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Kim Kardashian’s Infertility Struggle May Lead Her to Surrogacy

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Kim Kardashian Even if you cringed when Kim Kardashian announced that she and husband Kanye West have sex “500 times a day” in efforts to conceive a second child, any of us would have sympathy for a hopeful parent struggling with infertility.

As the story of Kardashian’s quest to have another baby continues to unfold in the media, the reality star is now apparently looking into other options. A source told Us Weekly that Kardashian, mom to nearly two-year-old North West, has been undergoing IVF procedures—but that they’re not going well. “It’s causing problems with her body,” according to the source.

We know at least a portion of that to be true, thanks to a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, in which the hopeful mom had a procedure involving her uterus. The May 31 show will reveal footage that shows an implanted embryo did not successfully take.

With the IVF so far not resulting in pregnancy, the source told Us that the next step for the family might be searching for a surrogate.

Kardashian herself told Matt Lauer in a recent Today show interview that she’s going to keep trying—but that she considers adoption a more distant possibility. “I still have hope, so I’m just going to keep on trying,” she said. “Never say never. I mean, we haven’t talked about adopting.”

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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How Fertility-Friendly Is Your State? (Find Out!)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

InfertilityIf you’re TTC and struggling with fertility issues, where you live can play a big role in your chances of baby-making success. And RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has just released its updated grades for the “fertility-friendliness” of each state in the country.

The organization’s Fertility Scorecard gives its grades by evaluating each state’s number of peer-led RESOLVE support groups, the insurance environment, the number of women who have experienced physical problems getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to a live birth, and the number of fertility specialist physicians available.

The states that performed the best this year were Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, all receiving A grades. (My home state of California didn’t make top honors, but at least it got a B. How’d yours do?)

On the flip side, the states that received F grades were Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

The scorecard also calls attention to states where the insurance mandate to cover fertility treatment may be in question as a result of the Affordable Care Act, or because state legislatures have a history of trying to pass laws that do not support related issues.

The group launched this state-by-state ranking two years ago, in partnership with biopharmaceutical company EMD Serono, and last year updated it with new information including updated population statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth, and the number of fertility specialists in each state. This year, the group refreshed the scorecard again with updated information from each state, including the number of support groups and specialists.

While it’s great news that five states got “A” grades, “It’s important to note that … there is always more that can be done to improve access,” Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s the president and C.E.O., told Parents.com. “We need to be vigilant in these states to ensure access remains strong, especially as the Affordable Care Act continues to impact all areas of health care, and we need to remember that insurance mandates don’t cover everyone.”

And as for the states with the worst grades, “we need to be vigilant to ensure that access to care remains legal and available,” she said, adding that there is help out there no matter what: “It is important to note that women and men who live in a state that receive a lower grade still have plenty of resources to assist them with their family-building journey.”

That’s important, considering that one in eight couples in the U.S. have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant, and the number one barrier to getting fertility treatment is out-of-pocket cost, according to Collura. But the issues surrounding infertility go beyond that, too.

“People who are having trouble getting pregnant face many issues and barriers to treatment, including not getting the emotional support they need and not having access to care because of proximity to fertility centers, lack of insurance, or even legislation in their state,” she said.

So what can you do? For starters, check out the scorecard to see where your state ranks. Then check out Resolve.org to learn about your resources. (Specifically, you might want to read about how to talk to your employer about improved access to care through your company’s insurance policies.)

Last, you could consider starting an infertility support group if there isn’t one in your area. Be the change you want to see in the world, right?

Now I’d love to hear from you: If you struggle or struggled with infertility, did your state support you with resources?

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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What Does Your Body Clock Have to Do With Miscarriage?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Body clock pregnancyA new study offers some surprising new ideas on how body clock genes could affect our fertility and proneness to miscarriage.

The research, which comes out of Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, shows the way in which those genes turn off for a period of time to allow an embryo to implant in the uterus, a key piece of the timing puzzle for conception.

Looking at endometrial cells from the linings of both healthy women as well as those who had experienced miscarriage multiple times, the researchers found that women who experienced those losses might be less capable of regulating the clock genes in their uterine lining.

The study also offers insights about how fertility may be affected in women with atypical work hours—like night shifts.

Most importantly, of course, the researchers hope that identifying this cause of multiple miscarriages might be able to help more people conceive—huge news for anxious couples who are TTC. And it could have significant implications related to IVF, if doctors were able to use knowledge about bio-rhythms to have more success with implanting embryos.

Professor Siobhan Quenby, a consultant obstetrician at Warwick Medical School and UHCW NHS Trust said in a statement, “We hope that [the study] will increase worldwide knowledge about possible reasons for infertility and recurrent miscarriages, so that we are able to help families achieve their dream of having children.”

Related: Miscarriage: Causes, Signs & What to Expect

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Jaime King Opens Up: Miscarriage, IVF—and Then Natural Conception

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Jaime King infertilityWe’ve long known about Jaime King’s infertility struggle—she revealed last year that she tried for close to five years before conceiving her son, James. But now she’s opening up even more: about miscarriage, IVF, and other painful details.

The 35-year-old actress speaks openly about the traumatic process in this week’s People magazine, revealing that she had five miscarriages, endured five rounds of IVF, and 26 rounds of IUI. She says that a diagnosis of endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome were behind her difficulties.

After all of that, she ended up conceiving her baby naturally—and of course, was thrilled and beyond grateful for her pregnancy.

So with a healthy and happy 1-year-old baby in her life, and that suffering behind her, why is she talking about her miscarriage experience now? Because she says she wants to open up lines of dialogue about a topic that can be stubbornly closed for suffering hopeful moms-to-be out there. “I was hiding what I was going through for so long, and I hear about so many women going through what I went through,” she told the magazine. “If I’m open about it, hopefully it won’t be so taboo to talk about it.”

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Pregnancy Struggles

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Kim KardashianOnce again, Kim Kardashian has revealed herself in a fashion magazine. But this time, instead of showing her skin, the mother of the most powerful baby in the world told Elle UK about her pregnancy struggles.

“A few years ago I was told I could never get pregnant,” she told the magazine. “Three different doctors told me the same thing, which is why I wanted to have my eggs frozen. I was just about to do that when I found out I was pregnant with North.”

As for baby number two, Kim revealed, “I want a boy and another girl; I want it to start happening straight away.” And should “straight away” take an unexpectedly circuitous route, Kim is ready to lean on ART. “We’d do IVF if nothing happens, but we both want to keep trying naturally.”

Okay, time for some honest self-talk. My heart goes out to any woman struggling to conceive. Infertility can be so isolating; it has the power to strip you of your sense of community. I think it’s great that more celebs are doing their part to let women in the struggle know they are not alone. Does it really matter who speaks out? Sure, the most famous Kardashian doesn’t always score that high on the relatability scale, but that doesn’t make her story of triumph over infertility any less encouraging.

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Debbie Rigaud is an author of Young Adult novels and short stories. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl in early 2014, and life as they knew it has (thankfully) never been the same. Follow her on Twitter @debbierigaud

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