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Recently, there’s been a lot of criticism of terms like “advanced maternal age” (and its far more offensive, outdated cousin “geriatric pregnancy”). The term...

Zara Hanawalt •Feb 3, 2023

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I remember the first time I felt what I would later discover was endometriosis. I was fifteen, and I had recurrent stabbing pain in...

Kristin Diversi •Feb 2, 2023

Cortisol — also known as “The Stress Hormone” — is important to be aware of, even if you’re not dealing with fertility issues. It...

Kristin Diversi •Feb 1, 2023

If you’re struggling to conceive and are unable to carry a pregnancy for medical reasons, or if you’re an LGBTQ+ couple hoping to grow...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jan 31, 2023

Unless you’ve been a part of the TTC community for a while, you may not have heard of one of the less obvious causes of infertility: a genetic condition called a balanced translocation (also referred to as reciprocal translocation).  Balanced Translocation affects approximately 1 in 500 people. However, in those with recurrent pregnancy loss, it has been shown to be substantially higher at 3 – 7%. When either partner has a translocation, the risk of miscarriage increases from 20% to approximately 40%. The frustrating part is that the majority of people with a balanced translocation have...

Jessica Boone •Jan 27, 2023

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant – or actively trying to avoid it – timing is everything. And, when it comes to when you can get pregnant, the answer might not be as cut-and-dry as you would like. The truth is, some people can conceive when they’re on their period, but it’s a very low percentage for a few reasons, which we’ll dive into.  In a nutshell, while most people with ovaries only have a 5-7 day window of opportunity around ovulation to get pregnant, there are certainly some exceptions to the rule. Additionally, most ovulate...

Michelle Meyer •Jan 26, 2023

Maybe you’ve heard rumblings that, in light of Roe vs. Wade’s 2022 overturning, birth control access could be outlawed as well. It seems like an unbelievable — and completely terrifying — prospect. But is it a possible one?  At this point, birth control is still legal everywhere in the United States. With that being said, some legal experts fear that the slippery slope created when Roe was overturned could lead to new restrictions around birth control. Part of the fear that birth control could be banned or limited stems from the fact that Roe vs. Wade’s...

Zara Hanawalt •Jan 25, 2023

For those of us who can’t get pregnant ‘the old-fashioned way,’ there are many alternative paths to parenthood, from intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) to embryo donation and adoption. One option that varies not only from country to country but from state to state is surrogacy, and if you’re just starting out it can be difficult to know what questions to ask or where to even begin. Luckily, family-building networks like Pinnacle Fertility can help simplify the process for both intended parents pursuing surrogacy and surrogates interested in becoming gestational carriers. Questions To...

Kristin Diversi •Jan 24, 2023

One of the biggest questions women often have with regard to pregnancy and work is “How to tell your boss you’re pregnant,” but what about when getting pregnant becomes more difficult than you imagined? For those of us who need fertility treatments to grow our families, there comes a time during our journey when we need understanding and support from our colleagues, but it can be difficult to bridge those kinds of conversations at work.   So how (and who) should you tell at work that you’re trying to conceive or going through fertility treatments? The question...

Stephanie Kramer •Jan 23, 2023

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for any amount of time, chances are good that you know the importance of taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid during the preconception period. But when you’re struggling to conceive, additional fertility supplements – like CoQ10 and DHEA – may begin taking up space on your nightstand. With endless information out there about the benefits of various ingredients, you may be wondering “How much is too much?” or “Which supplements should I avoid taking together?”   Supplement Combinations to Avoid When TTC It’s important to understand how supplements might...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jan 18, 2023
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