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What to Expect When You're... Still Not Expecting

IVF Isn't About the Journey, It's About the Destination While some women may share their birth stories, I wanted to share our fertility story. Translating my mind's weavings into words on paper has helped me weather numerous storms, but throughout 2015 -- a year marred by a lot of heartbreak and too many hormonal injections -- when I've needed this kind of therapy the most, I maintained silence on a subject that hit me like a piece of fallen scaffolding. Instead, I relied heavily on the physical support of my husband, family and friends, all for whom I am extremely grateful. With each setback along this grueling and at times never-ending journey, I would begin the story over and over again in my head, but I never got around to completing it. Until now. *** After a year and a half of trying to get pregnant the old-fashioned way, which is to say without downloading ovulation apps and marking red Ps on the calendar every month, and just hoping it would take a few romantic evenings at home or on vacation with my husband, we consulted a local OB-GYN about our dilemma. She prescribed a few months of charting everything from my morning temperature to the location of my cervix. That didn't work. She then prescribed three months of Clomid -- a drug that helps women ovulate more regularly, which in turn can help you track when to have sex more accurately. My cycles were anywhere between 28 and 40 days, so I hoped this would be the wonder drug we needed to get pregnant. It was n...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Conclusion: Double-balloon enteroscopy is useful for diagnosing and treating some small-bowel disease. PMID: 29786046 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Chinese Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Chin Med J (Engl) Source Type: research
Abstract Background: Despite recent advances that have improved the pregnancy success rates that can be achieved via in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy, it is not yet clear which blastocyst morphological parameters best predict the outcomes of single blastocyst transfer. In addition, most of the previous studies did not exclude the effect of embryo aneuploidy on blastocysts transfer. Thus, the present study investigated the predictive value of various parameters on the pregnancy outcomes achieved via the transfer of frozen euploid blastocysts. Methods: The study retrospectively analyzed 914 single euploid b...
Source: Chinese Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Chin Med J (Engl) Source Type: research
Mucocutaneous bleeding symptoms and/or persistent thrombocytopenia occur in individuals with congenital disorders of platelet function and number. Apart from bleeding, these disorders are often associated with additional hematologic and clinical manifestations, including auditory, immunologic, and oncologic disease. Autosomal recessive, dominant, and X-linked inheritance patterns have been demonstrated. Precise delineation of the molecular cause of the platelet disorder can aid the pediatrician in the detection and prevention of specific disorder-associated manifestations and guide appropriate treatment and anticipatory ca...
Source: Pediatric Clinics of North America - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Source Type: research
Abnormal uterine bleeding is common in adolescents and is thought to affect 9% to 14% of women in their reproductive years. Certain unique aspects of underlying inherited or acquired blood disorders exacerbate the “expected” hormonal imbalance at this age, thereby increasing the morbidity of the underlying problem. A multifactorial etiology demands a collaborative approach between hematologists and gynecologists or adolescent medicine physicians to effectively manage abnormal uterine bleeding in young wom en with blood disorders.
Source: Pediatric Clinics of North America - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Source Type: research
This article reviews the molecular structure and function of VWF as well as the clinical symptoms, laboratory-based diagnostic workup, and classification schema for VWD. It highlights current treatment options and state-of-the art research in VWF and VWD.
Source: Pediatric Clinics of North America - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Source Type: research
Rapid expansion of therapeutic options have increased the complexity of hemophilia care. Previously, on-demand therapy aimed to reduce morbidity and early mortality; however, now aggressive prophylaxis, particularly in children, encourages an active lifestyle. Accurate diagnosis, recognition of early threats to musculoskeletal health, and optimization of therapy are critical for both males and females affected by hemophilia. The diversity of emerging hemophilia therapies, from modified factor protein concentrates, to gene therapy, to nonfactor hemostatic strategies, provide an exciting opportunity to target unmet needs in ...
Source: Pediatric Clinics of North America - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Source Type: research
[Namibian] The thirty something tents across the maternity waiting room about a five-minute drive from the Engela State Hospital in Ohangwena region don't look like much from a distance.
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Conclusion: Clinical evidence of splenic sequestration and DUS finding of increased maximum shunt velocity correlate with angiographic findings of SRS dysfunction and could be used to help predict the need for shunt intervention.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Original Articles: Hepatology Source Type: research
Conclusions: This study showed that half of all first diagnostic endoscopies in our unit had neither macroscopic nor histological abnormalities. There was discrepancy between macroscopic abnormalities and histological findings in OGD. Prospective studies are needed to develop guidelines in appropriately predicting abnormality and selecting patients for endoscopy.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Original Articles: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Probiotics are theoretically promising in primary prevention of celiac disease (CD), but research evidence on the topic is scarce. We used the data and material of a clinical double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial on primary allergy prevention (n = 1223) to investigate in an exploratory study whether administration of a mix of pro- and prebiotics during late pregnancy and first 6 months of life was associated with prevalence of CD during 13-year follow-up. Children who fulfilled diagnostic criteria for CD (n = 11) and subjects with a serum sample available for analyzing CD antibodies (n = 867) were in...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Short Communications: Gastroenterology: Celiac Disease Source Type: research
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