Infertility can be a hard and lonely struggle. It's not something pleasant to go through, let alone talk about, so most people simply avoid discussing it. However, while it's a hard thing to talk about, when you're going through it your thoughts are completely consumed by it. I was the first of my close friends to encounter infertility, and it was only a few years in that I realized what helped me get through it and how I could help a friend struggling with infertility.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will start offering in vitro fertilization services to injured veterans for the first time in March, under new rules released Thursday. The move comes just a few months after Congress dropped a ban on the procedure for veterans and their spouses, the result of a yearslong push from advocates who called the restrictions unfair to individuals who sacrificed for the country.
When I was going through fertility treatment, "E! News" anchor Giuliana Rancic and the first "Apprentice" winner, Bill Rancic, had a reality show called, Giuliana And Bill. On it, they shared their experience with In Vitro Fertilization, miscarriage and the emotional rollercoaster one in six go through to conceive. At the time, I didn’t watch the show as I felt I was already living it but I had great respect for their openness. The show shined a light on infertility issues but on a personal level, it helped my mother gain insight into my life so she could better support me.
Whenever any of us attend social gatherings and are introduced to people we don't know, one of the very first questions we are asked is "What do you do?" When I worked in finance, this was a fairly easy answer: I am in sales in foreign exchange at a major bank. It was pretty cut and dry. After telling what I did I could safely bet my response would not stir many emotions inside the person asking the question.
Many young women were understandably seduced by the once widely publicized message that if they chose to delay pregnancy and were then unable to conceive, they could still have babies through in vitro fertilization, also known as I.V.F.
Babies born to older mothers are more likely to be healthy if they have been conceived through IVF rather than naturally, a major new study has found.
Researchers are urging doctors and patients to refrain from using a specific steroid treatment to treat infertility in women unless clinically indicated, because of its links to miscarriage, preterm birth and birth defects.
WASHINGTON - Wounded veterans hoping to start families appeared to win a significant victory Thursday with a new law allowing coverage of fertility treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
When Scott Gatz and his husband decided to become fathers several years ago, pursuing parenthood meant finding both an egg donor and a surrogate to help them conceive a baby. Their first round of in vitro fertilization produced seven healthy embryos. One of those embryos was successfully transferred to their surrogate's womb, resulting in their son Matthew, who is now 6-years-old.
We've all been in the position at one point or another where we have a friend going through tough times and we're not quite sure what to say. Sometimes we give unsolicited advice or offer what we think are helpful thoughts. Even though these words (most often) come from a place of genuine support and care, they can inflict unintended pain. It's really hard to find the best way to connect with or show love to someone going through something you've never gone through.