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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.

Getting through the holidays

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Blog, couples, infertilty | 0 comments

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 baby to celebrate the season with next year.  And here you...

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Support From Family & Friends During Infertility Treatment

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

One of the many challenges people like you face when making decisions about family building options, or going through treatment is the type of “support” they receive from family and friends that know they are trying to have a baby.   Often, those that are closest unknowingly say and do things that are insensitive and hurtful.  They ask inappropriate questions, and often times give advice that is not wanted or helpful. There are many ways to respond to friends and loved ones when you feel hurt, sad, or angry because of something they have...

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The Pain of Miscarriage

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Most people know and realize that miscarriage is a possibility when trying to conceive, with 15-20% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage.  Even though miscarriages are not uncommon, it is difficult, if not impossible to avoid the pain and suffering that comes along with a pregnancy loss.  The physical toll a miscarriage has on a woman’s body is often times surprising and unexpected.  The emotional toll can be even more difficult to experience and comprehend. Exactly how a miscarriage can emotionally impact a woman and her partner/spouse...

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Diagnosis Infertility: Now What?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

If you have recently received an infertility diagnosis from your physician, or perhaps diagnosed yourself based on information you accessed from the world wide web, you are likely feeling overwhelmed, scared, and uncertain.  There are many other feelings that may have come and gone, only to resurface again the next day, week, or month. One of the most overwhelming things about being diagnosed with infertility is that the number of decisions to be made are numerous and varied.  Knowing what to do and when to do it are significant challenges...

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The Grief of Infertility

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Definitions of grief vary depending on the dictionary used, but all define grief as a type of deep sorrow or distress caused by the loss of something or someone.  Most of us associate grief with the process one goes through after the death of someone close to us.  It is likely you have never considered that grieving is part of the rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs that go along with infertility, and building your family in non-traditional ways. Whether you have ever considered the impact of grief and the grieving process on your...

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What is your fertility plan?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of you reading this post probably do not have an “official” Fertility Plan, but likely have given much thought and consideration to how and when you will have a baby. Creating an “official” Fertility Plan is a very effective way for couples to cope with the difficult emotions that are a result of an infertility diagnosis. Also, a Fertility Plan is helpful in navigating the decision-making process of treatment and family-building options. Perhaps the biggest benefit of developing a Fertility Plan with your spouse or partner, is...

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How to cope when everyone around you is pregnant

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

It seems that when having difficulty conceiving, everyone else around you is conceiving at distressing rates. Why is that? Well the truth is, many of your friends, siblings, and co-workers are in the same stage of life as you, and therefore are building their families. It is distressing for those that are trying to build their families, and are not successful, to hear about the success and luck others are having. In this day and age, with email and Facebook, you are likely bombarded weekly, if not daily, with news of the pregnancies and...

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