Category: Infertility

Couples & Fertility Help: Valentine’s Day Survival Tips

As a day associated with passionate love and romance, Valentine’s Day often sparks stress in couples who are trying to conceive or seeking fertility help. Couples undergoing fertility treatment often see expectant couples at this time of year and cringe, wondering and hoping. Worse yet, they wonder, how can I feel romantic this Valentine’s Day […]

Should You Genetically Test Your Egg?

As a woman ages, her eggs are more prone to genetic chromosomal abnormalities. These abnormalities may sometimes lead to increased age-related infertility, miscarriages and birth defects. The most common cause is age. When a woman is over 4o these chances are increased and it may be healthier for the child, and the mother, to use […]

Common Infertility Myths that Stress Out Would-be Parents

At Santa Monica Fertility Clinic, we see thousands of patients each year who come in worried and stressed because parenthood hasn’t come as easily as they’d hoped. In the end, almost all of them achieve a healthy pregnancy and have a baby in their arms, thanks to the many fertility treatments that are available. However, during […]

Never Say These 9 Things to Friends Experiencing Infertility

You said what?!? Most of us have a friend who’s trying to get pregnant. With 1 in 8 couples experiencing infertility, you probably have friends right now who are undergoing fertility treatment. But what do you to say to a friend who’s experiencing infertility? If you haven’t been through it yourself, or it’s been a long time since you […]

How Fertility Friendly Is Your State?

Could the state you live in have anything to do with your fertility? It could have something to do with your access to fertility specialists and your likelihood of reaching your planned family size. A recent report put out by RESOLVE ranks each state in the US by “fertility friendliness” or the ease that people […]

When Is Egg Donation a Good Option?

The heartache of one or more failed IVF attempts is impossible to explain to anyone who hasn’t longed for a baby—your own delightfully cuddly, sweet-smelling infant cradled in your arms—more than anything else in the world. You may feel depressed, angry, and betrayed by your own body as well as jealous of other women who […]

Infertility Stress Management Tips

One of the most frustrating parts of coping with infertility is dealing with the assumption of friends and family members that you are “just too stressed out about the baby thing,” or that your high stress lifestyle is somehow contributing to infertility. “Move out of the city,” they say. “Quit your job. Relax. Stay at home all day.” […]

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Fertility

Since before the time of Cleopatra, people have been using plant resins and flower oils for adornment, to balance emotions, and to enhance health. Using aromatherapy to support fertility treatments is becoming increasingly popular. The practice of aromatherapy is based on many traditional uses of natural plant oils and plant resins, including age old favorites like […]

Preparing for Pregnancy: Keys to Health and Wellness

Are you thinking of having a baby in the next few years? If teensy baby shoes and kissable baby toes are on your mind, it’s time to prepare for pregnancy. Numerous studies show that a woman’s pre-pregnancy health, stress level, and overall fitness have a significant impact on the ease of her pregnancy, the delivery, and the baby’s health.  The […]

Supporting Friends with Infertility Issues

Can you imagine what it would feel like if the sight of someone pushing a stroller suddenly made you feel angry, wistful, or depressed? If you’ve got a friend going through infertility—which can include frequent miscarriages or the inability to get pregnant—feelings like this are a daily struggle. Couples who are experiencing infertility often go […]

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