PCOS 101

What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a spectrum of clinical disorders that currently affects up to 8 percent of reproductive-age females. The condition is associated with increased androgen production from the ovaries and insulin resistance. PCOS can present with a variety of symptoms, but is primarily characterized by ovulatory dysfunction and hyperandrogenism. Full Entry »

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Thank you for making me a father

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Father’s Day could mean many different things to different dads. It could mean another random color tie you are forced to begrudgingly wear because your kid got it for you. Perhaps it means breakfast in bed, spending time with the people you love the most in the world or it may mean you finally, just for one day, get the remote control and don’t have to watch Disney Junior for at least 24 hours. Full Entry »

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Egg freezing: Can we pause the biological clock?

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Mainstream media often sends misleading messages to women about reproductive health and infertility. We have all seen magazine covers at the grocery store featuring celebrities well into their 40s and 50s, clutching baby bumps or newborn babies, suggesting an apparent ease and ability to conceive naturally at these ages. Unfortunately, this isn’t the whole truth. The “big lie” here is that women falsely believe they can delay pregnancy indefinitely. Full Entry »

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Infertility to pregnancy…our emotional, yet hopeful journey to becoming parents

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I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in my 30s. PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts which ultimately makes it difficult, sometimes impossible, for women to become pregnant. My husband and I married in 2011 with the knowledge that children might never be a possibility for us. However, in November 2012, we discovered I was pregnant. Needless to say, we were more than elated. Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving weekend, our elation turned into heartbreak when at eight weeks of pregnancy, I miscarried. We were referred back to the specialist who initially diagnosed me with PCOS for consultation. He suggested we try oral fertility medications to assist with pregnancy. Four rounds of fertility medications and a whole year filled with tests and doctor appointments proved futile in our attempts to become pregnant. We were then told IUI or IVF may be our only hope for having children. Full Entry »

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Facing a congenital diaphragmatic hernia diagnosis

My husband and I waited 18 years to have a child. So when I found out I was pregnant, we were so excited. We love children and now we were going to have our own. Sadly, during a routine sonogram we learned there were going to be serious complications. It was obvious to the doctor preforming the sonogram that my son’s organs were not where they were supposed to be. He had a hole in his diaphragm and some of his tiny organs such as his stomach, intestines and spleen, had migrated into his chest cavity. Full Entry »

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