Guest Bloggers

Dealing With Pregnancy Hormones

by mroth April 13, 2014

Guest Blog by Cheretta A Clerkley, a strategic marketing health care professional for Hormone Health Network. She has worked for over 10 years in direct patient education focusing on hormone health. Being pregnant affects a lot more than your body. The outward signs of expecting a baby become more apparent over time, but the emotional [...]

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Can Yoga Increase Fertility?

by mroth March 24, 2014

Guest blog by Sandra Mills. Fertility struggles can feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel in a cage you did not choose. Couples undergoing fertility treatments suddenly feel like they no longer have control of the most intimate parts of their bodies and their relationship, and it is stressful. That stress adversely affects fertility, [...]

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Why Become an Egg Donor?

by mroth March 14, 2014

Guest Blog by Natalie on behalf of The London Egg Bank. Becoming an egg donor is an altruistic affair. Many women choose to become egg donors so that they can give the gift of parenthood to those couples who have embarked upon the difficult and emotional journey of trying to conceive. Some women may have [...]

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The I Stands Alone

by mroth February 24, 2014

Guest Blog by Lindsay Agne, founder of Full Circle. There has been alot of talk about VULNERABILITY lately. Brene Brown and her TED talk brought a spot light to that word and it spread like wildfire. SHAME is another biggie. Why is there such a stigma around infertility? IS it that despite the numbers showing [...]

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Fitness – The Key to Conception

by mroth February 17, 2014

Contributed by freelance writer. While some women can conceive without any problems, others are not so lucky. Those in the latter group can attest to the frustration and disappointment associated with trying different procedures to no avail. Not surprisingly, the stress of being unable to conceive often worsens the situation. Female hormone imbalance Doctors have [...]

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What Exactly is a Fertility Coach?

by mroth February 6, 2014

Guest blog by Smita Parikh, MD, founder of The Fertility Advisor. Just two years ago, I sat in a corner at my nephew’s first birthday party with a fake smile plastered on my face as kids buzzed by me and a sing along was taking place. What should have been a fun and happy occasion [...]

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3 Exercises to Relieve Back Pain During Pregnancy

by mroth February 4, 2014

Guest Blog by Melissa Hubbard. As your beloved baby bump grows, you’re getting closer and closer to the arrival of your dear little one. As your baby grows, however, so do back aches and pain in the pelvic area, joints and ligaments. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, the excess weight of pregnancy [...]

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“The Big Lie” Book by Tanya Selvaratnam

by mroth January 27, 2014

Guest Blog by Tanya Selvaratnam, author of ‘The Big Lie’. I got the idea for The Big Lie after my third miscarriage at the age of 40 in fall 2011. I wrote the book that I wished I could have read then. In the book, I explore many Big Lies. The Big Lie is that [...]

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Healthy Eating Does More for Infertility than You May Realize

by mroth January 21, 2014

Guest Blog by Nancy Parker. When it comes to command of your body, your diet plays a very important role. The adage, “You are what you eat” is true in every sense of the statement. Everything you put into your body is used in order to be as healthy or as unfit as you want. [...]

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Physical Changes That May Happen During Infertility Treatment

by mroth January 6, 2014

Guest Blog by Sharon on behalf of Hadassah Medical Center, visit them for more information on IVF treatment in Israel and physical changes during pregnancy. When Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel stated that, “We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own [...]

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3 Tips to Get Through Your First IVF Experience

by mroth December 29, 2013

Guest Blog by Michelle Ramone, a write-from-home blogger and mother of three from New England. Relax! You can do this. Millions of women before you have received in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive their children. Sure, there are going to be some things that are new to you and a bit scary. You’ll be getting pregnant [...]

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Perfect for You

by mroth December 23, 2013

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Reed, a freelance writer and a resident blogger at One thing I have struggled with throughout my life is the idea of being perfect. I always tried to do everything perfectly, be everything to everyone, and just have a perfect life. Unfortunately, many things in my life did not cooperate [...]

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Preparing For an Appointment with a Fertility Doctor

by mroth November 11, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. Couples who are having difficulty conceiving go through an emotional rollercoaster. Generally, the woman is the one that initiates a conversation with her OB/GYN or primary care doctor stating her concerns. While some couples having been trying to conceive for several months or even years, others [...]

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7 Resources for Pregnant Women Without Insurance

by mroth October 28, 2013

Guest Blog by Maria Peterson, an early education specialist who writes about advocating for head start schools. The average birth in the U.S. costs $30,000, reports the Washington Post, but you could pay even more if you need a C-section, or if your pregnancy includes complications. If you don’t have insurance, that figure might as [...]

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Thank Your Spine for Holding Your Head On!

by mroth October 23, 2013

Guest Blog by Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach Creating a ritual around body awareness is like a mini vacation for our nervous system. Focusing for even a minute each day on being aware of our bodies can make a huge impact on our health. The correlation between meditation/prayer and health is undeniable. You [...]

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Chinese Herbs and Fertility

by mroth October 14, 2013

Guest Blog by Jennifer Nahon, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Chicago, IL. Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to help boost fertility. I have been an herbalist for many years and have helped many women get pregnant with herbs. The problem I find the most is that women will come in with an [...]

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Natural Ways To Deal With PCOS

by mroth September 16, 2013

Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo. It seems unfair that our bodies can betray us so badly with symptoms like acne, weight gain, hair on our faces, depression and infertility. Recently, a friend of mine was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and I’ve been with her through the entire process, and let me tell [...]

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Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS)

by mroth September 3, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. SelectCCS is the most well-validated and proven method of comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) for patients undergoing IVF treatment. SelectCCS improves the embryo selection process by accurately determining which embryos have a normal or abnormal number of chromosomes. The embryos with the normal number of chromosomes have [...]

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Circle+Bloom is featured in Dr Amanda Waaldyk’s article in the Melbourne Herald Sun

by mroth August 29, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr Amanda Waaldyk, fertility expert and director of Angea Fertility Clinic. What do you do when you find you are one of the one in six couples struggling with fertility? My best advice for couples struggling to conceive is for a woman to treat her body as if she were already pregnant. [...]

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Infertility is not about “us” but it’s not about “them” either

by mroth July 29, 2013

Beth Katz, author of The Hopeful Gal’s Guide to IVF, shares a personal story of her experience as a single, infertile mother in this guest blog post. My toddler went to a birthday party the other day. His name was Bobby and he was turning three. There were tons of balloons and Fritos and for [...]

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The Top Fertility FAQ

by mroth July 15, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. When couples begin the process of creating a family they often have very important questions regarding fertility. Below are the three most popular topics that are discussed when couples are thinking about pursuing fertility treatment: What are the best days of the month? For patients that [...]

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My Uterus Has an Open Mind

by mroth July 3, 2013

Guest Blog Post by Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo, Patient Care Manager with Fertility Authority. When I was in the thick of infertility treatment, I was open to trying anything and everything that might help. Whether it was cough syrup to help make my cervical mucus extra sperm friendly, drinking herbs that tasted like a mud puddle [...]

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Facing Fertility: A Top 10 List

by mroth June 17, 2013

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist. As couples seek to begin a family they sometimes face challenges with fertility. Delays or complications with conceiving a child can leave a couple with feelings of isolation and failure. It is important for couples to recognize that they are not alone in this process and [...]

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Ageless Fertility: Conceiving During the Waning Years

by mroth June 10, 2013

Guest Blog by Sara, an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that it will become impossible to conceive a child. It just means that it may take more effort than if you were younger. It’s perfectly OK to wait in order to become pregnant depending on your [...]

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Questions to Ask at Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

by mroth June 6, 2013

Guest Blog Post by Maggie Richards, a freelance writer and a yoga teacher in San Diego. Shopping for toddlers, maternity clothes, babymoon traveling — If you’re considering getting pregnant now might be a good time to schedule a preconception checkup. There you and your partner can ask questions, determine readiness and consider the options. According [...]

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Supplements to Help Fertility in Both Men & Women

by mroth May 13, 2013

Guest Blog by Marcela De Vivo, a freelance health & wellness writer from Los Angeles. She covers everything from skincare and supplements, to fitness, holistic wellness, and special needs issues. Those looking to have a baby can help encourage the cause by eating right, exercising and avoiding things such as alcohol and smoking. Unfortunately, although [...]

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IVF Treatments Abroad

by mroth May 6, 2013

Guest Blog by Sharon on behalf of Hadassah Medical Center, visit them for more information on IVF treatment in Israel. For those unable to conceive naturally, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been a gift from heaven. Otherwise, couples, or even single parents, would have no hope of achieving the dream of parenthood without adopting. With [...]

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The UK Moves A Step Closer To Three-Person IVF

by mroth April 29, 2013

Guest Blog by The Bridge Centre, one of the UK’s leading fertility, gynaecology, genetics and IVF clinics. With IVF success rates among the best in the country, The Bridge Centre can provide the expert support couples and individuals need to help them overcome their difficulties resulting from infertility. In what will be a world first, [...]

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A Healthy Diet & Good Night’s Sleep: The Key to Conceiving?

by mroth April 15, 2013

Guest Blog by Courtney Bloom, a yoga teacher and naturopath who writes for a variety of health and exercise blogs from her home in Maine. When preparing for pregnancy, a healthy diet and good night’s sleep are essential – and maybe more so than you think. Lifestyle choices and eating habits can affect your chances [...]

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The Unique Impacts of Stress on Fertility

by mroth April 1, 2013

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 [...]

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Common Misconceptions about Minority Women and Infertility

by mroth March 26, 2013

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 [...]

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Most common types of male infertility can easily be corrected and treated without surgery

by mroth March 12, 2013

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 [...]

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Circle + Bloom Announces Partnership With Ovuline

by mroth February 25, 2013

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 [...]

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Some tips for having a better conversation with your IVF Lab

by mroth February 20, 2013

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 [...]

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A Moment of Clarity by Greg Malouf

by mroth February 12, 2013

Guest Blog by Greg Malouf, founder of Epsilon Healing Academy I came to a point in my life where I felt like something was not working the way I wanted it to. I struggled with addiction, stress and anxiety, and had to go through a painful divorce. Once I was finally ready to make a [...]

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Following Your Yellow Brick Road

by mroth January 28, 2013

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 [...]

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Cosmetic Surgery and Fertility: How it can Impact You

by mroth December 17, 2012

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 let’s us know about some of the most popular procedures and what effects they can have on [...]

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999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility

by mroth October 22, 2012

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 [...]

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Award winning infertility advocate, Keiko has lots to say about our programs

by mroth October 1, 2012

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 [...]

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Find Your Talent

by mroth September 17, 2012

Guest Blog by Katrina McKee, Energy & Empowerment Coach, who specializes in Wellness for Women and holds certifications in Foot Reflexology, Hot and Cold Stone Therapeutic Massage and Natural Health Fundamentals. Thus encompassing balance in Mind, Body and Spirit. Have you seen the movie Tinkerbell? As she arrives at Fairy Hollow a huge ceremony is [...]

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How to Become Open to Life

by mroth August 28, 2012

Guest article written by Leo Babauta from ZenHabits We love the blog ZenHabits. It’s chuck-full of inspiring posts designed to help you build new long-lasting habits while living a purpose-driven life. We were especially delighted to read this, his latest post, and thought we would share it with you. And thank you Leo for your [...]

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Finally Seeing Infertility as a Journey

by mroth August 13, 2012

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 [...]

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The Benefits of Moontime Tea’s Fertility Tea

by mroth June 25, 2012

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 [...]

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How my mother’s infertility, and my own fertility issues inspired me to create Kindara

by mroth June 11, 2012

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 [...]

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A couple’s story struggling with infertility

by mroth May 22, 2012

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 [...]

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Why write about your fertility story

by mroth May 10, 2012

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. Why write about your fertility story Recently Fertility Wellness Group had an epiphany. We decided to change the format from [...]

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Never Miss a Memory Again

by mroth April 30, 2012

Guest Blog by Greg Czarnowski, Lifeables, a free service enabling parents to easily collect, organize, safeguard and share all of the digital posts, pictures, events and conversations that detail their children’s lives. Because of work conflicts, distance, or mismatched schedules, members of today’s modern family often miss a memorable event like a game, school play [...]

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An Active Role In Fertility

by mroth April 11, 2012

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 [...]

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My Fertile Food iTunes App by Bridge To Baby

by mroth April 4, 2012

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 [...]

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Alternative Healing Education in Western Medicine

by mroth March 27, 2012

Guest Blog by Carolyn, Author who writes about education in the field of medicine from LPN Programs to medical schools. Very few things in medicine are actually black and white. That’s why so many people are seeking out alternative healing methods. But, what if you go to an alternative practitioner and they miss something that [...]

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