So much in our lives is defined by the idea of an end goal or reaching a specific destination. In the workplace, in our social lives, and even in our hobbies it can be easy to think of life in terms of success or failure. So it’s no surprise that many women approach fertility and motherhood the same way. Culturally we are encouraged to think only of specific outcomes and not to consider how we may learn, grow, and transform as we move toward our dreams. While there is likely significant personal and social pressure to focus on results to make us happy, thinking this wayRead More
March is a month when we pay special attention to women - from celebrations of Women’s History Month to events and demonstrations around the world on International Women’s Day. This month is also endometriosis awareness month, and that makes it good time to highlight this condition’s impact on women’s fertility and everyday lives. While many women have heard of endometriosis, there is still a lot of confusion around its symptoms and its most effective treatments, and even more so, whether there are any other ways women can help themselves to feel better by making empowered lifestyle decisions and embracing their health The short answer is yes, you can make choices that will help, and I’ve seen it make a lot of difference for my patients.Read More
It is now a few weeks into January and I hope that you’re all honoring your intentions and resolutions for 2017 with a sense of empowerment and authenticity. I also hope for another important thing: you will feel strength in your full humanity this year. As you look at all the possibilities on the horizon, I invite you to also embrace the dark, the pain, both good and bad, that makes up your full emotional range as a balanced, healthy human being.Read More
Chances are you've spent part of your December thinking about what you will be giving your family members and what you can do for your friends during the holidays. These acts of kindness are beautiful gestures of appreciation for the loved ones in our lives that make the season worth all of the additional effort. I can’t imagine not being able to generously give and show love during this time of year. There are also real benefits to this.Read More
The reality that some women will conceive easily and some women will experience a much more difficult journey to do so can rob even the most grounded soul of her sanity. Sure, modern science is there to explain that fertility issues are common and surmountable. But this doesn’t always soothe a racing mind or ease anxietyRead More
Nearly a year ago, I found myself sitting with a new patient, Jenny. Her reproductive endocrinologist had made a referral to our office for additional support while she was going through her egg freezing process.
Upon meeting Jenny you get the immediate impression that she has everything one could want and, more specifically, she has achieved these things on her own terms. Her decision concerning motherhood could easily be accepted as another self-directed aspect of the full, beautiful life she’d built for herself.
Behind the veneer of success, though, like many women that come to see me, Jenny was struggling.Read More
There are many things that we as women spend a great deal of time readying ourselves for throughout our lives, whether it be college, grade school, a notable promotion, or even our wedding day. We understand that the preparation itself is valuable, that it will provide us with an edge and a better perspective as we step into a new phase of our lives.Read More
Anita’s story starts off as many do – she found love a little later in life, and she and her husband started trying to have a baby when she was 34. Anita had no problem conceiving, but had a difficult time maintaining a healthy pregnancy. She experienced several early miscarriages that left her physically and emotionally drained. Each required at least six months of recovery time before she could start trying to conceive again. In part because of her age, Anita was feeling both the deep sadness of the miscarriages and the pressure of needing to conceive quickly, even if her body hadn’t completely healed.Read More
When Jocelyn first came to see me, she and her husband had been trying to conceive for over a year. She had been through four cycles of Clomid and three IUIs, none of which had resulted in a pregnancy. She had reached the point where her physician recommended she take a break from medical treatments due to the stress it was causing her. Jocelyn’s physician suggested she look into stress relief techniques such as acupuncture, which lead her to my practice.Read More
For many, infertility is an isolating experience. One out of every eight couples will experience it, and so far nearly eight million women have gone through fertility treatments – but most of them suffer in silence. Despite the growing incidences of infertility in the United States and across the globe, we just don’t talk about it the way we do with diseases like cancer. There seems to be a cultural lag in awareness and acceptance for those with reproductive health concerns. Even if it’s a problem affecting someone you care about, right now – because of the nature of the deep shame and suffering that goes hand in hand with infertility, chances are you might not know about it.Read More