We had a great event in July 2013 for Choice Moms San Francisco. From that, we have several new ways to connect for women in the Bay Area, as well as single women anywhere who are struggling to conceive, and who are building families with donated egg or embryo. Discussion with some of the women…
A woman on the Choice Moms Over 40 discussion board asked women to weigh in on her concerns about using Bravelle to try to conceive.
We have an excellent group of fertility experts who provide sponsorship of Choice Mom resources. Periodically we go to them with "Ask the Fertility Expert" questions. Here’s one that appeared on the discussion board recently, and the response of one of the doctors in our network.
"Women trying to conceive often forget the importance of taking care of themselves," said Dr. Lee Kao, of San Francisco-based Laurel Fertility Care. "We often see patients who are so focused on caring for everything else that they actually decrease their success by not focusing on themselves first."
When I hosted the first Choice Mom networking event, in San Francisco in 2007, one of the sponsors was a new egg-freezing company. The concept was in its earliest stages.
Women on the Choice Mom discussion board are talking to each other this week about dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). About 1 in 10 women find out eventually, often when they are unsuccessfully trying to conceive, that they suffer from PCOS, which is largely a hormonal imbalance.
Given the large number of questions on the Choice Mom discussion boards about fertility, and the fact that many of us don’t realize until late in the game how fragile our fertility is, I couldn’t do this topic justice on the website and in our networking events without our Choice Mom fertility experts.
Many Choice Moms-in-the-making are dismayed to learn later in the game that they suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which is one of the leading factors of female infertility. PCOS affects approximately 1 in every 10 women, and of those, about 45 percent experience fertility challenges.