Archive for the ‘Fertility News’ Category

New study: stress linked to infertility

Wednesday, April 9th, 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. 

Friday Round Up

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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 Slate.com: Let’s Get Rid of the Secrecy in Donor-Conceived Families

From Chicago Tribune: Advice from Two Pros: How to Navigate the Holidays With An Infertility Diagnosis

From Boston WBUR: The New Fertility Frontier: A Child With Three Biological Parents

From The Times UK: IVF gene test could double success rate

From Bio News: Every step of IVF affected by woman’s age

From TIME: Men’s Fertility Should Be Scrutinized Too

 

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

This week brought the best gifts imaginable – 3 positive pregnancy tests and the news of twins for one thrilled set of Intended Parents! 

Friday Round Up

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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 USA Today: Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

From BBC News: IVF success ‘downhill from age 37′

From Huffington Post: IVF Not ‘Main Offender’ Behind High Rates of Multiple Births from Reproductive Treatments

From RTE News: Woman challenges denial of maternity benefit after surrogacy

 

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

We were fortunate to celebrate the season with two dozen of our incredible surrogates at special holiday support group dinners in Chicago and Denver this week!

Friday Round Up

Friday, November 29th, 2013

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 Today.com : ‘Egg agents’ recruit women to sell their eggs

From the New York Post: Parents audition actresses – for their eggs

From the San Francisco Gate: ‘Generation Cryo’ review: Searching for family

From IVF.net: Sharp rise in multiple births for older mothers

From International Fertility Law Group: ‘Delivery Man’ Delivers Realistic Look at Consequences Along With Laughs

 

And in ConceiveAbilities news?
We’re expanding our surrogacy program!

Friday Round Up

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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 Chicago Tribune: Understanding Infertility: 5 Most Common Diagnoses & Treatment Solutions

From The Daily Telegraph: Fertility Myth: Are women being duped? 

From the New York Post: It’s time to make paid surrogacy legal in New York 

From the Irish Times: New laws to ban commercial surrogacy

From ConnectTriStates.com: The rollercoaster of infertility

 

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

It’s a big week for birthdays! We’re celebrating special days for FOUR incredible Team Baby staff members. Happy birthday, ladies!