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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.”

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.

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.

Top Stress-Free Activities to Try While Trying to Conceive

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A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, April,11th 2016

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.

Why is it Important for the Male Partner to Have a Fertility Evaluation?

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.

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The Importance of Single Embryo Transfers

Written in Partnership with New Hope Fertility Center, March 14, 2016

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.

Egg Freezing vs. Egg Donation

Written in Partnership with New Hope Fertility Center, February 29, 2016

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.

Pregnancy Outcomes After Fresh vs. Frozen Embryo Transfer

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.

Higher Pregnancy Rates in Frozen IVF Transfers

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.”


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