infertility

Trying to Conceive? Why You Should Share Your Story — and How to Do It

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I’m a firm believer in sharing your story with others. For my husband and I, it has been the recent struggle of trying to conceive (TTC) for a year and a half. Now I’m nine months pregnant and anxiously waiting the day I get to meet my little girl. But I don’t want to forget... Read more

Getting Through the Two-Week Wait While Trying to Conceive

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Live for today. If I could go back and give myself advice two years ago, that would be it. It took my husband and me about a year and a half to conceive. After a few months of “let’s just see what happens,” the reality that this would take longer than we anticipated set in.... Read more

Fertility Clinics Raffle Off IVF Treatments

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To try to get pregnant, couples dealing with infertility may try to increase their odds for conception by changing their lifestyle or taking extra vitamins. Some, however, have started turning to lady luck hoping to win a free IVF treatment. Recently, fertility clinics across that country have held contests that offer one major... Read more

Scientists Discover New Fertility Treatment

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Infertility is an issue that, according to the CDC, affects 10 percent of  American women. A new Japanese study, however, may clue researchers in on a new way to reduce that number. In the study, scientists used blood and stem cells from mouse eggs to create eggs -- and the eggs produced healthy mouse... Read more

I’m Starting IVF — Wish Me Luck

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Hello, Bumpies! Thank you so much for reading this and joining in on my infertility journey. Let's catch you up, shall we? First of all, I'm Melanie. I've been married to Brad for just over a year and while our first year was challenging at times, we faced those challenges together. The largest challenge... Read more

My Date With the Vag Cam (a.k.a. Monitoring Before IUI)

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Yesterday, I had my second monitoring appointment to check to see how well the Clomid and injections grew my follicles. (This is all to get me to start ovulating. See more about why I'm doing all this here.) I was incredibly nervous. I started to think about all the "what ifs." What if... Read more

My Journey Through Infertility

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My name is Kristy. I’m 26 years old and have been trying to conceive my first child since August of 2011. I have been married for over three years and have a nine-year-old stepdaughter. I am a daily poster on The Bump Trying to Get Pregnant and Trouble Trying to Get Pregnant message... Read more

Scary! Fertility Treatments Could Cause PTSD

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Between tracking ovulation and undergoing treatments, trying to conceive can be a strenuous and stressful situation, especially if you aren't successful. It can even be so emotionally taxing that women undergoing the process can even develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a recent study, researchers surveyed 142 people who had undergone fertility treatments. Of... Read more

Common Fertility Treatments Might Cause Birth Defects

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New research shows that babies conceived with the help of fertility treatments might be more likely to develop birth defects. According to an Australian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts found that there was an 8.3 percent birth defect risk for babies whose parents use fertility treatments compared to the... Read more

6 Big Myths about Infertility

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This week is Infertility Awareness Week and you might wonder why the heck you should be aware of it, especially if you’ve never had to deal with fertility issues. Well, it seems like most people don’t know much at all about infertility unless it happens to them -- and they’re really caught off guard... Read more