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I Am an Advocate for Infertility: Jen’s Story

By: admin Monday Jul. 21st
Filed in: Infertility Advocacy & Awareness

RESOLVE infertility volunteer and advocateGetting started as a volunteer

AF:  Why did you get into infertility advocacy or volunteer work and what do you hope to accomplish?

Jen: I got formally involved with infertility advocacy by attending RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in 2012. It was a life changing experience that transformed the way I thought and felt about my infertility. Advocacy helped me feel more in control of my disease, and less like a victim. Every time someone with infertility speaks out about their disease – whether to friends or family, or on Facebook, or to elected representatives – we are making a difference. 

AF: Do you find it hard to fit your advocacy and volunteer work into your schedule? What would you tell people who may be hesitant to get involved as volunteers due to work, family, or other commitments?

Jen: Sure, it’s hard to make time for infertility advocacy. It’s hard to be a patient, a professional, a mom, AND an advocate. But, (more…)

The Beginning and the End

By: Stephanie Himel-Nelson Tuesday Jul. 15th
Filed in: Stephanie Himel-Nelson

You all know that I’m addicted to pregnancy tests, right? Well, a funny thing happened the last time I tried to buy one and I had to share it with all of you.

It was a Friday night at about 10pm and I was taking off my bra for the night. Now, this is notable because I am, ahem, well endowed and taking the bra off and letting the girls fly free is just about the best thing ever. But as I was taking off my bra I realized that the girls were feeling pretty tender. Like, tender in a feeling-I-remember-well-from-every-time-I’ve-been-pregnant sort of way. Hmmmmm.

I did some quick backwards math and gave a shrug because we’d stopped trying and there was no way I was pregnant. I told my husband “there’s no way, but I need to take a test or it’s going to drive me crazy,” and I headed to the grocery store for a pregnancy test. Of course, they had them all locked up in the pharmacy. The closed pharmacy. The very nice cashier told me I could come back at 8am for one. Uh, no way! So I headed to the closest 24-hour drug store.

The drug store was surprisingly active for a Friday evening at 10:30pm. There were at least a dozen people in the store. I swear that I must be the only married, adult woman in the world who is still embarrassed to be hanging out in the “family planning” aisle.  Between the pregnancy tests and the condoms (more…)

I Am an Advocate for Infertility: Phoebe’s Story

By: admin Thursday Jul. 10th
Filed in: Infertility Advocacy & Awareness

RESOLVE infertility volunteer and advocateFeaturing Phoebe Kannisto, RESOLVE advocate and volunteer

Today we feature another RESOLVE volunteer in our blog series covering infertility advocacy. Volunteers like Phoebe are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Phoebe’s story inspires us to get started and take action for the cause, no matter how busy we are.

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AF: Why did you get into infertility advocacy or volunteer work and what do you hope to accomplish?

Phoebe: I got into infertility advocacy and volunteer work because I wanted to put my face to the disease of infertility. When my husband and I were diagnosed with secondary male factor infertility I had no one to turn to. No one. This is a silent disease. I wanted to


Choosing an IVF Clinic Using SART Data

By: admin Tuesday Jul. 8th
Filed in: Fertility Treatments & Options

By Dr. Estil Y. Strawn, Jr.

It is well established that most infertility patients do not need in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, IVF does offer many individuals the best chances of getting pregnant and taking home a baby.

If your doctor is recommending IVF, carefully consider where you will seek services. When choosing an IVF clinic, consider factors other than solely looking at IVF clinic data presented by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

The SART website was originally designed so that all clinics performing IVF would have a means of centrally reporting their data. However,


Choosing the Best Fertility Clinic

By: admin Monday Jun. 30th
Filed in: Fertility Treatments & Options

choosing the best fertility clinicBy Dr. Estil Y. Strawn, Jr.

I don’t want this title to mislead you. A better title for this blog is probably: “How do I find a fertility specialist or clinic that will most appropriately address my fertility concerns?” In today’s blog, I offer you a number of pointers and questions to help you pinpoint the best fertility clinic for you.

Your search for a fertility clinic will probably begin with your interactions with the receptionist and scheduling desk. You may be subtly screening them: Are they