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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.

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.


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.


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.

Genetics and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS)

A blog by Dr. Alan B. Copperman, RMA of New York, January 12, 2015

Over the past several decades, advances in reproductive technologies have provided new possibilities for couples experiencing infertility. IVF has allowed many couples to overcome infertility due to tubal disease, and ICSI has overcome most cases of male factor infertility. As women age, however, traditional IVF has not always been successful in helping physicians identify the healthiest embryo. By the time most women are in their 40’s, 90% of eggs are abnormal. Some eggs possess too many chromosomes, and others do not have enough. In any case, the abnormal embryos may either not implant, may result in miscarriages, or may even result in unhealthy babies. To prevent unhealthy embryos from being transferred and to increase the chance for individuals and couples to achieve a healthy pregnancy, we frequently biopsy embryos prior to transfer and then analyze the embryos using a form of assisted reproductive technology known as Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS).

Understanding Your Fertility Test Results: Assessing Male Infertility

A blog by Neway Fertility, January 6, 2015

After trying unsuccessfully to have a child, many couples are taken aback when they first seek medical treatment at fertility clinics. A veritable barrage of tests awaits, with unfamiliar terminology in the results. Breaking through the jargon and learning the science beneath can be helpful to understanding male fertility.


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