The Very Human You

Standing Peaceful

Someone recently asked me why I’m passionate about offering Reiki to women struggling with fertility. Here is my answer: at some point, you have been poked and prodded, had your blood drawn, absorbed statistics, and spoken clinically of your sex life enough to being feeling like a robotic avatar playing the game of your life. […]

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Accepting the Word Infertile: A Patient’s Perspective

pensive woman

April 19-25 is National Infertility Awareness Week #YouAreNotAlone Six months…six long months.  That’s how long it took us to accept the word “infertile.”  Accept the fact that we would never conceive with love alone. Our recipe for making a child was not going to be pure and simple, like everyone else.  Six months to accept our […]

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Painful awareness of otherness

man with stroller

April 19-25 is National Infertility Awareness Week #YouAreNotAlone I teach on two college campuses, so I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about microaggressions over the last year. Microaggressions are the tiny little pin-pricks, usually unintentional, thoughtless, or just causally mean, that over time, escalate into a painful awareness of otherness. The speaker rarely intends to […]

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A Marathon of a Journey: How Marathons and IVF are Similar


Why I Am Running The Boston Marathon to Shine Light on Fertility By: Katie O’Connor, Founder, Shine: A Light On Fertility April 19-25 is National Infertility Awareness Week #YouAreNotAlone I love to run, people who know me know I LOVE to run, especially marathons, it makes me ME! It gives me energy and strength and a sense […]

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Home Studies: Top 10 Considerations

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Home Study is the process of evaluation and education that is required by each state in order for you to be approved to adopt a child.  A good home study will not only provide the professional/agency with the information they are required to obtain for the study, but it should also give you some tools […]

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Life with one fallopian tube

Couple - Reflective

Every morning as I get ready for work I am faced with past mistakes looking back at me through the bathroom mirror. The scars leftover on my body burn into my sides as I curl on my mascara. Never did I think I would be in the situation I am in now; in fact, I […]

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Complementary Treatment: Ancient Techniques for Fertility

Yoga for Fertility

From culture to culture for three thousand years shamans and midwives across the planet have initiated women in healing the most sacred parts of their bodies using yoni vaginal steam baths. The name for the female genitalia in Sanskrit is yoni … bajos in Spanish … chai-yok in Korean. Herbs and steam are combined in […]

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Considering adoption during IVF

woman crossroads

For many years, I have been working with people struggling with infertility. During this time, I have seen treatments advance, alternative paths to parenthood arrive and people building or expanding their families in a variety of ways. Adoption, once a natural “next step,” has become a more complicated choice. Some individuals and couples who might have adopted after a […]

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Facing Gynecologic Surgery While Experiencing Infertility


Today’s post is written by Antonio Gargiulo, MD, Medical Director, Center for Robotic Surgery and a fertility expert in the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery (CIRS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts and the Center for Reproductive Care at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire. Often my patients experiencing infertility need gynecologic surgery because […]

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

March marks the annual health awareness month recognition of Endometriosis Awareness Month. Often stigmatized as merely “killer cramps,” endometriosis is a poorly-understood disease characterized by pelvic pain, painful menstruation, infertility and pregnancy loss, pain with sexual activity, gastrointestinal and urinary tract difficulties and more. Understanding Endometriosis During normal menstruation, the lining of the uterus (endometrium) […]

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