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a blog by Marta Montenegro, MS, CSCS, SFN, NSCA-CPT, August 1, 2014

Juices and smoothies can have a role in improving your diet—and fertility—if you make them the right way by combining the right amounts of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

a blog by Dr. Mark Payson, Dominion Fertility, July 29, 2014

Thanks to a new procedure, “egg freezing” (oocyte cryopreservation), eggs can be removed from the ovaries and frozen for future use. Since female fertility is primarily a function of the age of the eggs, freezing them essentially stops time. Thus a woman who freezes her eggs at age 25 will have the same chances of pregnancy ten years later when she uses those eggs. This allows her not only to preserve her fertility, but also to decrease some of the risks associated with later childbearing such as the risk of Down syndrome or miscarriage.

a blog by Serena H. Chen, M.D., IRMS Reproductive Medicine at Saint Barnabas, July 28, 2014

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is rapidly becoming more main stream and is now becoming an important option outside of the cancer setting. With live birth rates that are essentially the same as fresh eggs, freezing eggs may make sense for any woman who, for whatever reason, medical or social, cannot have a baby right now. This is exciting, cutting-edge technology, but there are other, very simple things you can do right now to preserve your fertility and maintain reproductive health.

A blog by Art Castelbaum, MD, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia & Central PA, July 25, 2014

I frequently receive pictures and cards from patients who have successfully undergone fertility treatment. My favorite card to receive is a picture of an older and a younger child. In a sense, they were twins separated at conception. The older child was the product of a fresh In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) embryo transfer. The younger child was the result of a cryopreserved embryo from that same IVF cycle that was subsequently used in a frozen embryo transfer cycle.

A blog by Megan Swanek, July 24, 2014

The journey to become pregnant is fraught with emotion and, as you know, can be quite the roller-coaster ride. Today, more so than ever before, many women put their education and career at the forefront of their lives during their prime fertile years, trusting that the rest will fall into place. When we finally meet the elusive “one” and get married, we expect the next step to come easily to us. After all, we have attained everything else we have set out to accomplish in life. But with trying to conceive, unlike grades in graduate school, there are no guarantees that your hard work and careful charting or planning will yield results. Instead, with fertility treatment, you enter a world where even “trying” can be seen as a negative. You’re given advice such as “just relax and it will happen” or told that it will happen “when you least expect it.”

a blog by Dr. Andrea Reh, Dominion Fertility, July 22, 2014

Dr. Reh here to share a success story of a lovely couple known to me since last year. W.S. is a 33-year-old woman with infertility for over two years. W.S. had irregular menstrual cycles, which had initially been the target of treatment from her OBGYN prior to our meeting. However, as with all couples, we encouraged them to have a comprehensive evaluation upfront to evaluate for all possible causes of infertility.

a blog by Jane Frederick, M.D., HRC Fertility, July 17, 2014

Given that the majority of all infertility diagnosis’ can be treated with today’s medical technologies and advancements, it is surprising that many couples still suffer in silence when they fail to get pregnant after months and even years of trying. My research shows there are various reasons why couples choose not to seek help for their infertility and it is my goal to address these reasons and why they are easily overcome.

a blog by Maya Moskin, July 16, 2014

It’s easy to get a little lost when you first start down the path of Assisted Reproductive Technology. The rules are different in this world. The language is different. And basic common sense feels different. Because uncertainty is the only certainty, it’s easy to get swept up by the runaway train that leads you to a moment where you’re standing in the middle of a sea of syringes and web pages of egg donors going, “Wait! How did I get here?”

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A blog by Jenn Nixon, July 11, 2014

Recently, the state of Oregon implemented a new initiative aimed at encouraging an open dialogue between doctor and patient about reproductive plans. “One Key Question” focuses on having doctors ask, “Would you like to become pregnant within the next year,” during each medical visit whether it’s an OB/GYN or a Primary Care Physician.

A blog by Regine Lim, July 11, 2014

You’re pregnant! You’ve just heard your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and your doctor wants you back in the office in one week to screen for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

At this stage screening tests are non-invasive – typically, a simple blood test – meaning there’s almost no risk to your pregnancy. They provide a likelihood that your pregnancy is affected. In the next post I’ll talk about diagnostic tests, which are definitive but also more risky. If a flag is raised during screening some women will choose to get diagnostic testing.