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

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Breathe and Be Free

Fertility News

Fertility Research

Fertility Recipe

New Yoga Video

Mind Body Store


Breathe and Be Free

Are you overwhelmed with bills to pay, work to do, people to call, things to do, doctors to see, treatments to pursue and questions to ask? STOP!!! And breathe. The best thing that we can do for ourselves is to breathe when we feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. Oxygen reduces fatigue, stress, and anxiety. In order to increase your oxygen intake, try doing a "mini". A mini is a relaxation exercise that focuses on breathing and can help reduce anxiety and tension instantaneously. You can do it at any time, anywhere. Nobody will ever know that you are doing it!

How do you do a mini? Begin by breathing from your stomach, which is known as diaphragmatic breathing. As you take a deep breath in (inhale), imagine that you are filling a balloon (your stomach) with air. Watch your stomach rise as it expands. As you breathe out (exhale), imagine the balloon slowly deflating and your stomach becoming smaller and flatter. Since most people are used to breathing with their chest (thoracic breathing), I recommend that you practice diaphragmatic breathing for at least two minutes a day so that you really get the hang of it.

Next, count slowly up to four while you take in a deep breath. Say "one, two three, four." Then, slowly count back down to one as you let your breath out. Say "four, three, two, one." That's it, you just did a mini. Do this several times when you are - stuck in traffic, waiting for a slow elevator, on your way to the doctor's office, waiting for your appointment, during your appointment, after your appointment, during a painful medical procedure, in the middle of a heated discussion with someone, etc. Just remember, the more oxygen, the less stress. So practice your minis!

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
  • Managing the Stress of Infertility (9/25/04, Resolve Chat Transcript)

    A New Fertility Factor (9/27/04, Newsweek)

    Acu puncture can increase chances of pregnancy (9/20/04, Citizen-Times)

    Body & Soul: The baby blues (9/20/04, The Belfast Telegraph News)

    Meditation As Medication (9/10/04, CBS News)

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  • Fertility Research
  • Does ovarian hyperstimulation in intrauterine insemination for cervical factor subfertility improve pregnancy rates? (Human Reproduction, Vol. 19, Iss. 10, Pages: 2263-2266, 2004)

    Recurrent miscarriage (Current Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol. 14, Iss. 4, Pages: 247-253, August 2004)

    Ovarian Age-Related Responsiveness to Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol. 89, No. 8, Pages: 3769-3775, 2004)

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  • Fertility Recipe
  • The literature suggests that there is an association between obesity and PCOS. Many with this syndrome have been overweight their entire life, but for others the weight gain seems sudden. It is recommended that obesity be addressed while treating PCOS. The goal for many women is to achieve a 20% weight reduction. This can be accomplished while still consuming 1400 calories a day.

    Here is a recipe for a lunch time salad: 1 package of spinach 1/2 cup of red onion sliced thinly 1 cup of thinly sliced mushrooms 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons of honey 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1/2 tsp of black pepper

    Tear spinach into pieces. Wash leaves and dry thoroughly. Place in a large bowl. Add mushrooms and onions. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the salad dressing and whisk them together. Pour over salad and toss well. This recipe serves 5.
    - Maria Biasucci-Vianna, MS, Nutritionist

  • New Yoga Video
  • Monica Morell's Fertility Yoga video is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic yoga practice for all levels. In this easy-to-follow 50 minute therapeutic yoga practice, Monica leads you through a series of yoga poses which will tap into your potential for fertility wellness.

    Learn more about this video ...
  • 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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