New Features

As this blog gets rolling, you will see some new features popping up. Here are a few of the upcoming features we have to look forward to seeing soon:

  • From Your Personal Trainer – This section will feature articles directly from trainers and consultants. They will offer expert advice and tips on fitness, nutrition, and general wellness.
  • Recipe Corner – We will periodically post tried and true nutritious recipes that are good for the whole family.  Yum!
  • The Doctor’s Corner – Articles from licensed physicians regarding all kinds of topics for your personal and family health.
  • Activity Corner – Fun activities for the whole family!

Stay tuned – lots of fun things coming your way on The IF Factor! Plus, more articles and personal posts on the usual infertility, adoption, pregnancy, parenting, and family topics as well as new contributor posts as well.

Have a great week!

Structure Change

This blog was originally started to be specifically about infertility and all of the craziness that surrounds it. Unfortunately, soon after it started, we had to put production on hold for a while. This hiatus, however, also gave me the time to realize that focusing on infertility was not the right way to go. I wanted the blog to be a place that could offer some hope for others in this situation, and to provide a place that could offer not only advice and information, but just plain ole companionship too. Sometimes a couple can get so caught up in the world of IF that you begin to feel isolated. You feel like the only people in the world in that situation.

I realized that real hope is believing your life can move on from infertility in one way or another. The blog needed to reflect that. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere. So I have changed the structure of this blog. Besides the new design and formatting, we will now offer topics that not only include infertility, but pregnancy, adoption, parenting, family health, and all of life’s little IFs. There will always be uncertainties and fears in any situation, but there is joy too. Hope and determination can move us on to the next step at any time. The IF may always be there, but so will the light. We just have to keep moving forward…

Clomid

After a year of trying, one of the first drugs your doctor will likely put you on is Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate). An ovulatory regulator, Clomid can help stabilize and time your cycle. It is a great start, however there are a lot of issues with this therapy. Clomid can severely thin out your uterine lining, as well as change the cervical mucous.  Both of which can actually make getting pregnant even harder!  Even if the sperm meets the egg, it will not be able to properly attach to the uterine wall and you still will not be pregnant.

This is not to say that you will not be able to conceive on Clomid, because there are many people that have.  It just means that you need to be sure that you are following proper monitoring procedures.  I did not know anything about this issue when I first started, and the doctor that started me on it did not do the proper monitoring.  So it is likely that the first few months I was on this drug, we were just wasting our time. When I switched doctors, I found out that the drug was making my lining almost half the size it should be for proper implantation!

What is the proper monitoring procedures? Internal ultrasounds are your best bet (especially when paired with blood monitoring).  This way, your doctor can make sure you are making sufficient follicles and measure your lining at the same time.  If caught soon enough, you can also go on another drug that will help increase the lining.

Another issue with Clomid is side effects.  Obviously every woman is different and not every woman will experience all of the side effects of Clomid (if any at all).  I had a very hard time with this drug.  I felt absolutely INSANE on it. Crazy mood swings, hot flashes, dizziness, nausea, headaches, appetite changes, weight gain, jaw clenching, and speed-like effects were just a few of the side effects I dealt with. Some women also experience vision changes as well.

Clomid has a limited time of use.  It is recommended that you do not stay on Clomid any longer than 6 months, so be sure that you are following the proper protocols so you can maximize your chances while you are on this drug, and hopefully will get your baby sooner rather than later!

The IF Factor

The IF Factor. What is it?
Often “IF” is used as an abbreviation in the world of infertility. But for those that are caught in the infertility game, “if” is a word that comes up in all forms. “What if I am never going to have a child?” “If we do this, will it work this time?” “This can be the nursery if we get pregnant.” “I’m going to have to take my HcG shot tomorrow if it’s really the right time.” “If I have too much alcohol, will it hurt our chances?” “What if the stress of this gets to be too much?” 

IF

It’s a word that comes up often in infertility. But I would even go so far as to say that it’s not just a word, “IF” is also a state of mind. It’s that feeling of always being in limbo, so to speak. Everything you do hinges on something else. You may not even feel like yourself, your body, or your world is yours anymore.

The IF Factor

It is the elephant in the middle of the room.
It is the state of being.
It is the world of the couple dealing with infertility issues.

The IF Factor

Welcome!

Welcome to The IF Factor!  
This is a blog related to infertility, the many questions that surround it, and the emotional roller coaster ride that it presents. Keep checking back for first-hand accounts, articles, tips, and an overall supportive & positive community to help you and those around you make it through to the end of the ride.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!