Just a few days ago I went in for some blood work in search of some answers on where I am at in my cycle. I am currently on CD 36, which means my last period was 36 days ago. Yikes! Let me remind you, we had a failed FET in March, [...]
Fertility forums can be a great way to interact with others when you are struggling with infertility. With that said, they can also cause stress. I admit, I have a terrible addiction to fertility forums. I don’t know what it is, but I am drawn to reading about everyone else, while at [...]
One of the biggest stressors that couples face while battling infertility is, “How am I going to pay for this?” We are one of the unfortunate couples that don’t have an ounce of insurance coverage for infertility, which makes this process even more frustrating. Yes, you could go completely broke paying for [...]
This is just a quick note to let the PregnancyIVF community know that we are going to be making some changes with the website. We will be redesigning the site to offer a cleaner, more user friendly site and we will also be adding on features to help the community voice their opinion as [...]
Circle + Bloom is running a promotion for the month of March that gets you 20% off of your order and we are delighted to be able to offer this to the PregnancyIVF community.
To take advantage of this discount, head over to Circle + Bloom and start shopping now! [...]
We are less than a week away from our FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer). This is our last frozen embryo and to no surprise we are hoping we are blessed with a sibling for our dear daughter. I had my ultrasound yesterday to check my uterine lining, it was a 10.5, which to [...]
Our new venture, FertilityPod, has launched. Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out new features and services to help support those who battle infertility as well as help connect fertility professionals with the community.
We encourage you to check us out and connect with [...]
Okay! Round 2 – Here We Go!
I am just finishing my first pack of birth control pills in order to regulate my cycle for our upcoming FET in March. About 10 days about I had a “sono-mock” done by one of our fertility doctors. This procedure involves a mock transfer as well as filling [...]
Well, our little girl, Kate, just turned 1 this past week. This year has definitely flown by but with many memories that we will hold tight forever.
Kate was our first successful FET after many failed IUI’s and a failed fresh IVF cycle. Our hopes were definitely down after the failed tries but we got [...]
Long before Miss Kate was ready to begin solid foods, I knew that I wanted to try to make her food from scratch. Call me crazy, but I just felt it was something that I could do for my baby that would give her the best nutrition possible. (It didn’t help either that I could [...]
I knew I wanted to breastfeed Kate and began doing so shortly after her birth. After a bit of help from the postpartum nurses, we were a great team and both mommy and baby were successful! Although it did take quite a bit of getting used to, I really enjoyed our moments together [...]
It’s been way too long since I last posted. Baby Katherine is already here and is just shy of 9 months. Who ever knew that 9 months could go so fast? Let’s rewind to last December when our little princess arrived.
We went to the hospital for an induction on a Thursday, [...]
So, here we are, 9 months after Kate was born. We have not updated this site in a long time and it’s much overdue. This will be a quick post to just let everyone know we are doing well and we are finally getting into a much needed routine with Kate. She is the [...]
First off, we’d like to apologize for not updating in awhile. People are correct when they say that things will get hectic trying to prepare for a new addition. We just hit the 32 week mark and all is well but yes, things are busy! Kate is definitely an active little girl. Sometimes her kicks [...]
Yes, we are living in a day and age where couples are able to select the sex of their baby prior to pregnancy. Whether or not you believe in this practice, it is being done. Some couples desire to have a child of a particular sex in order to prevent certain medical illness, while others [...]
I am just at 25 weeks and can’t believe it! In the beginning, the pregnancy seemed to be going by very slow and now it seems like the weeks are passing by in the blink of an eye. I had a doctor’s appointment and an ultrasound last week and everything looks great. I always get [...]
It’s crazy what a couple of weeks can make when it comes to pregnancy. It seems like things are progressing quicker, day by day. Our little girl is kicking, A LOT! It must be from the yummy treats her mommy is eating! Much of the kicking and moving around is around 9-10 p.m. when we [...]
I am 22 weeks and feeling better than ever. My belly is expanding and I am feeling our little girl move all around…such an amazing feeling! I had to head back to work this week, as school starts in a few days. I will miss my usual summer days of water aerobics; instead I will [...]
It’s not uncommon for the guy to feel a little left out of the mix during the IVF process. Look at the IVF process as a whole. Your wife or partner will be the one who has to go through the most testing, take all of the medications including the dreaded injections and has [...]
Over the past several years, there have been huge technical advances in the treatment of infertility. Even the most infertile couples can now become pregnant and give birth due to Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures such as in vitro fertilization. But, even [...]
If you are currently going through IVF or just trying to get pregnant in general, then the swine flu outbreak is probably of a little more concern since you should to be in good health to undergo IVF and achieve pregnancy. With this said, there are things that you can do in your power to [...]
What is Sperm Morphology?
Sperm morphology is one piece of the semen analysis puzzle. Sperm morphology refers to the size and shape of the sperm. When sperm morphology is tested, they look for a percentage of sperm that seem to appear normal when viewed under a microscope. Abnormal sperm morphology is one cause of [...]
What is ICSI?
ICSI stands for intra cytoplasmic sperm injection. In simple terms, this is when the embryologist injects a single sperm into the middle of the egg. ICSI can increase the chance of getting the eggs to fertilize after they have been retrieved from the female patient. ICSI utilizes special medical devices and [...]
How Food Affects Your Fertility
The foods you eat can be a major impact to your fertility. Making sure you are getting the right amount of “fertility foods” is essential to your fertility and your overall health while trying to get pregnant. There are many foods which you should consumer while trying [...]
Just as essential as putting the right foods in your mouth for fertility, it’s also equally important to avoid some foods while trying to improve fertility. The list below points out some of the more common foods that women trying to increase their fertility and get pregnant should avoid.
Watch Your [...]
Is It Okay To Exercise During IVF?
We all know what it takes to build a nice figure and we all know how hard it is to maintain that nice figure once we have it. So, is it okay to exercise during the IVF process? It seems the jury is still out on this [...]
IVF is Stressful
If anyone tells you otherwise, they are fibbing to you! Having gone through the IVF cycle a couple of times with my wife, it’s no surprise that there are good days and there are bad days. What you have to keep in the back of your head is that you are doing [...]
Not many guys ever think that they will have to get their little swimmers tested to see how they perform. Male infertility is now a much larger issue than it was years ago. The semen or sperm analysis is one of the first tests for the male to see how fertile he is. Semen [...]
Can certain foods increase my sperm count?
Guys, there are a lot of things you can do that are in your control to help improve your sperm count. Your diet should be your first focus. Getting certain foods, vitamins and nutrients can help increase your sperm count and send you to baby making land. [...]
What is secondary infertility?
Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after already successfully conceiving one or more children naturally. Couples assume that if they could do it the first time without any fertility issues, why would it happen the second time around. Unfortunately, infertility can happen the the [...]
Are There Fertility Drugs For Men?
There are not too many similarities between men and woman. That is, until you talk about fertility drugs. Just like woman need the right amount of hormones to ovulate regularly, men also need the right [...]
Clomid is most commonly associated with female fertility treatments but it can also be used in cases of male infertility. When men have a low sperm count or poor motility, Clomid can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more quality sperm. A study by WHO (World Health Organization) done in the 90′s [...]
What is an HSG?
An HSG (hystosalpingogram) is often one of the first tests conducted for a female that may be experiencing a difficult time becoming pregnant. The HSG test is an X-ray that looks in the uterus and fallopian tubes and the areas around them.
Who needs to get an HSG?
An HSG [...]
We initially thought that we’d post our results from March’s FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) right away. Sorry for the delay, but as the phone call with our results came we didn’t quite realize the implications of announcing our news.
We’re having a baby!!!
We found out on April 1st that our FET was a [...]
This is coming from a guy’s perspective, but seriously…when you actually sit down and think about it, pregnancy is a miracle. All of the little pieces of the conception puzzle that have to go together are overwhelming and it’s such an amazing process.
Having gone through infertility and IVF with my wife, I have learned [...]
First off, congratulations!!! You got a positive pregnancy test after your IVF or FET cycle! Your fertility treatment(s) have paid off. Second, congrats on making it through the 2 week IVF wait that is often harder than the actual IVF treatment itself. The emotional and mental portion of IVF can be very trying. Now [...]
The first trimester can be the most exciting time in your life as well as the most nerve-racking. The initial news of your pregnancy comes with great joy, but many women find that their worry doesn’t quite fade away.
For those that have gone through infertility treatments, getting through the first trimester [...]
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is one of the more serious complications and risks of IVF and can even be life threatening. Although it is well known, it is fairly rare compared to other risks associated with fertility treatments.
An ectopic pregnancy starts out like a normal pregnancy but [...]
Miscarriage, the word you never want to hear!
A miscarriage, also known as a spontaneous abortion can be one of the most devastating times in couple’s life; it is both an emotional and physical issue. A miscarriage is considered a loss of pregnancy that is less than 20 weeks along. Unfortunately, miscarriages [...]
Obviously we would never wish infertility upon ourselves but if you are diagnosed with infertility issues of any kind, make the most of your situation. It’s the least you can do for yourself and it will help you out in the long run. Getting upset and frustrated will only add stress to your life and [...]
One of the first hurdles after determining that IVF is your best option at becoming pregnant is figuring out how to pay for IVF. IVF is very expensive (anywhere from $8-15K without meds.) but there are various ways you can come up with the cash you need in order to pay for an IVF [...]
Now that you think you are officially on your road to pregnancy, your mouth drops as you hear the nurse explain how to inject yourself with IVF medications. Your eyes widen and you unconsciously blurt out, “You want me to stick that where?” You are initially shocked at the idea of giving [...]
One of the very first tests that your doctor may offer you is a First Trimester Screening. Screening and diagnostic tests were typically recommended for women over the age of 35, but more and more doctors are offering these tests to women of all ages. The First Trimester Screen is a fairly new screening [...]
One of the more uncommon but dreadful nightmares of IVF is having your embryo implanted into the wrong person. That’s exactly what happened to this couple. Their last frozen embryo was implanted into the wrong woman. Human error can and does happen with fertility treatments including IVF. Thoroughly research IVF and fertility clinics before proceeding [...]
So you are thinking that you want to have a baby! One of the most important things is to make sure that you and your partner are in great health, before you begin the baby making process. A perfect place to start is with your regular doctor or your OB-GYN. A preconception checkup will cover [...]
Egg Donation Can Be An Option For IVF
Not all women will have the ability to use their own eggs for IVF. The good news is that with today’s technology and advanced medical care, women are able to carry a child even if that child was not created with her own eggs. [...]
A lot of our readers wonder if it’s possible to still get pregnant if you have a very poor sperm morphology. The answer is, absolutely! With advancements in Assisted Reproductive Technologies, IVF with ICSI is a great option for those of us who have very poor sperm morphology. I speak from a personal [...]
Can I Travel When Going Through IVF?
IVF medications and procedures can interfere dramatically with your day-to-day life. Many couples wonder, though, if they can take vacations and travel before, after, and during treatment. In all honesty, the bottom line is better safe than sorry.
It would be quite difficult for one [...]
Sorry, it’s been a few days since we’ve posted. Wendi is in St. Louis visiting family and I am playing dad to our two very ridiculous dogs! Back on schedule from here on out!
Just wanted to give a quick update on our positive IVF pregnancy. We are in our second trimester and things are [...]
You and your partner may be thinking that you are ready to start trying for a baby, or maybe you have already been trying for some time without any luck. About 10-15% of couples are labeled as infertile; this can be due to female factors, male factors, or even a combination of the two. No [...]
I am now 18 weeks and enjoying the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. The evening nausea has completely gone away and it seems that my energy level has increased a little bit. The best part of this trimester so far is the little baby bump that emerges more and more each day!
I went in for [...]
I am only a day shy of my 18-week ultrasound and am anxiously waiting to hear if we are having a little girl or boy. The excitement and anticipation is overwhelming! I have gotten mixed feedback from friends and family. There is a small group who believes that it is better to wait until [...]
So it’s Sunday and we are still in shock after our ultrasound last Friday!
Let me back track about 6 weeks ago…
I went in for my 12-week ultrasound with my mom, Mike had to work and I definitely wanted some company. I thought while I was there, I’d at least ask if the ultrasound [...]
In our last post, Wendi wrote that we were quite surprised when the doctor told us that we would be having a girl after they told us in the first trimester that there was a 70% chance of our baby being a boy. Even though there is a lot of room for error by trying [...]
While many men and women are turning to medications to treat or enhance their fertility, some feel that proper nutrition can positively affect fertility in many ways. Here is a list of some easy, natural ways that may help both you and your partner.
Antioxidants (Vitamins C, E, and [...]
When some people are diagnosed with infertility, they sometimes want to block out the realities and not face the music. Infertility is nothing you with upon anyone but being infertile is not the end of the world. Know the facts. Seek professional help and move forward with the advice from a professional. Some things [...]
Giving up certain things during pregnancy is to be expected. Whether it is foods or activities, pregnancy does change your life in little ways. I wouldn’t trade being pregnant for the world, but there are a few of my favorite things that I have had to give up while pregnant.
Caffeine: When we first began [...]
I am just about at 20 weeks pregnant after IVF and had another doctor’s visit today. Things are going great and I am feeling wonderful. The doctor checked weight, blood pressure and the baby’s heartbeat, which is at 140 bpm which is perfect! I began feeling little movements the night after my last ultrasound, which [...]
Wow, this pregnancy is REALLY flying by. We are already past 20 weeks. 4 more months and our little baby girl will be here. So, I think the question is, are we ready for her? OF COURSE, I cannot wait to see her for the first time. Daddy’s little girl! But, we better get our [...]
During the IVF process and pregnancy, most doctors will suggest that you keep a moderate exercise regime that consists of low-impact exercises. Keep in mind your exercise habits prior to IVF and conceiving, so that you don’t over exert your body. If you plan on continuing exercising or you are beginning from scratch, one of [...]
This past weekend was great, very productive! Okay, well maybe my “to do” list didn’t shrink, but I still got a lot done. I woke up early Saturday morning and went to water aerobics and really enjoyed the workout in the beautiful Arizona sunshine. Straight from the gym, I headed to a local maternity store [...]
Back in April, we posted some information on Simple Tips On Going Through IVF During The Swine Flu Outbreak. The swine flu craze has seemed to settle down, at least in the U.S. But, another article came out today on CNN.com that states the swine flu more severely affects pregnant women.
Pregnant women infected [...]
IVF Egg Freezing Is An Option For Women Not Yet Ready To Have Children
Maybe you are a single woman, who hasn’t met Mr. Right, or maybe you aren’t ready to have children yet. Many women are now turning to cryopreservation (freezing) of their eggs (oocytes). Beginning at 30 years old, a woman’s overall fertility [...]
What is Assisted Reproductive Technology?
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) includes IVF but there are also some other methods used that are customized to the specific diagnosis of the patient or couple. Most ART procedures typically deal with the use of fertility medications. Success rates for ART procedures are at an average of [...]
Yes, this will be my first bout with fatherhood and you can definitely tell by all of the questions I have as our due date of December 8th approaches. I couldn’t be more happy and I can’t wait to see our little girl, Kate but there are definitely things that I do not know! There [...]
STDs and Infertility
Often, infertility is unexplained. It can sometimes be very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of infertility due to so many factors that can affect fertility. If you do get diagnosed with infertility, make sure you talk with your doctor about possible causes such as common STDs. STDs can [...]