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Having infertility issues can really be a drag.  But you can’t
let it drag you down.

Remember when you were a child?   You did
things for the sheer joy of it.  You didn’t care about
what others thought. You did things simply to have
fun.

Think about reclaiming that childhood exuberance
and joy of living in the present moment.  Can you
lighten up a little?

Life is what you focus on and that focus will
determine your enjoyment of daily reality.

Your emotions are created by your thoughts. To
stop taking yourself so seriously, it’s important to
create an internal environment that supports you.

To deal with the stress of infertility and life, it’s
important to be able to laugh at yourself.

Let’s face it, there will be a lot of things you can’t
change and the better your sense of humor, the
better you’re going to feel about you and your life.
Humor keeps us sane and gives us a sense of
balance.

Give yourself a break and try out these ideas for
brightening up your perspective on your life.

1.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a good joke
teller, tell a joke every day for the next 21 days. (It
can be the same joke told to 21 different people.)

2.  At least once a month, go with friends to the
local comedy club or an entertaining play. One of
the reasons why an entertaining night of comedy
leaves you feelings so good, is that it helps you
forget all your troubles for a short time and just
laugh. Laughter enables you to gain a new
perspective on your problems.  Exposing yourself
to humor can often help you realize others have the
same problems and you’re not the only one.

3.  Watch funny TV shows or go to funny movies.
Life is serious enough without compounding it by
watching drama, soaps and the news.

4.  When you read your local newspaper, turn to
the funnies first. This helps you not to take the
negative news so seriously.

5.  Associate yourself with people who are have a
sense of humor, are optimistic, and enjoy life.

6.  Pretend you’re a writer for the Tonight Show.
Look around you for humor everywhere. It’s there
if you will look for it.

Smile!

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Can you believe it?  More environmental factors linked to PCOS! I can. When I first start researching this topic I was finding that more women were being diagnosed with PCO or PCOS later in life unexplained. Typically this was a diagnosis that started in adolescents.  Now women come down with it and don’t even show many symptoms other than an irregular menstrual cycle. Unfortunately that isn’t enough for your OB to investigate further.  It comes more clear when these women try to get pregnant and can’t or have multiple miscarriages…then they actually look further and discover cysts on your ovaries. It is normal to have them, but how many is normal is the question.

We can choose to live in a bubble and not think our environment is effecting us, but there is more and more proof that it is even effecting our reproductive abilities…read further on the studies.

A while back we talked about how the environmental chemical Bisphenol A is associated with PCOS.

Another study, from Nanjing Medical University in China evaluated 108 women with PCOS and 108 women free of the disorder.

They found that risk factors for PCOS were: occupation, education, disposable plastic cups for drinking, cooking oil fumes and indoor decoration. The strongest risks factors were disposable plastic cups for drinking, cooking oil fumes and indoor decoration.

More recent studies from Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Poland and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York are strongly suggesting that daily exposure to endocrine-disrupting environmental chemicals is associated with early breast development in girls and precocious puberty.

Three common classes of chemicals — phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens — are known to interfere with your hormonal system.

These disrupters can be found in numerous consumer products such as nail polishes, cosmetics, perfumes, lotions and shampoos. Other sources include various plastics, coatings on time-released medications, building products and plastic tubing.

Early continual exposure can lead later on to breast cancer, thyroid disorders, diabetes, asthma, allergies, attention deficit disorder, pregnancy and fertility problems, and more.

It’s all a little depressing and overwhelming, isn’t it? No one wants to live a life with out nail polish, cosmetics, shampoos, plastic drinking cups, or pleasant objects in our home made out of petrochemicals.

Regardless of how you feel about it, you’ll have to decide how important it is to you to deal with PCOS. If you plan on becoming pregnant, how important it is to you to reduce your future daughter’s risk of developing PCOS? If you’re a mother, how important to you is the future health of your daughter?

The more important all this is to you, the more action you’ll want to take to minimize exposure to environmental chemicals of all kinds. As a start, think of using glass, ceramic, wood or other natural materials as part of your lifestyle and environment instead of plastics. Use natural or organic products wherever possible.

Source: PCOS Review

Huang WJ et al, [Analysis of environmental factors and polycystic ovary syndrome], Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke Za Zhi. 2007 May;42(5):302-4.
Wolff MS et al, Investigation of relationships between urinary biomarkers of phytoestrogens, phthalates, and phenols and pubertal stages in girls, Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Jul;118(7):1039-46.
Jurewicz J et al, Exposure to phthalates: Reproductive outcome and children health. A review of epidemiological studies, Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2011 Jun;24(2):115-41.

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Most people have certain expectations about how their life will turn out. For some, getting married and starting a family are part of the plan.

But imagine being told that you’re infertile. For people who planned their life around the idea of parenthood, the news can be devastating. Several studies have actually found that the psychological impact of a diagnosis of infertility is comparable to a diagnosis of cancer. It is not looked at it that way in our society, but this is the truth of how it feels.

More than 7 million women in the U.S. have trouble getting or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But once you’ve been diagnosed, you do have options.

After you’ve seen your OB/GYN and exhausted treatment methods there, you may be referred to an infertility specialist, or reproductive endocrinologist.

But the treatments they offer aren’t cheap, and insurance coverage varies widely across the U.S., if you live in MA you are one of the few lucky ones where insurance covers infertility including IVF at the moment.

Even though there are several infertility treatment options,  some women will never be able to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term. And for many of them, it can take years to heal emotionally. Women are already twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, so, experts say, it’s important to seek help to cope with the loss of a pregnancy or infertility treatments.

There are support groups out there. Resolve: the National Infertility Association, has a list of support groups across the country on their website. And the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, or INCIID (pronounced “inside”), helps couples explore different options for building families, including adoption. I have an ongoing infertility support group in Oakland on Friday evenings.  I also do individual counseling. Don’t minimize the effects this can have on you or your relationship. Contact me for more information.

Source: NPR blog

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