Hope always finds a way to keep the human spirit alive. In this case, it's being revived through a traditional method that's survived thousands of years -- purification through prayerful immersion in water. The mikveh (a communal ritual bath) has been used for centuries by Orthodox Jewish women to cleanse themselves after their periods before they can have sexual relations again (sex is not permitted during menstruation). But who would imagine that observing the laws of niddah (what the ancient purification ceremony is called) would be linked to the infertility concerns of 21st century religiously "progressive" women who have waited too long to get pregnant? Most of these modern professional and business women would not have otherwise considered dunking themselves naked in a ritual bath invented long before the advent of North American indoor plumbing. Modern Jewish women usually remember the mikveh as a throwback to women's "unliberated" past. Why? Because it supports the patriarchal idea that women are unclean during their periods.
In a sensitive article called "Reimagining the Mikveh" (www.reformjudaismmag.com), a 38-year-old Arizona religious leader (who is using the monthly mikveh in hopes of getting pregnant herself) is quoted as saying that "it's a change of status, not from pure to impure, but from 'the missed chance' to hope." The idea is that the ceremonial water has a connection to God. Water, of course, plays a purification role in other religions.
If it maintains hope, it's worth a try, as long as you don't have to swallow your liberation.