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When going through something hard on you, emotionally, physically or mentally, it can be easy to forget the brighter side of things! The reasons, the who, how, why or even our attempted outcome. One thing IVF is teaching me is to see the brighter side. Going through a round of IVF has it fair share…

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A couple of months ago I had convinced myself that ivf, that having a baby of my own may not be possible. A couple of months ago I had almost given in! Then came the contest Win a Baby from The New Hot 899 and now I am at the beginning of a round of…

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Perhaps you have decided to have a baby, only to realize that there is one very important ingredient missing…sperm!  Women who find themselves in this situation may include single women who have chosen to start a family on their own, lesbian couples, or heterosexual couples where there is a severe sperm abnormality.  If you fit…

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If you decide to be assessed by a fertility specialist there are a number of tests that are routinely ordered.  With a complete work-up, you should be able to determine if you have all of the essential elements for reproduction.  However, approximately 15% of couples will have a completely normal work-up despite having difficulties conceiving. …

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There is a common understanding among women that when they are pregnant they should not tell anyone until after the first trimester.  This news is kept secret so that in the event of a miscarriage, no one has to know about it.  Although this approach that will help avoid explaining repeatedly when a pregnancy is lost,…

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Uh oh. My period came again. It’s been four months and I’m getting worried. The beginning of the emotional aspects of infertility usually happens a few months after you’ve decided it’s time to get pregnant and you’re not. The decision to try is a happy one. Most of the people I see in my office…

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Hello and welcome to the Psychology Corner. If you’re reading this blog I’m guessing it’s because you are wondering about the experience of infertility and maybe the feelings it engenders. I’ve been doing infertility counselling for over 25 years and, while pregnancy rates have increased dramatically in that time, the feelings it causes in people…

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Proving to yourself that you ovulate is easy to do and there are a few options out there.  Before I go any further into describing them, please head the advice I gave in the last post.  If you are having regular cycles every month then you are almost always ovulating, and timing sex to the…

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3 facts to help you set reasonable expectations So you’ve decided to start trying to get pregnant. Or maybe you have already started, and now you are wondering what to expect. When we were young we were probably told that having sex even once is a risk for pregnancy, and we were warned to always…

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