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A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, October 6, 2015
Traditionally, IVF carried a substantial risk of having twins due to transferring multiple embryos. It was believed that transferring multiple embryos increased the odds of becoming pregnant. Today's research has debunked those myths. Transferring multiple embryos does not increase the likelihood of becoming pregnant. What it does increase is the risk of having twins if pregnancy does occur.

A blog by Rashmi Kudesia, MD, RMA of New York, Brooklyn, October 5, 2015

Going through infertility treatment is often an incredibly stressful time. Due to the anxiety experienced in trying to conceive, frequent doctor’s visits or tension that can sometimes arise during treatment, it can feel nearly impossible to have a sense of healthfulness during this time. While there isn’t a lot one can do to influence how their ovaries or endometrial lining might respond to treatment, focusing on staying healthy can help reestablish a sense of control.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, September 24, 2015

Trying to conceive can be extremely stressful for couples. This is especially true once a couple has tried to conceive for a while with no success. However, it is important to manage stress while trying to conceive, both for your health and for the strength of your relationship. Many individuals stop drinking while trying to conceive and may feel as though there aren’t many things they can do socially. Nothing is further from the truth. There are a number of things you can do for stress relief while trying to conceive.

A blog by Kym Campbell, September 23, 2015

While readily available, IVF statistics are a treacherous path for couples trying to make informed decisions about their IVF treatment options. The potential for misunderstanding and subsequent poor decision making is ever present without a clear understanding of what various statistics mean. Here are four of the most common traps to avoid.

A blog by Jessi Wallace, September 18, 2015

September is PCOS Awareness Month, and women everywhere are speaking out and sharing their experience with PCOS on blogs, Facebook, Instagram, and in support groups. Spreading awareness is important because PCOS is something that is relatively misunderstood in the medical field. From what causes it, to why some women have symptoms that others don’t... it’s a disease that strikes 1 in 10 women, and sometimes they have no genetic tie to it (like myself), while many women do. With it being PCOS Awareness Month, I’ve come to realize that there is a lot that we don’t know about PCOS. However, there is one important thing that we do know and it’s very important for doctors to understand: PCOS does not look the same for everyone.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, September 17, 2015

In vitro maturation (IVM) is one of the newest tools in the field of fertility medicine. Instead of harvesting mature eggs, IVM harvests immature eggs which are then matured in a laboratory setting. This tool can help a number of women who are not well suited for IVF treatment. Additionally, IVM provides another treatment option for women who are looking to preserve their fertility.

a blog by Lisa Rosenthal, September 16, 2015
This experience of infertility changes us. We evolve. We are not the same people we are when we start. Not all the changes are at all welcome. We can become bitter, angry, frustrated, seemingly mean-spirited (especially when it comes to other's pregnancies or babies), depressed, withdrawn. This experience of infertility offers us other words to describe ourselves as well. What are your #Twofertilitywords?

A blog by Natan Bar-Chama, MD, Urologist & Male Infertility Specialist, RMA of New York, September 14, 2015

There is a common assumption that when a couple is experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy, it is typically attributable to a problem with the female. This is not at all the case, and in fact, male infertility accounts for 40 to 50 percent of all infertility cases. In some instances the issue centers on factors such as hormonal insufficiencies, environmental factors or poor general health, while in others the complications are caused by the male’s reproductive system in its ability to produce viable sperm. I recently treated a couple for whom this was the issue; they were married for four years and had spent the previous two years casually trying to get pregnant – they hadn’t used any birth control for the first year, just hoping that things would happen naturally, and then during the second year they had increased attention to her cycle, used an ovulation predictor, all to no avail. After their initial assessment and work-up, we ran a standard semen analysis, only to find that the husband had a zero sperm count. This is referred to azoospermia, a condition that only affects about 1% of males. On physical examination he was noted to have normal testis but no vas deferens were palpable bilaterally. The couple was immediately relieved to learn from me that normal sperm production was present but due to a congenital condition, known as congenital bilateral absence vas deferens, a blockage was present. Most importantly we discussed on the initial visit that via sperm retrieval and IVF with ICSI, their hope of having a family can be fulfilled.

A blog by Dr. Art Castlebaum, Reproductive Medicine Associates at Jefferson, August 28, 2015
Reason number one why you should consider IVF as your first fertility treatment: IVF is dramatically more successful than ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination.

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A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, August 11, 2015
As with most new discoveries, the pioneers of this technology were first to experience the challenges of the fledgling treatment. Back then IVF was more risky and less predictable. Almost 40 years of optimizing in vitro fertilization has nearly eliminated the barriers to safe and effective IVF for many patients, and over 5 million babies have been born.