What You Shouldn't Say To A Mom Who Is Struggling To Get Pregnant Again

Lee Rubin Collins had her first baby in the mid 1990s, and the whole experience was such a joy, she says, she and her husband immediately said, "Let's keep doing this!" They got pregnant easily the first time around, so she was surprised when they tried and tried... and nothing happened. Ultimately, it took two years of fertility treatment, five cycles of in vitro fertilization, and one miscarriage before Collins was able to have another child, making her one of the millions of women in the United States who face secondary infertility -- a condition that is seemingly as misunderstood as it is common. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here's what not to say to women and couples who are struggling to conceive again, and what to say instead:  1. "You got pregnant once. It will happen again." A woman who has already conceived one or more biological children but can't get or stay pregnant again is considered to have secondary infertility. And it's common. Estimates suggest that more than 3 million women in the United States have grappled with it. Yet the condition is often misunderstood by friends and family who assume that just because a woman had a baby once, she'll definitely be able to again. Unfortunately, that's not true. "Just because a couple conceives their first child easily does not mean conceiving again will necessarily be as easy," said Dr. Katherine Melzer Ross, a reproductive endocrinologist with GENESIS Fertili...
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Authors: Gentile E, Ricci K, Delussi M, Brighina F, de Tommaso M Abstract Previous studies indicated changes of motor cortex excitability in fibromyalgia (FM) patients and the positive results of transcranial stimulation techniques. The present study aimed to explore the metabolism of motor cortex in FM patients, in resting state and during slow and fast finger tapping, using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), an optical method which detects in real time the metabolism changes in the cortical tissue. We studied 24 FM patients and 24 healthy subjects. We found a significant slowness of motor speed in FM ...
Source: Pain Research and Treatment - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Pain Res Treat Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 5: You ’ve Got To Be Kid-ing Me (Pediatric IR) Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 3: Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Embolization Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 41: Other Nonvascular Interventions Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 41: Other Nonvascular Interventions Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 31: You ’re So Hip (MSK) Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 31: You ’re So Hip (MSK) Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology : JVIR - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Scientific Session 31: You ’re So Hip (MSK) Source Type: research
A powerful photo series is highlighting the anguish of infertility. Las Vegas photographer Abbie Fox captured stunning images of local optician Victoria Hamilton to illustrate the painful journeys they’ve followed in their personal lives. Both women have struggled with infertility. Fox had a miscarriage last March after two healthy pregnancies and births and was eventually diagnosed with PCOS, which dashed her dream of having four children.  “We have two amazing children and after this last year I have sort of given up the idea of having another child,” Fox told HuffPost. “It just wasn&rsq...
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Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Behavioral Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Mental Health Parenting Women's Health Source Type: news
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