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RE of the Month: Avner Hershlag

Profiling doctors who wow! us,  May 2009
"Soon, an egg bank will be a better investment than Citibank."

The Center for Human Reproduction
North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, New York
(516) 562-2229

Having Trouble Getting (Staying) Pregnant?

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<strong>An overactive immune system may be to blame.</strong>

a blog by marie lee

Thank you to reader Cilipadi for asking about Dr. Alan Beer’s work:

I came across your blog and your comments about Dr. Alan Beer. I've been treating my fertility for the past 3 years and still have had no success. I read about Dr. Beer's immunology theory and programs. What does his treatment entail?

The Proof is in the Pudding

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Not drinking? Sneaking around the office? Weight gain? You're TTC, not pregnant.

a blog by Liz
You’ve stopped drinking alcohol. You sneak out of work on a fairly regular basis. Your weight is slowly creeping up.

You and I know that this is because you are trying your hardest to get pregnant. It is because of the interminable tests your doctors are running to try to figure out exactly why you aren’t managing to get pregnant. And the drugs you have been put on, coupled with a side-order of comfort eating, makes it harder to control your weight.

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Dirty Little Secret

Why (and how) I've hidden my infertility from my family.

a blog by Brenda

How about a little Confession Time!! I’ll go first.

• I "hide" plastic eggs filled with treats for our dogs every Easter (and on other occasions throughout the year when I am home alone with them).

• I claim to hate all reality TV, but am really a closet addict of The Hills.

• My husband and I went out for “dinner” this week … to Dairy Queen … and we both had Blizzards.

• I have not told my family about our infertility.

Gasp. Groan. Sigh. Moan.

Navigating the Land of IF

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An interview with "Stirrup Queen” Melissa Ford

a blog by Pamela Jeanne

If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to conceive without success you know that it’s not easy to figure out what to do next and when to do it. That’s where sites like Fertility Authority and books about how others managed the experience help to light the way. When I first tried to get pregnant, pre-Dr. Google, my confusion was compounded by lack of constructive, relatable information. Sure, there were medical tomes but I wanted something that addressed both the emotional as well as physical challenges I faced. I was usually disappointed by what I found.

How to Choose an Agency

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All agencies are not the same. Here's what to look for when choosing yours.

Choosing the agency that will help you find a carrier and facilitate your surrogacy is an important decision and requires diligent research. Some attorneys that specialize in third party reproduction also offer these services. It is recommended that you get a referral from a physician or other professional. You can also find information by doing online searches.

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Feats of Physicality or, Looking Stupid

The Meyers Take on Weekly Yoga

a blog by Jim and Joy


Sometimes I fantasize about applying for The Amazing Race. Part of it is the idea of escaping. I’d love to do something really dramatic to change my life. Also, Jim would be my teammate. We’d be gallivanting all over the globe, cracking up. I think about how Jim would feel if he had to watch me jump off a cliff or eat donkey doodie. He’d be proud! Ever since infertility became my reality, I’ve been this obsessed, depressed person. To have him see me able-bodied, smiling, FREE, would be excellent.

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Choosing a Gestational Carrier

Important issues to consider.

Once you have completed an agency’s admissions process, you will be given the profiles of several surrogates. Usually, agencies will offer recommendations based on your individual needs and the availability of surrogates at that time. You have the opportunity to meet your potential surrogate at "match meetings," and decide if she is the right fit for you and your family. The surrogate can use these meetings to get to know you as well.

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In Vitro Maturation (IVM)

A safer and cheaper alternative to IVF?

In vitro maturation (IVM) was first developed in the early 1990’s to provide a safer and cheaper alternative to in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVM techniques are improving, and many fertility clinics throughout the U.S. are beginning to offer it.

How Does IVM Work?

The ovaries are minimally stimulated (meaning less fertility medications are used to make the ovaries produce eggs). Unlike traditional IVF where eggs are retrieved as close to ovulation as possible, IVM captures the eggs much sooner when they are still “immature.” The eggs are “matured” in the laboratory for about 24 to 48 hours using a culture medium containing small amounts of hormones. Once mature, the eggs are fertilized using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – a very tiny needle containing one sperm is directly injected into the egg. The resulting embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus.

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Share Your ONE THING for National Infertility Awareness Week

FertilityAuthority,  April 25, 2009
Share Your ONE THING!

Last week, April 25 - May 2, was National Infertility Awareness Week®, a movement to raise awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans. You can learn more about NIAW by visiting RESOLVE and reading our Editors' Blog.


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