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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.

Top Three Ways Fertility Clinics Are Reducing Multiple Births

A blog by Neway Fertility, December 16, 2014
While a multiple birth can ultimately be a blessing, there are undoubtedly many risks associated with carrying more than a single baby. These risks include a higher rate of delivery by cesarean section, preeclampsia, and miscarriage, among others.

Understanding Your Test Results: Assessing Female Infertility

A blog by Neway Fertility, December 2, 2014

With approximately 10% of couples in the United States affected by infertility, understanding underlying health problems that may contribute to reproductive difficulties is essential. Fertility clinics will help you identify the contributors to fertility, whether it is a problem with one partner or a combination of factors in both partners. With proper diagnosis, treatment plans to maximize chances of fertilization success can be promptly implemented.

When You've Had a Miscarriage

A blog by Neway Fertility, November 25, 2014

Only another woman who has experienced a miscarriage can quite understand the heartache it brings. A new life had started and with it, so many beautiful hopes, plans and dreams for the future. When a pregnancy ends, all these dreams end with too, and the loss is felt with deep grief.

When a pregnancy ends unexpectedly, well-meaning friends may say, "You can try again." But, the woman who has lost a baby knows in her heart that this precious life will never come again, and she needs time to mourn the loss before she considers another pregnancy.

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.

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