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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.

End of the Year Review with Rancho Cucamonga!

We hope you enjoy our HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga year in review video!  What a wonderful time capsule of the past year! A warm thank you to all who contributed with photos.  We look forward to making many more happy memories together in 2015! 

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Happy Holidays to all from HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga!

 

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APPLE and FACEBOOK Announce Healthcare Employee Plans to Include Egg Freezing and Storage Benefits

Plus: Our Dr. Norian interviewed about why this is welcome news!


The tide is turning in the health insurance world.  Starting January 1, 2015 two powerhouse corporations – APPLE and FACEBOOK will start offering to their employees new benefits to cover egg freezing (Up to $20,000).  Here at HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga we are applauding this bold corporate policy change and although some are claiming it is a perk to keep employees happy, we would like to think it is the start of a new trend!

While both APPLE and FACEBOOK have not made many comments to the press since their initial announcement, APPLE did send the following to ABC NEWS.

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Breast Cancer & Fertility

"But I Wanted to Be a Mommy"

by Maimah Karmo

I never expected to hear that at the age 32 a doctor say I had breast cancer.  No one expects or wants to hear that they are now a statistic- someone with breast cancer - but when you are in the prime of your life and in the middle of your child -bearing years, it can be devastating.  
I found the lump when I was 31, had a mammogram, but was told that the lump was only a cyst, and I was "too young to have breast cancer".  I was given many reasons – “not to worry”.   Yet I remained insistent that something was “not right” and I strongly requested for a breast biopsy to be performed. It was then that I found out the unfathomable, as I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and my life would be forever changed.  

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LIFE WITH PCOS

 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Do I have PCOS

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Welcome a new Arrival to Rancho Cucamonga!

Rancho Baby

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Reduce Stress With Relaxation Techniques

 By Lori Lite

Reducing stress can help you to relax, be more hopeful, regain energy, and optimize your fertility treatments.

Unraveling the reasons for a couples’ fertility can be a long process. From the first interviews and consultations through the various tests until the (hopeful) arrival of a baby – the road can be filled with difficult challenges – hence increasing the stress level of the individuals involved and the couple.  

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How to Optimize Your Family’s Finances

Infertility is expensive. There is no way to sugar coat the reality that many people need to be creative with their financing in regard to becoming pregnant. Yet, after the couple becomes a family of three (or more) – there often is a voi with saving for the future.   To help with that discussion - HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga enlisted blogger, Margaret McSweeney, to discuss the “next steps” of saving for your family.

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Music and the Unborn Baby

 

By Dara Blaker, radio and media personality

DaraonRadio.com

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Tafton, A success story well worth waiting for

 

Katie S., a hairstylist in Lake Elsinore, CA, and her husband tried

to conceive for 6 years—with no success.

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A YEAR IN REVIEW – HRC RANCHO CUCAMONGA!

Jn and JMN

 

They say that time flies when you’re having fun. Our staff at HRC Fertility Rancho Cucamonga would like to add that time flies when you’re doing what you love - helping build families by making baby dreams come true!

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Exercise Tips to Improve Wellness

Do this.. Wait, No, do that! There are so many “do’s and don’ts” on exercise and fertility. Here are some general guidelines for you follow; editing out the myths, and simply offering sound information, while you are working on conception.

We are always told ‘everything in moderation” for better health and nutrition. In this case, this holds true.  Your body needs a healthy body fat percentage, to aid the pregnancy. Being excessively overweight, or underweight, will hinder the success of a pregnancy. Work with your doctor to find a healthy range for you using the body mass index. Research shows a range between 18.5 to 24.9 is associated with optimal reproductive function. Harvard studies have shown that 12% the under body mass index guidelines have challenges conceiving, while over 25% of those over the 24.9 range, have difficulties becoming pregnant. While the BMI can only offer a general range, a more specific way of achieving the body fat percentage is having an exercise physiologist or certified personal trainer, perform a skinfold -caliper test.

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Summer Bouquet: Colorful and Nutritious Recipes

 Note: Frequently we address diet and wellness concerns with our patients, including those with the diagnosis of PCOS.  Therefore, we are offering this article to help provide healthy AND tasty ideas for summer meals and snacks! Notice that many are made from ingredients that can be fresh from the garden!  As a hint - when trying to maintain a healthy diet “eat a rainbow of colors” - seek out foods with natural color (such as carrots and broccoli )  and try to reduce the amount of white and brown foods (like sugars and starches).  Bon appetite!

Summer is a delicious season with beautiful and bountiful produce.  Enjoy this seasonal freshness with convenient snacks and as essential ingredients in your meals.

Since healthy snacks are important, why not make them decorative and simple?  Slice whole carrots and celery and put them inside Ball jars.  Then, fill the jars with water, twist on the lids and place them in an easy to reach area inside your refrigerator.  Now when you get the munchies, you have access to an inviting and delicious snack that you can pair with peanut butter or hummus.Jars of Veggies

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The Challenge of Father’s Day with Infertility

If youre a man with infertility, Fathers Day can be difficult. Heres how to keep perspective on the good things in life.

When popular movies, shows, and other media depict people pining to have a baby, and sad about the fact that they don’t have one, let’s face it — it’s most often a woman. But the reality is that men face many of the same desires and emotions when it comes to having children — and they experience a similar sadness when infertility robs them of that opportunity.

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Testicular Cancer and Fertility: Will I Still Be Able To Have Kids?

 

Testicular Cancer and Fertility:

Will I Still Be Able To Have Kids?

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How to Survive Mother’s Day

 

by Jennifer Bright Reich

When you really want something in life, it’s hard not to think about it all of the time. If something isn’t going quite right, like trying to have a baby, you stare so hard at the empty hole in your life that you can’t see the “doughnut” of everything else that is going right.

            An especially difficult time for people struggling with infertility is Mother’s Day. As if you needed a reminder that you want so badly to be a mother but it’s eluding you.

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Step by Step

Stacie Krajchir, an HRC Fertility patient and advocate for fertility awareness, recently was interviewed and stated that her first foray in to the “world of infertility” was scary and shameful.  She described, with much passion, how she originally thought that the first meet and greet with the fertility staff would be “easy” and that her expectations included that she would be given a simple “to do list” and snap she would become pregnant. Easy as pie!

A simple solution for Stacie’s infertility was not the case and in many of our patients the path to infertility is not just one or two, but many steps. We understand that the process is full of a whole host of emotions for all the patients who walk through our Rancho Cucamonga office doors. Scary. Shameful. Embarrassed. Sadness. Grief. And, we hope in eventuality – Happiness!

That is why we celebrate the small successes along the journey to parenthood with you and in praise of YOU!

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RESOLVE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE SPRING OF 2014 INCLUDING #NIAW

RESOLVE – the National Infertility Association has celebrated, educated and resolved to increase awareness about infertility for 25 years. This year, they are focusing on the educational component of their association during  National Infertility Awareness Week – April 20-26th.

RESOLVE has selected the theme – “Resolve to know more” in order to enlighten their audience about fertility options and how to self-advocate. They have outlined the following as their benchmark “resolutions”:

  • Resolve to know more about when to see a fertility specialist. 
  • Resolve to know more about all your family building options.   
  • Resolve to know more about infertility advocacy.  
  • Resolve to know more about the latest treatment options. 
  • Resolve to know more about the disease of infertility.  
  • Resolve to know more about adoption.

In order to help individuals learn about more, RESOLVE has also offered a full educational component to their websiteHRC of Rancho Cucamonga will be supporting the efforts of RESOLVE by posting much information on our social media platforms and website.  We hope that you will help to amplify their message by retweeting and reposting, as you wish.

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Keeping a Blended Family Together Despite Infertility

 

by Jennifer Bright Reich

18 percent. According to the US Census Bureau, thats the percentage of children with two parents living in a blended family.

            If “typical” families feel stressed on a daily basis then blending of two families can be stress X exponential factors!

            “People expect re-marriage and combining families to be a honeymoon and go really well and often they are surprised when it doesnt,” says Ava Parnass, MSN, CS, a child psychotherapist. “Blending a family can take five years.”  

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How to Survive Infertility’s Toll on Relationships –

An Interview with Dr. Wielenga, from The Counseling Kitchen

by Jennifer Bright Reich

It all sounded so simple in the playground song: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Mommy with a baby carriage.” 

            Back in those innocent days, we didnt think about—let alone sing about—infertility. It catches us unaware, unprepared. Infertility causes stress on a person, and it causes strain on a relationship.

            “Infertility is really hard on a relationship, for many reasons,” says Lateefah Wielenga, PhD, a couples communication specialist and author of The Honey Jar: Tips and tools for couples seeking ways for honest, authentic communication, in Long Beach, CA.   She continues to say, “Infertility strains relationships because men and women handle the situation and the stress so differently. Infertility can cause men to feel like a failure, and it can make them want to blame someone else—likely the woman. They can become frustrated and angry.”

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BABY NEWS, NEW VIDEOS and MUCH MORE!

Come check out HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga!

The doors of HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga have been officially opened for several months and we were thrilled to welcome “our” first baby this past February. As more and more families are built with a little “medical magic”, we are hoping to add more online resources. Check back frequently to this website for updates and join in with our online community family! And, of course feel free to share updates and any baby news! Reporting IVF / infertility treatment successes proves to be very inspirational to those who are in the midst of their infertility journey. Plus, we love to post pictures of your adorable babies!

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PART 2: HEARTBREAK & HEALING- BLESSED WITH A SECOND CHANCE

 

PART 2: HEARTBREAK & HEALING- BLESSED WITH A SECOND CHANCE

Read Part Onehttp://www.havingbabies.com/blog-list/heartbreak-healing-a-story-of-late-term-pregnancy-loss/

By: Juli Auclair Lipof

Making the decision to conceive again after a stillbirth can be very difficult. Some couples are ready to try immediately, while others need time to deal with the grief, intense emotional pain and physical challenges that can accompany a late term pregnancy loss.

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Valentines’ Day Blues

 

Valentines’ Day Blues

 

Remember when Valentine’s Day use to be simple. All it meant was to buy a classroom pack of Valentine’s Day cards and hand them out during the school party where you got as many as you gave?

 

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On the Infertility Bookshelf- Part Two

 

 

On the Infertility Bookshelf- Part Two

So much information about infertility! How can you choose? For some people, book reviews and checking to see if a resource is given a good amount of stars helps guide the weeding out process. For others, they want to devour any and all information about infertility in order to feel they are prepared for “anything and everything.”

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On the Infertility Bookshelf – Part One

 

On the Infertility Bookshelf – Part One

By Louise Sattler, Psychologist

 

Many books are written on the subject of infertility. Often times, they are chocked full of salient medical information as they are penned by physicians or researchers. Yet, from time to time a book is written that tugs at the heartstrings, embellishes the thoughts of a person who is in the midst or gone through the infertility journey or simply is written as a source of inspiration.

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Infertility and Acupuncture Part One

 

Infertility and Acupuncture Part One

by Shara Lawrence-Weiss

Can acupuncture increase your rate of fertility? Not all experts agree on the answer to that question but don’t write off the premise too quickly.

Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat chemotherapy patients, fibromyalgia, headaches, labor pain, low back pain, menstrual cramps, migraines, osteoarthritis, dental pain, and tennis elbow (MayoClinic.com). Acupuncture is increasingly being used to treat infertility, as well.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acupuncture/MY00946

 

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HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga says “Thank You” to local residents with special IVF pricing.

 

It is not often that you will find a fertility center that will offer a tremendous discount to their new IVF patients. But, that is exactly what is happening at the office of HRC Fertility in their newest location- Rancho Cucamonga.

 

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Savory Sides for Thanksgiving

 

Savory Sides for Thanksgiving

By Margaret McSweeney

 

Many physicians will tell their patients that fertility can be impacted by diet and weight. Thus, fertility patients needing to “watch what they eat”.   But does healthy eating require giving up the delicious tastes of Thanksgiving? Absolutely not! 

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A Hearftelt Thank You to the Rancho Cucamonga, California Community

 

Last week our HRC Fertility Center in Rancho Cucamonga was given the warmest welcome reception during our official grand opening.  Helped by members of the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce, we donned the large scissor and cut the lovely symbolic ribbon that made it official -  we were here to help area couples struggling with infertility by bringing to them our newest medical technologies.

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The Inland Empire: A Southern California Gem

 

I am what many consider a "newbie" to California. Born and raised on the east coast, my family recently relocated to Southern California.   Despite a full work schedule I do manage to squeeze in time to discover my new "home" and surrounding areas! Recently, I hopped in my car and drove EAST.  This was a bit unusual for me as I typically head south towards Orange County or WEST towards the ocean. But, on this occasion I set my wheels traveling the freeways eastward.

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The 2 Minute Yoga Solution

 

The 2 Minute Yoga Solution

By Shara Lawrence- Weiss

Below, Yoga Specialist Nicole DeAvilla, author of The 2 Minute Yoga Solution, discusses the benefits of yoga as related to fertility.Nicole1 18

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REDUCE STRESS and INCREASE WELLNESS with MUSIC

 

REDUCE STRESS and INCREASE WELLNESS with MUSIC

 

I want to start by thanking HRC Fertility of Rancho Cucamonga for allowing me an opportunity 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, as a musician and a teacher for more than 20 years. During that time, my composing and teaching have included helping reduce stress of people who are pre-natal or experiencing fertility difficulties.

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Infertility; You’re Not Alone

Infertility; You’re Not Alone

By Beth Engelman

www.mommyonashoestring.com

 

My mom had 4 babies in a row. My siblings had 2 each without issue, so when I turned 35 and my husband and I decided that we should start to “try” to have a baby I was certain it would happen quickly. What I didn’t expect was that 10 months and many negative pregnancy tests later we were no closer to having a baby. We simply could not get pregnant. And what was worse was that everyone around me was getting pregnant, that is everyone but me. As I approached my 36th birthday, I had a sit down with my husband. Maybe there was something wrong.

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A DOCTOR’S STORY OF INFERTILITY, IVF AND JOY X2

Dr. Jennifer Gilbert, an OB/Gyn in Pennsylvania, delivers babies nearly every day. When she isn’t in the delivery room she is helping women through their pregnancies at her private practice.  The cruel irony is Jennifer and her husband Matthew Gelber tried for nearly 3 years to get pregnant…and couldn’t.

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When your biological clock betrays you

By  Jennifer Bright Reich

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Remember the phrase, “You can have it all?”  That is what I thought would happen to my friends and my myself as we transitioned from full time employment ( I was a Lieutenant in the Army) to motherhood.  We were all ready to journey together as women in our  mid-thirties and early forties in to the foray of starting a family.  And, we had plenty of company as  approximately 20 percent of women  in the U.S. wait until age 35 to start trying to get pregnant  

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