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Infertility is all consuming. How can we enjoy life while going through treatment? Is it even possible to be happy and balanced with IVF or other infertility treatments? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Ali Domar, international leader in the field of mind/body medicine and women’s health, founder of The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, and author of numerous books including Conquering Infertility and Being Happy Without Being Perfect.

 

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • Does stress cause infertility?
  • Does stress and anxiety affect your chances of success with fertility treatment?
  • How does stress reduction, relaxation, and group support affect fertility?
  • What role does perfectionism play in happiness?
  • Are perfectionist born or made? Is perfectionism genetically related? Is happiness controlled by our genetics?
  • How does the intrauterine environment affect a child’s personality?
  • Epigenetics and egg donation?
  • Epigenetics and surrogacy?
  • How do you know when to stop fertility treatment or decide to use an egg or sperm donor?
  • How do you decide when you should use a surrogate?
  • When should you consider taking an antidepressant?
  • Is it realistic to expect to be happy when you are infertile?
  • What to do when you and your spouse do not agree on whether to continue infertility treatment?
  • What if you want to adopt and your spouse does not?
  • What issues should you think about before moving to egg or sperm donation.

 

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Show originally aired in 2014.