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Infertility and Mother's Day Coping Strategies

Celebrating your own mom may work, but if not, take a day for yourself

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which focuses on the couple, this commercialized day can be one of the hardest days for a woman coping with infertility.

“Mother’s Day can be a double whammy,” says Andrea Mechanick Braverman, Ph.D., a Pennsylvania health psychologist who specializes in infertility counseling. “Another anniversary of a year gone by without a baby — and a holiday that specifically excludes you.”

Video: 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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Older Women with Low AMH Still Have Chance for Pregnancy

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Women with extremely low ovarian reserve may be told that their only hope for a successful pregnancy and birth is by using a donor egg; however, sometimes this is not the option they want to choose. There can be, however, other options for these women. In fact, the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) recently earned international recognition for its paper analyzing IVF success rates in women with low (AMH) levels. The paper received the Austrian Hugo Husslein Prize, which is awarded biannually by the Austrian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Facing the Facts about Secondary Infertility

For many couples who have had a child in the past, the thought of secondary infertility comes with strong feelings of denial. They often believe that because they have one child already, they must be fertile. However, there are many factors, including age, uterine abnormalities, or effects of reproductive surgery that can impact your ability to have another baby

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FSH vs. AMH vs. AFC

Testing ovarian reserve - the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs - can help you decide whether you should consider pregnancy sooner rather than later, if you should freeze your eggs, or whether fertility treatment may be successful. There are three tests that doctors use to predict ovarian reserve: FSH, AMH, and AFC.

Asherman’s Syndrome

A blog by Dr. Alan B. Copperman, RMA of New York, July 8, 2015

Asherman’s Syndrome is a condition that describes scarring in the uterine cavity. Asherman’s can result from nearly any uterine procedure. Commonly, the scar tissue or “intrauterine synechiae” results from a dilatation and curettage (D&C) to remove the contents of a miscarriage or following a delivery, it can also follow a postpartum infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, radiation treatment of the pelvis, and uterine surgery for the removal of fibroids. While Asherman’s syndrome classically presents with light or absent menses, some patients may experience monthly pain and/or infertility.

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Men's Health Month: Taking Charge of Male Fertility

Many people fail to realize the correlation between overall health and fertility. Infertility is often a symptom of an underlying medical problem, even at a young age. In honor of Men’s Health Month this June, Fertility Authority is raising awareness of men’s health and fertility, including ways to improve sperm quality and quantity and treatment options for addressing male infertility.

Treating Recurrent Miscarriage

A blog by Dr. Daniel E. Stein, RMA of New York, June 1, 2015
Recurrent miscarriage or pregnancy loss is defined as the loss of two or more pregnancies each up to 20 weeks gestation. These losses occur most commonly during the first trimester. There are many possible reasons for recurrent pregnancy loss; however a specific cause is not identified in approximately 50% of cases. While recurrent miscarriages can be emotionally devastating, there is still a great deal of hope for many couples.

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Egg Donation and PGS

A blog by Dr. Jaime Knopman, RMA of New York, April 7, 2015

Oocyte donation offers women in menopause, women with premature ovarian failure and women with diminished ovarian reserve the opportunity to not only become parents but also to carry a pregnancy. Oocyte quality and quantity decline substantially as a woman ages (and in some instances even before a woman ages); this decline is often the cause of many women’s fertility struggles. Despite marked improvements in IVF techniques, we are often unable to fix diminished egg quality and quantity, and therefore in order to achieve a pregnancy, oocyte donation is required.

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What is Secondary Infertility?

A blog by Dr. Matthew A. Lederman, RMA of New York, March 9, 2015

Secondary infertility refers to couples who have had a successful pregnancy in the past, but then experience difficulty with conceiving. Part of this may be explained by age, especially if their last pregnancy was achieved in their late thirties or early forties. In young, healthy women, the average monthly pregnancy rate is approximately 20%. As women age, this rate starts to decline, especially after 35 because both the number of eggs, as well as the quality of eggs decline with age. Additionally, the miscarriage rate also increases with age which can usually be attributed to the quality of the eggs.

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