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Guest bloggers at FertilityAuthority are invited to write on a variety of topics related to fertility and infertility. If you are interested in providing a a guest blog, please contact Jennifer Redmond at


a guest blog by Jane Frederick, M.D., HRC Fertility, July 13, 2013

Egg freezing has finally been lifted as an experimental procedure by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and can now be offered as standard of care to patients who desire it. While early research with slow freezing showed limited success, recent improvements and mastery of vitrification have led to the adoption of the technique by most IVF centers. Vitrification is a method of rapid flash freezing to preserve eggs. With the endorsement of the ASRM, more women can access this unique method of preserving their fertility. More than 1500 babies have been born from vitrified eggs worldwide, with no increase in congenital defects.

a guest blog by Alice Domar, Ph.D., Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF, June 19, 2013

I was asked last week to contribute a brief videotaped interview for Fertility Authority on the topic of my choice and for guidance on the format, was sent a link to the one I did several years ago on acupuncture. The only comment on that interview was highly negative, by Ray Rubio, an acupuncturist in California*. Ray and I have had discussions in the past on how to responsibly portray what the research in the field has shown, so I wasn’t all that surprised that he was critical of me, but I do wish he would have provided the correct facts. I am indeed a psychologist and have absolutely no training in acupuncture, but I am an established researcher and an associate professor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. I am the first author of one of the largest studies to date on the impact of pre and post-embryo transfer acupuncture on IVF outcome. Unlike the study he cited in his comment, our study was a randomized controlled trial, the gold standard in research, and was also published in Fertility and Sterility in 2009.

a guest blog by Daniel Shapiro, M.D., Clinical Director, MyEggBank-North America; Medical Director, Reproductive Biology Associates, June 10, 2013

For the last decade the Society For Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has recorded about 10,000 fresh egg donation cycles per year. This number hasn’t changed much in all that time. The reported live birth rate hasn’t varied at all in the last decade either. It is stuck around 55% per cycle nationwide despite great improvements in laboratory technique and ovarian stimulation protocols over the same time period. Each of the recorded cycles is a ‘fresh donation’ meaning that the eggs were collected from a donor, inseminated immediately after collection, and then transferred (as an embryo or two) into the intended Mom or surrogate no more than 5 days later. None of the recorded cycles resulted from frozen eggs, but as of this writing we can safely say that about 2000 cycles of egg donation with frozen eggs have been performed in the US since 2006. There are probably about 1200 babies already born from the process. More than half of these cycles have been performed in one center alone.

a guest blog by MeiMei Fox, December 5, 2012

During my first appointment at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center in Palo Alto, I showed the fertility expert, Dr. Westphal, my hormone levels (estradiol, progesterone, FSH, and LH) from the tests I'd had done by my primary care physician. Those looked "excellent," so Dr. Westphal then conducted a baseline ultrasound to ensure that my ovaries were producing a healthy number of follicles. All systems go: I was a great candidate for egg freezing. No more excuses. It was officially time to take control of my fertility and my destiny.

a guest blog by Stacy Lazar at, October 2, 2012

While pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful and special times in a woman's life, accompanying factors like nausea, achy feet and fatigue can also make those nine months some of the most difficult to bear. We recently sat down with Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist Lisanne Franco of New York City to discuss how massage—specifically bodywork geared to the pregnant female body—can help to ease the process. Here's what you need to know.


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