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Women Aren’t the Only Ones With a Biological Clock

It’s well known in the scientific community that a woman’s ability to conceive fades after the age of 35. However, recent research has suggested that men also have a biological clock for their fertility. News in Science reports:

A man’s fertility appears to decline after the age of 40, in much the same way that a woman’s ability to conceive fades after 35, say French researchers.

Dr Elise de La Rochebrochard and team, from the French national health institute INSERM, report their findings in the May issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Their study, of nearly 2,000 couples undergoing fertility treatment, found that pregnancy attempts were 70% more likely to fail when the man was age 40 or older than if he were younger than 30, regardless of his wife’s age.

Read the full story: Male biological clock probed

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Mother’s Day Can Be Difficult for Those Experiencing Infertility

It can be particularly difficult to face the many emotional issues raised by infertility at a time when everyone is celebrating motherhood and fatherhood. RESOLVE urges men, women and couples who are experiencing infertility to plan ahead for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, acknowledge their feelings and prepare themselves emotionally to handle questions and comments from family and friends. The Coping with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day article has a list of suggestions to help those who are experiencing infertility get through the holidays.

For women experiencing infertility, Mother’s Day can also be difficult in places where they expect to get the most support — their church. Here’s a letter from an anonymous church member to her pastor describing what it’s like for her when mother’s are celebrated during the church service.

Dear Pastor,

It’s almost Mother’s Day again. They seem to come so quickly. I’m sure you are planning a very special service for all of the mothers. I know that it is such a special day for them, and I do not want to spoil anyone’s joy. It is important for all of us to rejoice with each other, and even those of us who are not mothers can give thanks for those who are mothers.

All I ask is that you remember that this day can be extremely difficult for a number of members in our congregation. For women like me who struggle with infertility, Mother’s Day can be the most painful day of the year. I’ve thought about staying home, but I know I need to be in God’s house.

The most challenging part of the service is when all the mothers stand and the congregation smiles and applauds them. It feels awful to be the only one still sitting. I want to be able to stand with them. I want more than anything in this world to be a mother. It’s something I have always wanted. I have carried children, but they were taken before they were ever born. I do have children in heaven, but I’m not a mother in the eyes of those here on earth.

So, on Mother’s Day I often go home and cry, not quite able to understand why I am unable to become what so many in the church consider to be “God’s highest calling”…a mother.

t is not only the un-mothers who feel lonely on this day. It must also be a painful day for single women who have never married, for mothers who have lost children, and for moms who have sons or daughters wandering from the Lord.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I pray that you will remember that it is not only a day of rejoicing for some, but a day of painful reminders for others. I know that God will help you to be a blessing to our congregation as you minister to us on this Mother’s Day.


From Bethany - Letter to My Pastor

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A Little Pregnant - One Woman’s Public Struggle With Infertility

Julie is in her thirties, and lives in a small town in New England. Julie has fertility problems, which have included several IUIs and four rounds of IVF, which ended in an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, a negative, and a current pregnancy respectively.

When Julie started to try to get pregnant, she started a personal journal. As the days wore on, it became clear to her that she wasn’t going to have an easy time conceiving. She spent a lot of time scouring the Internet to learn more about what was happening to her, but she wasn’t always able to find the kind of information that would have helped her.

This led her to continue her journal in a more public way. She offered insights into procedures, and also expressed the emotional turmoil that accompanies them. She didn’t know how popular her website was going to be. All she knew was that she wanted her experience to be public, and that it would hopefully help others who might be going through the same thing. As it turned out, there were a lot of people who were going through the same thing, and she began to gather a large community of women that began to follow and discuss their experiences on her website.

Her blog chronicles much of her struggle with infertility. She allows comments on her website, which allows visitors to respond and communicate with Julie and the other visitors. You can visit her blog at

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New Study Suggests No Link Between Stress And IVF Success

WebMD is reporting on a new study from Sweden that suggests stress doesn’t play a role in the success or failure of conceiving through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Researchers assessed stress levels among women undergoing their first in vitro fertilization treatment and found similar pregnancy rates in women reporting high levels of anxiety and depression and women who did not…

…Of the 139 women who had embryos available for transfer, 58 became pregnant and 81 did not. The researchers show there was no difference in the emotional status during treatment in women who became pregnant and those who didn’t.

Although the research may give hope to those going through IVF treatment, the President of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) had this to say:

“Some of the studies are reassuring while others suggest that stress may be detrimental to IVF success rate…One of the problems is that it is difficult to measure the impact of stress with the tools we have.”

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Disparities Exist In Access To Infertility Treatment

Pregnancy & Baby is reporting on the disparities that exist in access to infertility treatment.

“Our study found the vast majority of patients seeking IVF treatment were Caucasian, highly educated and wealthy compared to the general population,” said Dr. Tarun Jain, University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility…

…The researchers found that among the 561 respondents, nearly half of the patients had advanced degrees and more than 60 percent had an annual household income over $100,000. None of patients had less than a high school diploma.

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Fertility LifeLines Offers Free Fertility Planning Guide

When my wife and I experienced infertility while trying to conceive our first child, we didn’t know what to expect. The only thing we knew was that we couldn’t get pregnant. It would have been very helpful if we had had some sort of guide that could have shown us a realistic view of what our infertility treatment would have looked like.

Fortunately, Fertility LifeLines now provides a free guide, called My Fertility Planning Guide. The guide helps couples become aware of, and plan for the following:

Not only is the guide helpful for planning possible treatments, it also provides talking points for couples regarding financial and emotional considerations. It puts everything out in the open, and encourages couples to discuss and decide the fertility path they want to follow.

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Fertility Expert Doubts Link Between Chlamydia And Infertility

“I think the evidence that chlamydia affects fertility is very dubious,” Lord Winston said. I haven’t seen any figures that demonstrate that it is causing infertility.”

Lord Winston said the link between chlamydia and damage to the fallopian tubes was based on two papers written in Sweden in the 1960s, and it had never been checked.

But experts said the link between untreated chlamydia and infertility did exist.

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Infertility News: Leptin, Stress, Rogue Chemicals and a Sperm Magnet

Recently there’s been a lot of interesting reports about infertility. Here’s a sample of some of them.

WISTV reports on Leptin and Infertility. Full Story reports on a new study that links stress to miscarriage. Full Story

The Irish Examiner reports on how everyday chemicals are causing infertility, cancer and birth defects. Full Story

New Scientist reports on a new sperm magnet to help infertile men. Full Story

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Infertility Depresses Men Too

BloggingBaby reports:

A study in Ireland concluded that men having difficulty conceiving children are just as likely to be depressed as women having difficulty.  Clinically significant levels of depression were found in almost 10% of men whose sperm defects were the cause of infertility and more than a third of the men studied suffered from anxiety.

Full Story @ Times Online

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Depression Not Uncommon During Pregnancy

The PakTribune reports:

The results of a review of studies involving more than 19,000 patients suggest that rates of depression during pregnancy are high. This might be especially true during the second and third trimesters.

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