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Friday, September 29, 2006

More On The Low Rate Of IVF Success

I found this interesting article which, again, supports trying to get pregnant by natural means. IVF is still a rather "hit and miss' procedure - even though it's been around for almost 30 years, there's still quite a low success rate:

85 out of 100 embryos wasted

As I've said before, I wish I had thought twice about jumping into fertility treatments. My embryos became just another statistic.

Trust your own body. Treat it well and it is capable of amazing things - even making a baby!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Pregnancy After 40 - We Don't Take It For Granted

Pregnancy After 40, Get Pregnant Naturally

I recall a time when I was trying to conceive after a number of miscarriages.  Of course I was a bit sensitive about anything dealing with pregnancy.

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 I was at my health club and one of the exercise instructors was about 7 months pregnant. She starts rambling on about how she was pregnant with her third child:
"Gee we already have two boys, we thought we'd try for a girl"...she says as she's doing jumping jacks with her pregnant belly bulging through her leotard.

People Who Are Not Dealing With Infertility Don't Understand Not Being Able To Get Pregnant

Just like that huh?? You ungrateful little %$#@%$!! I thought. Oh, how some people don't appreciate what they have. She had no idea how lucky she was (especially since she was 40ish) I certainly wouldn't be doing jumping jacks either!(When I was pregnant, I was afraid to sneeze).

Anyway, the nice thing about pregnancy after 40 and pregnancy after infertility is that we don't take what we have for granted. So how do you deal with these ungrateful people? Well, my years of experience with life in general have taught me that everyone has their issues in life. Their struggles are not the same as yours but they have them. I'm not saying you should take pleasure if other people go through hard times, but it really does you no good to feel envious of someone else's life when you really can't know everything about their situation. Just know that infertility will make you enjoy every moment of your pregnancy and every moment with your future child.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Assisted Reproduction Success Rates Are Nothing to Brag About

Because of my previous failed attempts at IVF and the complications I suffered as a result of the procedures, I'm obviously an advocate of conceiving via the natural route. Here is another article that seems to support my viewpoint:

Infertility Treatments- Weighing the Risks and Benefits


I am a perfect example of someone who should have been more diligent about evaluating my options. I experienced some major complications after fertility treatments including ectopic pregnancy (a potentially life threatening condition) as well as hyperstimulation of my ovaries. Now that I have hindsight, it scares me to think about all the abuse my body endured when all I really needed was to get healthy and give myself time to conceive. In addition we spent $25,000 only to walk away worse off than we started. Fertility treatments are a gamble and the odds are against you.

Assisted reproduction may be the answer for some couples and in all fairness I do know many couples who probably wouldn't have had children without them. But if you fall into the unexplained category or if age is your only issue, evaluate if you've done everything you can short of fertility treatments. You may be surprised at the results.

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