Fertility News and Research Update
InfertilityBlues.com e-Publication December 2004

in this issue

Build Support,
Lower Stress,
Get Pregnant

Fertility News

Fertility Research

Fertility Recipe

Can Yoga Help Me?

Local Group Forming

Mind Body Store


Build Support,
Lower Stress,
Get Pregnant

The holiday season is now underway. This is often a difficult time of the year for those struggling with infertility. One of the best things that you can do for yourself to enhance your general well-being and increase your chances for conception is to develop a support network.

Having people who understand what you are going through can help you feel less alone, less overwhelmed and less out-of-control. A support network can: provide you with a sounding board to help you better determine the next step in your infertility journey; provide you with information that ordinarily you would not be aware of; remind you that it's the hormones that are making you bloated and feel half-crazed; and offer you hope.

Resolve is a national organization with chapters throughout the country. It offers informational sessions and support groups. The support groups are led by mental health specialists and fall into many categories: primary infertility, secondary infertility, planning to adopt, donor egg and women 40 and over.

You might expect that women who attend a support group experience a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, and an increase in feelings of overall well-being. What you probably wouldn't guess is that group attendence may increase the rate of viable pregnancy as well. Research published in Fertility and Sterility (2000) demonstrated that 54% of women who attended a Resolve support group and 55% who attended the Harvard Mind/Body infertility program had a viable pregnancy within one year, compared to 20% in the control group. Patients in both groups received valuable information, support and encouragement from their peers.

Building a support network also helps to keep your partner from becoming burnt-out. No matter how understanding, helpful, and supportive your partner is, the infertility process is simply too much for him to shoulder alone. By reducing some of the strain, you are enabling him to replenish his resources for the rest of the infertility journey. Remember, support is not a luxury, it is a necessity!

Best of luck,
Gayle D. Crespy, Psy.D.
Program Director

Mind Body Infertility Program ....

This newsletter is designed to provide you with the latest fertility news and research so that you can make the most informed decisions. We carefully select items that are of special interest for those dealing with infertility issues and who want to know more about Mind Body techniques. It is sincerely hoped that this letter will be of great use to you.

  • Fertility News
  • Wall Street Journal Examines Effects of Stress on Fertility (11/23/04, Kaiser Network News)

    PCOS: What a Woman Needs to Know (11/18/04, News14-Carolina)

    Yoga Solution (11/15/04, WHDH-TV, Boston)

    A woman's health, not age, main issue, local fertility doctors say (11/11/04, The Clarion-Ledger)

    Obesity hurts fertility chances: Weight linked to ovulation disorder (11/9/04, The Spokesman-Review.com)

    View More News Items...
  • Fertility Research
  • A pilot study of the relationship between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and in vitro fertilization outcome (Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 82, Iss. 4, Pages: 968-969, October 2004)

    Impact of overweight and underweight on assisted reproduction treatment (Human Reproduction, Vol.19, Iss. 11, Pages: 2523-2528, 2004)

    View More Research Items...
  • Fertility Recipe
  • Many patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) also have features of the metabolic syndrome, also referred to as syndrome X. This syndrome is characterized by insulin resistance, hypertension and dyslipidemia. In order to help improve lipid levels, such as decreasing LDLs and total cholesterol levels, it is recommended that fiber intake be increased to 25 grams per 1000 calories. Dietary fiber binds cholesterol and increases transit time and therefore there is less time for the fat to be absorbed. Foods rich in dietary fiber are beans, oat bran, fruits and vegetables.

    Mixed Geens with White Beans Salad

    8 cups of mixed greens (arugula, dandelion,escarole); 2 cans of white beans drained; put in bowl and mix well.

    Balsamic Vinaigrette

    1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar; 2 tbsp dijon mustard; 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil; 1 tbsp water; 1/8 tsp pepper; 3 galic cloves minced; combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well; pour on greens. Serves 4.
    - Maria Biasucci-Vianna, MS, Nutritionist

  • Can Yoga Help Me?
  • Increasing numbers of women are using yoga to complement traditional Western medical treatments for infertility. Sometimes when we are trying to get pregnant and cannot, we get sad and angry at ourselves, at our bodies for failing us and as one woman in my yoga sessions said "My doctor didn't exactly have a prescription for that".

    In reality, we may express these feelings but mostly we stuff it and don't process them. Yoga helps us untangle those inner blocks and knots and deal with them. Yoga helps us to learn to trust ourselves and our bodies again. It helps us to walk through the fire and no matter what our situation, yoga teaches us how to embrace this ever changing kaleidoscope we call life. Life is truly a miracle - our own lives and that of our children. We must learn to honor our sacred selves first and by doing so, we can then honor our children, present and future. Read more at Resolve.
    -Monica Morell, PhD, www.fertilityoga.com

    Monica has an excellent yoga video ...
  • Local Group Forming
  • 10-Session Mind/Body Group: Enhancing Fertility and Overcoming the Infertility Blues

    Program Includes: Stress Awareness "Mini" Relaxation Exercises Relaxation Response Training Yoga Class Breathing Exercises Guided Imagery Deep Muscle Relaxation Stress Triggers Nutritionist Talk Exercise Information Positive Restructuring Challenging Cognitive Distortions

    Group Begins: January 11, 2005, Tuesday's 6:30- 9:00pm. Location: White Plains, NY

    Registration Information...
  • Mind Body Store
  • After receiving many requests over the past few years to recommend Mind Body books, relaxation tapes, and videos, we decided to put together our Mind Body Store.

    Visit the Mind Body Store...
    Phone Number: 914.584.4460

    Behavioral Management Infertility Program | 10 Rye Ridge Plaza | Suite 107 | Rye Brook | NY | 10573


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