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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.”

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Video: How Can PGS Help Prevent Recurrent Miscarriage?

By examining the chromosomes in an embyro using preimplantation genetic screening and only implanting healthy, normal embryos, doctors can reduce the miscarriage rate, explains Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director of the NYU Fertility Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, NYU School of Medicine.

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It Starts With The Egg - Book Review

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I wish I'd had this fertility resource way back when.

a blog by Suzanne Rico, April 8, 2014

“Most of our lives, our eggs are in a state of suspended animation as immature cells but in the three to four months before ovulation, an egg must undergo a major transformation," writes author Rebecca Fett in her book It Starts With The Egg. "It grows dramatically in size and starts producing much more energy. The egg must then execute a precise process of separating and ejecting copies of chromosomes.”

EggBanxx Egg Freezing in New York City

The cost of egg freezing can be a financial worry for many patients—one cycle can cost up to $18,000, depending on your location and the fertility clinic you choose. Thankfully, the discount program EggBanxx can help you save money on your egg freezing costs.

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