Ib2C Blog 2011 Year In Review

We wish you all a prosperous New Year!

August

What is Focus Touch ™ – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2v

How do we use it? –  http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2B

FocusTouch ™ – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2E

Ib2C Video on YouTube- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2K

Eating Antioxidants to Help Your Fertility – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2M

Gluten Free to Combat Celiac Disease – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2S

Finalist for Start-Up of the Year- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-2U

Ib2C “Facelift” – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-31

Infertility Goes to Hollywood- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-33

Infertility (even) Goes to TV- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-35

Tree of Fertility and Fertility Symbols- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-38

Fertility Figure Symbols Across the World- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3i

September

Male Orgasm – Check, Female Orgasm- ??? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3r

Method of Insemination- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3z

Insurance Vs. Infertility- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3D

September is PCOS Awareness Month- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3G

Vitamins for Trying to Conceive- http://wp.me/s1HaSY-235

Ovulation- Do You Really Know what Happens? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-3V

October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-43

Non-Traditional Sperm Donation – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4a

Study Shows Mediterranean Diet May Help with Fertility- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4g

Off the Beaten Path of Trying to Conceive- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4r

 

November

The Truth about Fertility – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4w

Fertility IQ – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4E

Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Dads-to-Be – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4M

Male Infertility from Trauma – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4Q

December

Infertility and the Holidays- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-4V

Guest Blog- “The Cycle” – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-50

What is BVO and Why is it in Your Mountain Dew? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-55

Ib2C Receives $4.3M Financing for The Stork ™- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5b

Happy Holidays- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5k

Ib2C Receives $4.3M Financing for The Stork(TM)

Intimate Bridge 2 Conception Inc., receives $4.3M Series A financing for manufacturing and marketing of The Stork ™ (formerly FocusTouch™). We are one step closer to helping couples on their path to conception. The Stork™ is currently being evaluated and reviewed by the FDA for safety, as well as its effectiveness.

We look forward to helping you on your path to conception! Stay tuned for more information regarding product launch in 2012.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/intimate-bridge-2-conception-inc-receives-43m-2011-12-22

What is BVO and why is it in your Mountain Dew?

I know when I saw this article the other day, I thought maybe it was a spoof article (http://kotaku.com/5867844/mountain-dew-ingredient-may-reduce-fertility-make-you-flame+proof )

After reading I did some digging around to find out some more information about Brominated Vegetable Oil, which generally can be found in soft drinks that have citrus flavors (Mountain Dew).

The BVO is used as an emulsifier (gives the flavor the ability to be suspended within the soda and not just letting it float to the top, i.e. oil in water) in the soft drinks to help the flavors of the citrus stay suspended in the drink.

BVO is also one of the main ingredients used in flame retardant products.

Too high school chemistry for you? Now many of you may be thinking well there is more than just that ingredient that is harmful to your health in Mountain Dew, true. However, that Mountain Dew you may drink, among other citrus flavored soft drinks in America, contains amounts of BVO that may affect your fertility.

Maybe it’s time to place stop drinking Mountain Dew or soda if you have not already on your tips for getting pregnant checklist

Tips for getting pregnant:

  • Stop smoking
  • Decrease alcohol intake and stopping alcohol intake once pregnant.
  • Stop recreational drug use
  • Discontinue use of contraceptives
  • Lowering stress levels
  • Maintain a healthy diet and remain active
  • Know your cycle

The Cycle

Guest Blogging Month-thank you to our guest blogger!

 

As we all know, the process of trying to conceive revolves around the female’s menstrual cycle.  This cycle begins with a period, followed by ovulation and then the “2ww,” or two week wait, when implantation may or may not occur.  For couples who are facing infertility, the cycle becomes more than “menstrual.”  It becomes a cycle of emotion and, unfortunately, grief.  My husband and I began our journey three and a half years ago.  We became pregnant the first month of trying to conceive.  Sadly, we had an early miscarriage at 7 weeks.  We mourned the loss of the little seed, of the dreams we had already begun dreaming about him or her, and moved forward.  Surely, we could expect to easily conceive again, right?

For whatever reason, we were not able to conceive as easily as we’d hoped.  We’ve been trying since then to achieve a pregnancy.  Each month that a new cycle has started has been like reliving the miscarriage in some small way.  There is anger, sadness, guilt hopelessness and desperation during the first day of a new period.  There is a sense of failure and inadequacy.  This is the most basic human function, right?  I mean isn’t this what women are supposed to do?  Then, I feel guilty for having these thoughts when I have been blessed with so much good in my life.  Then, as the hormones start to even out and a new ovulation date lingers in the future, a renewed sense of hope settles in my heart.  During this time, I’m constantly preparing and calculating when the most opportune time will present.  When ovulation is near begins the ritual of “baby dancing (BD).”  There is a delicate balance between letting my husband know that we have an agenda to fulfill without putting any extra pressure on him.  I never thought I’d have to coerce my husband into intimacy!  After ovulation, I analyze the dates that we BD’d and wonder if we timed things just right… For the first week after ovulation, I feel confident that this was the month for our miracle to happen, but as the end of the two week wait draws nearer, the hormones start to swing again and I begin to lose a little bit of hope… a slight backache, a bit of moodiness, a touch of fatigue, and I’m sure that a period is looming.  Still, there is still a small flame of hope because after all pregnancy symptoms and P.M.S. symptoms can be very similar.  Eventually one morning, the unmistakeable sign of another failed attempt presents and the cycle begins again.

It’s amazing how such an exciting journey in a couples life, one that should be filled with anticipation and joy, can become so difficult.  Statistics will tell you that one in six couples struggle with infertility, but when it’s happening to you, it is still a very lonely road to travel.  It seems that everyone around you becomes pregnant so easily.  You have countless baby showers for the women in your life.  You watch them transform into mothers and you begin to feel like you are always peering into the windows of a magical place that you are not permitted to enter.  Month after month, this cycle continues.  Time after time, you are forced to admit failure.  Loved ones tell you that as soon as you give up and let go, it will happen.  That’s probably really great advice, but it’s much easier said than done.  I’ve never been an obsessive person, but I know that it is so difficult to let go of all of the dreams and emotions attached to motherhood. So, both grief and infertility come in cycles.  It’s tough because the cycle is so short, it is really an emotional rollercoaster.  You’re constantly cycling through the denial, anger, bargaining, accepting, etc., in less than 30 days in tiring.  I don’t know, maybe one day you just wake up and the cycle is broken.  You’re either pregnant or somehow you learn to give up and let go…

Infertility and the Holidays

While the holidays may be a joyous time for many, it can be a much harder time for those trying to conceive with all the get-togethers with families around asking questions, etc.

Fertility Authority wrote an excellent article on how to cope with the holidays while struggling with trying to get pregnant.

Highlights from the article are:

-Just say no!

-Prepare an answer to the kid question

-Call on your support system

-Look for the positives

-Consider giving yourself a “fertility” break

The entire article which can be viewed here: http://www.fertilityauthority.com/articles/top-5-ways-cope-infertility-over-holidays, describes in detail all of the above.

Some more tips on how to cope during the holidays can be found at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-hinckley-md/infertility-coping-during-holidays_b_1120336.html

http://www.fertilitystories.com/holidays.htm

Don’t forget your online support family you have built up!