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  • Why am I not getting pregnant?
    There are many reasons why a woman might have trouble getting pregnant. Many conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), sickle cell anemia, pelvic inflammatory disease, and thyroid disease can make it difficult to conceive. Other conditions that affect hormonal balance can also play a role. Then there are physical issues like endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes or uterine fibroids that make it difficult or impossible for egg and sperm to meet and/or an egg to implant in the uterus. Sometimes no apparent cause is found which is known as unexplained (or idiopathic) infertility. Lifestyle factors such as excessive stress, too little or poor quality sleep, or too little movement and exercise are occasionally at the root of unexplained infertility. And don’t forget that men can have fertility issues, too. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it’s imperative that both you and your partner get fully checked so you have a complete understanding of your situation. Finally, it's worth noting that a completely fertile woman in her 20s only has a 20-25% chance of getting pregnant in any given menstrual cycle. That percentage drops as we get older, and by age 40 the chance of getting pregnant is around 5% each month. This is why doctors tell us to try for a year when we’re under 35 or 6 months when we’re over 35: sometimes nothing at all is wrong and we simply need more time. For more information, read my blog post about reasons you might not be getting pregnant.
  • What is unexplained infertility?
    Unexplained, or idiopathic, infertility is exactly what it sounds like--infertility with no known explanation. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), between 5 and 10% of couples who are trying to conceive will be diagnosed with unexplained infertility. To learn more you can read this article about possible causes of unexplained infertility, and this article outlining some steps you can take to overcome unexplained infertility.
  • What is secondary infertility?
    Secondary infertility is infertility that occurs after a woman has already had one or more babies without any fertility issues. The causes of secondary infertility are the same as the causes of primary infertility and can include blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, problems with egg quality, issues with sperm quality or quantity in men. It might also be unexplained. According to the CDC, secondary infertility affects approximately 6% of women. Read more about secondary infertility in this article.
  • What is fertility meditation?
    Fertility meditation is a form of guided meditation used to help women create powerful images and feelings that help improve fertility naturally. From visualizing your uterus as a healthy and calm environment to helping you remember what it felt like to be confident and in control of your life, fertility meditation has so much to offer when you’re trying to get pregnant. In addition, meditation is one of the very best ways to manage stress—a huge fertility roadblock—and fertility meditation will leave you feeling deeply relaxed in both mind and body. You can read more about fertility meditation in this blog post.
  • Who can benefit from fertility support?
    Fertility support is appropriate for women of all ages, sexual orientation, and stages of their journey through unexplained infertility. Whether you're hoping to conceive naturally, or you have chosen to use an artificial reproductive technique (ART), a professional fertility coach can help. In some cases, coaching can act as a stand-alone, but in many cases coaching is an excellent complement to traditional medicine and/or more formal psychological services.
  • How does fertility support fit in with my doctors and other treatments?
    The fertility support I provide is an excellent complement to all other fertility treatments. When requested, I am happy to work with both you and your doctor as we create your program. In certain circumstances you might even choose to use fertility support as a stand-alone, for example, before you begin or while you're on a break between treatments.
  • How much does it cost to work with you?
    I offer a customized 12-week program, as well as single sessions. For information about both options, as well as pricing, head over to Services.
  • Can you guarantee I'll get pregnant?
    I wish I could. Sometimes a pregnancy, for reasons beyond anyone’s control, just doesn’t happen.
  • Do you provide exercise plans?
    Yes, I do! In addition to being a fertility coach, I am a certified personal trainer, so if this is something that you are interested in, or we decide it would be a helpful part of your coaching, then we will work together to come up with a plan that's right for you.
  • Do you provide meal plans?
    No, but I do provide nutrition guidance, and I can work with you on various strategies related to food for fertility. If you are in need of meal plans, you should seek out a registered nutritionist.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    At this time I do not accept insurance.
  • Where are you located?
    I am located in New Jersey, but I see all of my clients virtually so you can be located anywhere in the U.S.
  • Where does the name Lily & Bee come from?
    Lilies and bees have both been fertility symbols in many cultures throughout human history. Lillian and Bernice were also my grandmothers' names, so it just seemed like a fitting name!
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