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Exercising Your Body and Mind During IVF

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When it comes to the study of infertility, there has been evidence that both the mind and body have an active role in affecting overall outcomes. For women especially, infertility has shown to increase levels of stress and depression, which in turn may impede a woman from becoming pregnant.1 Similarly, your physical health impacts your ability to conceive a great deal. When your body isn’t healthy, it makes it difficult for it to perform properly. In fact, 30% of female

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Handling Rude Comments and Judgement During IVF

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Infertility is extremely common, affecting 12.1% of women aged 15 to 44.1 It can be caused by several factors including genetics, age, and life choices such as smoking cigarettes or imbibing alcohol. One way couples deal with infertility is through IVF, or in vitro fertilization. This process takes healthy eggs from a woman and sperm from a man and joins them outside of the body; when the egg becomes fertilized, a doctor implants the viable embryo into a womb. While

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Prenatal Vitamins and Fertility: Do They Help?

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Prenatal vitamins are different, depending on the brand used and where you purchase them. One thing all prenatal vitamins have in common, however, is some form of folic acid. Folate, also known as vitamin B9, decreases chances of neural tube defects in babies when taken by women during pregnancy. Folic acid is a vitamin not naturally created by the human body, which means it must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Doctors recommend patients take folic acid early in pregnancy

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Stress and Infertility: The Mind-Body Link

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The mind and body are linked in many ways, and one of the most pertinent is between anxiety and physical response. Unfortunately, for men and women trying to have a baby, higher-than-average stress levels could negatively impact their efforts. This can cause a vicious cycle, as the inability to conceive promotes further stress, exacerbating the existing anxiety and the initial problem. A study published by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Oxford supports this theory, reporting that

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Patient-Doctor Rapport and Why It’s Important

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Rapport is defined as a positive relationship between individuals or within a group where good communication and empathy is exchanged. When it comes to the world of medicine, doctors are not always seen as having the best bedside manner, but in cases of emotionally and mentally invasive procedures such as IVF, patient-doctor rapport is extremely important. This can make choosing a physician for your fertility assistance quite a process.   Rapport and Physical Outcomes Although there has been no human

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Why Cross-Border Patients are Making Their Way to America

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Traveling outside of your country of residence for medical help is not uncommon, and has even garnered its own name: “Medical Tourism.” Tourism for the sake of fertility treatment, also known as cross-border reproductive care (CBRC), has become wildly popular in recent years, with many women and couples flocking to the United States for help reproducing. There are different areas of cross-border reproductive care including egg or sperm donation, surrogacy, IVF, infertility treatment, and more. People travel for reproductive care

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Improving Fertility for Men

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When it comes to infertility, many women feel that the responsibility or problem is all on them, but the reality of the issue is that there is an equal chance of either sex having an issue. In cases of infertility, 1 in 3 cases are due to the women, 1 in 3 cases due to the men, and 1 in 3 cases are due to issues with both.1 Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive following six months to

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Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Female Infertility

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Struggling to conceive can be heartbreaking, especially if it’s been confirmed by medical professionals that there is indeed a struggle present. Infertility is classified as the inability to become pregnant after a year of trying through regular intercourse. After the age of 35, it only takes six months of trying before it is considered a fertility issue. Approximately 13% of American couples will struggle with infertility; the onus is, in general, equally distributed between men and women.   How do

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Signs You’re Ovulating and What it Means

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Whether you’ve been diagnosed as having infertility issues or you have yet to speak to a doctor about your concerns, you may have begun worrying about ovulation; 30% of cases of infertility have to do with the inability to ovulate.1 Recently, the use of over-the-counter ovulation tests has become popular. You can purchase these test kits at most pharmacies across the United States or request an ovulation test from your doctor. The results will indicate whether you are ovulating at

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5 Foods That Impact Your Fertility

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What you eat greatly impacts every aspect of your body, from heart health to reproductive health, so it’s no surprise that the foods you eat could encourage fertility. Of course, the main thing to focus on when trying to get pregnant is overall physical health. Eating whole fresh foods, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water will keep your body working the way that it should to improve fertility. Exercise is also important to reduce the chance of

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