Saturday, March 20, 2010

Introducing sleeQo

I see that I posted my last post without any sort of introduction or explanation... So here goes. This blog & its companion site - FertilityStories were one of my "babies" that came along a little over 5 years ago, shortly after I lost my job as a user interface consultant. Looking for something to do to pass the time, I set up an Israeli infertility site ( and then moved on to try to get a bigger audience by starting a site in English too. I've worked on FertilityStories continually since then, making it (by far) the largest online collection of stories about infertility, which is read by tens of thousands of people monthly.

In 2005, our daughter, Abigail was born. In 2006, we welcomed Nomi & in 2008, little Yirmi came along. Each of them was home with me until the age of 18 months (which meant a 5-1/2 month overlap for Abigail & Nomi).

Job offers for consulting work started to come in & for the past few years, I've also gone back to user interface consulting (something I'm told I'm fairly good at and I enjoy too). And there's the degree I never finished, so I took a few university courses here and there... and, with that and my three older kids and my three younger kids, I've had a lot of trouble keeping this blog going (in case you haven't noticed). But I want to keep it alive for several reasons, most importantly, I want to be able to report on newsworthy information (e.g., new research) quickly - and then link to it from FertilityStories as soon as I get a chance... and to keep it alive, I've got to keep adding content on a regular basis.

I think it was right around the time that Yirmi was born that I approached my brothers Ben & Sam with the idea of creating a service for bloggers that would provide a weekly trigger for creating new content for their blogs. I did the design & Ben started to develop it, but then some changes in his life (i.e., getting a real job) came up and things got put on the back burner. More recently, Ben's found the time to complete the development. We named the service "sleeQo" (pronounced sleeko) & I want to welcome everyone to try it out. You can use sleeQo without registering, but you can only get a subscription once you register (it's free, of course).

sleeQo won't only help you if you don't have an idea of what to blog about, it can also just help you quickly get up some real, personal content without investing a lot of time or effort.

Feedback is welcome :-)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book meme


Rules: Answer the questions below & tag some of your friends.
  • Last book you read
    I honestly don't remember

  • Book you read the most times
    I usually read things only once (except for books that I read to the kids)

  • Author whose books you read the most of
    I read a lot of William Goldman

  • Book you would never give away or lend
    I don't think I have any such books

  • A book you remember getting as a gift & from who
    My aunt Vicki bought a lot of books (and Dover coloring books) for me. I still have all of them.

  • A book you enjoy reading out loud
    My friend is sad, The little engine that could, many others...

  • A book you remember from your childhood
    It happened one day (I recently swiped it from my parents' house so I could read it to my kids)

  • A book you used to like & now think is outdated
    Curious George, Stuart Little

  • How often do you read a book?
    Not nearly often enough.

  • Do you finish most of the books you start?
    Yes. Most. Some I just can't get through.

Everyone tagged

fill in this meme


Monday, March 08, 2010

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

A quickie. Right after IVF?

So, like every other obsessed webmaster/blogger, I go through my stats often and many times daily I get searches like "orgasm after IVF", "sex after IVF", "do orgasms after IVF prevent implantation", etc. So, a quick trip to Google scholar (this whole post has to be quick b/c I've got to run to get Matan from Taekwondo) gave me some information that's more scientific than my own personal experience (which I'm wise enough not to share here).

The theory was actually that intercourse may help implantation, despite the problems like uterine contractions & possibility of infection (due to the fact that the "cervical mucus barrier that prevents ascending infection is disrupted by passage of the embryo transfer catheter". - Aflatoonian et. al., 2009 - see the full article here). They found no significant difference between those who had intercourse within 12 hours of embryo transfer and those who did not (although the clinical pregnancy rate was higher in the study group than in the control group - 14.2% vs. 11.7%, it was not statistically significant).

A previous study by Tremellen et. al. (2000), cited by 50, showed a higher percentage of viable pregnancies in the intercourse group than in the control group. They reached the conclusion that "...Exposure to semen around the time of embryo transfer increases the likelihood of successful early embryo implantation and development." (See the abstract here.)

Based on this, I think it's pretty safe to say that it's OK to have sex - and even orgasms - after embryo transfer. It's not going to harm your chances of success. It might even help.