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Everything you need to know about reproductive health, fertility testing, fertility treatment (like IUI and IVF) and how to navigate fertility challenges.

Wellness | Support | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 21st, 2023

Whether you grow your family through fertility treatment, surrogacy, adoption, or fostering, each path to parenthood requires an extraordinary amount of patience, adaptability, and a relinquishment of control. Here are ten helpful tips for those undergoing fertility treatment. Skip to a specific section: Why We Crave Control During Infertility Get Support Ask for Help Practice Self Care Set Boundaries Do a Personal Check In Take a Break Look at the Big Picture Understand Your Treatment Plan Build Relationships with Your Care Team Make Honest Communication a Priority A Reminder from Dr. Cynthia Murdock Focus On What You CAN Control

Wellness | Fertile Yoga | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
June 8th, 2023

What are the positive impacts of yoga for fertility and overall wellness? The founder of Fertile Yoga explores the benefits of fertility yoga, ways to modify yoga poses for your needs, yoga mistakes to avoid, and why she believes in the power of getting on the mat.

Acupuncture | Wellness

By: Dr. Amy Matton, DACM, L.Ac
January 25th, 2023

Considering acupuncture on your fertility journey? Learn how acupuncture helps increase IVF success rates, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall wellness - straight from an expert acupuncturist. In this article: Fertility, Acupuncture & Success Rates How does acupuncture help fertility? When is the best time to get acupuncture for fertility? How often should I receive acupuncture treatment? What happens in a typical acupuncture session? Does acupuncture hurt? Real Patients Share Acupuncture Experiences How to Book an Acupuncture Appointment

Wellness | Women's Health | Nutrition

By: Sierra Dehmler
July 13th, 2022

It’s that lovely time of year… Sidewalks are bustling, dining is al fresco, and people are either preparing for a beach vacation or are just getting back from one. Ah, sweet summertime! What else is sweet about summer? The bounty of fruits and vegetables that are perfectly ripe this time of year. So if you’re trying to conceive or simply working on your overall wellness, it's a great time to take advantage of all that fresh produce to create a healthy, balanced plate.

Wellness | Support | Fertility Treatment

By: Jessica Benfari
July 6th, 2022

Dealing with infertility is a challenge, to say the least. Once you come to terms with the fact that the path to your end goal (a baby) is going to be more complex, you’re faced with another challenge – absorbing lots of new information and working with a full team of people to help make your dream come true.

Wellness | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
March 31st, 2022

When you’re considering making an appointment with a fertility specialist, there are so many factors to consider.

Wellness | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
February 19th, 2021

Taking a break during fertility treatment can be a real gift to yourself (if you can bring yourself to actually take the time off). One might even think of "time off" as, gasp, a vacation! A vacation from the doctor's appointments, monitoring, testing, procedures, blood draws, and more.

Wellness | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Lisa Schuman, LCSW
January 21st, 2021

The state of the world right now is stressful, and fertility treatment can be stressful too. The unpredictability of the fertility journey can, as one patient said to me, “take the stuffing out of you.” At the same time, the world seems to be throwing us challenging curve balls every week. Just when we have hope that there will be a respite from the stress, there is more. And many of us are more isolated than ever, given our current social distancing guidelines. Under normal circumstances, the stress of fertility treatment can be enough to make you want to hide under the covers and not come out…and now, there’s no one physically around to stop us.