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The Assertive Patient

Dec 12, 2013 @ 09:32 AM – by CARE Fertility

As a health psychologist, I often counsel patients on how to be more assertive in interacting with their healthcare team. Basically, there are three distinct patterns or styles of communication:  Passive, Assertive, and Aggressive.  Individuals whom are passive tend to be compliant, submissive, and very unclear about their wants or needs.  They tend to not ask questions and go along with the desires of others to avoid conflict. 

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Seeing a Psychologist

Dec 9, 2013 @ 11:24 AM – by CARE Fertility

"My RE recently referred me to see a psychologist.  Does my doctor think I am making myself infertile?

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Surviving the Holidays

Nov 26, 2013 @ 12:18 PM – by CARE Fertility

With the holidays, stress can be a burden on many.  When you’re struggling with infertility, the constant emphasis on having the “perfect family” can become unbearable.  

Coping with Infertility

Nov 12, 2013 @ 08:55 AM – by CARE Fertility

Women and men generally cope very differently with infertility.  Women are usually ahead of men in terms of admitting there may be a problem and wanting to seek medical evaluation and treatment. Women seek social support with friends and family to cope.

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Is it wrong to be jealous of someone else's pregnancy?

Nov 5, 2013 @ 12:58 PM – by CARE Fertility

 Women undergoing infertility treatment often experience very raw, primitive emotions that take them by surprise. Emotions start to fly when your dream has become one's reality before yours.

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10 Things to do During the Wait Before Your Pregnancy Test

Oct 29, 2013 @ 09:04 AM – by CARE Fertility

Going through an infertility treatment cycle is a true test of patience.  The waiting period before a pregnancy test can be performed ranges from 11 days following ovulation for IUI patients to 9 days following an embryo transfer for IVF patients.   Some women describe it as the longest two weeks of their lives!  It does not have to be a time of high anxiety, however.  Below are some suggestions to help you pass the time more quickly, maintain a positive mood, and reduce stress

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Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy?

Oct 22, 2013 @ 09:10 AM – by CARE Fertility

Q:  I was having a hard time coping after my mother's death last year, and my PCP put me on the antidepressant, Zoloft.  It really seemed to give me a lift, and I've stayed on it.  Now I am trying to get pregnant.  Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy?

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Stress and Infertility

Oct 15, 2013 @ 09:03 AM – by Patricia McBride-Houtz

  In daily life, most of us manage fairly well in meeting the challenges of our basic needs like food and shelter, going to work, and managing our personal business.  The demands of infertility treatment, however, can overwhelm even the most resilient individual and leave the person feeling depressed, anxious, and out-of-control.  

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Exercise and Pregnancy

Oct 3, 2013 @ 09:26 AM – by CARE Fertility

I'm trying to get pregnant, will exercise help or not?

 

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:22 PM – by CARE Fertility

I was having a hard time coping after my mother's death last year, and my PCP put me on the antidepressant, Zoloft.  It really seemed to give me a lift, and I've stayed on it.  Now I am trying to get pregnant.  Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy?