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Getting Pregnant After 35

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Are you trying to conceive after 35? Here are 7 things you must know.  

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Fertility Spotlight10

Does Your State Make the Grade? Check Its Fertility Score.

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Where you live can make a huge impact on whether you have access to fertility treatments, or can afford them. This is true on a world scale and a national scale.

Living in a remote area may limit your access to fertility treatment.

To illustrate the importance of place in the United States, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and EMD Serono created an interactive, easy to use map, where you can find out how well your state does.

Each state received a grade - A, B, C, D, or F - based on whether the state has an insurance mandate (a law requiring some sort of fertility coverage), the number of fertility specialists available in the state, the number of RESOLVE support groups available, and the number of women in the state who have had difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to live birth.

Making honor roll with grade A's are Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Coming out at the bottom with F's are Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

(I do feel, however, for Alaska, who likely has difficulty attracting doctors to the cold, remote area. According to the map statistics, Alaska has zero fertility specialists in the state, and just over 15,000 women struggling to conceive.)

The map also lets you know if your state legislature has a track record for trying to pass laws that could limit fertility treatment access, or if your state's fertility mandate is at risk.

Check out the map here:

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Considering Crowdfunding for IVF? Here's How to Get Started

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Whether you call it crowdfunding or running a "kickstarter" campaign, collecting money from your social connections to fund a project or need is gaining popularity. Should you try crowdfunding to pay for your fertility treatments?

Piggy bank receiving red injection of IVF drugs

I personally have contributed to a several crowdfunding campaigns, including one that was raising funds for a medical crisis, a few for families who found themselves unexpectedly out of work, and a few campaigns raising funds for a creative project.

As a donor, I can say participating always gave me a good feeling, and I was happy to have had a chance to support someone else, whether it was a friend in need or a creative person I admired. I'm glad they asked so I could give.

Crowdfunding is being used to raise funds for IVF and adoption. Not everyone feels comfortable with crowdfunding for IVF - perhaps because it's a non-guaranteed treatment. But what is guaranteed in this life? The real question is whether you feel comfortable with crowdfunding.

Raising money this way isn't for everyone. Crowdfunding looks deceptively simple, but it can be a lot of hard work. You also need to have a large number of social connections to really pull it off, and be comfortable not only sharing your story with people but also with asking people for financial support.

I put together three articles to help you consider whether it's for you and, if yes, how to get started:

Are you crowdfunding for infertility? Feel free to leave a link to your campaign in the comments below, and share how your campaign is going!

(Disclaimer: I will delete any links that look spammy, and of course, reader beware before sharing personal information or giving money online. A link appearing in the comments is not an endorsement.)

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Can You Get Pregnant With Irregular Periods? Is Your Period Irregular?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Irregular periods are a symptom of possible infertility. But do irregular periods mean you will definitely have trouble getting pregnant?

When will you ovulate next?

Not necessarily.

While it may make getting pregnant trickier, having an irregular period doesn't always lead to infertility. Whether or not you'll have trouble getting pregnant depends on just how irregular your periods are, what the cause of the irregular periods are, and whether you can time sex for pregnancy well.

Learn more about getting pregnant and irregular periods in this article:

How regular your periods are is just one aspect of your menstrual health.

There are other factors -- like how long your periods are, how heavy your bleeding is, or how bad your cramps are -- that also should be taken into consideration. There are also symptoms of infertility besides irregular periods. Check out these two quizzes to learn more:

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What to Do with the Passover and Easter Blues

Monday April 7, 2014

Holidays are often difficult for those dealing with infertility. Passover, which begins next Monday evening, on April 14th, can be a tricky holiday for the childless. The holiday's main event - the seder, which involves telling the story of the Exodus - includes many child-centered activities. In fact, one of the primary goals of the ritual is to pass the story onto the next generation.

Family on Passover stands around table drinking wine

If you think you can't participate in the Passover holiday because you don't have children of your own, think again. You just may need to think outside of the box. In this article, I'll give you some ideas, plus a story that is sure to inspire.

Easter is also coming up, on April 20th. Family gatherings and child-centered traditions (egg hunts, Easter bunny stories) make it emotionally difficult for many fertility challenged couples.

How do you cope during the holidays? What are your struggles? Feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!

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