New complexities in our understanding of conception

By Aviva Bock, CCMHC, LMHC Many years ago, my friend Jane married in her late thirties and was not surprised when she was not able to conceive a child — after all, the information all said it was harder for older mothers to conceive — so she and her husband grieved and then applied to […]

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Timing is everything

By Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo There’s a popular knock knock joke that goes like this: Knock, knock Who is there? The interrupting cow. The interrupt- MOOOOOO! With this joke, timing is everything. In fact, many things in life come down to timing. From a punchline to cooking a perfect meal to making sure your chances of […]

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Clinical Trials: Hope for a Better Tomorrow

By Rachel Basso What gets you up in the morning? For me it is hope – hope for a better tomorrow. You see, I have suffered from chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms since I was about 13 years old. Yet I did not have clear enough symptoms to get a decisive diagnosis of endometriosis […]

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Explaining a “Miracle Baby”

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc At bedtime on my daughter’s ninth birthday, she asked me to explain how babies are made. I think it was just a coincidence that it was on her birthday, but the timing did make the conversation even more meaningful. This was the most pointed time she had ever asked about conception. […]

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We Are 1 In 8.

By Rachelle Bernard 1 in 8. Did you know that one in eight couples deals with infertility?  Did you know there is such a thing as National Infertility Awareness Week?  Yeah, like you I had no idea. Why would I? I’m almost 42 years old. I have two children, 19 and 16. Why would I know? […]

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The top 10 things your reproductive endocrinologist would want you to know

By Mary Sabatini, MD, PhD Having difficulty with conceiving is a very common medical problem. Approximately one out of every six couples will not be able to conceive after one year of trying. Thus any couple who has difficulty is not alone. Like any other medical problem, fertility troubles should not be ignored. In addition […]

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Considering adoption from foster care?

By Diane Tomaz, Director of Family Support Services Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)   Of the more than 600 children in Massachusetts foster care, every last one wants a family and a place to call home. What does it take to adopt a child from foster care? For starters, your home can be rented or owned. […]

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Top 10 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Fertility NOW!

By Jessica L. Molleur In the recent news, there has been a lot of conflicting information on the role of diet, exercise, stress, and fertility treatments for patients trying to conceive. Eat ice cream, don’t eat ice cream. Exercise more, exercise less. The truth is that a cookie-cutter treatment plan effective for all patients doesn’t […]

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Crashing Waves

In the mid 1990s, when I burst from the closet at 16 years old, waving my rainbow flag, I began my long journey out as a LGBTQ person. I was, all at once, alive for the first time in my life. I recall the moment when I finally allowed myself this identity. A weight was […]

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Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Infertility

Today’s post was written by Dr. Elena Yanushpolsky, an infertility specialist with the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Yanushpolsky is also the Director of the Brigham and Women’s Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth. When conventional fertility treatments do not […]

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