This might make you feel better :) Step 1...Pee on the stick. (must be sure to hold it under urine stream for a heartbeat longer than recommended just to be sure). Step 2...Stare at stick while you continue peeing. Feel heart jump when urine passes over the spot where the line would be and it hitches for a second, then gets a dark line...then keeps going, taking your dark line with it to the test window. Step 3...Place on bathroom counter. Pretend not to stare at it. Let's try to give yourself busy work to keep from looking at it. In fact, your toilet now gets cleaned once per day. Step 4...Tell yourself you are expecting a BFN. Then start to mist up when you see that it is, in fact, a BFN. Stare at the blank spot for a full minute before picking it up. Step 5...First, go to window and check it under day light. Step 5...Now, stand on toilet to be closer to light in ceiling. Check strip. Step 6...Close one eye. Squint other eye. Step 7...Turn on several lamps around house. Hold strip under lamp. Check strip. Step 8...Hold strip OVER lamp. Check strip. Step 9...Hold strip in front of lamp so light shines THROUGH strip, just in case. Step 10...Pull stick apart. Hesitate for a heartbeat when you realize you are holding the still wet "wick" in one hand, then continue the destruction. Step 11...Repeat Steps 5-9. Step 12...Throw stick away. Step 13...Pick stick back up out of trash. Step 14...Repeat Steps 12 and 13 the rest of the day!

Unexplained infertility is the phrase used when a couple have had the standard investigations, usually including blood tests, sperm analysis, and possibly an ultrasound examination of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries (there may also be a salpinhysteroscopy, when dye is injected through the fallopian tubes to ensure that they are clear); if all these tests results are normal the diagnosis is 'unexplained'. Secondary infertility is when couples have difficulty conceiving again after a successful first pregnancy. Infertility affects approximately 15% of the population and secondary infertility approximately 5%. Secondary infertility can be defined as infertility in a couple who have already had at least one pregnancy between them, whether that is a pregnancy resulting in the birth of a baby or a pregnancy that has miscarried, an ectopic pregnancy, or a pregnancy that has been terminated. Infertility is recognized as a significant illness with a significant impact on the wellbeing of both men and women. Secondary infertility is just as debilitating, even when the couple already has between them a healthy child or children. source:

These pctures are amazing: Look closely: this is history in the making. These are the clearest pictures ever taken of what is the starting point of every human life: ovulation occurring inside a woman's body. "The release of the oocyte from the ovary is a crucial event in human reproduction," says Jacques Donnez at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Brussels, Belgium. "These pictures are clearly important to better understand the mechanism." Observing ovulation in humans is extremely rare, and previous images have been fuzzy. Donnez captured the event by accident while preparing to carry out a partial hysterectomy on a 45-year-old woman. The release of an egg was considered a sudden, explosive event, but his pictures, to be published in Fertility and Sterility, show it taking place over a period of at least 15 minutes. Shortly before the egg is released, enzymes break down the tissue in the mature follicle, a fluid-filled sac on the surface of the ovary that contains the egg. This prompts the formation of a reddish protrusion, and after a while a hole appears, from which the egg emerges, surrounded by support cells. It then enters a Fallopian tube, which carries it to the uterus. While there are no immediate medical implications from the pictures, Darryl Russell, who researches reproductive health at the University of Adelaide in Australia, says they are remarkable: "In animals, even when we control hormone levels - allowing us to predict the time at which ovulation will occur - it is very rare to see it in progress." From issue 2660 of New Scientist magazine, 11 June 2008, page 13

Beautiful 4d scan video baby yawning in the womb!

Pregnant women with substance abuse problems can have successful pregnancies if they receive treatment early in their pregnancies, according to a Kaiser Permanente study released Thursday, USA Today reports. Women who use illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco usually are at greater risk than other women for complications during pregnancy. The study was conducted by Nancy Goler, an ob-gyn at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and colleagues. Goler says the key to success for the mothers was the approach to care at KPNC where pregnant women with substance abuse issues are provided care in one place. KPNC screens all pregnant women for illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Pregnant women with substance abuse problems can receive counseling with on-site social workers and licensed therapists directly following their regular prenatal care appointments at KPNC. For the study, the researchers examined a population of 50,000 pregnant women who sought care at KPNC. Of those women, 2,100 women received treatment at KPNC for substance abuse, while 160 women declined such treatment. The women who received substance abuse treatment during their first trimester were no more likely than the other pregnant women who were not substance abusers to have a preterm delivery, or develop a condition in which the placenta detaches from the uterus, the study found. In addition, women who received substance abuse treatment were no more likely to deliver stillborn or low-birthweight infants or infants who required ventilator care, according to the study. Goler said combining substance abuse counseling and prenatal care should become the "gold standard" of care for pregnant women. Ashlesha Dayal, a maternal-fetal specialist at Montefiore Medical Center who was not involved in the study, said the "one-stop shopping" approach at KPNC helps prevent women from cancelling appointments and reduces their need to leave work or find child care. However, she added that it could be difficult to duplicate the study's success because most ob-gyns do not have access to therapists and social workers to treat patients with substance abuse problems. In addition, the women who received substance abuse treatment were a "select" group because they agreed to therapy. The study would be stronger if researchers randomly assigned some women to receive coordinated care and some to receive the usual medical care (Szabo, USA Today, 6/26). Reprinted with kind permission from You can view the entire Daily Women's Health Policy Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery here. The Daily Women's Health Policy Report is a free service of the National Partnership for Women & Families, published by The Advisory Board Company. © 2008 The Advisory Board Company. All rights reserved.