I think sunscreen typifies the anxiety that has been bred by the internet and media. Is it good or bad? Fifty years ago we would assume it is good as our doctor would have told us to use it, teachers in school would remind us it is important and we'd have no or few resources to check whether they were right. If the doctor and teachers were right this was a better time. We would have been saved google searches that doubted the doctor. I think there would be less anxiety. Of course, the big assumption is that the doctor and teachers are right.
A friend of mine always hates her job. Every job she has ever had has been "the worst." She moves from job to job and inevitably after the 2 month mark in a new job complains how terrible it is. I once bought her a greeting card that read "You hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called 'everybody' and they meet at the bar." She didn't laugh like I did.
Ever notice when you get something in your head you start seeing that thing everywhere? I remember when I was a teenager I wanted a cordless telephone. I begged my parents for one with the claim that "everyone had one." It did seem like they did: Carrie, my short, rebellous friend would walk around her house on one for hours, Monica down the street had one she'd hide from her brother, Radio Shack had them prominently on display. It felt like I was the only person without one and I had the 1980s version of FOMO.
Let's talk about IVF paradigms. In a nutshell, IVF involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple eggs all at once. The egg are then removed, fertilized with sperm and embryos are created. The embryo(s) are then put into a woman's uterus in hopes a pregnancy will occur.
#1in6 You've probably seen that hashtag and you probably don't believe it. Last week was infertility awareness week in Canada and since 1 in 6 Canadian couples experience infertility we promoted that hashtag to raise awareness of how common infertility is.
I'll make this brief because it is 10pm on Friday night and Netflix is calling, but: please do not wait to try and get pregnant again after a miscarriage. We've known for years that you are more fertile and less likely to have an adverse pregnancy outcome if you get pregnant soon (within 6 months ideally) of a miscarriage. It's "old school" to tell women to wait a few months to get pregnant after a miscarriage, but this message is still being conveyed by some health care providers.
I didn't want my blog to become stale but lately I haven't been writing much. I blame myself and Facebook and Instagram and Netflix and a few other life distractions. I am sure in the pre-social media years I got a lot more done. Then again, maybe I didn't and I am just glamourizing the olden days. Anyway, I am on vacation this week so thought I'd put fingers to my keyboard.
At least once a month I have a woman in my office crying because her IVF cycle didn’t work and she believes in her heart that she is to blame. Typically she will say she “did too much after the transfer.” Women are so hard on themselves.
Happy New Year’s Eve 2016! Now that I have eaten my body weight in chocolate and chips, it’s time to make resolutions. First, stop eating my body weight in chocolate and chips. My other resolutions are pretty similar to previous years:
We all have genes in the DNA of our cells. Genes determine our hair colour, eye colour, height, and about 20,000 other things about us including which diseases we will develop. Over the past decade scientists have figured out the "spelling," or sequence of nucleotides, of every gene in humans. This project was called the Human Genome Project. Since this project of sequencing of all human genes was completed, the focus shifted to figuring out which gene mistakes, or mutations (or misspellings), cause which diseases.