Maybe Baby: An Infertile Love Story
This shocked me. How could my own family not understand the years of pain, emptiness, and fear? The loss of a dream? Viewing these films, I cried and laughed. Often at the same time.
There is something cathartic about seeing others even if they are actors go through similar experiences. I was left feeling more optimistic and less alone. Maybe Baby evoked warm and fuzzy feelings of nostalgia. The plot: House and Anita are a married couple struggling to conceive.
Does she find out? Well…you gotta watch! The comedic telling of a weighty subject matter helps to dispel a common misconception about infertility:. At surface level, being infertile is seemingly trivial, innocuous, dare I say comical? A blessing in disguise? Overall, Maybe Baby is a comedy-driven movie, but it has some heartbreaking and heartwarming moments that are worth watching.
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Yet you do. Towards the end. In Private Life , he reprises his customary role of the quirky, witty, fast-talking, neurotic, diaphoretic? Giamatti and Hahn also a great actress , are a middle-aged couple undergoing IVF in vitro fertilization after failed attempts to have a baby via artificial insemination and adoption.
Like Maybe Baby, Private Life is also a comedy-drama; although, the film leans more heavily towards the drama side. There are quietly amusing moments where you crack a smile, half-snort, but never laugh out loud.
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The film broadens its scope beyond the couple to include the family unit and explores how infertility impacts not only us, but those around us. And true-to-life, the movie is at times slow, boring, and a bit depressing. But Jenkins was onto something.
How many times have we heard about the affluent, fifty-something-year-old celebrity and their trial and tribulations of going through their sixth round of IVF? Any person in a similar situation would expectedly be at a loss for words, incoherent, or blabby. Am I right? Comfort you, or whatever. And if a therapist says to you over the phone, 'I will get you pregnant,' hang up.
On the flip side, if someone says you'll never in a million years get pregnant, don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. You may also decide to combine Western and Eastern efforts and try a stress-relieving practice such as acupuncture. One German study that examined IVF success rates found that women who received acupuncture along with IVF had as much as a 50 percent improved pregnancy outcome.
Whatever your decision, be sure all your treatment providers know about one another and are aware of the care you're receiving on both sides. Many physicians object to the use of Chinese herbs, for example, so it's important that everyone is on the same page. Only your doctor can tell you the cause and prognosis for your situation, but there are often several treatment options.
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Ovarian stimulation is a common treatment for female-factor infertility, whether it's diminished ovarian reserve that is, fewer viable eggs than ideal or abnormal hormone levels. Clomiphene brand name: Clomid assists ovulation in women with PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome by acting on the pituitary gland. If ovarian stimulation is not successful, you may need an alternative treatment such as an assisted reproductive technology. The most common technologies are intrauterine insemination IUI , a process that concentrates the most motile sperm from the man and inseminates the woman artificially, and in vitro fertilization IVF , in which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside a woman's body and the embryos are transferred into her uterus.
Despite its prevalence in media and pop culture, IVF accounts for only a fraction of the infertility treatment less than 5 percent in the United States. Most states do not require insurers to cover any part of the services. IVF can be particularly effective in treating absent or blocked fallopian tubes or low sperm counts, but it's better to attempt it sooner rather than later. If IVF is unsuccessful and there are no issues with carrying a pregnancy, many women are excellent candidates for using donor eggs or embryos. For women who have enough eggs but cannot carry a pregnancy, implanting her eggs in a surrogate is another option.
While you're pursuing treatments, keep a laser focus on good lifestyle habits. You may also want to research environmental toxins that impact fertility. Polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs , chemicals that have been used as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment, have gotten a lot of attention after a National Institutes of Health study showed that couples with high levels of PCBs take longer to get pregnant. Also look at some fertility zappers that are endocrine disruptors. Be aware of the mental and emotional challenges that come with infertility.
Constant doctor visits and probing procedures can feel like you're on the mental equivalent of a runaway train. Bayer, M. Studies show that stress and depression do hamper fertility. When it feels like all hope is lost, Dr. Kingsberg recommends that infertility patients break down the three essential goals in becoming a mother.
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The first, and most common, is to pass on your genes and bear your own genetic child. The second goal, which applies to women more than to couples, is to experience and carry a successful pregnancy. Kingsberg says. The third goal is to be a parent, which she notes is very different than the first two goals. Or you might find that the experiences of recurrent miscarriage were too traumatic and ultimately opt for surrogacy or adoption. Your feelings are likely to change over time. Kingsberg frequently sees this in patients who always thought they wanted to forgo IVF and adopt instead.
Don't judge your emotions, and be honest with your partner about any shifting priorities.
Schiffman, Ph. That way, you won't be stumped and shocked by your partner's feelings if the ultimate fertility outcome you're faced with is not what you hoped for. All content on this Web site, including? Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship.? Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.
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