[fertility resource list]

Information for TTC Couples...

Written by TTC Couples.

 

FIRL

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Fertility Information Resource List

Copyright 1995-1997, Travis Low. You can't make money off this stuff without written permission. Important note: I could not possibly be responsible for anything that may befall you after your visit here.

Here's the one-big-page version.

If you search more than you browse, then get the one-big-file version and use your browser's search capability. If you browse more than you search, use the many-small-pages version. If you have a slow link, use the many-small-pages version. If you have a fast link, then you might as well get the one-big-file version.

Please mailto:travis@vais.net and tell me how I'm doing. DO NOT SEND MEDICAL QUESTIONS. Sigh.

HEY! (Sorry about the blink.) I've been busy writing an application to manage this information. Why? I can't find any applications that let you manage content separately from form I just wanted to let everyone know that I am aware of the broken links and to expect changes in the near future (these words were typed on August 25, 1998).

I also maintain a list of fertility clinics and practitioners at http://www.vais.net/~travis/clinics.html
Yes, I'll be updating this too!

I'd like to thank the many writers/maintainers of Linux, the One True Operating System, and XEmacs, with its fontifying goodness. (XEmacs is not just a text editor, it is a way of life.)

This site is mirrored at http://dawnstar.org/firl and at http://www.fertilethoughts.net.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me. Special thanks to Best-Beloved, Angel-Boy, Bec, Bill, and Rachel.

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New to the maze? Greetings. Here's a few links to follow, in no particular order. If you're not on the web, but you're on the inet, try the usenet newsgroups or the mailing lists . If you're not on the inet, then you definitely need a good infertility book !

Frequently Asked Questions About Infertility
http://www.pinelandpress.com/faq/infertility.html
Another one at http://www.asrm.com/patient/faqs.html.

Basic Infertility Testing Information
http://www.inciid.org/bastest.html

What is an Infertility Specialist?
http://www.resolve.org/special.htm

Criteria for Selecting a Clinic
http://www.inciid.org/chart.html

Infertility Resources
http://www.cyberspacepr.com/infertility.html

Low-Tech Ways to Help You Conceive FAQ
http://www.pinelandpress.com/faq/lowtechfaq.html

FTC Consumer Advisory - Infertility Services
http://www.seamless.com/talf/ftc/55.html

General Fertility Topics
http://www.ivf.com/fert.html

Why Can't We Have A Baby?
http://www.fertilitext.org/why_baby.html

   FIRL -> Glossaries
   

What does it all mean? If you can't find it here, then try a search. Or a dictionary. Or (call me crazy) go ask your doctor!

ARHC Glossary
http://www.ivf.com/gloss.html

Fertilitext glossary
http://www.fertilitext.org/gloss.html

INCIID glossary
http://www.inciid.org/glossary.html

University of Bristol Glossary
http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/ObsGyn/crm/glossary.html

Acronyms and Abbreviations
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/acronyms.html

ONNA Glossary of Terms and Acronyms - Somewhat whimsical.
http://www.thought-crimes.com/onna/glossary.htm
The typical month of an ONNA gal goes like this... First AF arrives, possibly bringing along her little dog Spot. You are now an SM. You chart your BBT and religiously check your CM so you'll know when you O. From the time you see EW until the day your chart peeks, you and your DH participate in the LO. You're officially an LIW.

rxfertile glossary
Dunno what happened - used to be available at bookgloss@rxfertile.com
http://www.vais.net/~travis/glossary.txt

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...at least, we hope it's common sense! If you thought saving for a CAR was bad, wait till you've paid for a few IVFs! And if you think PAYING for failed cycles is the biggest problem you'll face, you're probably in for a rude surprise.

The moral of the story is do your homework:

Got something to add? Speak up!

   FIRL -> Online Resources
   

Treatment and Coping  | Beyond Infertility  | Medical Resources  | Searching for Information  | Discussion Forums  |

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Treatment and Coping
   

A Male Perspective on Infertility - A very thoughtful and well-researched essay.
http://www.ajn.org/mcn/5.9/m509269e.1t

IVF Success Rates by William Panak - Compiled using information from the IVF registry.
http://www.uni.edu/~panak/ivfreg96.html
mailto:panak@uni.edu

Freya
Freya, secretariaat, Postbus 476, 6600 AL Wijchen, Netherlands
Telephone:    0031 24 6451088 (vox)
http://www.freya.nl
mailto:secr.freya@pi.net
FREYA is een pati‘ntenvereniging die zich bezig houdt met belangenbehartiging, voorlichting en hulpverlening aan mensen die te maken hebben met onvrijwillige kinderloosheid.

Finch University of Health Sciences (Dr. Beer's stuff) - Information on immune treatments for infertility and miscarriage.
http://www.finchcms.edu/clinic/beerwww.html
Graphics Intensive.

Assisted Reproductive Technology News - (abstracts of the ART journals EJAIB and EEIN)
http://www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/~macer/NBBRT.html
Chronologically-ordered, with most recent info at the bottom (doh!).

Atlanta Reproductive Health Centre - A masterpiece by Mark Perloe, M.D.
http://www.ivf.com
mailto:info@ivf.com
Graphics intensive.

Infertility-Related Court Cases
http://www.uni.edu/~panak/iic2.html
mailto:panak@uni.edu

Infertility Insurance Advice
mailto:panak@uni.edu

Hannah's Prayer - A growing international network of local chapters providing Christian support during fertility challenges.
P.O. Box 5016, Auburn, CA 95604-5016 USA
http://www.hannah.org
mailto:hannahs@hannah.org

DES - Prof. Sally's DES Pages
http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/2510
mailto:ProfSally@aol.com

Fertilitext - The goal of Fertilitext is to get information about fertility to those people that need it.
http://www.fertilitext.org

Infertility Center - Enables couples who are dealing with infertility -- with all of its accompanying feelings and frustrations -- to be empowered through a comprehensive understanding of the problem.
http://www.womens-health.com/inf_ctr/

Hygeia - Educational and support materials for those suffering from pregnancy loss or neonatal loss.
P.O. Box 3943, New Haven CT 06525
http://www.connix.com/~hygeia
mailto:hygeia@connix.com

IVF Hints by Rachel Browne - Tips for handling the various stages of IVF from patients who've been there, done that.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/ivfhints.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

European Infertility Network
22 High Street, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, North Ireland
Telephone:    +44 (0)1960 361684 (vox)
http://www.ein.org/

RESOLVE - A referral, support, and advocacy group also providing offline services such as booklets, newsletters, and telephone support.
1310 Broadway, Somerville MA 02144-1731 USA
Telephone:    617-623-0744 (vox)   617-623-0252 (fax)
http://www.resolve.org
mailto:resolveinc@aol.com
Chapters across the U.S. sponsor local support groups where you can gather and talk with people who know what you're going through.

Guidelines for the Storage and Use of Gametes and Embryos
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/department/bi/birjt/fsa/rtac_atte.html
A number of the above Guidelines have been derived from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Code of Practice : London.

Spermatology Home Page
http://numbat.murdoch.edu.au/spermatology/spermhp.html

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Testing - Tests for diagnosing causes of recurrent miscarriage.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/rpl.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

SANDS - Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support
Room G9, Agnes Walsh House, Bagot Road SUBIACO 6008 WA
Telephone:    (08) 9382.2687 (vox)   1800 686780 (vox)
http://hedgehog.highway1.com.au/~lawtbm/sandshome.html
Other SANDS groups:

  • SANDS Australia: 02 99067004
  • Victoria: 03 98821590
  • N.S.W.: 02 99067004
  • South Australia: 08 82770304
  • Queensland: 07 32522865
  • Tasmania: 03 63446811
  • ACT: 06 2871389

Infertility Resources by Internet Health Resources - Information about IVF, GIFT, TET, ICSI, donor egg, fertility clinics, donor egg and surrogacy services, literature, medications, and support information.
http://www.ihr.com/infertility/

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) Network - A network of people and information dedicated to stopping SIDS, the number one killer of infants between the ages of one month and one year.
9 Gonch Farm Road, Ledyard, CT 06339 USA
http://sids-network.org/
mailto:sidsnet@sids-network.org

Summary of ART Techniques - Descriptions of current ART (Advanced Reproductive Technology) techniques.
http://www.uihc.uiowa.edu/pubinfo/arc.htm

Writings of Infertile Couples, sponsored by Lady Sundae - A place for infertile couples to share their feelings in their writings.
http://www.teleport.com/~lsundae/infert.htm
mailto:lsundae@teleport.com

Fertility Information Resource List - (this list)
http://www.vais.net/~travis/firl.html
mailto:travis@vais.net

Australian WWW Infertility Resources
Telephone:    61 65 524944 (vox)   61 65 524521 (fax)
http://www.midcoast.com.au/prof/medical/infert/infres.html
mailto:brucef@midcoast.com.au

Debbie Shavel's Infertility Pages - Well-organized, thorough, and pleasing to look at.
http://www.applink.net/~akima/wishing.htm

Dr. Pranikoff's Gyn Web Library - Infertility - Whole heaps of links in no particular order. Some sifting required.
http://jazz.san.uc.edu/~pranikjd/infertil.html

Ejaculatory Duct Obstruction: Diagnosis and Treatment - Discusses the diagnosis and treatment of ejaculatory duct obstruction.
http://www.ppol.com/brg/BRGtured.html

Endometriosis: Basic Questions and Answers
http://www.dunwoodymed.com/endo/text/question.htm

Gine-web: Esterilidad y Reproducci—n - Sobre salud y bienestar de la mujer. Gine-web incluye contribuciones en espa–ol o inglˇs.
http://www.unizar.es/gine/enlace-3.htm

A Heartbreaking Choice - Support for women with pregnancies where birth defects have been found.
http://pages.prodigy.com/gifts/ahc.htm
mailto:FGCK08D@prodigy.com

Hormone Levels - (typical levels of fertility-related hormones)
http://www.pinelandpress.com/infertility/hormonelevels.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) - A referral, support, and educational group for the infertile.
http://fox.nstn.ca/~iaac/
mailto:iaac@fox.nstn.ca

INCIID (InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination) - (pronounced "inside") Awesome site.
P.O. Box 6836, Arlington VA 22206 USA
Telephone:    520-544-9548 (vox)   520-509-5251 (fax)
http://www.inciid.org
mailto:info@inciid.org

Infertility Helper - (no fancy graphics, just solid information)
http://www.helping.com/family/iy/iy.html
mailto:helper@helping.com

Infertility Information Center by Dr. Seth G. Derman - Detailed (yet not esoteric) infertility information, presented in a clear and concise manner.
http://members.aol.com/fertilmd
mailto:fertilmd@aol.com

Infertility in the United Kingdom - Great place for information and support.
http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/ObsGyn/crm

Insurance Advocacy and Information - Information to help you get the most out of your insurance,a plus tips on contacting your elected officials.
http://www.ebicom.net/~mcgee/index.shtml
mailto:mcgee@ebicom.net

Invasive Infertility Tests FAQ - HSG, EMB, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy explained, plus personal experiences.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/itests.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

Male Fertility Overview - A must read for infertile men. About 93K.
http://www.ivf.com/shaban.html

Miscarriage FAQ from misc.kids - A mostly support-oriented FAQ with some technical information.
http://scalos.mc.duke.edu/~brook006/miscarriage.html

Miscarriage Support and Information Resource List - Newsgroups, mail lists, web sites and good books to help you with your loss.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/miscarriage.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

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Adopt: Assistance, Information, Support
http://www.adopting.org
mailto:leningtn@ix.netcom.com

Donor Ovum Articles - A collection of articles about donor ovum IVF cycles.
http://www.ihr.com/resolve/ar-egg.html

AdoptioNetwork
http://www.adoption.org/
mailto:cgmoore@adoption.org

Adoptive Families Of America - The RESOLVE of the adoption community.
3333 Highway 100 North, Minneapolis MN 55422
Telephone:    612-535-4829 (vox)   800-372-3300 (vox)
http://www.adoptivefam.org/
mailto:info@AdoptiveFam.org

The American Surrogacy Center - Facilitates exchange of surrogacy-related information and support.
http://www.surrogacy.com
mailto:info@surrogacy.com
The American Surrogacy Center promotes the exchange of information on medical and pharmaceutical treatments, surrogacy alternatives, current legal status, counseling, medical and legal practitioners, agencies and similar societies, as well as providing a forum for those requesting and providing information.

Center for Surrogate Parenting and Egg Donation
8383 Wilshire Boulevard #750, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Telephone:    213-655-1974 (vox)
http://www.surroparenting.com
mailto:Centersp@aol.com
vox: fax: 213-852-1310 voice_tf:

Donor Semen Issues - A collection of essays about donor insemination.
http://www.mindspring.com/~xytex/issues.html
Courtesy of Xytex Corporation, http://www.xytex.com.

The Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy - Surrogacy referrals, reading material, and support.
P.O. Box 213, Wheeling IL 60090 USA
Telephone:    847-394-4116 (vox)   847-394-4165 (fax)
http://www.OPTS.com
mailto:OPTS@starnetinc.com

Resources for Adoptive Parents - Everything you ever wanted to know about adoption.
http://www.adoption.com/others.html

Support Couples - For those facing a future without children.
http://www.philipbailey.u-net.com/s2s/
mailto:s2s@philipbailey.u-net.com

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vox: fax:

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Health on the Net Foundation
http://www.hon.ch

(For faster response, turn off graphics in your browser.)
This site includes a complete list of hospitals on the WWW, Internet medical support communities (listservers, newsgroups and FAQs) and extensive telemedicine resources.

Advanced Search

Display Option: sites for both reviewed and unreviewed sections.

HealthFinder - selected online resourdes that produce reliable health information for the public.
http://www.healthfinder.gov

Klinefelter's Syndrome
http://www.genetic.org

Medscape - Collection of free full-text, peer-reviewed articles, medical news, MEDLINE, and interactive quizzes.
http://www.medscape.com

Mediconsult.com - Well-organized and searchable site with medical information on topics such as infertility.
http://www.mediconsult.com
After anonymously answering a brief survey, you will have complete access to their site.

List and Glossary of Medical Terms - In several languages. This URL is for English speakers.
http://allserv.rug.ac.be/~rvdstich/eugloss/EN/lijst.html

Medical Information Network - A service that provides background information on every physician licensed to practice in the US.
http://www.askmedi.com/
$15.00 for the first doctor and $5.00 for each additional doctor on the same call. (Maximum of 5 inquiries at $5.00)

Medical Information Sources Archive - Many, many sites for finding medical information. Includes web addresses for many medical journals.
http://www.pjbpubs.co.uk/a/emedinfo.html

Medline Database - Searchable database of medical journal information.
http://muscat.gdb.org/repos/medl/medl.compact.html

OBGYN.net - Women's Health
http://www.obgyn.net/women/women.htm

Pharmaceutical Information Network - A searchable site with gobs of information on even the most obscure medications.
http://pharminfo.com/
After anonymously answering a brief survey, you will have complete access to their site.

Turner's Syndrome Society
http://www.eden.com/~ploof/Turners/

Women's Health Resources - General academic centers, government sites, electronic journals, some commercial sites and personal resources.
http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/rosenthal/Guide5.html

Yahoo - Health:Reproductive Health: Infertility - Searchable. Definitely worth checking out.
http://www.yahoo.com/Health/Reproductive_Health/Infertility

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Searching for Information
   

Search with the snark - Pick your favorite search engine by clicking the choice menu.
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jab/snark/
You won't see anything if your browser is not javascript enabled.

Deja News - Search old Usenet news postings for specific phrases. You can also post from this site.
http://www.dejanews.com

Dogpile - a multi-engine search tool - The nice thing about this one is that you can limit the search time.
http://www.dogpile.com/


Search and then wait a maximum of seconds.

Alta Vista
http://www.altavista.digital.com

Search and Display the Results

Beaucoup! - Indexed by subject.
http://www.beaucoup.com/

SavvySearch - SavvySearch offers the advantage of a single location and common user interface for querying many diverse databases.
http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~dreiling/smartform.html

Zippo - Access old posts or posts from newsgroups not on your server. Zippo also provides inexpensive use of its mail server.
http://www.zippo.com

Reduce your search time by considering the nature of the information you seek. Are you looking for a definition, a fixed idea? A piece of specialized but commonly-known information? Use indexed information, such as an indexed list or a database. Are you interested in researching and comparing many instances of similar information? Are you interested in obscure or unique information , or information likely to come in many different flavors or to be stored in a distributed fashion? Use a search engine.

For example: You might use an indexed list to learn about symptoms of a particular condition. Such information is not likely to vary from site to site.

On the other hand, you might use a search engine to learn about various treatments for a particular condition. Such information is likely to vary from site to site, since it is the nature of people to disagree on dogma.

(Does that make sense?)

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums
   

Usenet Newsgroups  | Mailing Lists  | Chat Rooms  |

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Usenet Newsgroups
   

Having trouble directly accessing Usenet? Try a Usenet search engine.

Unsure of what Usenet is? Then mailto:mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the following in your message body:


 setdir usenet-by-group/news.announce.newusers
 send What_is_Usenet?
 send What_is_Usenet?__A_second_opinion.
 send Rules_for_posting_to_Usenet
 send Hints_on_writing_style_for_Usenet
 send A_Primer_on_How_to_Work_With_the_Usenet_Community
 send Emily_Postnews_Answers_Your_Questions_on_Netiquette
 send How_to_find_the_right_place_to_post_(FAQ)
 send Introduction_to_news.announce
 send Answers_to_Frequently_Asked_Questions_about_Usenet
 send FAQ:_How_to_find_people_s_E-mail_addresses
 quit
 
or go visit http://www.netannounce.org/news.announce.newusers

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In no particular order. Many of these lists overlap in subject matter, but you will find that each list has its own distinct flavor. Don't be afraid to lurk on different lists until you find the one that suits you the best.

If both are listed, join by using the web site rather than the email address (if you're reading this in a browser, that is).

DES Daughters
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/des/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

The List of Lists - Allows you to search one of the largest directories of special interest group e-mail lists (also known as listservs) available on the Internet.
http://catalog.com/vivian/interest-group-search.html
mailto:mail-server@sri.com
Also available atftp://sri.com/netinfo/interest-groups.txt

Christian Pregnancy Loss Support - (no termination discussion)
mailto:CPLSupp1@aol.com
Send a short biography and your loss history.

Donor Insemination Support
mailto:external-majordomo@postofc.corp.sgi.com

Egg Donors
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/ed/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

Endometriosis
mailto:listserv@listserv.dartmouth.edu

Fortility - (Over 40 mailing list)
mailto:fortility-request@columbia.edu

Infertility
mailto:majordomo@acpub.duke.edu
For more information,mailto:levans@acpub.duke.edu.

Klinefelter's Syndrome
http://www.genetic.org/
mailto:listserv@home.ease.lsoft.com

ONNA (Oh no, not again)
http://www.thought-crimes.com/onna/
mailto:listserv@listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu
Also an #ONNA channel on the IRC undernet.

Mayer-Rokitansky-Kustur-Hauser Syndrome
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/mrkh/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

Moms Via Egg Donation
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/mved/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

Multiple Miscarriages
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/mm/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

OASIS - (Overweight and Seeking Infertility Support)
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com
In the body of the message, include your name, e-mail address, and a short description of why you are interested in joining the list.

PCO Mailing List
mailto:pco-request@lists.best.com
For more information,mailto:mclark@solved.com.

Parents Pursuing Surrogacy
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/pps/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

SPALS - (Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss Support)
mailto:SPALS-request@inforamp.net
You will receive instructions on how to submit information and get your name on this private list. Persons with pregnancy loss who are pregnant again or trying to get pregnant are welcome to join.

The Ladies in Waiting - (support for married Christian women)
http://members.aol.com/ladenwaitn
mailto:ladenwaitn@aol.com

Pregnancy After Infertility
mailto:external-majordomo@postofc.corp.sgi.com

Lesbians Experiencing Infertility
mailto:infles-request@lists.panix.com

Pregnancy After Miscarriage Mailing List
mailto:pam-request@fensende.com

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mailing List
mailto:majordomo@taex001.tamu.edu

Surrogate Mothers
http://www.surrogacy.com/online_support/sm/
mailto:tasc@surrogacy.com

Wanting Another Child Mailing list (secondary infertility)
http://www.cyberclick.com/wac/
mailto:wac-list-request@cyberclick.com
Mainly for women who are working on pregnancy 2+but anyone is welcome. Children discussed, so beware.

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Chat Rooms
   

AOL  | IRC  | MSN  | WWW  |

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Chat Rooms -> AOL
   

Infertility Chat
Every MONDAY at 21:15 US Eastern Time.
People Connection->List rooms->Private room->Infertility

Donor Egg Chat
Every WEDNESDAY at 21:00 US Eastern Time.
People Connection->List rooms->Private room->Donor Eggs

HOPE: Infertility Mutual Support
Better Health->Reproduction and Infertility->HOPE
Topics include general infertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy after infertility. For schedules and other info, see http://members.aol.com/FrancescaQ/HOPE.html

HOPE Alumni - Pregnancy after Infertility
Thursdays 21:00 US Eastern Time

Miscarriage After Infertility
Mondays at 22:00 US Eastern Time

Moms Online - A secondary infertility support group
Every Tuesday at 16:00 US Eastern Time. In the Clubs and Interests section.

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Chat Rooms -> IRC
   

ONNA Chat (undernet) - On channel #ONNA.
http://www.thought-crimes.com/onna/
Probably every day at one time or another.

Hannah's Prayer Chat (undernet) - On channel #HP.
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/8420/HP.html
Christian support for infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant death.

Infertility Chat (undernet) - On channel #parentquest.
Most evenings, but mainly Sunday eve's. Around 20:00 US Eastern time.

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Chat Rooms -> MSN
   

Infertility Chat
Wednesdays at 15:00 - 17:00 US Pacific Time.
Through the Parents Handbook, Friends chat rooms.

   FIRL -> Online Resources -> Discussion Forums -> Chat Rooms -> WWW
   

Infertility Internet Chatsite - Great site - sponsored by William Panak
http://www.uni.edu/~panak/iic.html

ParentsPlace - Inaptly named, but home to a few good moderated chats.
http://www.parentsplace.com/genobject.cgi/readroom/pregnant.html
Chats such as Trying after Loss, Infertility, Infertility after 35, Infertility after 40, Secondary Infertility.

ARHC WWW Infertility Chat Room - Dr. Perloe will usually be available Monday evenings, 20:00 - 21:30 EST to answer your questions.
http://www.ivf.com/chat.html

Pregnancy Loss Discussion Forum - Share your loss, feelings, concerns, prayers and encouragement for one another.
http://cgi.server.com:10154/WebApps/discussion.cgi?unique=8633118

Third Party Reproduction Forum - Please post any questions or comments you may have regarding any aspect of surrogacy
http://www.surrogatelaw.org/wwwboard.html

   FIRL -> Offline Literature
   

Books  | Book Sources  | Periodicals  |

The printed word is awesome. All hail Gutenberg! Printed words require no electricity. You can read books and magazines anywhere, and you don't have to worry about carpal tunnel. The web is flashy and information-rich, but it has pitiful bandwidth and requires special equipment. Consider the following exchange, overheard at my former employer:

Engineer: "What's the best way to get 5 gigabytes across the country?"
  (starts mumbling about bit rates and transfer protocols)
Secretary: "Fed Ex, you moron."

In other words, put the data on tape and send that. It's still a material world, baby!

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Books
   

Planning  | Support  | Options  | Medical  |

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Books -> Planning
   

These are all excellent infertility reference books. For thorough descriptions of some of them, check out the INCIID Recommended Reading list at http://www.inciid.org/bookl.html .

The Couple's Guide to Fertility - by Berger, Goldstein & Fuerst. ISBN 0-385-47124-6.

The Fertility Sourcebook - by M. Sara Rosenthal. ISBN 1-56565-213-4.

Overcoming Infertility Naturally - by Karen Bradstreet.

Taking Charge of Infertility - by Patricia Irwin Johnston. ISBN 0-944934-08-0.

Endometriosis Sourcebook - by Mary Lou Ballweg and the Endometriosis Association.

Getting Pregnant When You Thought You Couldn't - by Helane Rosenberg and Yakov Epstein. ISBN 0-446-39388-6.

How to Get Pregnant With the New Technology - by Sherman Silber. ISBN 0-446-39322-3.

How to be a Successful Fertility Patient - by Peggy Robin. ISBN 0-688-11732-5.

Infertility: Your Questions Answered - by Tan, Jakobs and Seibel. ISBN 1-55972-294-0.

Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News - by Jonathan Scher and Carol Dix. ISBN 0-06-016137-X.

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Books -> Support
   

Try http://www.tapestrybooks.com/catalog/index/toc.html or http://www.amazon.com for more information.

Healing Mind, Healthy Woman - by Alice Domar & Henry Dreher ISBN 0-8050-4134-6.

A Silent Sorrow: Pregancy Loss - by Ingrid Kohn & Perry-Lynn Moffit.

In Search Of Motherhood - by Barbara Shulgold and Lynne Sipiora. ISBN 0-440-50694-8.

In Search of Parenthood - by Judith Lasker and Susan Borg.

Male Infertility: Men Talking - by Mary-Claire Mason. ISBN 0-415-07290-5.

Miscarriage: A Man's Book - by Rick Wheat.

Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart - by Marie Allen, Ph.D. & Shell Marks, M.S. ISBN 0-471-54834-0.

Motherhood Deferred: One Woman's Journey Through Infertility - by Anne Taylor Fleming.

Surviving Infertility: A compassionate guide through the emotional crisis of infertility - by Linda P. Salzer. ISBN 0-06-097382-X.

Surviving Pregnancy Loss: A Complete Sourcebook for Women and Their Families - by Rochelle Friedman, MD & Bonnie Gradstein, MPH. ISBN 0-806-51758-1.

Understanding Infertility: Insights for Family and Friends - by Patricia Irwin Johnston.
Having trouble explaining your situation to family and friends? This booklet may be what you need.

Wanting Another Child: Coping with Secondary Infertility - by Harriet F. Simons.

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Books -> Options
   

Try http://www.tapestrybooks.com/catalog/index/toc.html or http://www.amazon.com for more information.

Is Donor Egg For You? - by Steve Litt with Sylvia Reuben Litt.

Adopting After Infertility - by Patricia Irwin Johnston. ISBN 0-944934-10-2.

Having Your Baby by Donor Insemination - by Elizabeth Noble.

A Matter of Trust: The Guide to Gestational Surrogacy - by Gail Dutton. ISBN 0-9655966-0-5.

Sweet Grapes: How to stop being infertile and start living again. - by Jean and Michael Carter. ISBN 0-9609504-9-4.

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Books -> Medical
   

Try http://www.tapestrybooks.com/catalog/index/toc.html or http://www.amazon.com for more information.

The Art of Natural Family Planning - by John Kippley

Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition - by Marilyn Shannon.

What to Expect When You're Expecting - by Eisenberg, Murkoff, and Hathaway

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom - by Christiane Northrup

The Complete Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth - by Sheila Kitzinger. ISBN 0-394-58011-7.

The Long-Awaited Stork: A guide to parenting after infertility - by Ellen S. Glazer

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The definitive guide to natural birth control and pregnancy achievement - by Toni Weschler, M.P.H.

The Zone: A dietary road map to lose weight permanently - by Barry Sears and Bill Lawren. ISBN 0060391502.
Mentioned by some PCOers as a way to manage weight issues.

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Book Sources
   

Tapestry Books
P.O. Box 359, Ringoes, NJ 08551 USA
Telephone:    800-765-2367 (vox)   908-788-2999 (fax)
http://www.tapestrybooks.com
mailto:tapestry@webcom.com

Perspectives Press
P.O. Box 90318, Indianapolis, IN 46290-0318 USA
Telephone:    317-872-3055 (vox)
http://www.perspectivespress.com
mailto:ppress@iquest.net

Parentbooks
201 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1H6 Canada
Telephone:    416-537-8334 (vox)   416-537-9499 (fax)

Amazon Books
http://www.amazon.com
mailto:info@amazon.com

J. A. Majors Company - A source for medical texts.
1851 Diplomat, Dallas TX 75234
Telephone:    972-247-2929 (vox)
http://www.majors.com/whrmed.html

   FIRL -> Offline Literature -> Periodicals
   

FerreFax - by the Ferre Institute, Inc.
258 Genesee Street, #302, Utica NY 13502 USA
Telephone:    315-724-4348 (vox)   315-724-1360 (fax)
http://members.aol.com/ferreinf/ferre.html
mailto:ferreinfo@aol.com

Hannah to Hannah - by Hannah's Prayer
P.O. Box 5016, Auburn, CA 95604-5016 USA
Telephone:    916-444-4253 (vox)
http://www.hannah.org
mailto:hannahs@hannah.org

TASCFORCE - A free email newsletter focusing on surrogacy issues.
http://www.surrogacy.com
mailto:TASC@surrogacy.com

Fertility Weekly - A weekly digest on fertility and human reproduction. Expensive but good.
P.O. Box 43054, Atlanta, Georgia 30336 USA
Telephone:    800-705-7185 (vox)   770-949-2066 (fax)
http://www.homepage.holowww.com/1f.htm
mailto:kkey@hendersonnet.atl.ga.us

Fertility and Sterility - A cutting-edge medical journal. A bit pricey, but it may be worth it for you.
1209 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, Alabama 35216-2809 USA
Telephone:    205-978-5000 (vox)   205-978-5005 (fax)
http://www.asrm.com/profession/fertility/fspage.html
mailto:asrm@asrm.com

INCIID Insights - by the InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
P.O. Box 6836, Arlington VA 22206 USA
Telephone:    520-544-9548 (vox)   520-509-5251 (fax)
http://www.inciid.org
mailto:info@inciid.org

Infertility Awareness - by the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC)
396 Cooper Street #201, Ottawa, ON K2P 2H7 Canada
Telephone:    613-234-8585 (vox)   800-263-2929 (vox)   613-234-7718 (fax)
http://fox.nstn.ca/~iaac/
mailto:iaac@fox.nstn.ca

Infertility Helper - My personal favorite, from the days when I had the time to actually read my mail (postal or electronic).
36 Norwood Road, Toronto, Ontario M4E 2S2 Canada
Telephone:    416-690-9593 (vox)
http://www.helping.com/family/iy/iy.html
mailto:helper@helping.com

Newsletter of Resolve National - A benefit of joining Resolve.
1310 Broadway, Somerville MA 02144-1731 USA
Telephone:    617-623-0744 (vox)   617-623-0252 (fax)
http://www.resolve.org
mailto:resolveinc@aol.com

Roots & Wings Adoption Magazine
PO Box 577, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 USA
http://www.adopting.org/rw.html
mailto:76262.354@compuserve.com

Links to other periodicals may be found at http://www.helping.com/family/iy/iynl.html

   FIRL -> Other Offline Resources
   

Support Organizations  | Professional Organizations  |

   FIRL -> Other Offline Resources -> Support Organizations
   

Dé;méter
l'Association québécoise pour la fertilité
315 boul. René-Lévesque est, Bureau 003 Montréal, Québéc H2X 3P3 Canada
514-845-0638 (vox), 514-845-0995 (fax)

Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC)
A referral, support, and educational group for the infertile.
396 Cooper Street #201, Ottawa, ON K2P 2H7 Canada.
National office: 613-234-8585 or 800-263-2929 (vox), 613-234-7718 (fax)
Local offices:

RESOLVE (USA)
A referral, support, and educational group for the infertile.
1310 Broadway, Somerville MA 02144-1731 USA
617-623-0744 (vox), 617-623-0252 (fax)

National Fertility Association (UK)
A referral, support, and educational group for the infertile
509 Aldridge Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B44 8NA UK
Telephone: 0121 344 4414 (vox) [+ 44 121 344 4414 internationally], 0121 344 4336 (fax)

Freya
FREYA is een patiëntenvereniging die zich bezig houdt met belangenbehartiging, voorlichting en hulpverlening aan mensen die te maken hebben met onvrijwillige kinderloosheid.
Freya, secretariaat, Postbus 476, 6600 AL Wijchen, Netherlands
Telephone: 0031 24 6451088

SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support
A support group for parents who experience miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Local offices:
  • Victoria: SANDS(Vic) C/- 19 Canterbury Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124 Australia
    Telephone: 03 882-1590 (vox)
  • Western Australia: SANDS(WA) Room G9, Agnes Walsh House, Bagot Road, SUBIACO 6008, Western Australia
    Telephone: 09 382-2687 (vox), [61 9 382-2687 internationally]

INCIID
International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
A referral and educational group for the infertile.
Address: P.O. Box 6836, Arlington VA 22206 USA

Hannah's Prayer
A growing international network of local chapters providing Christian support during fertility challenges. They publish the Hannah to Hannah newsletter.
P.O. Box 5016, Auburn, CA 95604-5016 USA
Telephone: 916-444-4253 (24 hour voice mail)

CHILD
A support group for infertility sufferers in the UK.
Charter House, 43 St. Leonards Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 1JA
Telephone: +44 (0)1424 732361 (vox), +44 (0)1424 731858 (fax)

Childless by Choice
Of course, infertility isn't a choice. But these guys share aspects of the infertile perspective. Say, when you having kids?
P.O. Box 695 Leavenworth WA 98826 USA

Childfree Network
7777 Sunrise Blvd #1800 Citrus Heights CA 95610 USA
Telephone: 916-773-7178 (vox)

The American Surrogacy Center
638 Church Street NE, Marietta, GA 30063 USA
Telephone: 770-426-1107 (vox), 770-426-1305 (fax)

No Kidding!
Box 27001 Vancouver BC V5R 6A8 Canada

London Infertility Network (UK)
c/o King's ACU Support Group, 6th Floor
King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RY
Telephone: 0171-346-3609 (vox), 0171-274-3242 (fax)

Endometriosis Association (USA)
8585 N. 76th Place, Mikwaukee WI 53223 USA
Telephone: 800-992-3636 (vox)

Adoptive Families of America (USA)
Referrals and support.
Telephone: 800-372-3300 (vox)

Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy (USA)
Surrogacy referrals, reading material, and support.
P.O. Box 213, Wheeling IL 60090 USA
Telephone: 847-394-4116

Sidelines National Support Network
Support group and newsletter for women with complicated pregnancies.
P.O. Box 640, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222 USA
Telephone 714-497-2265 (vox)

   FIRL -> Other Offline Resources -> Professional Organizations
   

Serono Symposia, USA
A division of Serono Labs that prints useful booklets.
100 Longwater Circle, Norwell MA 02061 USA
Telephone: 800-283-8088 (vox)

American Association of Tissue Banks
Lists accredited sperm banks.
Telephone: 703-827-9582 (vox).

College of American Pathologists (CAP)
Call them to find if a clinic or lab is accredited.
Telephone: 800-522-5678

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Address: 1209 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, Alabama 35216-2809 USA
Telephone: 205-978-5000 (vox), 205-978-5005 (fax)
They publish Fertility and Sterility magazine. Call or write for more information.

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
An affiliate of ASRM that, in conjunction with the College of American Pathologists (CAP), sets accreditation standards. Also compiles and sells listings of clinics and their success rates.
1209 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35216 USA
Telephone: 205-978-5000

   FIRL -> Helpful Odds-n-Ends
   

Conceiving Concepts - Strives to provide you with fertility products which will help you attain that child of your dreams.
P.O. Box 869 Crestwood, KY 40014
Telephone:    502-241-8497 (vox)   502-241-8340 (fax)
http://www.conceivingconcepts.com/products.htm
mailto:conceiving@aol.com
Nice site with good info. Note: it appears that product orderingwon't be set up until January 1998 (not too far away!).

BBTchart Spreadsheet - (for Excel 5 or later)
http://www.pinelandpress.com/software/bbt.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com
FREE spreadsheet for charting BBTs and other fertility signals. Rave reviews. There are several versions -- you will receive instructions on how to obtain each.vox: fax: voice_tf:

Low-tech Ways to Help You Conceive - Maximize your fertility before trying expensive and invasive infertility treatments.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/faq/lowtechfaq.html
mailto:rah@gvsu.edu

HDC Corporation - Manufactures "Seminal Collection Devices".
San Jose, CA
Telephone:    800-227-8162 (vox)
Will provide information directly to your doctor about their products.

Apex Medical Technologies, Inc. - Produces a non-spermicidal semen collection system for use in fertility and sterility testing.
10064 Mesa Ridge Court #202, San Diego CA 92121 USA

Discount Fertility Medication Resource List
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/drugs.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com
Discount US, Mexican, and European pharmacies. Many do mail order. Watchit! The US FDA has reinstated a ban on fertility drug imports!

Home Pregnancy Test and HCG Levels Mini-FAQ - Over a dozen home test levels, contact info, and a short Q&A
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/hpt.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

Ovulation Predictor Kit FAQ - Q&A, manufacturer contact information and price-reduction campaign.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/support/opk.html
mailto:rsw@pinelandpress.com

   FIRL -> Contacting the Government
   

Australia  | United States  |

   FIRL -> Contacting the Government -> Australia
   

Infertility Treatment Authority
http://hna.ffh.vic.gov.au/phb/hce/infert.html

   FIRL -> Contacting the Government -> United States
   

To send snail mail to congress:

Your Senator's Name
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Your Representative's Name
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Congressional Email Directory - Look up contact information for congress.
http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

US Senate
http://www.senate.gov
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

The Consumer Law Page - Brochures - A collection of Federal Trade Commission Brochures on various subjects, including health and infertility.
http://www.seamless.com/talf/ftc/ftc.html
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

Contacting the Congress - (web, email, fax, voice contact info)
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
Graphics-intensive. Once loaded, truly awesome pages.vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

National Institutes of Health
http://www.nih.gov
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

US House of Representatives
http://www.house.gov
vox: fax: voice_tf: subject: sendto:

   FIRL -> Humor
   

Did you say RELAX?!? - Great ONNA Comebacks
http://www.thought-crimes.com/onna/comebacks.htm
This page is a collection of retorts to the insensitive or just plain stupid things people commonly say to ONNA members. There is a section for comments that relate to having trouble conceiving, and a section for comments that relate to miscarriage. If you have any additions, please send them to Phoenix, and they will be added as soon as possible.

Infertility Humor - Great collection! Sniglets, even.
http://www.pinelandpress.com/toc.html#humor

The Jack of All Trades
http://www.vais.net/~travis/sperm.txt
It's about a sperm donor. If the idea of a humorous story about a sperm donor offends you, please don't follow the link.

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