All Things Fertility

Guest Blog by Stacey Roberts, The Babymaker BSPT, Q Herbalist, Naturopath of Sharkeys Healing Centre Stress, it's a nasty 6 letter word. No one wants to be stressed, but if you look around, it appears a lot of people are. Take Sue who I saw for fertility issues. She wants to have a baby but [...]

Guest Blog by Mitra Khaksari Misconception: Minority women have children earlier, so they don’t experience fertility problems. Reality: While the media often portrays the stereotype of very young minority women having children (think Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire), there are minority women who are pursuing education and careers who wait to have [...]

Today I want to share a special story. Be forewarned, it's not a happy story, but important for me to share with you and hopefully important enough for you to share with others. I truly hope that you can't fully understand this, that you haven't gone through this yourself, but you might have. The M-word. [...]

The feelings of frustration, anger, and jealousy you experience when you see someone who is pregnant can be a confusing, painful and emotional rollercoaster. This is especially true when you feel like they have not had to undergo the struggles you have undergone and yet easily became pregnant. Scrutinizing every stranger on the street with [...]

Guest Blog Post by Ron Thompson, MD, the creator of ToConceive Typically thought of as a woman’s problem, infertility affects four to six million men in the United States each year. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, one-third of cases of infertility occur because of problems in the man and one-third because of [...]

I didn’t know what to expect when sitting down to watch the film Forks Over Knives, directed by Lee Fulkerson. I didn’t know if a movie about a vegan, whole foods diet would have much relevance to my life, but oh boy was I wrong! The premise is extremely simple, but eye opening as to [...]

We are thrilled to partnering with the fabulous Ovuline, the only complete conception process designed by Harvard doctors and proven to reduce time to pregnancy by 50%. They’ve got everything covered, from fertility supplies to fertility tracking, and they give you one easy online and mobile tool to access your fertility forecast, data entry, reminders [...]

This is a guest blog post by Carole C. Wegner, PhD, HCLD featured on Fertility Within Reach (“FWR”) blog, a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating the infertility community on how to advocate for access to family-building benefits, including infertility treatment. Davina, the co-founder of FWR, believes that when individuals are armed with information and [...]

Why Does Nutrition Matter?

Did you ever think about the fact that we can be overfed and yet undernourished? It comes down to what we are eating, not how much we are eating. Most processed foods have been stripped of nutritional value with added flavorings and chemicals for a longer shelf lives. These foods may be quicker and cheaper [...]

Following Your Yellow Brick Road

This is a guest blog post by Fertility Within Reach (“FWR”), a nonprofit organization that focuses on educating the infertility community on how to advocate for access to family-building benefits, including infertility treatment. Davina, the co-founder of FWR, believes that when individuals are armed with information and best-practice suggestions, they become their own best advocate [...]

“Things We Don’t Talk About”: Woman’s Stories from the Red Tent is a recent documentary by filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost that focuses on the Red Tent and the emerging Red Tent Movement. Here are 5 surprising things you can learn from the film: A Red Tent is a safe, woman-only space that fosters a supportive [...]

All of us here at Circle + Bloom have developed a greater interest in the dietary side of infertility. What we put into our body has a huge influence on our health and well-being, including fertility. In the upcoming months we plan to offer more blogs and recipes that focus on nutrition and fertility. To [...]

From Joanne My daughter needed to write a funny haiku tonight for her homework assignment so I helped her out. Given that resolutions are top of mind right now, and everyone is in full gear to institute big change in their lives, we thought of a funny anecdote to make reference to the fact that [...]

It’s that time of year again – New Years resolution time. Use your New Years resolution to focus on improving a few key elements that affect your well being! It doesn’t take much, just focus on making a few simple changes and you can boost your health and fertility. 1. Quit smoking – Smoking negatively [...]

Samantha shares with us her exciting news. After being diagnosed with endometriosis with laproscopic surgery scheduled for December 20th, Samantha decided to listen to our Natural Cycle program in October and November. She found out in early December that she conceived and is now 5 weeks pregnant. Congratulations to Samantha! We are so thrilled to [...]

It's not uncommon for women to undergo plastic surgery after giving birth, but did you ever think about what effects plastic surgery could have on your fertility before having a baby? Guest blogger Shoshana Davis, contributor to AboutPlasticSurgery.com let's us know about some of the most popular procedures and what effects they can have on [...]

This post will help not just those who have the added stress of infertility, but for every one who wishes to not get too caught up in the enormous amount of busyness that has come to define the holiday season. Not only do you have the stress of shopping and finding that perfect gift, but [...]

'Did I get pregnant this month?' 'Will this be the month when my period is late?’ “Will the pregnancy test finally be positive?” If you have endured the two-week wait, guaranteed these questions have crossed your mind more than you would care to admit. The two-week wait, which is the time between ovulation and your [...]

We are thrilled to announce that once again we will be running a 35% discount on all of our doctor recommended mind+body audio CDs and Mp3 programs for the holidays! The programs make great gifts for women who lead or want to lead a healthy life or who are trying to conceive. The discount also [...]

One of our favorite infertility bloggers, Naomi from 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility, has turned her hit blog into a book! The ‘Best of 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility‘ is now available on Amazon, and it includes an introduction by the hilarious Naomi herself, her tips on how to conceive (without going insane), [...]

Now our Frozen Embryo Transfer Program, Egg+Embryo Donation Program for the Hopeful Parent, and Egg Donation Program for the Donor are available on CD. Our FET program is a 11 session audio regimen that will guide you specifically through each stage of the FET procedure – from the first part of the regimen when you [...]

We wanted to share with you some exciting news! Introducing, Fertility Planit! Fertility Planit is for helping people explore all options for having children and creating a family, and for all services that support them. It's in essence a social marketplace that serves as a global meeting place for exchanging views and reviews, purchasing goods [...]

This special guest post is from one our fav infertility bloggers - Naomi from 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility. One of our earliest blog supporters, we heart Naomi and think she is one of the wittiest writers who doesn't fear to cross the line. Respect! In the infertility world, I like to think my [...]

We are so excited to announce our new partnership with My Hopeful Journey!!! We will now include a free 6 month membership to My Hopeful Journey with any purchase of our programs. My Hopeful Journey is a web-based calendar, task list and journal for women that are trying to conceive. It is customized for infertility [...]

Hello! We wanted to take the opportunity to share some of our most commonly asked questions about Circle + Bloom with you. For more questions and answers, check out our FAQs page at circlebloom.com/faqs or email any of us with specific questions. We hope that this will give you a clearer understanding of how our [...]

Keiko Zoll from The Infertility Voice reviewed our Egg+Embryo Donation Program for the Hopeful Parent. Keiko Zoll is a leading infertility and women’s health writer. Writing since 2009, she has chronicled her personal journey with infertility as she and her husband seek to build their family through assisted reproductive technology. What started as an anonymous [...]

Infertility is an emotional journey, no matter who you are. But often we forget to focus on the emotional struggle men face when dealing with infertility. Sometimes this struggle is not as apparent, since male counterparts in infertile couples often try to remain strong and optimistic for their partner. In addition, women sometimes take much [...]

You know that saying “Knowledge is power”? Well turns out it's actually true. The more you know the less nervous you'll be when dealing with a new situation, and you will have greater control over what happens. Fertility treatment certainly presents many overwhelming, confusing, and intimidating situations to overcome. For example, when you meet your [...]

When it comes to figuring out what effect your birth control has on your fertility, you have to wade through a lot of myth and misinformation. All of the contradictory responses about how contraceptives such as the Pill, the IUD (intrauterine device), and Depo-Provera affect your fertility can be confusing and troubling, especially since it’s [...]

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) – sounds like a crazy science experiment, doesn’t it? But for those dealing with infertility, FET can be a very real, very promising way of having a child. So what exactly is FET? Well, the description kind of sounds like a bit complicated, but the concept is relatively simple. When a [...]

Recently, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. While reactions to this news varied, many people celebrated the decision with a smile on their face. But what does this mean for infertility health care? Should you be celebrating too? The answer is, maybe. The biggest impact the affordable health [...]

Guest Blog by Lenore Pranzo, a CT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder of Fertility Wellness Group, LLC. Fertility Wellness Group, LLC offers on-line fertility enhancing workshops and private coaching sessions that will help empower women to write about their own fertility struggles, which will lead to positive endings. You can learn more about [...]

Guest post by Amanda L. Johnson, a nutrition and wellness coach specializing in natural fertility guidance and enhancement, as well as supporting the health and wellness of clients during the process of advanced fertility treatment. At the fairly young age of 26 I started my journey trying to conceive knowing that I had polycystic ovarian [...]

During my time working for a state senator, I was continually amazed by how personal letters, emails, and calls from constituents made such an impact on the office. For some reason, I had assumed that someone in such a position of power would be unable to actually take the time to listen to or care [...]

It’s unlikely that you considered a company’s fertility benefits when you chose your job. Especially when you think about the economy, choosing a job while keeping in mind its implications for your fertility needs is implausible. Or maybe you already knew about your infertility treatment plan when considering a company, but don’t know what questions [...]

Insurance. I bet half of you just tensed up, and the other half’s eyes have already started glazing over. Hang in there, this is important! If you can get past your initial apprehension about having to deal with the often bureaucratic nightmare that is insurance coverage, you are in a position to really help yourself [...]

Guest Blog by Marc Shelton. Marc Shelton is a health and wellness expert and uses his knowledge of the field to freelance for articles and blogs. He hates treadmills. Making healthy lifestyle choices come alive is always beneficial for the mind and body, and more so when a new life is developing inside you. Your [...]

Communicating with Physician

When facing infertility, one of the first areas where you will need to practice self advocacy and strong communication is when you start meeting with a fertility specialist. Establishing these practices right from the start will set you up for success. Visiting a fertility specialist can be overwhelming and difficult, especially when you are faced [...]

While navigating the windy (and usually rocky) path of infertility, we expect to face challenges. Physical challenges to our bodies, challenges to our mental well-being, and even financial difficulties. It can be surprising, however, to realize that one of the biggest challenges infertility entails is having to become self-advocates. Whether it's dealing with a doctor, [...]

Guest Blog by Kathryn Simmons Flynn, Author of Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish Your Fertile Soul During my nutrition consults, I do my best to focus on all of the delicious foods and drinks those wanting to conceive can enjoy, rather than zoning in on what they should avoid. Finding a good replacement for [...]

This is a two part series about foods that boost fertility in females and males. In part 2 we look at foods that apply most specifically to male fertility (although many of the foods that made our list are beneficial for everyone!) Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and essential fatty acids, which [...]

This is a two part series about foods that boost fertility in females and males. In part 1 we look at foods that apply most specifically to female fertility (although many of the foods that made our list are beneficial for everyone!) There are actions we can take right at home that can aid fertility, [...]

Guest blog by Katherine Bicknell, Co-Founder of Kindara, simple and elegant fertility charting for iPhone and iPod Touch. My mom was one of the many women rendered infertile by the Dalkon Shield in the 1970’s. Her heartbreaking struggle, and eventual triumph over her infertility left an indelible mark on my family, and is the inspiration [...]

Guest Blog by Courtney, who writes our Pathway to Parenthood blog My name is Courtney. My husband and I married on June 13, 2009. We met by chance at the lake in 2007, were engaged in 2008, and married exactly one year later. When we vowed, “in sickness and in health,” we did not expect [...]

Guest Blog by Diana Palmentiero and Lenore Pranzo, co-founders of Fertility Wellness Group. Their on-line fertility enhancing workshops help empower women to write about their own fertility struggles which will eventually lead to positive endings. Recently Fertility Wellness Group had an epiphany. We decided to change the format from leading support groups for women who [...]

Circle + Bloom just released their NEW Frozen Embryo Transfer Program and they are offering a special launch 35% discount. Enter code FET35 at checkout. Is the next step in your fertility journey a FET or Frozen Embryo Transfer? Then this is the right program for you.  An eleven session audio journey that will guide [...]

National Infertility Awareness Week® is April 22 - 28, 2012. The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. Be part of the infertility movement! Anyway you can raise awareness will help increase public understanding about the disease of infertility. We urge [...]

An Active Role In Fertility

Guest Blog by Element Natural Healing Arts, a wellness center specializing in a variety of holistic therapies including: Acupuncture, herbology, massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, Thai bodywork, rolfing, chiropractic, European & Ayurvedic facials and skincare, nutrition, ear candling, reiki, Alexander technique, craniosacral, yoga, meditation, personal training, pilates mat, Tai Chi and martial arts. A new specialty [...]

Why Age Matters – Eggsurance

Guest Blog by Brigitte Adams, Founder of Eggsurance, everything egg freezing, the only non clinic-related egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) education & community site. I always imagined that I would be a mom someday. Over the years, I accumulated a library of children’s books ranging from Dr. Seuss to Goodnight Moon. My first communion dress is [...]

Guest Blog by Marni, the creator of Bridge To Baby, an online support community and social media website for people trying to grow their families and those who want to help. I have spent years working at building a family and I know many aspects of the TTC journey. I know first hand that a [...]