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Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN

Fertility Nurse of the Month: Jamie Leonard, RN, Bennett Fertility Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
August 2015

In addition to her role as IVF coordinator at Bennett Fertility Institute, Jamie Leonard is the Chair of the Nurses Professional Group (NPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and is enrolled in a masters program in Health Care Administration and Nursing Administration Management at University of Oklahoma, scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Leonard as Nurse of the Month.


Residents in Oklahoma have three fertility clinic options located throughout the state

Oklahoma Videos

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.

Oklahoma in The News

Infertility Problems Linked to Household Products

KFOR News,  Feb 15, 2011
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Paint, carpet, household cleaners, etc., can be a factor

For millions of women, the dream of becoming pregnant is just that, a dream. Sometimes doctors simply cannot diagnose a cause of the infertility. Obesity and smoking are known culprits, though some experts believe there are lesser known causes, many of them lurking in your own home.

Ten-month-old Josie is a miracle Kevin and Amanda Johnson thought they might never have.

Amanda says, "I watched all my friends get pregnant within a couple months of trying."

But for Amanda, that joy seemed never to come; she and Kevin went through years of fertility treatments.

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Oklahoma Clinical Trials

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Fertility related research studies in Oklahoma

Clinical trials are carefully controlled studies that test a certain variable in order to find out more information regarding a specific disease or condition. Clinical trials operate under strict, set conditions, often throughout many locations at the same time.

Countless advances have been made in the field of infertility because of infertility clinical trials. These advances include new fertility medications, fertility treatments, and infertility diagnostic tools.

Currently, there is one infertility clinical trial in Oklahoma that is in the recruiting phase.

Oklahoma Lawyers Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families

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Representing interests of parents, children, donors and surrogates

The field of assisted reproduction has developed rapidly over the past several decades. Some of the most important developments have been in the field of third-party reproduction, such as surrogacy, egg donation, and sperm donation. As countless couples have achieved their families through these third-party assisted reproduction techniques, new legal questions have arisen regarding the rights of those involved in these procedures.

Oklahoma Infertility Support

Counseling and therapy for infertility

After you have been diagnosed with infertility, you may feel as if you are alone. Many people with infertility have difficulty sharing their feelings and their struggles with their family, friends, or even with their partner. However, keeping those feelings bottled up may cause even more stress in your life.

Oklahoma Infertility Insurance

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Insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility

Fertility treatment costs can quickly rise, especially when more than one course of fertility drugs or multiple IVF cycles are necessary. As a way to help defray some of the costs of fertility treatments, some couples turn to their insurance companies to help pick up the slack. But unlike treatment for most other disorders, fertility treatment is commonly not covered by insurance plans.

Surrogacy in Oklahoma

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Having a baby with a surrogate, or gestational carrier

Surrogacy is an option for individuals or couples when first-line fertility treatments have been unsuccessful. In surrogacy, a woman, known as a surrogate, carries a child for a woman or a couple, usually because the woman cannot conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. Gay couples may also use a surrogate.

Egg Donation Success Rates in Oklahoma

Babies born from donor egg IVF cycles

The following data, from the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detail the number of babies born form donor egg IVF cycles at Oklahoma fertility clinics.

Using an Egg Donor in Oklahoma

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Having a baby with egg donation

Choosing to use an egg donor may be an option for women with certain disorders like premature ovarian failure or a diminished ovarian reserve. Women may also work with egg donors if they want to avoid passing down genetic disorders from the mother’s line, or if cancer treatments have disrupted their ovarian functions. Gay couples may also choose egg donation in conjunction with surrogacy to have a biological connection to their child.


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