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General Information on Infertility

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General Information on Infertility

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General Information on Infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology, and Enhancing and Preserving Fertility:

  • Great explanation on the causes of infertility broken down by male factor, uterine, tubal, ovarian, and other provided by Ferring Pharmaceutical. Easy to understand. Great resource.
  • Wonderful essay about infertility from the guy's perspective- The Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Paul Ford. It is both poignant and funny and ultimately uplifting. He and his wife are now the parents of girl/boy twins.

  • A great overview of treatment options to help you concieve including available medications and additional treatment options.

  • National Institutes on Health website on Primary Ovarian Insufficiency - General resources as well as information on their clinical research program whose goal is to develop improved treatments for young women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI.)

  • Conceive Magazine (conception, infertility, and adoption) Great magazine that is available in all major bookstores.

  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) - nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Infertility FAQ's (National Women's Health Information Center - We work to educate and motivate people to live healthier lives by giving them trustworthy, accurate health information.

  • Infertility FAQs (Women's Health Resources).

  • Infertility Answers, Inc. is an informational website on third party reproduction.

  • How Do I Know If I Have an Infertility Problem? (Resolve: The National Infertility Association).

  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association RESOLVE is a national consumer organization that offers support for men and women dealing with infertility. This is a wonderful source of great information and is unique in that it provides resources for advocating for infertility friendly legislation.

  • Infertility (March of Dimes).

  • Although, Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters is primarily known as a great infertility blog, the site has also morphed over the past couple of years into a great all around resource for infertility. I particularly like her Operation Heads Up, which explain all sorts of procedures, diagnoses, medication, and third party reproduction. These summaries are written by other patients and have a been-there-done-that feel which is a nice break from the usual.

  • Fertile Hope Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) promotes and advances the standards for the practice of assisted reproductive technology to the benefit of patients.

  • Fertility Plus Good informational resource.

  • Low Tech solution that may be worth a try. This article is excepted from the The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II published by Rodale. It includes some of the more common low tech solutions such as cough syrup, egg whites, and Vitamin C.

  • "Natural Solutions to Infertility " This article seems well researched and balanced without making ridiculous claims. But in my opinion, if you're under 32 and have been trying for one year or if you are over 32 and have been trying for 6 months go see a board certified reproduction endocrinologist.

  • Facing Life Without Children When It Isn't by Choice. The decision to live child-free in the New York Times.

  • Patients Voices: Infertility. Audio clips of the infertility experience in the New York Times.

  • If you are truly stuck and need independent advice, consider an infertility consultant. Two of the best are Angie Best-Boss and Evelina Sterling, PhD. Although, not MDs, they are well versed in all things infertility and have written numerous books on the subject, including books on egg donation, PCOS, and a consumer's guide type book on infertility treatment that will be released in Spring 2009. For more information, go to www.myfertilityplan.com. They can be reached at myfertilityplan@gmail.com or 877-509-PLAN.

  • Fertility Authority offers a wide array of information and resources dealing with infertility: including sections on diagnosis, treatment, emotional issues, and family building options to name a few. They also have a men only section.

  • The cost of infertility can be expensive. Fertility Focus offers some ingenious solutions to affording infertility that they have seen work for other hopeful parents-to-be.

  • The best explanation, plus pictures, of embryo grading that I've found is at the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago website. They explain grading for Day 3 embryos and Day 5 embryos.

  • Pee On A Stick is a website that provides up to date information on pregnancy tests and ovulation predictor tests.

  • Two Week Wait is dedicated to providing hope and inspiration while waiting to POAS (pee on a stick)!

  • Fertile Dreams provides education, advocacy and grants to couples needing assistance with IVF or adoption.

  • American Fertility Association - Provides factsheets and handbooks on infertility and adoption in their virtual library.

  • Fertility 101: Tools to help you feel more empowered and in control of your fertility journey
  • Here is a Personal treatment calendar that you can download to keep track of every step of your ART cycle.

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