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How to Choose an Egg Donor Agency

When you've reached a certain point, you'll need to select an egg donor agency to help you continue your journey. Although some reproductive clinics offer in-house egg donor matching services, the most common way recipient parents locate their donors is through a third-party agency. Whether in-house or third party, this will be your team that will handle the legwork involved in coordinating your donor and helping you travel with her throughout the process until the retrieval (when her eggs are...

Your Diet and Hydration Plan When Dealing with Urinary Incontinence

Many different foods and beverages can irritate the bladder. Some of these include the traditional culprits: caffeine, orange juice, alcohol, and spicy food. Cutting back on the sugar-free and other gas-yielding foods will make a big difference. No one really knows why certain dietary choices affect the bladder the way they do. Moreover, one individual may be more susceptible to a certain food than another person. This is why using a daily log can be so powerful in making diagnoses. A food or...

Adjusting to the Ketogenic Diet

Fine-tuning the ketogenic diet typically occurs during the first few months of beginning the diet. However, it can also occur after years have gone by as a way to make the diet more effective. This can be an important part of making the diet individualized for your child, be it changes in calories, ratios, fluid allotments, or other variables such as medication dosing. Most changes can be done by phone and email when necessary. The fine-tuning phase is often the most time consuming for...

Dealing with Blood Sugar Testing during Pregnancy

It’s one thing to remember to test all the time during pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes; it’s another to know what to do with all the information. Yes, the more you know, the healthier you can be, but sometimes you can drown in a sea of data. Here are a few life preservers to help you navigate without too much frustration. Don’t declutter yet. “Keep a folder to organize all your lab tests and results,” said Suzie Won. Having everything in one place,...

Retraining Your Bladder When Suffering from Urinary Incontinence

Luckily, the bladder is a very trainable organ. Using physical therapy behavioral modification techniques and exercises can help to retrain your bladder back to normalcy; however, before your bladder retraining can begin, you will need much information, because the process is highly individualized. The types of information you will need include the following: The quantities and types of food and drink you consume (to analyze hydration...

Fighting Urinary Incontinence: Making Your Pelvic Floor Muscles Stronger

The best way to identify your pelvic floor muscles is to go to a licensed physical therapist who specializes in treating incontinence and have him or her perform SEMG biofeedback; however, there are other ways to locate them successfully. There are four teachable ways to locate them at home, so you'll know that you will be exercising the correct muscles in your home treatment plan. Like most skeletal muscles, pelvic floor muscles are right below the skin. They are close to the outside of you,...

Tips for Keeping the Bathroom Accessible

If you are in a situation where you’re struggling with certain activities and would like some help determining what you need or how to go about setting up or rearranging a room to make it easier for you to manage, visit an Independent Living Center (ILC) a demonstration home, a bathroom design center, or a home health store to try out products and devices that may work for you. Ask your doctor for an assessment by a physical or occupational therapist or a referral to a rehabilitation specialist. Today,...

Creating an Accessible Home Office

For many years, my “office” was a tiny space located in a little alcove off our master bedroom—not the best place to locate your “place of work.” Even while I was in bed resting, I could see the desk, computer, file cabinets, and, of course, the mess. Sometimes I thought I could even hear the work calling to me, but unfortunately, there was no other location in our house to carve out another office area. Today, stores offering office equipment and supplies have hundreds of options...

Installing Ramps to Make Your Home Accessible

Accessibility in your home starts at your front door. Let’s face it—if you cannot easily get in or out of the house, you are not going to get very far. I remember when I started using my little three-wheeled Amigo scooter because I could no longer walk from one end of our ranch-style house to the other. While I could still walk a few feet and maneuver a step or two, I knew it wouldn't be long before those limited abilities would make it impossible for me to get in or out of my house independently. I...

Exercises to Improve Multiple Sclerosis Speech Difficulties

Speech patterns are controlled by many areas of the brain. Depending on the location of demyelinated areas, many alterations of normal speech patterns may occur as the result of multiple sclerosis. Most such alterations affect speech production, resulting in dysarthria, or slurred speech, ranging from mild difficulties to severe problems that make comprehension impossible. Demyelination in the cerebellum, the area of the brain involved with balance, is the primary cause of speech...