While many of us become excited about becoming pregnant and eagerly awaiting that positive sign on the pregnancy test, there is another side to pregnancy which is often overlooked and rarely spoken about.
Today, nearly a quarter of all pregnancies result in the loss of the baby, often for unknown reasons, before full term An early loss (before 20 weeks) is commonly called miscarriage, and a loss later than this is known as stillbirth. Although Dr. Braverman and the field of Reproductive Immunology have made tremendous advancements in diagnosis and treatment of “unknown” causes of pregnancy loss, few have addressed the emotional healing that is necessary after such a long and difficult process. I am excited to be working with Dr. Braverman, whose expertise in recurrent pregnancy loss has changed so many lives, and assisting him in this most important aspect of recurrent pregnancy loss care. .
Long after our bodies have healed from this type of loss, we can still feel deeply sad months and years later because the one part of our bodies that needs attention, our hearts, has often been ignored or dismissed.
It is difficult to describe how the loss of a baby during pregnancy feels because it can be a very different experience for each of us. Regardless of the gestation, every reaction and every emotion we may feel is valid when faced with such an unexpected tragic event. All pregnancy losses come as a shock, even those of us who have experienced more than one loss do not embark on the second or subsequent pregnancy with the expectation that we will again lose our baby.
The significance that we place on each loss can also be different. Some of us respond in a matter of fact and philosophical way while others may be immersed in grief for lengthy periods of time. Most of us are somewhere in between. Continue reading original article…
I came across this article and realized that the important things you need to tell your gyno you also need to be open and honest about with Heartfelt Egg Donation, your egg donation agency . All of these questions are part of the egg donor screening process and have a place in ensuring prospective egg donors are healthy and responsible enough to go through the egg donation process.
Is it ok to lie to your gyno? (Photo: Courtesy of Fox)
It’s really tempting to lie to your gyno. You’re embarrassed, you feel awkward, or maybe you just think it’s none of her business. But lying to them (or lying by omission) could be hurting your health. I called up Rebecca C. Brightman, an ob-gyn in clinical practice, to tell you which things you need to get real about with your gyno.
1. If you drink or smoke or do drugs. “We’re treating the whole person. Plus, if someone’s under the influence when they come in, they might not be able to communicate with us fully. And if they tend to drink a lot or do certain drugs, they’re not going to be discerning in sexual relationships. Plus, there can be long-term effects from these activities, so we could recommend appropriate counseling and advise on the potential ramifications.”
2. The real number of sexual partners you’ve had.“We’re not there to judge you. If a patient ever feels she’s being judged, particularly by their gynecologist, which is a relationship with very personal private things, they should find another doctor. We just need to know how many partners you have had or currently have so we can determine your risk of STI exposure, since each person you’re exposed to has had their own history of exposure.”
3. If you have or are recovering from an eating disorder. “Eating disorders can have an adverse affect on your bones, along with other long-term health risks. Sometimes we can look at someone and see there’s more than they want to talk about, and we don’t want to pry but we want patients to feel they can take the floor and tell us something if they need to.”
4. If you’ve terminated a pregnancy in the past. “It depends on what trimester you terminated in. An uncomplicated first trimester abortion should not have risk for a future miscarriage, but second trimester may, so it’s important to know.”
5. If you’ve ever been treated for an abnormal pap smear. “If you’ve had an abnormal pap smear in the past, that could potentially shorten your cervix and it may impact a future pregnancy.”
6. The gender of all your sexual partners. “Lesbian and bisexual patients, especially lesbian patients, really feel they’re overlooked for risks for STDs. They need to be screened for all of the same STDs as straight patients and they absolutely should be. We don’t care if you’re sleeping with men or women, but we’re not clairvoyant. We don’t know if there’s been someone else or an affair or if your partner has had an affair. I’ve had patients come in for an exam and the second we’re about the leave the room they say, ‘I have to tell you something.’ So really be forthcoming from the beginning. Doctors are not judgmental. We just want someone to be honest so we can provide better care.”
Dr. Conrad Cean was nearing 40 when he felt his biological clock ticking — with no special someone to help him start a family.
So he did something that’s only recently become an option for single men: He turned to IVF and a surrogate halfway around the world to make a family of his own.
The 43-year-old pain specialist from New York City is now the proud, single father of 18-month-old twins, Konrad Fritz II and Kennedy-Josephine Marie. And he’s considering adding to his brood.
“I grew up in a very close family with two sisters, parents in Queens and cousins,” he told TODAY. “We’ve always been a tight family and I always wanted children.”
Cean’s surrogate family takes on special poignancy in the wake of the blowup between British singer Elton John and the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana after the founders recently championed “traditional” families and criticized fertility treatments in a magazine article.
Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, according to a fascinating new study that highlights the extent to which exercise shapes our health, even in people who have identical genes and nurturing.
Determining the precise, long-term effects of exercise is surprisingly difficult. Most large-scale exercise studies rely on questionnaires or interviews and medical records to establish the role of exercise. But these epidemiological studies, while important and persuasive, cannot prove that exercise causes health changes, only that people who exercise tend to be healthier than those who do not.
To prove that exercise directly causes a change in people’s bodies, scientists must mount randomized controlled trials, during which one group of people works out while a control group does not. But these experiments are complicated and costly and, even in the best circumstances, cannot control for volunteers’ genetics and backgrounds. (Continue reading article…)
(Yahoo News ) “He crawls into your heart. And he has a way of just touching you. Because he is so sensitive, and he has a good sense of humor. And those are on good days.” It’s the good days for her 13 year-old son, Justin, that Shari Silver is hoping for.
Justin suffers from Fragile X Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental condition that causes symptoms ranging from learning disabilities to severe mental retardation, seizures, speech delay and anxiety. It is the most common known cause of inherited cognitive impairment and the leading known genetic cause of autism. (Continue reading…) and watch video below…
The Down syndrome community, on a regular basis, inspires its members with stories about accomplishments, loving families and overcoming challenges. I love these stories and they make me happy. Somehow, though, their impact is limited. Despite the good press and the outpouring of support, when one’s own child is diagnosed with Down syndrome, far too many people react with a toxic combination of fear and terror.Continue reading…
(CBS) — You may not even be thinking of having a baby yet, but if you’re in your 20’s maybe you should start thinking about and planning for that bundle of joy now. Continue reading and watch video below…
Periodically I am asked my opinion on fresh vs. frozen embryo transfer. I’m not really the professional to answer that question. Your question should be directed to your physician. They can best explain their cryopreservation methods and success rates for their practice.
It is interesting and even amusing to see how certain concepts come full-circle and even flip-flop, over time. The debate over fresh vs. frozen transfers is one of these.
For the first 20 years of IVF history, it was a general given that fresh embryo transfers were superior to frozen ones. Early attempts at freezing all the embryos and subsequently transferring them did not go well. Two theories are used to support this approach. The first is that freezing embryos would somehow sort out the better ones, as the less viable embryos would like not survive the thaw. A sort of embryo “stress test.” The second is that the uterine environment during a stimulated cycle is less conducive to implantation, so delaying the transfer may improve implantation. Continue reading…