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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.
A blog by Jessi Wallace, August 10, 2015
This fall, we’re embarking on an adventure of Follistim + IUI, so in the meantime I have been trying to relax and prepare myself for what is to come. I’ve noticed that anytime I take a break—especially if it’s at least 3 months long—my body responds better when I start treatment again. And since I have PCOS, my body is very sensitive to what I expose it to. Because of this little fact, here are 7 ways I am preparing my body for more fertility treatment – physically and mentally.
A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, August 5, 2015
There is no one perfect test for ovarian reserve. There is no test that can tell a woman how many eggs she has left or if the egg she is releasing any given month is a healthy one. Several tests are used routinely as indirect measures of ovarian reserve but it is a misnomer to call them tests of “ovarian reserve” because these tests do not tell us the actual quantity of eggs available. Some common tests that your doctor may order include baseline FSH and estradiol levels, AMH, and preantral follicle counts.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormone disorder that has been misunderstood, underdiagnosed and undertreated for many years. It is estimated that approximately one out of ten women in the United States may suffer from the condition, but even when diagnosed, many women do not receive the full breadth of appropriate counseling, testing and treatment. If their symptoms become intrusive or they experience a delay to conception, they may get only targeted treatment without a full explanation of what PCOS means. But, the good news is that as awareness of PCOS has becomes more widespread, appropriate care is being provided at an earlier age and its most challenging aspects are beginning to be addressed.
July 31, 2015
Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who today announced that they are expecting a baby girl.
Unfortunately, like many couples, their journey to pregnancy was long and filled with loss. In their pregnancy announcement – on Facebook, naturally – Zuckerberg said, in part, “We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way. You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone. It's a lonely experience. Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you -- as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.”
As an infertile patient myself, I often rely on my own experiences to empathize with patients. Making the decision to seek a consultation with an infertility specialist is brave because it is entrusting your personal goals of becoming a parent to someone who does not know you – your dreams, your hopes, your values. However the qualities of compassion and warmth are a prerequisite in your doctor especially when you need help with infertility. You know your fertility specialist understands you if he/she demonstrates the following eight attributes.
A blog by Stephanie Levich, Family Match Consulting, July 24, 2015
Finding an egg donor that has all the characteristics you hope to find can be a challenge. Finding an egg donor that has all the characteristics you hope to find AND who happens to live down the street from your fertility doctor's office, can be nearly impossible! Will egg donors travel? Should I wait to find someone who is local? Should I just choose a doctor located near the donor? How much does travel even cost? All very good questions to think about before embarking on your search for an egg donor.
A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, July 14, 2015
Embryo adoption agencies have chosen to use the open adoption model for successful matches between donor and adopting families.
A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, July 8, 2015
Some couples are able to embrace the idea of using donor eggs and move more quickly through the process, while others are not quite ready to entertain the thought, feeling more resistance. In my role as a fertility counsellor, I help these couples to recognize and focus on their ultimate overall goal: to have a child. It is often the journey of moving through different, unsuccessful treatments that leads to the donor egg option. Understanding the implications associated with donor conception is imperative. Getting connected to others who have gone through it themselves can also be helpful.