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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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Natural Treatments for PCOS

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December 12, 2012

There is good news for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) who have experienced previous intolerance to prescription treatments of insulin resistance. More and more data is surfacing on the ability of natural supplements to regulate endocrine function, and ovulation, in women with PCOS with little to no gastrointestinal side effects.

Video: What is PGD for Gender Selection?

PGD, or preimplantation genetic diagnosis screens embryos and allows your fertility doctor to replace one healthy embryo of the sex you desire. Dr. Daniel Potter of HRC Fertility explains.

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The Kardashians Talk Fertility and Freezing Eggs

Kim Kardashian wants to freeze her eggs

a blog by Claire, September 12, 2012

The Kardashian sisters are shining the spotlight on infertility and egg freezing.

In Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, 31-year-old Kim accompanied 28-year-old Khloe to a fertility clinic appointment for ultrasounds and blood work. Khloe is investigating why she is having trouble getting pregnant with husband Lamar Odum. For more than a year, there have been reports of Khloe's frustrations at trying to have a family, and in June it was reported that she had begun fertility treatment.

Fresh vs. Frozen: Which Embryo Is Better for IVF?

a blog by Claire, September 4, 2012

Women who use frozen embryos may have more success with In vitro fertilization (IVF) than those using fresh. British researchers from the University of Aberdeen announced the findings of a retrospective study comparing IVF frozen embryo transfer to fresh embryo transfer say that the frozen embryos are safer for mother and child.

Typically in IVF, a woman has her eggs retrieved and then one or two embryos transferred several days later. Any excess embryos created in the lab that are of good quality are frozen to be used later. The researchers reviewed 11 international published studies involving more than 37,000 pregnancies following implantation of either a fresh or frozen embryo. In their review they found that in pregnancy resulting in transfer of frozen embryos, there was:

    Older Age of Father Linked to Autism, Schizophrenia in Children

    Paternal age and risk of gene mutations

    a blog by Claire, August 23, 2012

    There is a male biological clock. A new study has found that the age of the father when a baby is conceived does matter with regard to passing on gene mutations. The findings, which are published in Nature, may help explain rising rates of autism.

    The study was part of a collaboration between deCODE Genetics, a leader in understanding the human genome, and Illumina, a maker of instruments to analyze the genome and their whole genome sequencing project, which is examining associations of diseases with rare variants in the genome. The investigative team sequenced the genomes of 78 Icelandic families with children who had a diagnosis of autism or schizophrenia. They also looked at the genomes of an additional 1,859 Icelanders to provide a larger comparative population.

    Is It Time to Give Up Lipstick for Fertility and Overall Health?

    a blog by Claire, August 21, 2012

    This week in the UK's Daily Mail, the headline Can YOUR lipstick give you heart problems? sparked plenty of worry among those of us who put on a slash of color every day.

    What sparked the concern? A study out of the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that triclosan — a ubiquitous antibacterial chemical found in hand soaps, lipsticks and other personal care products — slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice. In experiments, triclosan impaired the ability of isolated heart muscle cells and skeletal muscle fibers to contract. The researchers said the effects on cardiac function were really dramatic and acted as a cardiac depressant.

    Can Someone Run on the 'Fertility Platform?'

    a blog by Claire, August 12, 2012

    Feeling the Olympic let-down? Having Ryan Lochte or Usain Bolt withdrawal already?

    "Oh joy," you are thinking, "there's nothing on but baseball and reruns. When, oh, when will The Voice start back up so I can follow the Adam Levine/Blake Shelton bromance?"

    No worries. High drama is right around the corner because the political season is kicking into high gear,. August 27 marks the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and September 3 is the kick-off for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. And the ads, aren't you so looking forward to the political spending increase so that the airwaves are completely saturated. (We especially love it when they run the same ad two times in a row.)

    But really, we're looking for a candidate to run on the Fertility Platform. What is that, you ask? Well take a look at this video from Singapore.

    Five Things To Consider When Selecting a Fertility Doctor

    From Someone Who’s ‘Been There, Done That!’

    a blog by Suzanne Rico, August 2, 2012

    I struck gold with my second fertility doctor, who was recommended by a high-risk pregnancy specialist who had just informed me I had miscarried for the second time. And while it’s too late now to go back and choose him first, I sometimes wonder what might have been different had I been under his care from the beginning.

    Finding the right baby-maker is arguably the most important decision someone considering ART (assisted reproductive technology) will make. So, from someone who has “been there, done that," here are five things to consider.

      For Some, Infertility Causes PTSD

      Infertility and PTSD

      a blog by Claire, August 8, 2012

      When you think of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you think of the definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. PTSD is characterized as a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event in which a person's life has been threatened, such as events experienced by soldiers during war or victims in a mass shooting such as the recent one in Colorado. According to this definition, fertility treatment doesn't quite qualify.

      But a new study, which was presented at American Psychological Association meeting in Orlando in August, found that many women undergoing fertility treatment met the official criteria for PTSD. The study looked at the prevalence of PTSD in those who are diagnosed with infertility or secondary infertility and/or receiving treatment for infertility. The participants were asked to consider their infertility diagnosis and fertility treatment as their traumatic event and complete an online survey to assess PTSD symptoms.

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