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That’s the question, isn’t it…I can say yes it is, just in my brief clinical experience, but after reading more lately, I can say for sure it is. Also I am seeing more and more secondary infertility. This is when conceiving child #1 wasn’t a problem, but the 2nd child becomes a challenge to conceive.

Infertility rates are on the rise and here are some reasons why.

About 10 to 15 percent of couples are truly infertile. But that number is getting closer to 15 or even 20 percent simply because more people these days are delaying childbirth, leading to a lot more infertility.

The trouble with waiting longer to have children is that a woman’s eggs decrease in both quantity and quality starting at age 30. When I say starting, we don’t know how fast that decline is and for some women it maybe faster. Also miscarriage rates increase because the rate of having a child with abnormalities also increase.  Typically once you hit 40, the likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities and unhealthier eggs are much higher.

Many preliminary diagnostics can be performed by a patient’s OB/GYN you don’t need to go see a specialist right away, but also don’t wait too long. If you are 40 you probably should go straight to a specialist and if you are in your 30s after a year of trying to conceive you should see a specialist.


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I am moving the Friday Oakland Infertility group to Thursdays at 6:30pm bi-weekly starting this Thursday.  The Orinda group at Reproductive Science Center will continue on Mondays bi-weekly.  Contact me if you have any further questions.


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You won’t hear this from your doctor, but exciting
new research is revealing that plant pigments may
improve the health of your ovaries and help
normalize their function.

If you’re not eating your veggies, this article should
give you a compelling reason to get started!

Many plant foods are high in red, yellow and
orange pigments called “carotenoids”.  They are
especially abundant in yellow-orange vegetables
and fruits, and dark green, leafy vegetables.

Carotenoids provide antioxidant protection, improve
cell-to-cell communication and support the immune
system, in addition to other functions.

Carotenoids appear to protect the ovaries against
damage from free radicals, which are unstable
elements in your cells.  One study has noted that
women with more consistent levels of carotenoids
were more likely to become pregnant with in-vitro
fertilization (IVF) than other women..

Several studies have suggested that free radical
activity may interfere with the corpus luteum’s
ability to produce steroid hormones such as
progesterone.  Carotenoids may help to control
some of this free radical activity since they are
well known as antioxidants.

And thus increased intake of carotenoids may help
to increase progesterone production.  This has
been demonstrated in an animal study.

Carotenoids may also be helpful for controlling
insulin levels and reducing risk of diabetes.

Carotenoids also appear to reduce your risk of
ovarian cancer.

The available research clearly indicates that
dietary carotenoids will contribute to improved
ovarian health and function.

Refer to chapters 8.8 and 8.10 of “The Natural Diet
Solution for PCOS and Infertility” ebook for lists of
vegetables and fruits that are high in beneficial

Increase your carotenoids and your ovaries will
thank you!  Your PCOS problems could diminish


Source: PCOS Review

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Given that I can’t reach that many people by having support groups in the SF Bay Area I came up with another idea of e-classes or a workshop.  This will have a slightly different focus than my support group.  Rather than focus on the negative aspects of infertility we are going to focus on moving towards attracting what you want which is a child by using the Law of Attraction.  Positive thinking is an important component of improving your chances of getting pregnant. Keeping a positive attitude is so essential to getting pregnant because it improves your overall mental health; studies have found that positive thinking decreases levels of stress and the risk of depression, which in turn led to increased odds of getting pregnant.

I spent the last three years reading many books from spiritual teachers, healers, and therapists to help myself get through the battles of infertility. It wasn’t until I came across work on the Law of Attraction from a variety of authors that things started to align for me.  My e-class is designed to bring all the tools I used and continue to use now to help you reach your goals of fertility.  The class details are as follows:

5 Week E-class/Workshop

Weekly Chapters & Assignments

Assignments will be turned into me for review and feedback

Five weekly phone calls with me for coaching and guidance

CD of visualizations to increase fertility

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) manual

Free e-book on the Law of Attraction

Class starts next month, to enroll email amoreena@gmail.com


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What to expect from infertility counseling from me, whether it is in a group , individual, or through couples counseling.

Individuals and couples with infertility often contemplate whether to seek counseling.  Some approach this decision with ease, but many others have questions about what is involved in a counseling relationship. In today’s blog, I will offer an inside view on the beliefs that have guided my counseling experiences with my infertile clients.

In my own experience, my first contact with a client usually is in a telephone conversation. On the telephone I try to learn how the prospective client (almost always a woman) defines the problem(s) she wants to work on; what her partner’s feelings are about being involved in counseling; whether she or her partner has ever been involved in counseling before; at what stage of diagnosis/treatment they are; and where they are currently getting medical intervention. I then offer a bit of information about myself, including possible appointment times that I have available; fees and insurance coverage information; and my office location. I also ask whether she has any questions that she would like to ask me before we meet. Then we set a date and time for the appointment or when the next support group is that is appropriate for her to join. Not all clients are ready for a support group and not all groups are appropriate for everyone.  Some groups have a specific focus and others are more open format.

So here are some things that are typical of my first meeting with my new clients. It is not unusual for the person with whom I have spoken on the telephone to take the lead in introducing me to her partner and in saying something along the lines of “I think I’m going crazy!” or “I don’t know how much more stress I can take.” And my response to that introduction is usually to point to my nearby box of tissues and to say that being upset comes with the territory of infertility. I also try to work in something about the courage it takes to begin a relationship with a counselor, since getting help will involve talking about difficult issues.

I ask both of them if they are comfortable with my taking notes as we speak, since I want to be sure to remember accurately how they portray their situations. And then I say that in my experience, each of them may have their own unique “take” on their infertility, so I will be encouraging both of them to clarify for me the dimensions of this experience that are important to them. This also opens the door for them to see each other’s perspective and to learn how important it may be to keep both perspectives on the table. It is here that I say to the partner of the telephone caller how much I appreciate his/her coming to this meeting, and how much I believe that person’s presence can help all of us to move forward in working on the issues connected with their infertility.

With those introductory remarks, I remind all of us that we have work to do, that our session will end in “X” minutes (I meet with clients for 50 minute sessions), and I encourage them to tell me how they hope I can be of help. I am careful to have both members of the couple speak about their own perspectives and to summarize my impressions of what seem to be the most pressing issues. I am interested in knowing how the couple has already tried to address their challenges and what successes and difficulties they have encountered. That will more than fill up the first session, and probably will spill over into subsequent sessions as well. Before ending, I ask the couple how they are feeling about the time we spent together today, whether they would like to return and, if so, whether this is a good time for regular future appointments, and whether I can look forward to having both of them at subsequent sessions. I tell them that after a few sessions I should be able to give them some idea of how many meetings we may need in order to address their concerns, and I express my appreciation for their openness in sharing with me today the challenges they are facing. I ask if they have any questions for me, which I try to answer as succinctly as I can.

I do not think of myself as a therapist who lets my clients entirely drive the counseling process. I tend to be fairly interactive in offering feedback to clients on their skills and resources. I am respectful of the social work edict “Start where the client is and stay with him/her.” To me this means that I should be respectful of where my clients want to focus, but it doesn’t prevent me from testing whether they are ready to be pushed to new places. If they have had an infertility intervention for months that isn’t working, I am likely to push them to ask their physician to make a plan with them that includes how long to continue with one intervention before moving on to a different one. If they have spent many dollars and many years on infertility treatment, I may revisit an earlier statement that they won’t consider adoption or a surrogate, by asking if they would consider collecting information about either of their previously rejected options. If I see areas of difficulty on which they have not asked for my help, I may make an observation that such-and-such an issue seems to be an “elephant in the room,” and I am wondering whether there is a reason they haven’t felt ready to examine it. So, even as I try to stay apace with my clients’ issues, I also push and prod a bit, just to see whether new growth and resilience enables them to feel resilient enough to consider new directions. If not, I step back, and I am not surprised when, weeks later, they may raise the question of the proverbial elephant for future examination.

So, for those of you who are contemplating seeking counseling for any of your infertility issues, I hope that my own disclosures about the way I think of the counseling experience will help you in your own interactions with a therapist. Keep in mind that not everyone shares my perspective that client partners are the first choice when providing counseling, nor that the families of the couple may be the “elephants in the room,” nor that the therapist takes as active a role as I do, nor that assertive behavior with health care providers is a place for therapeutic intervention. But all therapists should be able to be clear with you about areas in which they can offer new knowledge and skills, how they observe confidentiality, and their comfort with the ever-so-present issues of loss and mis-communication.

Source: Connie Shapiro, PhD

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Our first support group for women going through infertility issues is starting November 21 from 12-1pm.  That is a Saturday and this group will meet bi-weekly for 6 sessions.  My goal is for this group to be a safe supportive environment for you to be able to express yourself as well as learn mindfulness tools to help cope through your journey.  Women in all phases of the infertility process are welcome, whether you are doing natural, IUI, IVF, or deciding what is next we would love for you to join us.  We are meeting at the Integrative Women’s Health Center in Oakland, 3300 Webster Street. If you would like more information please email or call me, 650-224-1796 amoreena@gmail.com.

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I am excited to announce a group for women going through infertility treatments or just dealing with the options.  We will support each other in this journey as well as work on coping strategies to keep the stress level down.  I have extensive experience in Mindfulness as a therapeutic tool and plan to bring that aspect into the weekly groups.  If you are interested contact me or the clinic here in Oakland.

East Bay Integrative Women’s Health

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