2012 The Ib2C Blog in Review

What a busy year it has been for Rinovum Women’s Health (Formerly Intimate Bridge 2 Conception). With our initial first fertility product launching in early 2013 we are looking forward to helping those trying to conceive in 2013! Enjoy the 2012 year in review on our blog and stay in touch for more news on The Stork!

January 2012:

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5r - Introducing The Stork

The Phases of Ovulation- What really happens? http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5x

Detecting your Ovulation Cycle- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5I

How to Use an Ovulation Predictor Kit- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5L

Vitamins to Aid in Ovulation – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5Q

Turkey Baster Method, ICI, Cervical Cap- Which do you prefer? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-60

The Pill and PCOS- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-68

Dr. Oz and the Fertility Crisis- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6f

 

February

Finally a Male Fertility Test will Make its Way onto Shelves- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6r

How Do you make a Baby?- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6w

We are born with all the eggs we will have, or are we? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6A

 

March

Today is International Women’s Day- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6J

March is Endometriosis Month- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6O

Fertility Apps- What are the best ones? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6T

 

April:

Insurance vs. Fertility Treatments- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-71

National Infertility Awareness Week- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-77

 

May

New Study Findings: Exposure to Estrogen Chemicals can lead to Fertility Issues-

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7a

Some Amazing Research Going on to Enhance Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7g

Have you tried an at-home insemination method that worked>: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5W

Way to Go! What Makes a Baby: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7t

National Women’s Health Week- 5/13-5/19/12- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7x

Obando Fertility Festival- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7C

Crowdfunding for Fertility Treatments- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7I

Wi-Fi and Male Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7P

TTC? How Our Circadian Rhythm May Be Affecting Our Fertility- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7T

Pink Timeline Campaign from First Response: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-81

 

June:

In the News: WHO warning and Endometriosis Treatment Study: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-89

Great article on Pulling Down the Moon: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8f

Ib2c Mentioned in the Medical Device Daily!- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8g

Paying for Fertility Treatments : http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8l

July:

Five Millionth IVF Baby Born: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8s

Is there a better season to have an IVF procedure done? http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8E

Childhood obesity studies say may affect future fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8N

 

August:

Vitamins: Boosting your Natural Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-95

Want to give his sperm a boost? Break out the nutcracker and WALNUTS!

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-98

Ladies: Your brain on sex (and the new fact found about semen): http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9c

New Show Alert: The New Normal: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9g

Rinovum Women’s Health – Tech 50 Finalist: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9j

Suffering from Male Infertility: New Research Findings http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9o

 

September:

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Explained: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9B

Senate Committee Passes Expanded Fertility Treatment Benefits for Our Veterans: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9F

 

October:

You got pregnant how? Old Tales Passed Down: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9J

Emotional Stress During Infertility Treatments- New Study: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9Q

In the News Round-Up: Egg Freezing: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9U

 

November:

Knowing Maternal Menopause Age is Important for Your Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9Z

Polychlorinated Biphenyls Can Hurt Fertility Study Finds: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-a4

The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins PRIOR to Pregnancy: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-aa

Infertility In The News: Week of 11/18-11/25: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-ai

 

December:

Male Infertility on the Rise Globally: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-an

Parenthood at a Later Age: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-aq

Happy Holidays To You and Yours: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-74

Polychlorinated Biphenyls Can Hurt Fertility Study Finds

Despite being banned in the late 1970′s PCB’s are still very much in our daily lives. The use of PCB’s has been banned in products produced after 1979, but many products may not have been disposed of properly and leak into the environment. Today most of the exposure occurs in the kitchen. High fat foods absorb the chemicals that have been leaked. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)provides the following list of what contains PCB’s (complete list found on http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/about.htm):

  • Transformers and capacitors
  • Other electrical equipment including voltage regulators, switches, reclosers, bushings, and electromagnets
  • Oil used in motors and hydraulic systems
  • Old electrical devices or appliances containing PCB capacitors
  • Fluorescent light ballasts
  • Cable insulation
  • Thermal insulation material including fiberglass, felt, foam, and cork
  • Adhesives and tapes
  • Oil-based paint
  • Caulking
  • Plastics
  • Carbonless copy paper
  • Floor finish

It has been known for years that these harmful PCB’s can cause cancer and other health issues on the body’s systems. Most recently a study completed by the National Institute of Health on PCB’s and their effects on reproductive health. The study was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives and it included 501 couples that were trying to conceive during 2005-2009. The couples supplied blood tests to determine the level of chemical at the beginning of the study, kept a menstruation log and results of all home pregnancy tests completed during the study. This continued over the years of the study and researchers discovered that as the chemical levels in the couple’s increased their ability to conceive decreased (study states 18-21% in females and 17-29% in males). While there is no way to completely avoid exposure to these chemicals, one can avoid eating processed foods, microwave foods in plastic containers and foods that have been exposed to pesticides.

You can read all about the research study here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/11/14/environmental-chemicals-may-hurt-chances-of-pregnancy

In the News Round-Up: Egg Freezing

There has been a lot of press regarding the ASRM’s discussion about Human Egg-Freezing. Below is a round-up of what we have found online in the past weeks that are quite helpful:

 

 

New Show Alert: The New Normal

You may or may not have seen the trailer for the new comedy coming in the fall to NBC: The New Normal. The show website says the idea behind the new show is that families come in all types, shapes and sizes- “These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes.” (http://www.nbc.com/the-new-normal/about/).  The show is about the journey to parenthood for an alternative lifestyle male couple who desperately want to expand their family with the help of a surrogate.

Infertility and different types of families plot lines have been creeping up in Hollywood for the past few years. TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, Giuliana & Bill, The Fertility Chase to name a few have either included a plot line discussing difficulties in conceiving, different types of families  or different ways a family “became a family”. We are excited that a new show is going to debut specifically focused on alternative ways to create a family and the need for an alternative method of treatment for trying to conceive. What used to be (and still is to many) a hidden struggle is becoming more openly discussed which may help those trying to conceive out. The timeline for this show and the production of the book: http://www.what-makes-a-baby.com/ could not be more necessary for this day and age.

I know we are very excited to see the different paths many of us will take in life on our journey to parenthood on primetime in the Fall!

 

Paying for Fertility Treatments

There was a good informational article in Time’s Healthland today about paying for the cost of fertility treatments. The figure quoted in the article for the average cost of IVF was a little over $8,000 and didn’t even include the cost of medications., in many cases this can end up being between $12K-$15K. I don’t know about you, but that’s a sizeable amount to save, not to mention that many couples end up having to do IVF more than once to have a successful cycle. (Let’s leave out the part of the emotional cost and those horrid bruises from all the injections).

Currently, only 15 states have mandated infertility coverage. Even the coverage in these states has very explicit details about what they will cover, timeframe, diagnosis and then there are caps to the coverage, although it is still some financial relief to those trying to conceive. If you do not happen to live in one of these 15 states there may be other options available to you listed in the article here, http://ti.me/MF4o0C.

While options are still limited today (?Why?) , there are some alternatives to loans, although everyone should decide what will work best for them based on their financial position. The RESOLVE organization has some helpful information on different types of insurance companies and what basic coverage does/does not cover in general. http://www.resolve.org/family-building-options/insurance_coverage/health-insurance-101.html. Make sure to check out their pages on how to get involved!

Summer Fruits = Antioxidants!

The Stork for Women:

From the archives: Summer fruits have lots of antioxidants which can help aid infertility.

Originally posted on :

Have you been eating your blueberries? Recent studies have shown that foods full of antioxidants may promote overall sexual health; by balancing your oxidative stress and nitric oxide.

With oxidative stress being an underlying factor for infertility, if we can find a way to help balance that out, we may be able to increase our chances for conception.

Below is a list of some foods rich in antioxidants, eat up!

  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries
  • Red kidney beans, pinto beans.
  • Avocados, plums, pineapple, kiwi, cherry
  • Green tea
  • Artichokes, broccoli, sweet potatoes
  • Walnuts, pecans
  • Dark chocolate!
Not only may a diet rich in foods full of antioxidants help combat infertility, it also may help against other diseases such as heart disease. But as always, too much of a good thing can be bad, just watch your daily value intake; especially that of beta-carotene and Vitamin E.
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Wi-Fi and Male Infertility

The June issue of Women’s Health Magazine had a small blurb on recent findings with male fertility and wi-fi findings. There was a study completed in Fertility and Sterility that took semen samples and studied the effects that Wi-Fi had on them from a laptop. The results showed that after a certain amount of time (I believe four hours), the approximately a quarter of the sample were no longer active! Does your partner place his laptop on his lap often while doing work at home? Have him place it on the coffee table or separate it from his lap with a pillow. Previous studies have shown that heat from laptops can also damage semen quality, so having a laptop cooling fan attached to his laptop can also help!

Obando Fertility Festival

The yearly Obando Fertility Festival is in full swing from May 17th to May 19th in Obando, Bulacan (Philippines). The festival dates back to the pre-Spanish era.  The three day festival celebrates a different saint for each day of the festival. Tourists from all over, devotees and locals participate in street dances in hopes for fertility to be bestowed on them, to help them find a partner, to thank them for the gift of fertility given to them and/or to just show their devotion to the patron saints celebrated.

May 17th- The festival celebrates San Pascual Baylon. This is the patron saint for fertility, abundance and wealth.

May 18th- Celebrates Santa Clara. The saint for those who wish to have a child. During this day, many females dance in the processional dance to ask for fertility.

May 19th- Celebrates the patron saint for a good harvest and the saint for fisherman. Nuestra Senora de Salambao

The participants may don the traditional garb of the patron saint they are asking a gift from or they may carry with them a cart that has the statue of the saint in it.

There are some great videos posted on YouTube from individuals that have witnessed the festival. Check them out!

Way to Go!! What Makes a Baby!

I discovered a really cool project on Kickstarter* a few months ago that I had wrote up a quick post about. The project was for creating and distributing the book, What Makes A Baby by Cory Silverberg and illustrations by artist, Fiona Smyth. Below is a link to the project on Kickstarter.

(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1809291619/what-makes-a-baby)

The project explains to children pre-school to 8+ years how they may have come into this world where other books have left out. They discuss fertility doctors, surrogates, sperm donation, adoption agencies, friend, turkey basters, etc. What a cool project! In this day and age children are conceived in such a variety of ways, what a perfect way to explain to your child how they came into this world.

The project not only reached their goal of $9500, but they surpassed it by a large, wonderful amount! Way to go!!!!!

*(Kickstarter is a crowdsource funding platform for creative projects where backers can pledge funds towards projects. If the project meets its pledged goal, then the backers funds are used, it is an all or nothing funding platform- www.kickstarter.com).

Have you tried an at-home insemination method that worked?

And we are not talking about the turkey baster you use on your Thanksgiving Day turkey.  The turkey baster method for conception is the term given to a natural, at-home insemination method that woman have been attempting for years.  It is always recommended to speak with your doctor before trying anything yourself. There are numberous websites online outlining step-by-step how to do an at-home insemination, but again it is best to check with your doctor for receiving instructions.

The preferred turkey baster method uses needle-less syringes, tubes similar to a catheter tube and sperm sample. The sperm can be from your partner (fresh sperm) or a through a sperm donation organization. Fresh donor sperm from an unknown donor is still considered very risky since it is easier to transmit STD’s with this type of sample. A frozen sperm donation from a clinic is a more common route for many. The sample will come frozen, please contact the clinic for instructions on thawing.

The items needed: needle-less syringe, cap/cup or condom, saline-if you prefer (without additives), some women to also attach catheter-like tubes to the end of the syringe.

The basics: get all the air out of the syringe by doing an initial drawback on the syringe and push out all the air. Place the end into the sperm sample and drawback again, try to tap out any air bubbles afterwards. Lie back comfortably in a reclining position and insert the syringe into the vaginal tract. Attempt to get the syringe as close the cervix as possible (some recommend gently locating the cervix with your finger beforehand). Deploy the syringe and remain lying back comfortably.  While it is hard to get the exact success rates, they are considered to be similar to those of natural intercourse.

Another at-home insemination method that can be used while trying to conceive:

Cervical Caps- The cervical cap is loaded with sperm and placed inside on the cervix. The cap should remain close to the cervix for several hours.

At-home insemination methods have seemed to grow in popularity over the past decade with the constantly changing healtcare system, fewer states and insurance companies cover ART methods. Have you tried an at-home insemination method that worked? We would love to hear from you, info@rinovum.com.