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Fertility Treatments and the Holidays

Calling in abundance when you're feeling the pressure

by Kristen Magnacca

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
Wayne Dyer

So the holiday season is upon us and perhaps we feel as though we’re channeling Santa by making a list and checking it twice to get ourselves organized for the festivities.

Or maybe you’re just not feeling it yet?

The shopping, wrapping, tinsel, sparkling lights, fertility shots, blood work, vaginal ultrasounds, embryo transfers and artificial (intrauterine) inseminations are activities that just seem as though they don’t go together. And there is certainty not a catchy holiday song that incorporates them all!

Fertility Options for Transgender Men and Women

gay couple holding hands

Dr. Samuel Pang, Medical Director at IVF New England, has been treating gay and transgender men and women since 1998. He spoke with FertilityAuthority about options for preserving your fertility and building your family before and after transitioning.

Comparing Outcomes of Fresh vs. Frozen Donor Eggs

Egg freezing is a viable option not just for women who want to preserve their fertility, but also for egg donors and women who are using donor eggs to have a baby. Donors’ eggs are frozen and women/couples purchase a cohort of eggs from a donor chosen from an egg bank’s database.

As compared to fresh egg donation, frozen egg donation is less expensive and provides a greater choice of donors and convenience – the donor and recipient don’t need to be synched for stimulation and retrieval, says Dr. Samuel Pang, a fertility doctor and medical director of IVF New England. A recent study in which IVF New England participated showed there are comparable pregnancy rates with fresh and frozen donor eggs.

What is the Difference Between PGD and PGS?

Fertility doctor Danielle Vitiello of Fertility Center of New England discusses the difference between PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) and PGS (preimplantation genetic screening).

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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Carol Lesser, N.P.

Carol Lesser, Boston IVF
July 2014

For 26 years, Carol Lesser, N.P. has worked at Boston IVF. “I continue to love it,” she says, “because I always find something fascinating and interesting about it. It just pushes my boundaries.” FertilityAuthority is pleased to honor Lesser as Nurse of the Month.

The Relationship Between Stress and Fertility

woman meditating

A blog by Alice Domar, PhD, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF, May 16, 2014

It makes intuitive sense that stress should lead to decreases in fertility. It has certainly been observed in the animal model. If you stress animals by crowding them or limiting their access to food, their fertility rates decrease. When you put them in more comfortable surroundings or give them more food, they quickly begin to reproduce normally.

IVF Doesn't Make "Designer Babies"

The term "designer babies" is misleading everyone on the benefit of pre-testing with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It cannot be applied to current medical techniques and is a theoretical term and connotes the idea that technologies can genetically engineer a child with specific and desired traits based on a preference for such characteristics as blue eyes, brown hair, and skin with freckles for example.

Weightlifting and Eating Fish May Improve Sperm Count

October 23, 2013

Based on lifestyle surveys and sperm samples, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health concluded weight lifting and consumption of fish could improve sperm count, while moderate intake of caffeine and alcohol had no adverse impact. This information was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Conference in Boston, MA this month. The data was gathered at Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center over a 6 year period.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2013

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, October 22, 2013

Last week I attended the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) meeting in Boston. I was able to attend some intriguing talks and discussions about male fertility and female fertility, use of donor gametes, and a few on current research studies. It was energizing to speak with so many colleagues who are dedicated to this field, who value their patients, and who are working very hard to improve technology and services in the reproductive community.

Multiple Egg Donation Does Not Impair Fertility

Egg donation does not impair a womans’ future fertility according to researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.


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