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National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Failing at Fertility?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


“The ability to reproduce is one of the most basic human desires and functions. Why can’t we help fix the reproductive system?”



As we continue to honor National Infertility Awareness Week, a look at the country’s “fertility report card” for insurance coverage. We’re pleased to see Illinois is at the top of the list, but it’s disappointing that more states are not following suite when it comes to infertility coverage.

“We believe that infertility is a disease and we would love to see it covered by insurance as standard of care,” said Barbara Collura, president and CEO of RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association. “Not everyone needs IVF, but if their diagnosis requires IVF, or surgery or drug intervention, we would want all of those covered.”

The hope is that through outreach and education – what National Infertility Awareness Week strives to address – legislation may begin to shift. What do you think? Should infertility be considered similar to another medical condition?

National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Resolve to Know More

Monday, April 21st, 2014


As National Infertility Awareness Week celebrates 25 years, we look back at how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go! It starts with education, not only for others but also for ourselves:

- Resolve to know more about when to see a fertility specialist.
- Resolve to know more about all your family building options.
- Resolve to know more about infertility advocacy.
- Resolve to know more about the latest treatment options.
- Resolve to know more about the disease of infertility.

In a world that is constantly evolving the way infertility does, it’s essential that even those of us who consider ourselves to be “aware” stay informed. At ConceiveAbilities, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new information to provide the best possible service to our intended parents, egg donors and surrogates. It’s our goal to be the best possible guides throughout the process – from the very first step!


Friday Round Up

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Chicago Tribune: Local Nonprofit Brings Awareness to Fertility Issues in Minorities

From Digital Journal: Seven biggest fertility misconceptions

From the Honolulu Star Advisor: Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 

From The Guardian: Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

From Health News Digest: 10 Myths About Pregnancy in Your 40s

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Two surrogates welcomed two beautiful sets of twins within 24 hours! A busy week for babies! 

Juno molecule – a fertility mystery solved?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Could this missing link be a key to improved fertility?

British scientists have discovered a fundamental link that allows sperm and egg to successfully join together – the Juno molecule.

This elusive protein, named after the Roman goddess of fertility, sit on the surface of the egg and binds with a male partner on a sperm cell. The sperm protein was discovered nearly a decade ago, and scientists have been seeking its partner ever since.

“Without this essential interaction, fertilization just cannot happen,” said lead researcher Dr. Gavin Wright. “We may be able to use this discovery to improve fertility treatments and develop new contraceptives.”

Now that the link has been found, scientists are screening infertile women to see if missing Juno could be the cause of their condition. In the future, a simple genetic screening test could help doctors identify the condition sooner rather than later to maximize treatment options.

“We know that fertilization failure in IVF is quite rare, and so I suspect the lack or dysfunction of this protein is probably not a major cause of infertility in couples,” admits fertility expert Dr. Allan Pacey. “However, it would be useful to know how many women have eggs that lack this protein so we can properly assess this.”


New study: stress linked to infertility

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It’s no surprise to us: the results of a recent study lend further evidence that stress has a direct tie to infertility.

On a basic human level, it seems inevitable. If our bodies are in constant fight or flight mode, cortisol and alpha-amylase are inevitably going to be elevated. Interestingly, research showed that cortisol, while the hormone most commonly associated with stress, wasn’t as much a factor. The real marker appears to be alpha-amylase, which is a digestive protein found in saliva. The study found that women with high levels of alpha-amylase took 29% longer to get pregnant.

Still, doctors remind that stress alone won’t cause infertility.

“Women who are doing everything they can to get pregnant are often told by well-meaning people, ‘If you would just relax you would get pregnant,’” says Dr. Suleena Kansal Kalra, an infertility specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. “That can be very counterproductive.”

While a myriad of other factors can come in to play, it’s a prime opportunity to address stress in day-to-day life. Dealing with infertility is challenging enough, and making time in the day to treat yourself well must be a priority. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, either – focusing on common sense self care like a solid night’s sleep, eating whole, unprocessed foods, and getting in 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise truly can ease tension and help us naturally focus on the positive.

Is a celebrity’s miracle our business?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

When MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband welcomed their daughter earlier this month, the announcement was accompanied by a beautiful tribute to their gestational carrier.

“It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms.”

While her news was met with warmth and joy, particularly from the many who have utilized third party reproduction to build their own families, others applauded the fact that Harris-Perry herself made the choice to go public with their story.

In an article for Slate, contributor Jessica Grose, noted, “I’ve been somewhat appalled of late at commentators who say celebrities older than 35 must talk about their struggles to get pregnant.”

With a number of women in the spotlight having children a bit later in life, much speculation is made about reproductive assistance – and many seem to expect announcements about how they had their babies when nature indicates it’s not possible. Grose made an interesting point that it is not up to celebrities to act as our biology teachers.

“There is no shortage of media telling women about how their eggs are shriveling up and dying,” she said. “It’s a tragic disservice to assume that women can’t learn that there’s a relationship between age and fertility without someone famous telling them so.”

We have always maintained that disclosure is a very personal decision, regardless of celebrity status. While it’s been exciting to witness more and more people feeling comfortable sharing their journeys, we certainly respect the decision not to. What do you think? Do public figures owe an explanation to the rest of the world regarding the conception of their families?


Friday Round Up

Friday, February 21st, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From CNN: Record number of women using IVF to get pregnant

From The Conversation: Rest assured, IVF babies grow into healthy adults

From The Tampa Bay Times: Dealing with the high cost of conceiving

From MSNBC: How we made our miracle

From Chicago Tribune: Number of test-tube babies born in U.S. hits record percentage

From The New York Times: And Surrogacy Makes 3 

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

There’s still time to register for Making Parenting Conceivable: A Gay Man’s Guide to Family Building, our free educational seminar for hopeful dads! 

Friday Round Up

Friday, February 7th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:


From Huffington Post: This Celebrity Just Gave Birth at 49, But Don’t Assume You Can Too

From The Dallas Morning News: To each, his own

From Cornell Chronicle: Protein that culls damaged eggs identified, infertility reversed

From Channel News Asia: Gluten intolerance could be possible caused of “unexplained infertility”

From CBS Boston: Secondary Infertility Becoming More Common

From Wisconsin Gazette: Grant to help inform HIV-positive people of family-building options

From Fox News: Fate of a fertilized egg: Why some embryos don’t implant


And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Surrogate Angel and her Intended Dads are celebrating a successful embryo transfer with beautiful beta numbers this week! 

Friday Round Up

Friday, January 31st, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Jerusalem Post: Health Ministry advocates allowing gay couples to use surrogate mothers

From The New York Times: Addicted to I.V.F., or Addicted to Hope?

From The Washington Post: Kansas lawmaker wants to make surrogate motherhood illegal

From U.S. News & World Report: Baby May Help Keep Couples With Fertility Problems Together

From USA Today: Fewer women seek help for infertility, data show

From The Huffington Post: The Disgrace of Infertility 

From Capital Public Radio: You’d Think We’d Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No


And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Join us on Saturday, March 1st for “Making Parenting Conceivable: The Gay Man’s Guide to Family Building.” Register for free!

Friday Round Up

Friday, January 10th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Guardian: From IVF to dementia: six health breakthroughs we might see in 2014

From New York Magazine: Face It: You Can’t Have a Baby Whenever You Want

From Huffington Post: A Twin Mom’s Post-Infertility Survivor Guilt

From the Irish Independent: Egg donation enabled me to have the family I had longed for

From BioNews: Mapping DNA of egg cells could boost IVF success

From Chicago Tribune: 10 Bad Habits to Break in 2014 to Boost Fertility


And in ConceiveAbilities news?

We’re getting ready to host our first Chicago area support group for intended parents through surrogacy! Join us on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30, and contact us to learn more.