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More Single, Straight Men and Gay Men Becoming Fathers by Choice

by Leigh Ann Woodruff, July 12, 2012

In the not-too-distant past, for gay men or single straight men who just hadn't found the right partner, the idea of being a parent was often a dream they had to give up. That's just no longer true with the advances science has made and the growing awareness among the population about the ways that advanced reproductive technology can help men build families.

In "The Gift of Being Gay and a Dad," a blog in the New York Times, Marcus Mabry, a gay male in his mid-40s, writes:

    It was the thing that broke my heart: the feeling that by coming out, I was giving up the one thing I had always wanted since I was a kid – more than any profession or any pursuit – being a dad ...

    Then came the revolution. Scientific advances outraced laws (and conservatives’ imaginations), and surrogacy provided a route to parenthood that was unthinkable when my generation of gay men was picturing our futures.

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Demystifying the Three Most Common Misconceptions about PCOS

PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a leading cause of infertility, affecting 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. Lifestyle changes – diet, exercise and weight management – are often the best way to manage the hormonal imbalances that result from PCOS.

Fertility Doctor of the Month: Mark Leondires, M.D.

As the Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), Dr. Mark Leondires is the physician leader in charge of fertility patient care, protocols, quality control data and pregnancy rates. In addition, he instills the practice’s patient-focused attitude. “What makes us unique is the desire to provide individualized care for all different types of patients and offer support for pregnancy or closure as efficiently as possible. It’s an honest, up-front approach. Patients are empowered to make the best decision for them… to find their own comfortable shoe,” Leondires says

What You Need to Know about Fertility Clinic Success Rates

April 29, 2013

Fertility clinics are mandated by the CDC to report the success of their in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles each year. The CDC Assisted Reproductive Technology report containing these success rates takes approximately three years to compile. In addition, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) and other resources like IVFreports.org aim to present accurate data which represents clinic success rates on the same plane. Although success rates are not intended to be a basis for comparison between fertility clinics, some would suggest that success rates provide a window into the operation of the clinic’s IVF lab. Many times these success rates are difficult for the layperson to interpret, however, so fertility patients should understand what each report says and the data most helpful for choosing their fertility clinic.

What are the Options for Lesbian Family Building?

What family building options are available to lesbian couples? Dr. Mark P. Leondires of RMA Connecticut explains.

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What is Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test?

When testing your ovarian reserve, your fertility doctor may advise an AMH test. Dr. Cynthia Murdock of RMA Connecticut explains Anti-Mullerian Hormone testing.

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Fairfield County, CT

Connecticut may be a small state, but it has more fertility clinics than some of the larger ones.

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In order to analyze the sperm, a sperm analysis can be done several times to ensure accuracy of the test results. If there is a reproductive issue with the male, time is a dependent factor on prospective treatment for the couple, explains Dr. Seth Levrant who participates in the clinic Partners in Reproductive Health in Munster, IN and Tinley Park, IL.

Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.

UCSF's Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin discusses the role of egg freezing today.

Fairfield County, CT, in The News

Optimizing an IVF Cycle

Fertility doctor Mark Leondires of RMA of CT offers helpful information and tips for the different stages of the IVF cycle. To get started, IVF is approximately a six-week cycle, and prior to that time it's important that patients quit smoking, work to be at an optimal weight, and try to reduce their work-life stress.

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Do Diet and Weight Affect Fertility?

Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell of RMA of CT explains that dietary choices and healthy lifestyles do affect our chances of getting pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy and also having a healthy baby. Underweight, overweight and obese women have a decreased chance of getting pregnant.

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