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Diagnosing PCOS, Polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an androgen excess disorder that affects between 5 percent and 10 percent of all women. PCOS is a syndrome, not a disease, which means that it is a collection of physical findings and symptoms that suggest a common disorder.

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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.”

Seven Tips for Conceiving Quickly at Home

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A blog by Art Castelbaum, MD, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia & Central PA, January 27, 2016

As a reproductive endocrinologist, I am frequently asked whether there are steps individuals and couples can take to increase their chance of conceiving without seeing a fertility specialist. Here are some thoughts.

What Are the Advantages of Egg Freezing?

Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann of RMA at Jefferson discusses the advantages of egg freezing. She reinforces that the earlier you freeze your eggs the better as there is a greater likelihood of a successfull pregnancy late on if you freeze your eggs at an younger age.

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What Should I Know About Ovulation and PCOS?

Dr. William Schlaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses what a woman should know about the connection between ovulation and PCOS. Since there is not a PCOS diagnostic test, a fertility doctor will perform different tests related to PCOS.

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What Fertility Drugs Help Induce Ovulation in PCOS Patients?

Dr. William Sclaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses which fertility drugs help induce ovulation in PCOS patients.

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If I Have an Irregular Period or No Period Do I Have PCOS?

Dr. William Schlaff from RMA at Jefferson discusses PCOS. Just because a woman might have an irregular or absent period, it does not mean that she absolutely has PCOS. Dr. Schlaff speaks to the importance of getting an accurate and definitive PCOS diagnosis before embarking on any PCOS treatment program.

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How is Ovarian Reserve Determined?

Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann from RMA at Jefferson discuses the process of ovarian reserve testing. She also discuses how age plays a role into your numbers and the outcome that is scene most often.

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How Can We Assess a Woman’s Ability to Get Pregnant?

Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann with RMA at Jefferson discusses the ways in which doctors assess a woman's ability to get pregnant. There are different metrics and blood tests that are used to determine the woman's ability to conceive.

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Top Three Questions to Ask During your Financial Consultation at a Fertility Clinic

A blog by RMA at Jefferson’s Financial Team, April 27, 2015

Visiting with a financial counselor at a fertility clinic can be a very overwhelming experience. With so many different factors playing a part: insurance coverage, payment options, treatment packages, and the fear of the unknown, there is no wonder your head is spinning. The process can be managed more easily if you know the right questions to ask. Below you will find the top three questions to ask during your financial consult and why they are important to get answered.

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