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Infertility and Mother's Day Coping Strategies

Celebrating your own mom may work, but if not, take a day for yourself

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which focuses on the couple, this commercialized day can be one of the hardest days for a woman coping with infertility.

“Mother’s Day can be a double whammy,” says Andrea Mechanick Braverman, Ph.D., a Pennsylvania health psychologist who specializes in infertility counseling. “Another anniversary of a year gone by without a baby — and a holiday that specifically excludes you.”

Video: When and How Does Fertility Decline?

Dr. Eric Flisser, a New York fertility doctor with Reproductive Medicine Associates (RMA) of New York, explains how egg quality, egg quantity, and age affect a woman's fertility.

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Older Women with Low AMH Still Have Chance for Pregnancy

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Women with extremely low ovarian reserve may be told that their only hope for a successful pregnancy and birth is by using a donor egg; however, sometimes this is not the option they want to choose. There can be, however, other options for these women. In fact, the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) recently earned international recognition for its paper analyzing IVF success rates in women with low (AMH) levels. The paper received the Austrian Hugo Husslein Prize, which is awarded biannually by the Austrian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

What Commonly Causes Infertility?

A blog by Neway Fertility, November 18, 2014

Infertility can be caused by one or more factors for both men and women. It is important to recognize the signs of when a couple should take the first steps to see a doctor to learn about their options. Most experts suggest at least one year of trying for men and women younger than age 35. However, women aged 35 years or older should see a health care provider after six months of trying unsuccessfully. A woman's chances of having a baby generally decrease rapidly every other year or so after the age of 30.

How Fertility Preservation Works

A blog by Neway Fertility, November 11, 2014

The world of fertility treatments is expanding each day with fertility preservation procedures becoming more and more popular. This allows women to have biological children in the future, even if they are not at their most fertile age. Fertility Preservation is a way for men and women to freeze their sperm, eggs or embryos for future use. Patients facing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer or those with ovarian cysts, lupus or a family history of early menopause may also benefit from fertility preservation. Eggs, sperm, and resulting embryos may all be frozen and stored for prolonged periods until future use in IVF cycles. They are frozen using liquid nitrogen and stored in special facilities. Once the patient is ready to start a family of their own, the preserved samples are thawed and prepared for use in IVF cycles.

Skincare and Fertility

A blog by Neway Fertility, November 4, 2014

Can your skincare routine be affecting your fertility? Women often stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle when trying to conceive, but often do not realize that their beauty products and lotions can affect their fertility. Creams and lotions are designed to be absorbed into the skin for effectiveness. However, this also passes along those potentially dangerous toxins straight to your cells and bloodstream where they travel throughout the body’s systems.

Fertility Nurse of the Month: Joanne Libraro, MSN, RN-C, NEA-BC

Fertility Nurse of the Month: Joanne Libraro, MSN, RN-C, NEA-BC

Joanne Libraro, MSN, RN-C, NEA-BC, Patient Care Director, The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center

October 2014

“I don’t find myself in the position anymore where I say ‘I wish we could do this for our patients’; I now find that we’re in the very lucky place that we say ‘we can’.”

How Do I Know If The Eggs I Froze Are “Good”?

Written in Partnership with Dr. Brooke Hodes-Wertz, NYU Fertility Center

It is not uncommon to hear your doctor talk about “egg quality”. If you have frozen your eggs, you have likely heard that egg quality decreases with age and varies from person to person. When we characterize eggs as “good”, we usually are referring to the number of chromosomes the egg contains. As a woman gets older, her eggs have a harder time maintaining the correct number of chromosomes when combining with sperm. However, even in young, healthy women, all of the eggs they make are not necessarily “good” (i.e., chromosomally normal). So, how can you be reassured that you froze some “good” eggs?

The Case for AMH Not FSH

FSH is no longer the standard by which to gauge a woman’s ovarian reserve or predict successful outcome with fertility treatment. This, according to Dr. David Seifer, Co-director of Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. In an article published in Fertility and Sterility, he and Dr. James Toner makes the case that AMH, Antimullerian Hormone, is a more informative and better test than FSH, Follicle Stimulating Hormone.

Facing the Facts about Secondary Infertility

For many couples who have had a child in the past, the thought of secondary infertility comes with strong feelings of denial. They often believe that because they have one child already, they must be fertile. However, there are many factors, including age, uterine abnormalities, or effects of reproductive surgery that can impact your ability to have another baby

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