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The Top 5 Apps to Inspire, Inform, and Connect During Infertility

Receiving the news that you or your partner is infertile can derail any couple. During this precarious time, you can learn a lot about your other options, such as in vitro fertilization or adoption. You will also need support and information. While nothing can replace family, friends, and doctors, you can also use these five fantastic apps available right on your smartphone to help.

1. Glow on iPhone

Glow is a very accurate fertility calendar and tracker. Couples can join Glow First, a fertility funding community that offers financial assistance to couples struggling to get pregnant. This app has no cons.

2. My Fertility Diary – IVF Rx on Android

The Malpani Infertility Clinic produces this app, which can track both fertile times and manage an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. You can even enjoy a treatment calendar to mark when to start the IVF. There was some crashing in past versions, which is a con.

3. iVitro on iPhone

Caroline Nemati, who used IVF herself, created this app. It works on the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, so if you don't use one of those devices, that could be a con. This app allows you to track IVF cycles and create schedules. It costs five dollars.

4. Fertility Friend/Ovulation Calendar on Android or iPhone

Tamtris Web Services Inc. produces this free app that allows the woman to track when her most fertile times of the month are with in-depth charts. This could help conception occur. There are no cons to this app.

5. Boost Fertility on iPhone

Clever Matrix Ltd produces this app. It's highly informational, teaching couples what they can eat and how they can subtly change their lives to increase the chances of pregnancy. Regarding cons, this app is somewhat more limited compared to the others.


Surprisingly Inspirational Movie Quotes for People Struggling with Infertility

Sometimes we only have to look to our favorite movies to find a comment that will change our perspective and help us when times are tough and we've lost our motivation.

"Promise me you'll always remember that you're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you know" ~ Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

"When life gets you down, you wanna know what you've gotta do? Just keep swimming" ~ Dory, Finding Nemo

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you

can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky (Sylvester Stallone)

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could

miss it.” ~ Ferris (Matthew Broderick) in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Fear is not what's important, it's how you deal with it. It's not a matter of whether you feel it, it's how you manage it.” ~ War Photographer

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” ~ Christopher (Will Smith) in The Pursuit of Happyness

“I know what I have to do now, I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” ~ Tom Hanks in Cast Away

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you

anywhere.” ~ Movie: Van Wilder

“No matter how bad things get, something good is out there, just over the horizon.” ~ Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern

"When you believe, anything is possible" ~ James Franco in Oz The Great and Powerful


Being Famous Doesn't Make You Fertile

Infertility is a very painful and private subject, one that a lot of people who struggle with it don't want to talk about. Occasionally, someone will be willing to discuss their experiences, and that includes celebrities. Some very high profile celebrities have battled infertility for years and gone to a variety of means to make their dreams of becoming parents come true. Here are a few examples of some famous faces and how they were finally able to become parents.

  • Courteney Cox-Arquette - The Friends star opened up about her heartbreak over recurrent miscarriages and inability to stay pregnant until she was able to give birth to her daughter after IVF

  • Brooke Shields - Brooke also suffered recurrent miscarriages and had to undergo infertility treatments to conceive her first-born daughter

  • Angela Bassett - After trying to conceive for seven years, Angela and her husband welcomed twins through a surrogate

  • Jane Seymour - Jane and her husband tried for over twenty years to conceive and she suffered two miscarriages before she became pregnant with twins through IVF

  • Jamie Lee Curtis suffered from infertility and turned to adoption to become a mother

  • Marcia Cross - The Desperate Housewives star was open about her struggles with infertility before conceiving twins through IVF

  • Helena Bonham Carter was able to naturally conceive after trying IVF, clomid, and several alternative methods

  • Camille Grammar - Real Housewife of Beverly Hills and ex-wife of Kelsey Grammar, couldn't carry a baby to term due to her IBS, they used a surrogate to have a son

  • Hugh Jackman's wife suffered several miscarriages and went through several rounds of IVF before they adopted their children

  • Katey Sagal - Actress Katey who plays Gemma on Sons of Anarchy used a surrogate to have her daughter


Why and how can I increase my fertility with yoga?

Yoga is a great workout for both the body and mind. However, now it is even making its way into the bedroom. Studies show that there are certain ways that practicing Yoga can lead to an increase in fertility. Really.

Some yoga practitioners will tell you that Yoga can lead to an increase in fertility due to the influx of energy certain poses will direct to the body. They will tell you to practice certain poses, most centered around the hips and pelvis. While there is no hard science that these poses have any effect on energy, it's true that some people who had problems conceiving get pregnant after following these practices. Why is this happening?

Most people practice yoga as a way to decrease the stress in their life. It is their time to breathe and to relax. This, more than anything, is probably the reason yoga has positive results on fertility. By getting ahold of your stress levels you are helping your body, in an overall way, to increase its fertility.

By practicing yoga, and not any specific pose, in a relaxing and stress free way you are allowing your body to normalize and do the work that it needs to be doing. Following a steady yoga routine can lead to a healthier state of mind, a healthier body, and an improved chance at conceiving a child.


Picking the Right Infertility Class for You

Infertility can devastate a couple. If you and your partner are experiencing this circumstance, you don't have to go through it alone. You can choose to enroll in an infertility class or seminar. Here you can learn about the causes of infertility, how to cope with the pain and sadness that you will inevitably feel, how to improve your relationship despite these circumstances, and other options at your disposal, such as adoption. However, you may wonder how to find the class that best fits your needs. Here are five suggestions.

  • Location – Naturally, the proximity to a class to your home matters. Some people may not have qualms about venturing out of the town or sometimes even out-of-state for these classes. Others want something local. Perform research online to figure out your options and what classes are closest to you.

  • Cost – Some classes and seminars may cost money. This price tag would vary depending on the organization offering the classes, the duration of the classes, and what you will learn. Other classes are run by nonprofits which typically don't charge. If you do decide to take an infertility class that costs money, decide if it's within your budget to do so.

  • Support – While you will learn plenty in these classes, you will also want support in this difficult time. Therefore, you should look for a class that blends the two, providing information and assistance to navigate through these tough times.

  • Readiness – Sometimes after discovering that you're infertile, you aren't ready to consider your other options quite yet. You may feel too hurt or distressed to enroll in a class. You don't have to feel ashamed about that. If you do decide to take a class, do so only when you're ready.

  • Status – As mentioned, different organizations will teach these classes and seminars. In some cases, it may be a nonprofit, while in others, it could be a fertility clinic. If status matters to you, then you will want to choose an institution that best fits your needs during this time.

What are some of the moral and ethical dilemmas associated with IVF?

Ethical and Moral Issues Related to In Vitro Fertilization

The use of assistive reproductive technologies is more than just a question of medical treatment and conception. There are also ethical and moral dilemmas that can be a part of this process, which can include, but are not limited to:

  1. Fate of any stored embryos should a couple divorce - is the embryo property or a person. Who can claim the embryo or determine if it is to be destroyed or kept in frozen stasis?
  2. Rights of the sperm or egg donor - some States laws include that donors have no parental rights, however this is not as clearly delineated in other States.
  3. Destruction of residual embryos - are we, in fact, murdering children? Some religious beliefs feel that we are taking the life of a child, rather than a potential being.
  4. Selective reduction in the event of multiple successful implants - selective abortion of a fetus or more than one fetus, to promote a more successful outcome for the remaining fetuses, is viewed the same as the destruction of residual embryos. Some believe that a child begins at conception rather than at birth.
  5. Religious morality regarding the use of assistive reproductive technologies (ART)- the Catholic tenets specifically restrict the use of ART such as IVF. The Donum Vitae states that intrusion of someone other than a man and his spouse in the making of a child is immoral, which rules out donor sperm and eggs, and fertility treatments to promote conception.
Beyond the physical aspects of the in vitro fertilization, there are also the social and moral aspects that some feel must be considered when making the determination to create a child using a test tube

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