good morning

I usually like reading the New York Times. It’s typically the first site I visit in the morning.

This morning, I was utterly irritated to find an article in the health section about cognitive therapy (or “relaxing”) being a treatment for infertility. I wrote an angry response.

This reporter (who is a doctor) and the doctor the article is about have pissed me off. She does a study on 16 women, 8 of whom received cognitive-behavioral therapy – and in 7 of those, ovulation returned. Only 2 of the 8 control subjects were ovulatory without therapy. She also discusses excessive exercise and anorexia. She does this one study and gets published in the New York Times??? What about the other millions of women and men diagnosed with infertility each year? Where is our article? Where is our insurance coverage for our medical problem(s)? And what kind of statistical power does that study have?

Just curious…how many of you out there don’t ovulate because of excessive exercise or anorexia? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

But she is in the Times essentially telling women to “relax”. And the paper did a piss poor job of indicating what a small percentage of women are undergoing IVF solely because they don’t ovulate. No mention of male factor, no mention of tubal issues, uterine problems, or endometriosis.

In fact, most RE’s don’t jump to IVF if the only problem appears to be ovulation. They’ll usually try other, less expensive, less invasive methods first (no, not all, but most). Clomid can be highly effective when used on the right population – and far less expensive than 16 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Why not just tell us to eat ice cream? Oh, yeah, they already did.

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~ by Larisa on September 4, 2007.

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  1. sounds awfully like a study which was presented at the ESHRE meeting last year, with similarly low numbers. I guess I’ve given up at journalists writing well balanced stories at this point.

  2. hehe…i was all mad and pissy til i read the ice crema thing cuz i remember that article too 🙂
    thanks for speaking up for us. i have been annovulatory my whole teenage life, and i certainly wasnt stressing out about TTC then. so relaxing wont make a difference. its something hormonal i have no control over. and i can guarantee i did not exerise much as a teen. ugh!

  3. hehe…i was all mad and pissy til i read the ice crema thing cuz i remember that article too 🙂
    thanks for speaking up for us. i have been annovulatory my whole teenage life, and i certainly wasnt stressing out about TTC then. so relaxing wont make a difference. its something hormonal i have no control over. and i can guarantee i did not exerise much as a teen. ugh!

  4. read the article, and I am with you. I realize that they were talking only about her little corner of IF, but DAMN that was a tiny little corner.

  5. It’s a shame that such a narrow minded perspective can be found in the Times.

  6. 16 women is a study these days? Hah!

  7. I saw that article as well. It made my stomach turn.

  8. I saw that article as well. It made my stomach turn.

  9. I read the article and I was peeved.

  10. Wow, I would have not thought that came from the Times! You’ll probably have 16 people comment on this, maybe we should do a study on us? Crazy!

  11. Oh wow, glad I didn’t see that. what a shitty study!! let us know if you get a response!

  12. Oh wow, glad I didn’t see that. what a shitty study!! let us know if you get a response!

  13. Actually, I didn’t get my period for two years b/c of excessive exercising/anorexia…of course, I wasn’t trying to get pregnant then, at age 22–I kind of liked not having to deal with the mess.

    Now of course, I ovulate but can’t get pregnant.

  14. i’ve found that even doctors, specialists and all those that treat and see women with IF all day long, don’t know what hell it’s like either. they just don’t know until they live it themselves. yea, that would’ve pissed me off too.

  15. 16 women is hardly enough for a valid clinical trial. The study would have to repeated in much larger numbers for anything to be considered medical fact.

    I would think a publication like the NYT would use better judgement. UGH!

  16. Kind of a small study group.

    I can make my body work just by thinking about it. Everytime I think “Please god don’t let me get my period while on vacation” I get my period on vacation.

    Maybe I ought to try a reverse psychology version??

  17. I don’t ovulate, am I’m a very relaxed person, my cycle’s are sometimes 50 days or longer or not at all. I was fortunate that clomid worked for us but at a rather high dose. I also had an undiagnosed bicornate uterus which carries a higher risk for miscarrying. Doctor’s they think they know everything!!

  18. How can we relax with articles like that in our face? RELAX???? Oh yeah! and I might grown 2 new fallopian tubes.

  19. I can’t even digest “data” like that anymore. I feel like I’m yelling into deaf ears when I try to explain it, too.
    Glad you had the diligence to respond.

  20. Interesting blog title. I have a novel of the same name. It is what I call, a desperate housewife/chic-lit dark comedy. Yes, comedy. It provides a necessary departure from the misery of infertility. The reviews rank high. The Waiting Womb, novel, by Jill Sayre is available on Amazon. Much luck to all of you.

  21. Funny, I’ve relaxed for six years and haven’t gotten pregnant yet (without IVF anyway), in spite of perfectly timed sex every single month. The infertile world does not need a disinformation campaign like this. Jackasses.

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