October 2015

Diet and Fertility

According to a study from Harvard Medical School, eating certain foods and avoiding others is something manageable that can be done to help improve ovulatory function.

There are more than six million women in the United States who suffer from infertility. For eight years the Harvard study followed 17,544 married nurses without any history of infertility as they tried to become or became pregnant. The research found that by changing five or more aspects of their diet (and exercise) habits, women with irregular or absent ovulation, which is responsible for eighteen to thirty percent of infertility cases, reduced their risk of infertility by eighty percent. (Resource: Fit Pregnancy).
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Surrogacy Around the World

Imagine that you and your spouse want to have a baby, however, you are unable to conceive due to a number of reasons. Your friend knows how much you would love a baby and offers to help you and your spouse out: she will carry your child for you. It’s an exciting time for you! The opportunity to have the family you always want…until you look up the laws of your country or state and realize that surrogacy is banned. Flash to a few weeks later when you and your partner decide to do surrogacy in another country where it is legal. You get excited again! Until, you discover that you would be unable to return home with your child because your country will not legally recognize you as the parent or your child as a citizen of their country.
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How do we decide on egg donation instead of adoption?

Adoption is a wonderful way for infertile couples or individuals to have a family. In fact, when I received my first diagnosis of premature ovarian failure I began the research on adoption. As I began my research I discovered that egg donation would allow me to carry and deliver a pregnancy as well as have a child with my partner’s genetic makeup. Now I became faced with how to decide on egg donation instead of adoption. I felt it was beneficial for us to have the control and assurance of the in utero environment during the pregnancy – my uterus. I controlled what went into my mouth, what I was exposed to, and the kind of medical care I would receive. I know that my baby wouldn’t be exposed to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. And the difference between adoption and egg donation is that I also didn’t have to go through all of the hoops as we would have through adoption — home study, background check, the lawyers, the adoption etc…
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