It’s HERE!!! Check out our all new website for our first product, The Stork!

Rinovum Women’s Health has officially launched The Stork™ website that you can find at www.thestorkforwomen.com

We are VERY excited to introduce the new site to all of you. You will be able to view product information, pricing and updates on when the product will be available in the market (COMING SOON!!!). In addition to information on how The Stork may be able to help you conceive there are some excellent videos on the Stork, fertility-related topics, an ovulation calculator and our Rinovum vitamin products (designed with those trying to conceive in mind), among other great resources as well!

Have you been trying to conceive? Looking for a proactive, “first-step” product that can aid in conception? Check out The Stork, a prescription, take-home product designed to help aid you in trying to become pregnant!

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

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:

 

 

Senate Committee Passes Expanded Fertility Treatment Benefits for Our Veterans

Great news to our military families! A Senate Committee has passed the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2012 led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash).

This Act will provide the below benefits to our veterans and their families. Specifically tailored for our veterans who suffered traumatic injuries that left them at a disadvantage or completely unable to have children due to injuries to their reproductive organs or spinal injuries.

  • Enhanced treatment options to now include Assisted Reproductive Technologies (including artificial insemination and surrogacy!)
  • Childcare for Vets seeking counseling at VA’s Vet Centers
  • Continued Funding for Research
  • Treatment for spouses

To read more detailed information about the Act: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/fff168a9-0aaf-45f4-aba9-22692d29a846/Women%20Veterans%20Health%20Care%20Improvement%20Act%20of%202012%20-%20One%20Page%20Summary.pdf

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Explained

Business Insider has a 30 part series called Game Changers that explores advancements in health, technology, etc. Today’s specifically focused on “How Ovarian Tissue Transplants Work” while the article on Friday discussed the overall meaning to fertility of the treatment. Ovarian Tissue Transplants have been studied in great detail to help find ways to preserve fertility for those facing various types of cancer and would have to go through chemotherapy treatments. The results have been quite remarkable with 22 patients having successful live births from the procedure. There may be two markets that emerge from having Ovarian Tissue Transplant treatments available: those undergoing cancer treatment who wish to preserve their fertility for the later ability to have children and those young women who wish to preserve their fertility for later in life. The studies are still very much in the experimental stage and long-term issues are still unknown, but the idea that such a treatment being available in the future to preserve fertility or extend it is quite exciting!

To read more on the series on Ovarian Tissue Transplants: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-ovarian-tissue-transplants-could-change-fertility-2012-8

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

A recent study discovered that men who ate 75 grams of walnuts a day had increased sperm motility, morphology and a higher percentage of sperm vitality than those that did not. The study spanned over 12 weeks splitting the two groups of men into those that ate a Western-style diet, including walnuts and those that ate a Western-style diet without walnuts. After the 12 weeks, they conducted a semen analysis to compare against the initial semen analysis, but they also measured any change to the BMI, body weight or activity level in all of the men (where they discovered that the 75 grams a day did not have negative changes to the health of individual).  Read more about the study here: http://bit.ly/R49Ugj

The group that had a steady diet of walnuts saw an increase in their Omega-3′s and Omega-6′s, improvement to their sperm motility, morphology and an increase in sperm vitality. Are you one of the estimated 33% of couples (of all suffering from fertility issues) that has male fertility issues? There are a variety of ways to increase his intake of walnuts. Here are a couple of tips and/recipes:

- Add chopped walnuts to a morning yogurt, top off with blueberries or strawberries for a tasty treat.

-Add crushed walnuts to oatmeal.

-Sprinkle walnuts into a salad, they’ll add a yummy texture and flavor. Walnuts go great with summer salads.

-Saute walnuts with your favorite leafy greens like kale or spinach

-Crush walnuts and crust chicken with them, then bake in the oven for a delicious crunchy meal.

Not only are scientists discovering that there are benefits for male fertility from the walnut, but it has historically been linked to studies showing increased cardiovascular health and increased brain function are among some of the healthy benefits from it.

Vitamins: Boosting your Natural Fertility 

If you go down any drugstore vitamin aisle today you will be confronted by MANY different brands of vitamins and MANY different types of vitamins or supplements. What are the best vitamins for your best health? Better yet for those trying to conceive, what are the best vitamins to take? There are many different aspects of the vitamins you are selecting that you should take into consideration:

-   Grade of the vitamins you plan to take (and no we do not mean school grades here, although you could rank them on that system). Today, vitamins are not held to heavy requirements to be on the market, therefore generic brands have less of the supplement you are seeking in it than pharmaceutical grade vitamins.

-   Absorption: taking certain vitamins with specific foods so that the full benefit of the nutrients is released.

For those trying to conceive, the path to conception includes following a healthy eating and exercise plan; including taking vitamins to optimize your chances. What are the best vitamins for a woman to take while trying to get pregnant?

  •  Folic Acid: Research shows that take this during your childbearing years will decrease the chances of having a child born with spinal cord and brain disorders (Neural tube disorders). Women taking a folic acid supplement are said to have less risk of ovulation problems/egg production issues.
  •   Fish Oil: These supplements have had a lot of press lately. Fish oils contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in many processes of the body that are important to fertility. Fish oils are said to help the woman have a regular menstrual cycle.

Multivitamin that includes:

  • Vitamin C: Increases fertility in women who have luteal phase defects and may increase hormone levels. Can be found in a multivitamin chosen based on your needs.
  •  Vitamin D: Low levels of vitamin D are said to cause problems with ovulation. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption and regulation which may increase her odds of ovulation by helping with the development of her follicles. Found in your multivitamin.
  • Vitamin B6: Improves a woman’s chances for ovulation. This vitamin also is said to regulate a woman’s hormones. Found in your multivitamin.
  •  Iron: Research suggests that this may be important in the maturing of the egg in preparation for healthy ovulation. Found in your multivitamin.

Childhood obesity studies say may affect future fertility

We all know that childhood obesity is on the rise, in fact according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), it has more than tripled in the past 30 years!! This is astonishing to some, especially when you think of how you were as a kid constantly running around with energy through the roof (I’d do anything to have some of that energy back). Then you glance around at all the junk food and fast food that is everywhere today and it doesn’t seem so unbelievable that childhood obesity has tripled.

Obesity early in life as a child can make everything so much harder for them. Depending on the child’s size they may not be able to participate in childhood activities like they should (I mean this is the time in their lives when they should be engaged in activities and developing their personalities). Not to mention how much harder it is being the overweight child at school; unfortunately bullying exists and it can be so horrible for them. The problems that come from childhood obesity not only affects the child socially and physically (outwards appearance-wise), but it has detrimental affects on their health short-term and long-term.

Short-term:

  • high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • pre-diabetes
  • sleep apnea, bone problems, joint issues
  • psychological issues: low self-esteem

Long-term: (Childhood obesity is most likely to cause obesity as an adult)

  • The list includes: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancers…
  • REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES

A study published in the Science News yesterday, http://bit.ly/PlIk8Q, discussed how childhood obesity may affect fertility and the reproductive system later in life. The results had many implications that childhood obesity is affecting the reproductive system in a different way than what generations prior have experienced.  Any extreme difference in body fat or caloric intake will change the natural process of the body’s systems; anorexia and obesity will cause changes to the reproductive system, but in different ways. Younger female children struggling from obesity are entering into puberty much sooner than their mothers or grandmothers had. While this will vary based on heredity, studies have suggested that endocrine signals from fat may be disrupting a neurohormone, kisspeptin- a hormone identified as a part of the reproductive system.

Another theory was the disruption of the body’s natural circadian clock from changes in the child’s diet. Despite these theories needing further research, the implications that a child’s diet will affect them later in life are clear.

Encouraging children at an early age to partake in an active lifestyle can help your child all throughout life, instilling healthy habits today for a healthy, happy tomorrow!

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!

In the News: WHO warning and Endometriosis Treatment Study

WHO WARNING: Press coming from the World Health Organization yesterday warned of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea or the “clap”. Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that causes infertility, complications with pregnancies, babies being born with eye-infections that cause blindness, as well as it makes it easier to contract HIV.  The article went on to explain that over the next few years it is predicted that this disease will become a super-bug, resistant to all forms of treatment. The WHO has called for extra surveillance from those administering the drug and increasing education on safe-sex to all. Please practice safe sex!

ENDOMETRIOSIS TREATMENT STUDY: Abbott Laboratories released press that they will begin phase 3 of their clinical studies on Elagolix, a potential new treatment for the many women suffering from endometriosis. Endometriosis causes uterine cells to grow in other areas of the body (outside of the uterus) leading to excruciating pain, inflammation, abnormal bleeding and infertility. This is exciting news, here is to hoping a treatment becomes available to those suffering. While it will be years before anything is completed, it is one step closer to finding a treatment for women with endometriosis.