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.”
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.
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.
Trying to conceive can be extremely stressful for couples. This is especially true once a couple has tried to conceive for a while with no success. However, it is important to manage stress while trying to conceive, both for your health and for the strength of your relationship. Many individuals stop drinking while trying to conceive and may feel as though there aren’t many things they can do socially. Nothing is further from the truth. There are a number of things you can do for stress relief while trying to conceive.
Dr. Natan Bar-Chama of RMA New York discusses the importance of males having a fertility work up. It is now known that when a couple has infertility problems, up to 30% is due to male factor infertility.
One of the biggest shifts in IVF approaches is the number of embryos transferred during a cycle. In the beginning, multiple embryos were transferred. At that time, the belief was that transferring multiple embryos increased the chance of pregnancy. Modern research alters that thinking, by proving that the number of embryos transferred has no effect on pregnancy rates. Transferring multiple embryos does increase the chance of having a multiple pregnancy, which increases the risk to both mother and child. Knowing the importance of single embryo transfers can help you to have informed conversations with your fertility care team.
Young women have a number of decisions to make about their own fertility. When a woman is not ready to have a child, fertility preservation provides a way to ensure that she’ll have her own eggs available in the future. Another consideration, is helping other couples through egg donation. While the processes are similar, the goals are different. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering egg freezing vs. egg donation.
There’s a lot in the media, including here on FertilityAuthority, about the shift toward frozen embryo transfer in IVF. Proponents, and some studies, say transferring a vitrified, thawed embryo best mimics a natural cycle and results in higher pregnancy rates than fresh IVF transfer.
A recent study set out to determine, “Do chromosomally normal embryos implant at a higher rate in a fresh IVF cycle or in a frozen/thaw IVF cycle?” Patients who underwent IVF with comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) and had one or more euploid (normal) embryos for transfer from September 2010 to March 2015, were included in the study conducted by Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York (RMA of New York). The data revealed, “An optimal outcome is achieved by the performance of single embryo transfer in frozen/thaw cycles.”