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You will want to follow my blog–and it’s easier than ever. You can sign up to receive updates via RSS feed or via email. I’ll share insights on counseling and wellness topics, and even profile client successes from time to time. Suggestions for coping with everyday stresses, ideas for enhancing intimacy, tips and suggestions for staying on track…you’ll find it all in my blog.

Coping With Infertility: A Mind-Body Medicine Approach

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Research has shown that the psychological stress of infertility can affect your marriage, your relationship with others, and even your career.  It also can contribute greatly to health problems including heart disease, cancer and hypertension.  The impact stress has on reproductive health is inconclusive.  The research is mixed as to whether stress causes infertility, but we do know that infertility, and treatment for infertility causes stress.  We have learned that relieving the stress associated with infertility can increase the...

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Getting Through the Holidays

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog, coping, emotions, holidays, infertility | 0 comments

The dread of the holiday season is upon us once again.  The holidays are stressful for everyone, not just for individuals and couples that have been diagnosed with infertility, and may be going through treatment for infertility.  However, the holiday season is a time frame that can be a land mine of opportunity for ramping up the already painful emotions that are part of the journey to build your family.  If you are reading this now, it is possible that what got you through last Thanksgiving and Christmas or Chanukah, was the vision of a...

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At a Cross Roads With Your Infertility? Counseling Options in Kansas City Can Help!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Regardless of where you are on your family building journey, deciding what to do next can be such a difficult decision!  When not successful at conceiving, each month that passes without a pregnancy is devastating, whether you were trying to conceive through assisted reproductive technology, or the good old-fashioned way.  I still often wonder if people really get pregnant the old-fashioned way… When you find yourself at a cross roads about what to do next, weighing your options is a good idea.  It is important to take your time and not...

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Benefits of Joining an Infertility Support Group in Kansas City

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

There are quite a few benefits to women that have received an infertility diagnosis by participating in a support group in Kansas City.  One of the most important benefits is a decreased sense of isolation.  The sharing of feelings, accomplishments, and losses known to only those that experience infertility can develop a special bond among group members. Come find out for yourself how an infertility support group in Kansas City can help you by joining Complementary Care Group’s next support group...

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Explaining Unexplained Infertility

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Blog, coping, couples, emotions, fertility, infertility, infertilty | 0 comments

If you are dealing with unexplained infertility it might be helpful to know it is a relatively common diagnosis.  In fact, 20% of all couples receive this diagnosis. Unexplained Infertility is defined as the absence of a definable cause for a couple’s failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 months of attempting conception despite a thorough evaluation. Any couple that experiences infertility knows the difficult and frustrating emotions that come along with the diagnosis.  Couples that receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility agonize...

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Pregnancy Envy Does Not Mean You Are Crazy….

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

For those women out there who are trying to have a baby, and it’s just not happening, it is likely you have experienced feelings of jealousy and/or envy when hearing someone’s pregnancy news, or when seeing another pregnant woman.  You are not crazy, nor are you unique in having this emotion.  As crazy as you might feel, please be reassured you are not.  Every woman I have ever known, personally or professionally that has had difficulty conceiving has experienced these feelings of jealousy or envy.  Yes I mean every woman, and that...

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Considering adoption as a family-building option

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in adoption, Blog, infertility, kerry christifano | 0 comments

The ongoing advancement of medical technology in the field of reproductive medicine offers you many options to consider when deciding how to fulfill your dream of expanding your family.  For those of you that decide to seek medical treatment, there are many factors to consider before taking action.  There is a plethora of information available to you so it is important that you have a fertility plan in place to help you in your decision-making process. Adoption may or may not be an option you are currently considering to build your...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 2

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, emotions, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the second of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years.  Click here to read the first post if you missed it! ********* Have you ever wondered what the hardest part of my job is?  The hardest part of my job is not knowing the exact right thing to say at the exact right time. That’s it!  Straight...

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Words of wisdom from fertility nurse Brandi Oude Alink, part 1

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog, infertility | 0 comments

The following is the first of a two-part post from guest blogger Brandi Oude Alink, WHNP (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner).  Brandi is a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Specialists in Kansas City, MO and has worked with patients suffering from infertility for over 10 years. *********** First, let me say that I’ve been where you are. I’ve been through the years of trying, financial worries, marital headaches, torturous miscarriages, shots, procedures, and lots and lots and lots of tears. So maybe my perspective is not...

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The Reluctant Spouse/Partner

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Blog, couples, fertility, infertility | 0 comments

Several months ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of having a fertility plan for those that have been diagnosed with infertility.  In counseling sessions with my clients, the benefits are evident as I see how a fertility plan helps couples navigate through the difficult decision-making process of treatment and family-building options. In reflecting back to the post, and in recalling many past sessions with clients, there is one variable I have witnessed that can really make developing a fertility plan challenging for a couple.  It is...

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