I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband Bruce, my dog Georgie, and my cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and we've made peace with it. I'm an introverted writer and morning lark! I love school, wine, animals, God, and my Quips and Tips blogs.

Jun 022014
Coping With Miscarriage After Fertility Treatments

These suggestions for coping with miscarriage after fertility treatments are based on recent research. Feelings of depression and sadness may be stronger if you miscarried after assisted reproduction (eg, IVF, IUI) than if you got pregnant naturally. About 20% (one in five) of pregnancies that are a result of fertility treatments end in a miscarriage, says Dr. Cheung Sze Yan Charleen of Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. His researchers found that coping with miscarriage after

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May 302014
13 Tips for Getting Pregnant Without Taking Fertility Drugs

When I was trying to conceive, my health specialists gave me everything from clomid to luteinizing hormones. If you want to get pregnant without fertility drugs, this is a good place to start… Some women who are focused on getting pregnant without fertility drugs believe in starting with the pregnancy tests the day after they miss a period! Other women wait until they’ve missed two or three weeks before getting pregnancy results. Either way, you’ll

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May 212014
Fertility Loans - 6 Important Things to Consider

One way to pay for fertility treatments when you can’t afford IVF (in vitro fertilization) is by borrowing money. If fertility loans sound appealing to you, do your homework first. You may be wondering how to get pregnant when you can’t afford IVF. My husband and I were in the same boat – it was inconceivable to come up with thousands of dollars for fertility treatments. We didn’t know about fertility loans, but even if

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Mar 182014
4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Trying to Conceive

These tips on stressing less when you’re trying to conceive are from the founder of Circle and Bloom, Joanne Verkuilen. She has PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and had a difficult time getting pregnant. But not only did Joanne conceive, she went on to start a fertility website that helps other women who are trying to conceive! She also writes articles that help women get pregnant. This article on taking the stress out of trying to

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Mar 022014
How Getting Pregnant After Fertility Problems Affects Marriage

The good news is getting pregnant and having a baby after fertility problems will improve your marriage (or so the research shows). The bad news is NOT getting pregnant can negatively affect your relationship – and even cause it to end prematurely (again, according to the research). More good news is that not all couples are affected the same way – no matter what the research says! My husband and I had fertility problems, and

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Dec 112013
How Vitamin B9 Affects Your Plans to Get Pregnant

If you’re planning to get pregnant, you need to take the right vitamins and minerals. Both men and women need to know how vitamin B9 (folate) affects your pregnancy – it’s more important than you think! Here’s a summary of a research study that focused on how vitamin B9 (folate) affects getting pregnant and the unborn baby. If you’re planning to get pregnant, it’s important to pay attention to your man’s diet. Vitamin B9 is

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Dec 052013
IVF Increases the Chances of Twins and Triplets

If you don’t want twins or triplets (multiple births), then you need to be very careful with in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Research shows IVF increases the chances women will give birth to more than one baby. Some mothers and couples may hope for twins through fertility treatments, says Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University. But, most of the time multiple births are not desired. In those cases, he

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Dec 032013
How Bipolar Mood Disorder Affects Pregnancy

Here is a summary of how medication for bipolar mood disorder affects a woman’s pregnancy, including the effects on the baby and the effectiveness of the prescription that controls mood swings. Approximately 4.4 million women in the U.S. have bipolar disorder, with women of childbearing age having the highest prevalence. Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression) is a serious, long term condition involving extreme mood swings. Treatment with mood stabilising drugs like lithium, anticonvulsants or antipsychotics

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Nov 262013
How Fear of Infertility Treatments Affects Getting Pregnant

Not getting pregnant after months or years of trying to conceive is devastating – and fear of infertility treatments can prolong the heartbreak. I found a study on how women are affected by their fear of infertility treatments. This study also reveals: How long most women wait before starting infertility treatments Why women have a fear of infertility treatments The effect of infertility treatments on a woman’s emotional and physical health Most women – 68%

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Nov 232013
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test vs. the Calendar Method

When predicting ovulation, the difference between the calendar method and the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is that the digital test detects the surge in luteinising hormone (LH) that triggers ovulation. I found a research study that analysed the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test and the calendar method, it showed that the ovulation test is far more accurate. The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is available on Amazon – and the least expensive way to buy it is in the 20 pack

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