When Dr. Jennifer Hintzsche, Ph.D, was trying to conceive, she came upon a barrier that many women and couples face — 6 months into trying she knew something wasn’t right, but she also assumed that she had to wait 12 months before being able to see a fertility specialist. In the aftermath of her own experience, she created PherDal, the only FDA-cleared sterile at-home fertility treatment. The treatment is available through Wisp, PherDal’s exclusive telehealth provider.  “PherDal was born from this necessity to have a safe and affordable alternative option for getting sperm closer to the...

The Rescripted Team • Jun 18, 2024

Welcome to 2024, when it’s (sarcasm incoming) apparently still considered acceptable, at least by some people, to speculate about whether someone is pregnant. Except, as we know, this is *never* actually acceptable — regardless of the year, the time, the place…and yes, even if the person you’re speculating about happens to be an A-list celebrity. Recently, both Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have been victims of pregnancy speculation. As we all know, speculating about whether someone is pregnant isn’t just about a single comment; it’s so much deeper than that. It’s an issue that’s often...

Zara Hanawalt • Jun 7, 2024

  In the past few months, a few social media users have taken to social media to share some unexpected news: That they got pregnant while taking a GLP-1 agonist. Which, for the record, refers to drugs like Ozempic, which control blood sugar in patients with conditions like diabetes, but have become synonymous with the phrase “weight loss solution”).  For example: One TikTok user shared that she got pregnant while on Ozempic — and several commenters weighed in to say that they too became pregnant unexpectedly while on Ozempic or another drug in this class (such...

Zara Hanawalt • Apr 28, 2024

When an athlete returns after a serious injury, sports broadcasters share emotional stories about their resilience and determination. Fans celebrate the return of an athlete who represents the deeply human experience of overcoming adversity.  Sure, an athletic comeback story is something to be celebrated, but you know who deserves even more recognition? Women who embark on the journey to conceive again after experiencing pregnancy loss.  It takes tremendous courage to try again after a loss — and “getting back in the game” isn’t always as simple as it sounds. In this guide, we help you...

Alexa Davidson, RN • Apr 25, 2024

It’s crazy to think that ten years ago, infertility and pregnancy loss were rarely discussed. Today, social media and IRL conversations about these topics feel fairly mainstream. I’d argue that many people (at least people who are in the age group where their friends are beginning to think about growing their own families) have at least some awareness of the many hurdles families face in this regard. People are finally grasping the reality that fertility issues and pregnancy loss are common…and with that awareness comes greater sensitivity. Today, we’re finally seeing some of that sensitivity...

Zara Hanawalt • Apr 25, 2024

Okay, so, in theory, this seems like it would be an easy answer. The more you ejaculate, the less sperm you have, right? If you’re a woman navigating infertility, you might even be looking for a reason to blame your male partner for your struggles. Maybe not “blame” per se, but searching for a reason why you might be struggling to get pregnant.  The truth is, the answer isn't that simple, but generally, no, masturbation does not affect sperm count — at least not permanently.  There have been numerous studies done on this exact topic, as...

Brighid Flynn • Apr 23, 2024

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we’re addressing the elephant in the room head-on: Many Americans who need in-vitro fertilization (IVF) still can’t afford it. With the average cost of a single IVF cycle ranging from $15,000 to $30,000, IVF insurance coverage has become a necessary health benefit. Unfortunately, despite the increase in employer-offered infertility coverage, these benefits remain out of reach for a significant number of Americans. This is for several reasons: Not all employers offer IVF coverage, and only a fraction of states offer fertility insurance coverage mandates. Plus, the definition of...

Sarene Leeds • Apr 18, 2024

  The more you understand during your family-planning journey, the easier it is to decide between two seemingly similar processes. Enter: egg freezing and embryo freezing.  They sound the same and share very similar processes, but the small differences can help someone understand which path is better for them.  Dr. Jessica Rubin, a reproductive endocrinology & infertility specialist at Reproductive Biology Associates, emphasized this exact point while in conversation with Rescripted.  What's the difference between egg freezing and embryo freezing? “Freezing eggs and freezing embryos are often confused as the same process, but they are in...

The Rescripted Team • Apr 17, 2024

If you’ve experienced any form of pregnancy loss, the first thing to do is to give yourself grace. It’s crucial during this devastating time to embrace as many resources as you need, for both your physical and mental healing. You’re allowed to grieve, rest, and nourish your body, for as much time as it takes to feel better. Accept support from loved ones, and know that you’re not alone (about 10% to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage).  But when you’re ready to try to conceive once more, it can be challenging to know...

Sarene Leeds • Apr 9, 2024

These days, no matter where you are in your fertility journey, trying to conceive can be stressful. Even if you’re going for it the old-fashioned way (read: sexual intercourse; no medical assistance), it feels like baby-making requires more planning than buying a home: You need to track your menstrual cycle, make sure you have sex on specific days, etc. Put it this way: You’re likely exhausted before you’ve even gotten to the jumping-into-bed part! While it’s true that women are at their most fertile only on certain days, numerous myths about the TTC process have...

Sarene Leeds • Apr 3, 2024