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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Infancy and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

In October 1988, President Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This month is an occasion to recognize the grief and sorrow patients experience when they suffer a miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirth or death of an infant. It also is a time to remember and celebrate the hopes and dreams parents had for their lost angels.

In announcing this commemorative month, President Reagan poignantly described the need to understand the unique heartbreak bereaved parents feel:

When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses his or her partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them." (October15th.com)

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Egg Donation Can Help Your Next IVF Cycle. Here’s Why

Using an egg donor is a good option for couples that are trying to conceive when their infertility is the result of the quality of the woman’s eggs. A donated egg from another woman can be the key to a successful cycle of IVF for a couple that is struggling with infertility.

An egg donor is a woman who offers the use of her eggs to be fertilized by the man’s sperm with the purpose to have the embryo implanted in the intended mother. The egg donor is the biological mother of the child, but not the birth mother. To put it simply, she provides a healthy egg for fertilization for another woman’s baby.

The use of an egg donor in infertility treatments is growing in popularity, particularly for women who are over 40. According to WebMD.com, 12 percent of the assisted reproductive techniques (ART) in 2005 were achieved using a donor egg in the cycle. Those numbers have likely increased over the past decade as well.

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Secondary Infertility: Do I Need Infertility Treatments?

Secondary infertility is the diagnosis when a couple is unable to conceive a child after one year of trying despite the fact that they may have conceived naturally before. Like primary infertility, it is possible to treat the condition with infertility treatments. Many couples are shocked by this diagnosis because they had no problems conceiving children in the past.

The reason for secondary infertility is as varied as those for primary infertility. Usually, the cause develops between the last pregnancy and their attempts to conceive again. Common causes can include ovarian reserve depletion, fallopian tube damage from previous delivery, changes in the ages of the parents, or the development of conditions that affect either one or both of the couple’s reproductive systems. Like primary fertility, the causes are attributed 30 percent to the woman, 30 percent to the men, and 40 percent to unexplained infertility or a combination of the couple’s problems.

The guidelines for when a couple should see a specialist for secondary infertility follow those for primary infertility. They are:

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Why Chocolate Is Good for You...in Moderation

A healthy diet lets your reproductive system perform at its best during fertility treatment. When you are struggling to achieve conception, every little bit that you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant is a good thing. But a healthy diet does not mean that you have to give up all the treats. Experts believe that a little bit of chocolate (in moderation) can be a good thing for getting pregnant.

In general, dark chocolate tends to have more health benefits than milk chocolate, particularly if it is 70 percent cocoa content or higher. It is considered a good fat, which means that it is a kind of fat your body needs to perform at its best. In addition to the good fats found in chocolate, it also has arginine and flavonoids. Arginine is important in helping arteries relax and improving blood flow through the body. Flavonoids are antioxidants that can help the body and mind free themselves from free radicals, which are harmful to healthy cells.

Chocolate does contain caffeine, however. Because caffeine is known to increase the risks in some women for miscarriage and other conception complications, it is important to watch out for how much you get in a day. Most doctors agree that having a cup of coffee a day is not a problem for women who are trying to conceive.

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