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I am a veteran fertility specialist and have been practicing reproductive endocrinology for more than 15 years. As my experience continues to grow, my ability to help you as a couple only gets better and better! I am here to help you achieve your family building goals.

I have been at top medical centers throughout my training, including Columbia University, New York Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and George Washington University. I have had fertility treatment success rates in the top echelon, and my primary focus is to minimize the amount of treatment necessary to help my patients achieve their pregnancy goals.

My blog is about “everyday” fertility information, the “stuff” you will encounter when you see your doctor: from the consultation to the diagnostic tests and all of the treatments you may encounter. You will see useful and straightforward information and tips to help you on your journey.


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a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners

We did a radio show recently about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility. To summarize my PCOS radio show, the top 10 pearls to know are as follows:

    a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, July 30, 2012

    A study at the University of Albany this past month suggests that low level environmental exposure to mercury and cadmium may impair the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

    a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, July 6, 2012

    A patient’s question: "I am going to take a hike in the woods this morning. Is that OK?"

    My fertility patient had just finished having her blood drawn, and I did an ultrasound to measure her follicles. She was in the middle of her stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF). She then asked the question above. I said, "Just stay hydrated and don’t get a tick bite."

    The next morning she came in very upset, having just removed a tick from her back.

    a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, June 25, 2012

    When you are considering pregnancy, be sure to consider your oral health — it just may be the key to a healthier pregnancy.

    Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums; dental caries, commonly known as cavities; and periodontitis, a severe form of gingivitis when inflammation of the gums extends to all of the supporting structure of the tooth, all negatively impact pregnancy. A connection between preterm birth (which results in low birth weight infants) and dental infections has been supported in recent research studies. There is some conflicting data, but the evidence of a link is mounting.

    a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, June 17, 2012

    Approximately 23 percent of American women smoke cigarettes. The possible reasons smoking effects fertility are:

    • damage to fallopian tubes,
    • changes in the cervix,
    • damage to eggs, and
    • increase in miscarriage and/or ectopic (in the tube) pregnancies.