BPA and Your Fertility: What You Need to Know Now

BPA (2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) propane) or bisphenol A is a carbon-based synthetic compound that has been used in many household products since the 1950s. In recent years, serious concerns about BPA’s effects on reproduction has called into question it’s widespread use. BPA has been linked to infertility, miscarriage, and more, and legislation can be slow to catch up with scientific evidence when it comes to protecting consumers. In the case of BPA and your reproductive health, you should be your own advocate. 

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Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Finding the Right Doctor for You

Finding the right doctor for evaluation and care for recurrent miscarriage can be quite the process. I am often not the first doctor patients have seen for a consult about miscarriages, and they often tell me stories of frustration, feeling ignored, and leaving visits with providers with more questions than answers. Providers go into medicine to care for people, and they want the best for their patients. But the fact remains that miscarriages make many providers uncomfortable. I'll tell you why and what you can do to find the right care for you.

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Not Broken: The Emotional Impact of Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Dealing with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss have been compared to dealing with chronic disease and even cancer. Similar feelings of frustration, isolation, and questions like ‘Why me?’ surround these conditions, but the reactions from friends and the support provided can be different. As a society, we know what to do when someone gets cancer – we have meals to organize and flowers to send – but people suffering with recurrent pregnancy loss often suffer in silence. Most miscarriages are in the first trimester, before people are physically showing pregnancy and before they announce it publicly.

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Consult For Miscarriage: Tips On Making The Most Of Your Visit

Preparing for your first visit with a provider to discuss recurrent miscarriage can be stressful. You are meeting someone new who may or may not be compassionate, you’re going to have to talk about the miscarriages, you’re nervous they are going to tell you something scary, and so on. Being prepared for what to expect and taking a list of questions with you can decrease your anxiety and make the visit more productive. Here's how to prepare for your visit.

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5 Ways to Support a Friend After Miscarriage

As a recurrent pregnancy loss specialist, part of my job is to talk with my patients about their emotional as well as their physical well-being. Having a miscarriage can be an isolating and devastating experience, and when many of my patients come in, they are in the middle of grieving a recent loss. They describe the strain this can place on relationships with friends and family—people can unintentionally be hurtful when trying to be supportive. Many of my patients start to feel isolated from their family and friends, which is unfortunate, because going through a miscarriage is one of those times when people need support more than ever.

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