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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.

IVF Gave Us the Opportunity to Have our Family

Sarah and Dane were ready to have kids; they’d known each other for 11 years, been married five and all their friends were getting pregnant. Everything seemed to be on track—until it wasn’t.IVF Gave Opportunity

After undergoing treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, Sarah learned she had hyperprolactinemia, a condition where high levels of the hormone prolactin interfere with regular ovulation, and an unicornuate uterus, a rare condition where only half the uterus develops. Dane also had a low sperm count.

“We were saddened by the idea that we might not go through the ‘normal’ way of having a child, but we also realized everyone has a different path,” Sarah recalls. “Over time, we were able to cope, accept and be excited about our own journey.”

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An unexpected love story with an adoption twist!

There are many roads on the journey to motherhood. Leah Campbell took one less traveled by, and her story offers wisdom and hope.

Leah always knew she wanted to be a mom. In fact, it was the period of her life that she most looked forward to. In college, Leah donated her eggs, and her journey took an unexpected and ironic turn as she experienced severe complications and developed endometriosis. It became so severe that within 6 months, Leah’s doctor told her that if she wanted to have a baby, it was “now or never.”

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Celebrating Father’s Day For The First Time Thanks To IVF

 

BY: Juli Auclair Lipof

Marcus Passow has a lot to be thankful for this Father’s Day. For starters, 30 little fingers and 30 tiny toes.

Not to mention his sensational wife, Julie, who brought Matias, Francesca and Luciana into the world on September 23, 2013.

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Understanding the Risks of Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is fairly rare, but it’s still important to be aware of the risks and how it might impact male fertility.

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From Heartache To Joy: A Mother’s Day Fertility Success Story

By: Juli Auclair Lipof

 

For many, Mother’s day is a celebration of moms, special bonds and family. A day for breakfast in bed and little gifts, made with love by tiny hands. However, for women dealing with infertility it can be an excruciatingly painful reminder of loss and the baby they long for so deeply.

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Bloggers as Teachers

This year RESOLVE – the National Infertility Association is taking on a new spin to their National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) event schedule. They are enlisting bloggers from all over the world to participate! The theme – Resolve to know more…

 

This is very exciting as it allows for people who have walked the infertility road to help enlighten and educate others with their own experiences and wisdom.  Bloggers will have an opportunity to share their own words and also to amplify the writings of others who participate.  At the conclusion of the NIAW initiative, one blogger will be given the HOPE award.

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A dream job offer!

Opportunity knocked- twice! A dream job offer began just as she found out that she was … pregnant!  Two dreams but only one could be her focus.

Stacie didn’t hesitate as she was pregnant and over the moon happy. She gracefully backed out of the job opportunity and set her sights on becoming a Mom! I was told that, ‘I was making my first decision, as a mother!”, said Stacie.

 

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An interview with Stacie Krajchir- former HRC Fertility of Pasadena Patient

Stacie Krajchir-Tom  is known in  television as a producer, a public relations expert and now a former infertility patient of HRC Fertility of Pasadena.  In this two - part article we will be learning from Stacie how she tip-toed in to the world of infertility with great caution only to end her journey successfully! Her experiences have inspired her to help others build their families and pull back the curtain on infertility!  Stacie will be speaking  at the Fertility PlanIt Conference scheduled for April 4-5, 2014.  She invites all of you to join her!  

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Grab the Popcorn! Time for Videos!

Recently, HRC Fertility of Pasadena filmed a series of new fertility videos to supplement the already extensive catalog available to viewers via YouTube. New to our playlist are videos that discuss updates on current fertility technologies, introductions and a bit of “trivia” about our physicians, explanations about new treatments, plus so much more!

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HEARTBREAK & HEALING: A STORY OF LATE TERM PREGNANCY LOSS

 

By: Juli Auclair Lipof

Many couples feel a great sense of relief when they enter the second trimester of pregnancy. They’ve made it through the nerve wracking first twelve weeks, when the majority of early miscarriages happen. This is a joyous time when many couples are more comfortable sharing the news, about their bundle of joy, with family and friends. While pregnancy loss decreases dramatically after the first trimester, it unfortunately does still happen. Pregnancies lost between 12 and 20 weeks are often referred to as late miscarriages and those after 20 weeks as stillbirths.

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CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY DESPITE INFERTILITY

 

CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY DESPITE INFERTILITY                                                                                               

Valentine’s Day is usually a time of year when we honor our loved ones by sharing flowers, chocolates or a nice special celebration. For couples, romance is supposed to be the theme of the day.   Single people may start the day hoping to have a day of romance with their special someone.

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COULD IT BE PCOS?

 

COULD IT BE PCOS?

First it is the unexplained weight gain. Followed by an irregular and perhaps painful menstrual period. Then comes unusual facial hair. Many women start to become concerned and frustrated by the changes of their bodies. Finally, a trip to a medical specialist confirms that this is not “usual”. The diagnosis many times is only four letters long- PCOS .

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WRITING YOUR WAY TO EMOTIONAL HEALTH!

  WRITING YOUR WAY TO EMOTIONAL HEALTH!

By Louise Sattler, Psychologist

 

Life can be full of challenges with some requiring great strength, endurance, confidence and courage. This is exceptionally true when faced with infertility.

As we enter the new year it may be time to resolve to start the year proactively – especially if have experienced infertility but are hoping to bring a baby in to your life by the time the calendar flips to 2015.

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Part two – Acupuncture and Infertility

 

Part two – Acupuncture and Infertility

In our previous blog, Jean Morris, acupuncturist discussed how acupuncture can be very instrumental in helping with infertility. We will continue giving some more “nuts and bolt ” to this subject in this second half of the blog series.

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The Night Before Christmas turned into an Infertility Success Story

The Night Before Christmas  turned into an Infertility Success Story

 

The Night Before Christmas  turned into an Infertility Success Story

By Dara Blaker from DaraonRadio.com

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Savor the Day- Thanksgiving that is!

 

Savor the Day- Thanksgiving that is!

By Margaret McSweeney

 

Healthy eating plays an important role in improving fertility. But does healthy eating require giving up the delicious tastes of Thanksgiving? Absolutely not!  

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Infertility at the Holidays

 by Jennifer Bright Reich

 

It is the holiday season. A time of year filled with family gatherings, well - meaning relatives and present exchanges. For most it is a joyous time of the year.

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Do You Know Your (Infertility) ABCs?

Do You Know Your (Infertility) ABCs?

 

by Jennifer Bright Reich

MommyMDGuides.com

Some signs that you’re a parent are unmistakable. You have wrinkles, spit-up, or mac ’n cheese sauce on your shirt. You talk to yourself. A lot. Little-kid songs pop into your head at the strangest times.

So it’s not surprising that when I was asked to put together a description of some common infertility terms, I thought of the “ABC Song.” And then, of course, I felt challenged to find interesting infertility terms from A to Z.  So, I offer this list as a kind of a “cheat sheet” to bring with you to your next fertility appointment.  And, if you should devise a song to help others remember, let us know!

 

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How 2 minutes a day of yoga can help improve fertility?

How 2 minutes a day of yoga can help improve fertility

 

This past September, Dr. Wilcox from HRC Fertility Center of Pasadena held a Fertility 101 seminar for prospective patients. One of the topics discussed was the impact of stress on fertility and how yoga can help to reduce stress.  To help continue the conversation we invited guest blogger, Shara Lawrence-Weiss from MommyPerks.com and yoga expert, Nicole DeAvilla to post their recent interview and video.

 

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American Sign Language (ASL) for Medical Situations

 American Sign Language (ASL) for Medical Situations

By Louise Sattler

Did you know that American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most common language used in the United States today?  With over 20 million people in the country who have some kind of hearing loss, it is reasonable to say that medical providers will have as patients one or more who are deaf.  Since, medical care to a severely deaf person who uses ASL to communicate is usually provided with an interpreter assisting, it usually is not the priority of most medical staff to learn sign language.  Or is it?

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Music , Relaxation and Fertility


I’m really excited to be partnering with HRC Fertility of Pasadena to talk about something that is a huge part of my life.  Music.  I’ve been involved in music for as long as I can remember and I’ve been teaching music for the past 20 years. I teach everything from pre-natal and preschool classes to private lessons for various instruments.  I also compose and record music.

Did you ever try to remember something and you just can’t?  And then later, what you were trying so hard to remember just comes to you when you aren’t even thinking about it.  What does this have to do with music, you ask?  And what can it possibly have to do with fertility?

It comes down to one word.

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Infertility in my Own Backyard

By Beth Engelman

www.mommyonashoestring.com

When the doctor told me there was something wrong, I was speechless. My mom had 4 babies in a row and my brother and sister each had 2 each without issue. Even my younger brother and his wife were pregnant and they were practically newlyweds. But there I was 36 years old in a fertility clinic because “try” as we might my husband and I couldn’t get pregnant.

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Fertility, Forties and Friends

By Jennifer Bright Reich

MommyMDGuides.com  

 

 I waited to start our family until I left my military career as a Lieutenant in the Army.   The choice to postpone motherhood also was echoed in some other women I knew who waited until their mid-30’s and early forties to venture in to parenthood.  Our goals started the same- to become a mother.  But, for some - it was not to happen easily.  For some this journey would have heartbreak due to infertility.   

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