners in the U.S. are affected by infertility, i.e., 10% of the total reproductive-age population. Men and women both are equally affected by infertility. 85% to 90% infertility cases can be treated with regular medical treatments such as medication or surgery. ... Read More »

Family “Recipe” Friday: The Peterson’s

This week I heard from Mrs. Peterson (names are changed for privacy.)  She wrote, “Finding out what was wrong was devastating but also a relief.  If we knew what the problem was then there was hope it could be fixed.  I really did not want to do IVF but I knew that was our only option.” 1 husband 1 wife 2 years TTC ... Read More »

While you Wait Wednesday: Assignment 3

Each week you will have an assignment to help you get through the waiting time.  Doesn’t matter if you are in the 2 week wait to see if you’re pregnant, if you are waiting for your next round of IVF, waiting for a call from a birth mom or waiting to hear from your adoption counselor about when you can go ... Read More »

Miracle Monday: “When the Cradle is Empty” Chapter 2

I’ve been reading “When the Cradle is Empty: Answering Tough Questions About Infertility” by John and Sylvia Van Regenmorter.  This week we will look at Chapter 2: Pitfalls along the Path. The authors discuss their early beliefs that they would get married have children and live happily ever after.  When they weren’t getting pregnant they said they waited almost two ... Read More »

The Truth about Trying Tuesday: How many Babies are we Talking About

I like numbers.  I like to be able to calculate odds and help predict outcomes (I also have control issues!)  When my sons’ were born premature I wanted to know how worried I should be based on the different diagnosis’ they received.  I wished there was a universal worry scale like the pain scale they use at the hospital, the one ... Read More »