Fertility Treatment and the Supreme Court Decision On Birth Control
The birth control debate rages on. Despite a ruling from the Supreme Court, the conversation has been turned onto high, not turned off.
It matters, whether you are trying to prevent a pregnancy or whether you are in fertility treatment. Any of us who have been or are currently trying to conceive know this. How many of you out there reading this has been on a course of birth control while at a board certified reproductive endocrinologists' (fertility specialist) program?
Here’s what Fertility Within Reach had to say on their Facebook page, “The U.S. Supreme Court rules some employers don't have to cover birth control. This is a HUGE blow to those needing treatment for endometriosis and other reproductive health issues. If this court decision hurts you or someone you know, please communicate how. They have a contact us section on their website. It's meant for us to use."
Supreme Court of the United States of America | General Contact Information:
U.S. Mail: Supreme Court of the United States 1 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20543
Telephone: 202-479-3000 TTY: 202-479-3472 (Available M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern)
Other professionals in the field have spoken privately on their personal FB pages. I have no doubt that public comments are on their way. I’m still waiting to see what our patient organizations have to say about this ruling.
We are already seeing what I view as the typical reactions; Viagra is covered but not birth control.
Women's Reproductive Rights
And while it might seem like a clichéd reaction about women's reproductive rights, is it really?
Companies are ok about covering a medication for a man who wants to have an erection, presumably to have sex, at least occasionally in a situation where he may impregnate a woman. That our medical insurance is ok to cover.
The desire to have sex apparently is ok. Even giving someone medication to be able to act on that desire is ok.
Having medical insurance cover a medication that will enable a woman to ensure there is no unwanted pregnancy, that is a problem?
And why is it a problem? Is it as simple as, “if a man was the one to become pregnant, it would be covered”?
Is it even as simple as, “the morning after pill is being used as birth control but actually amounts to abortion”?
Is it possibility as simple as, “pregnancy and unwanted pregnancies, in particular, are a woman’s problem”?
I don’t even pretend to know society's definitive answers to any of those questions. I’m quite certain it would depend on which part of our society was responding. I’m equally as sure that there are polarizing opinions out there, creating massive divides between us.
Interestingly enough, while I understand and appreciate the intellectual, cognitive conversation about this and can sympathize with more than one side -- emotionally? That’s a different story.
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby - Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Dissent
Here’s my emotional response to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Ready for a rant?
You don’t want us getting pregnant and having abortions? So you shut down clinics that give reliable, understandable and affordable reproductive information. We allow men to have medications that give them erections but these medications do nothing to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. We don’t allow women to protect themselves from having babies? What does that say about women having sex? We can have sex but only if we are afraid? Are you kidding me? Are we really going to add fuel to the maelstrom conversation about abortion? Now, not only is it more and more difficult to end an unwanted pregnancy, we will make it harder and harder to avoid getting pregnant? Are you kidding me?
What century are we living in? Are men only going to be allowed to have Viagra if there is proof of a marriage to a heterosexual woman? Will they be followed up to make sure that they are only having sex with their wife? After all, otherwise it’s adulterous and of course men shouldn’t be having sex out of wedlock either.
How far do we go about allowing someone else’s religious or moral beliefs impinge on our rights? Companies offer health insurance. Period. End of story. They do not and should not get to decide how, what, or any of the other details.
My opinion. They should not be able to do that.
I disagree, emotionally, with the Supreme Court decision. Most emphatically.
I’m not the only one. Read more in this Huffington Post article for Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s 35 page dissent. She is far more eloquent than I am.
End of rant. Thank you for listening.
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Infertility Does Not Define Us
Maya Angelou was a writer and poet and more.
She was a woman.
Not a goddess. She didn't need that elevated status. She knew that being a woman was encompassing of much more.
She was content to be just that.
A phenomenal woman.
As you all are. As we all are.
We are phenomenal women.
And an infertility diagnosis does not define us. Nor does having babies or carrying a pregnancy. We are not weak because we cry from sadness and disappointment. We are strong. Beautiful. Brave. Healthy.
We are phenomenal women.
Every single one of us.
Thank you Maya Angelou~ Lisa Rosenthal
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Photo Credit: Maya Angelou, The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Carolina, September, 2008, Flickr Creative Commons, Talbot Troy
Poem Source: Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.
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Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo
The Stamford Hospital Fairfield County Women's Expo is coming up April 26 - 27, 2014 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This fifth annual event will feature free health screenings by Stamford Hospital staff as well as 250 unique vendors, prize giveaways, pet adoption and a whole lot more. Even celebrities from "Dancing With The Stars" will be present on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Women's Health Event in April
RMACT is an exhibitor at this event and, as a result, we're able to offer a $5.00 off admission coupon, which can be printed and clipped from the image below. If you attend, please stop by our table and say hello!
Dates: April 26, 2014 and April 27, 2014
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 Regular ($5 with printed coupon), children 12 and under are free
Location: Stamford Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer Street
Free indoor parking.
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Fertility and Age - A Big Lie?
How ironic that the day I write a blog about fertility and age, addressing fear and the emotions around NOT being old at 20, or 30, or 40, or 50, I read in Cosmopolitan about maternal aging. Otherwise known as, “why didn’t anyone tell me that I may feel young, I may look young, I may BE young in terms of my overall lifespan, but, and wait for drum roll; my eggs are not young”.
Tanya Selvaratnam had that experience, which she speaks about in her interview in Cosmo with Liz Welch, titled "The Big Lie About Your Fertility". Her response? She got mad. She got mad because she felt that once again, women didn’t know enough about their fertility or the true workings of their biological clocks. Not enough to make truly informed decisions about when to have babies. Or if they were deciding not to have babies without even realizing it.
On Motherhood, Feminism, and the Biological Clock
Here’s a little bit about what Tanya had to say about her book, The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock.
In Cosmo, she answers the question about what The Big Lie means:
“What is the Big Lie?
There are actually several. The biggest is that we can become mothers on our own timetable. Another one is that we can manipulate evolution. There are some people who so badly want to believe that we can control the biological clock with science and reproductive technology. But that is only because we are not really aware of the statistics. As many as 77 percent IVF cycles fail — but we only hear the success stories. People don’t share their stories of loss as readily. I thought if I could speak publically about my story, then other people share theirs, too. These heartbreaking scenarios — of women who gave up after five failed rounds of IVF, for example — can balance the more optimistic ones. It’s not about making people panic. It is about giving them accurate information.”
I had two distinct and opposing reactions to reading this article.
My first was, bravo! We need for women to hear this message, for doctors to hear this message, for our society to hear this message. I particularly liked her idea about fertility charts in Obstetrician/Gynecologists offices. Just like knowing about pap smears and mammograms, understand your fertility. Absolutely. What an inspiring idea; a simple, direct and visionary way to change the way women are educated about their own fertility. The way that feminism was addressed in this article was bold. Tanya is clear and articulate about the play between motherhood and feminism. Here’s what she had to say about it:
"Has feminism played a role in this misconception that women can wait to become mothers?
Feminism advocates for a world where women can pursue their ambitions — it did not tell women to not become mothers. Instead, it told them all the things they could do aside from being a mother. It may have created a tension between feminism and motherhood, but it’s a false tension. If you look at the advances that feminism has made for motherhood — daycares at work, baby seats, breastfeeding education and more, these are all specific concerns women have around being mothers. One of the big lies I address is that we don’t need feminism anymore. We need it more than ever."
My second reaction was that we’ve been talking about this for years. Decades even. This is neither the first nor will it be the last book to discuss these very same issues. Wonderful that is being said again. I love that. I love more that the very issues that she says are not being talked about, I hear talked about all the time. Women, many women, are more and more clear about looking at conception as a time driven issue. In speaking to women in varied work fields, I find so many acutely aware, as early as in their 20’s, that conception is something to factor in. I often hear that there is not an assumption that conception will come easily and they are prepared for needing and getting help.
Making Plans and Understanding Choices is More than a Woman’s Issue
I’m glad this book is out there. Anything to help spread the word. And most especially, getting feminism on the side of motherhood and discontinuing that ridiculous idea that it’s one or the other. Just as careers and motherhood are not one or the other; neither are feminism and motherhood, one or the other.
We are women. We are multi-faceted, with many different interests. We all deserve to know the truth. We deserve to know it early; we deserve to know it accurately. We deserve to hear it from our health care providers so that we can strategize planning our families. I liked that a lot, that phrase. Strategizing having your family.
Making plans and understanding your choices is more than a woman’s issue. It’s society’s issue. Supporting women making choices, early and in time to avoid regrets is one of the messages that I got from this interview.
And for that alone, I will buy and read the book.
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Integrated Wellness Fertility Program
RMACT. We are doing it. We are having our first event as an Integrated and Fertility Wellness Program (IFW). This event is open to the public and is limited to 8-10 people. Please register early as we expect that this event will be well attended. We are so excited, we hope you come join us and treat yourself to a gift for the new year.
Look for blogs to come describing more fully the programs being offered.
Mind-Body Workshop in CT
RMA of CT would like to invite you to a special one day offering of our Mind/Body Program. Our Integrated Fertility and Wellness (IFW) team is presenting this workshop to provide you with valuable tools to assist in reducing stress and increasing fertility.
This workshop includes presentations by:
• Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Melissa Kelleher, will discuss the link between stress and fertility. She has trained with world renowned psychologist, Ali Domar, on the Mind/Body program. She will present proven techniques to help reduce stress in your daily life.
• Our Licensed Acupuncturist, Amy Matton, will provide an overview and demonstrate the benefits of acupuncture
• Our Certified Yoga Instructor, Lisa Rosenthal, will lead you through Fertile Yoga and Guided Meditation
• Our Peer Counselor, Carrie Van Steen, will lead a “Mini” session of Ladies Night In
For further information and to enroll in this exciting workshop please contact
Carrie Van Steen at email@example.com
When: Sunday, January 12, 2013 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: 20 Glover Ave, Norwalk, CT
This group is limited to 12 participants.
Lunch will be served and materials will be distributed.
RSVP: please call 203-731-2520 ext. 289 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breast Health, Mental Health Awareness, and Infertility
Today, in New England, everything is turning khaki green, yellow, orange, red and maroon. And just about every brilliant shade in between.
Given that it’s October, everything’s also turning pink.
Not the trees, but just about everything else. I was watching a football game and couldn’t quite tell, but yes, they were wearing pink sneakers. Professional football players wearing bright pink sneakers.
Good thing that pink is not about being girly or feminine or less than masculine. Pink means something entirely different these days.
If it’s pink, it must be October and that must mean that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).
Infertility is often likened to a life crisis similar to the one that is faced with cancer. The level of stress, exhaustion, isolation and depression, to name just a few pieces of it. Both, in their own ways, make you question your own mortality and longevity. Both make you question what you have done with your life so far and if you will be able to have your life at all, what it will look like.
And, just as with infertility, there are things that you can do to protect yourself with breast cancer. While you can’t do a single thing about the genes and DNA that you have inherited, even there, you can cut your losses. You can improve your odds.
Photo: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (Flickr)
Interestingly enough, you do it the same way you would with preventing infertility. You eat right, exercise properly, sleep enough, and find a way to deal with the ordinary stress that comes to everyone.
When it comes to breast cancer, you also do self exams regularly. Once a month. If you’re not sure how, ask your obstetrician/gynecologist or internist to show you. If you are over 50, the guidelines state getting a mammogram every two years, (although I’m happy that my physicians recommend every year). If you are under 50 and believe that you have significant risk factors (family history, cystic breasts, etc.), speak to your physician and find out what he/she recommends. Find out more about mammorgrams from the Office on Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Infertility doesn’t excuse us from taking care of the rest of ourselves. Our bodies, minds and emotional health all still need to be attended to.
Considering Mental Health During Fertility Treatment
In fact, this week (October 6-12) brings our attention to mental health as well, as it is also Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). If you’re in the midst of fertility treatment, have you considered making an appointment with a mental health professional? Checking in with someone who can help you in case you are really struggling? Infertility and fertility treatment is often isolating, emotionally painful, exhausting and life-altering. Without even realizing it, your life may be affected dramatically as you go through testing, treatment and disappointments when/if fertility treatment cycles are unsuccessful. None of these responses indicate mental illness; they can mean that it’s a good idea to get some help. There’s a lot of help out there and you can feel better.
Photo: faxpilot (Flickr)
Peer Support Groups: Ladies Night In and More
One way that we offer help at Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT) is through peer support groups. The leaders (Carrie Van Steen and I) are not mental health professionals. Together, we have been leading Ladies Night In (peer support group) for almost five years. We have both experienced infertility and fertility treatment; we know what it’s like. A peer support group is a place to discuss with people that are experiencing similar challenges all the different aspects of that challenge. It’s a place to go and realize that your responses are normal. It’s a place to go where when you speak of your pain, the others in the group nod their heads. It’s a place to go to have cheerleaders that remind you that you are stronger than you may feel in that moment. It’s a place to go to have a good laugh, so good that the entire group starts laughing with you; it’s that infectious. It’s a place to go to vent and let off that steam that threatens to build up. It’s a place to go to have a question answered and an answer questioned. It’s a place to make friends. (We also have two wonderful mental health professionals at RMACT: Lisa Tuttle, PhD and Melissa Kelleher, LCSW, who offer professional therapeutic care and support.)
Tomorrow night (new night), Tuesday, October 8, is Ladies Night In at the RMACT Danbury office -- 67 Sand Pit Road, Danbury, CT -- from 6-7:30 p.m.
This group is open to the public. It is free and we provide a lovely and delicious dinner.
It’s a place to come to know that you are not alone.
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RMACT Fertility Program Supports Women's Expo
This weekend, September 21 & 22, RMACT will be sponsoring and supporting the first annual Southern Connecticut Women’s Exposition in Bridgeport, CT. RMACT has been pleased to sponsor the Stamford Expos for the last four years and was delighted to be included in supporting this new initiative by Connecticut Expos.
Nick Curci, President of Connecticut Expos, took some time from his pre-Expo plans to speak to me about what this Expo is about and who it’s for. Read below for his answers to my questions.
As always, if you have any questions, please post them here. The questions come directly to me and me alone. I can always answer you privately.
Please note, as a sponsor, RMACT has free tickets for the Expo. Please let us know if you would like one. Or two. Or more. We like to share! ~Lisa Rosenthal
FAQs About the Southern Connecticut Women’s Exposition
1. What should I expect if I come to the Expo? A fun filled day of shopping, entertainment, beauty, health and empowerment.
2. Is this about shopping or health? Both, but a whole lot more with free health screenings including mammograms by St. Vincent’s Health Services, meet and greet two national celebrities from Days of our Lives and WWE, free lectures on 14 women’s health related topics, free makeovers and hair touch ups by Jade Salon, drawing for 4 grand prizes, food and product samples and psychic readings.
3. Should I bring my children or my mother? Absolutely, this is an even for all ages. Great family event for grandmothers, mothers and daughters.
4. Why come to an Expo when I can find all this information online? You can’t meet celebrities, get health screenings, shop with our unique vendors, get free makeovers or attend free health lectures online.
5. How long should I plan on being there? The average person stays almost 4 hours since there is so much to do.
6. Is this a good place to find reliable information? Yes – especially health care related issues.
7. Is there any process that you use to screen the people who are exhibiting at the Expo? No screening of attendees – all are welcome.
8. I’ve been to Expos before, what makes this one different? Items unique to this expo that the Stamford event does not offer are: The celebrities, health lectures and these specific vendors.
9. What do you hope people will take away from the Expo? Answers to health concerns, a positive entertainment experience and empowerment to improve their lives with better health, information, business opportunities and confidence to improve their personal life, business and family matters.
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CT Fertility Center Event Updates
Event updates at RMACT. Please read carefully, some events are only for current RMACT patients. Most events are free and open to the public. Please check our online calendar of events before attending as there are sometimes changes, even the day of the event. Also, we ask you to RSVP to any seminars and Ladies Night In so that we know how many people to expect.
We hope that you can take advantage of some or all of these events. We know that infertility and fertility treatment can be isolating. You have a choice though. You do not have to go through this alone. We are here to help.
“I am Pregnant, Now What?” Ensuring the Health of Expectant Mother & Baby
This seminar will discuss the key components of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy including appropriate maternal weight gain, physical activity, essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, environmental toxins and risks, and food safety. Common concerns such as medications, sleep, diet, lifestyle, morning sickness, constipation, anemia, gestational diabetes and hypertension will be addressed.
Please Join Us on Wednesdays in our Danbury Office 67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300: Wednesday, September 18th; Wednesday, October 16th 4:30-6:00pm. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. PARTNERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Kindly RSVP to Angie 203-750-7413, space is limited. These medically based seminars are considered part of your treatment plan and will be billed through your insurance. Please bring your co-payment, if applicable. Patients who have high deductible plans will be billed through their insurance. See website events calendar: www.RMACT.com or call 800-865-5431 - Click here for more about our healthy pregnancy seminar.
Current RMACT patients only
Ladies Night In
General Peer Support Group with Lisa & Carrie:
Come and meet a terrific group of women that gather monthly to share their stories, feelings, questions and laughs. Experience the relief of talking with other women who understand what you are going through. Build friendships with women who will be by your side throughout your family-building journey.
RMACT Norwalk: 20 Glover Ave (Finance Offices), Thursday – 6:45-8:00 PM (After Fertile Yoga) September 19, 2013.
This group is free of charge. It is facilitated by Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen. Carrie and Lisa are both former fertility patients and offer the support and suggestions many of our patients are looking for and really need. If you have any questions, call Carrie at 731.2520 ext 289. Or email her at email@example.com.
Dinner is provided!
Join us at two locations:
Norwalk: 5:45-7:00pm pm (RMACT 20 Glover Avenue, Finance Dept)
Brookfield: 6:00-7:15 pm (At Yogaspace)
Please check the website for any changes. Fertile Yoga is free. Classes will be on-going; come every week or once in a while, whichever suits you.
Come alone or bring your spouse, partner, friend or family member. Yoga, meditation and deep relaxation can help men and women experiencing the challenges of infertility. Fertile Yoga helps couples relax and relaxation can help one make more satisfying decisions, communicate more clearly with their doctor, and sustain treatment with a more positive perspective.
What you need:
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothing
- a yoga mat
- bottle of water
- two pillows (optional)
Please avoid eating one hour before class.
Fertile Yoga was created and is taught by Lisa Rosenthal RYT -200 (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who has been working for over 2o years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa is uniquely qualified to understand the specific stresses and challenges that couples trying to conceive encounter. Fertile Yoga is designed with different diagnoses and treatment plans in mind. It is a gentle, restorative class that includes meditation.
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Prenatal Yoga is now at RMACT
RMA CT Norwalk: Thursdays 7:15-8:15 pm (Please check online calendar for specific dates) NO CLASS THIS WEEK
20 Glover Ave Finance Office -- $40 for four classes (do not need to be consecutive sessions)
This pre-natal yoga class was created especially for women who have been through fertility treatment. Class is designed around the special physical and emotional needs former fertility patients may have. Any woman, at any stage of pregnancy, is welcome to attend class (with doctor’s approval). We will explore how the body changes through the different stages of pregnancy and learn how to continue to feel healthy and strong until labor and birth. Class will be a combination of relaxation, movement and meditation.
Come join us on the next step of your fertility journey. Please check website for any changes: www.rmact.com Classes will be led by Lisa Rosenthal RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Lisa is a former fertility patient, who also worked for over 17 years as a national patient advocate for couples going through infertility. Lisa trained with Lotus Garden for her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, through Yoga Alliance.
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A Pre-Conception Wellness Seminar Tools for Fertility Success
Have you ever wondered if you or your partner were eating, sleeping, managing stress, or exercising differently would it improve fertility success? How about the affects of alcohol consumption, smoking, pesticides, plastics, and body composition on sperm and egg quality?
Please join RMA of CT for an interactive discussion on the benefits of preconception with a fertile lifestyle. We will share how to create a fertile lifestyle and The Fertility DietTM tips that will improve conception success and also help to support a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Partners are Welcome.
This one session class is conducted by RMA Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, MS and RMA Nurse Eloise Downs, RN.
Class Offered Monthly on Saturday: September 21st 11:30am-1:00pm
Free Admission and Open to the Public.
Location: RMA Norwalk at 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk CT RSVP required. Space is limited. Please call Eloise to reserve a seat at 203-750-7427. Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change.
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Southern Connecticut Women’s Expo
Please join RMA CT at this unique forum for women to be empowered with education, networking, knowledge and improved health opportunities. This event attracts thousands of women that want to shop for the latest products and services in fashion, beauty, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, careers, home, education and much more!
SHOW DATES & HOURS: Saturday, September 21, 11 am-5 pm and Sunday, September 22, 2013, 11 am–5 pm.
LOCATION: The Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06604
TICKET PRICE: Admission price is $10.00, kids 12 and under are free. $5 parking.
RMACT has free tickets. If you are interested, please pick them up in any of our four offices.
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Take Medical Monday to Consider Whole Health
Monday is time to look at the medical aspects in your life--your whole health.
Chances are, if you are trying to conceive or in fertility treatment, you've got the reproductive organs covered, medically.
Although, many fertility programs don't check on a Pap test. So please check.
Meanwhile, here are a list of medical professionals that you need to consider:
- Dentist! ~ Yes, that's right, it's not enough to have to deal with fertility treatments, you still need to go to the dentist. You need to get your teeth cleaned and examined. You need to be reminded to floss every day and to brush carefully.
- Dermatologist ~ This is a definite maybe. Some of you out there have a reason to go at least once a year. You may have a mole or a birthmark or skin cancer in the family. If you're supposed to go, go. Catching things early can mean the difference between full recovery and not.
- General Practioner ~ For a general overview, see your doctor. You may or may not need a full physical, your doctor will let you know. If you are experiencing any aches and pains, time to speak up.
- Eye doctor ~ Another definite maybe. Certainly if you wear contact lenses or glasses, you need to see your doctor as directed. That might be once a year or once every other year. Check in with them if it's been longer than that and you are not sure.
- Mammogram/Bone density scan ~ Check with your Gynecologist about whether these tests need to be done. Some of them depend on family history, some depend on age.
- Cardiologist, Endocrinologist, etc. ~ You may have personal or family reasons to see these doctors or other specialists.
Don't Ignore Your Overall Health Because of Fertility Treatment
Overall message here is just this simple. Don't ignore other aspects of your physical health because of fertility treatment. We mean it when we say that you are a whole and complete person. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself as a whole and complete person.
And that would include your mental health. Are you getting enough support? Are you shoving feelings way, way, deep inside because you don't know who to share with or to speak with? Do you frequently feel sad, for long periods of time? Or isolated?
There is help out there. Lisa Tuttle, PhD, is a wonderful resource as are peer support groups, like Ladies Night In. This week, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has a very special event for RMACT patients only:
A Fertility Seminar for Couples ~ Free for RMACT patients, please RSVP. April 11, from 5:45-8:00. For our men out there -- "Optimizing Male Fertility" with Dr. Mark Leondires and Carolyn Gundell, MS. Same time, our women can come do Fertile Yoga with Lisa Rosenthal, RYT-200. Afterwards, come together to find "Support and Encouragement for You and Your Partner" with Lisa Tuttle, PhD. A light dinner will be served. RSVP to Jenn at 203-750-7484. Check out our events calendar for more details on all programs.
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International Women's Day 2013
Today, as my friend Pamela reminded me, is International Women's Day. She called, as only one of your best friends can, at what I consider a rather unG~dly hour. Still, her timing was perfect.
I had just finished watching a video from Endometriosis.org, an international platform that has comprehensive and informative information about endometriosis, a disease that affects one in ten women. Their video is one of the best quick overviews that I've seen in quite a while, explaining what and how endometriosis can affect women and what one can do about it. So while I was enjoying this video, with the audio in a lovely english (British? Swedish?) accent, I heard about International Women's Day.
Yep, even with a foot of snow on a gorgeous March morning, the planets do align.
Raising Endometriosis Awareness for Women
What better way to acknowledge International Women's Day and March being Endometriosis Awareness Month than with an international organization?