• PGS, PGD, and Their New Names

    Preimplantation genetic testing of embryos to be used in IVF is a fairly recent innovation in fertility treatment.  Most people will not need genetic testing as part of their IVF treatment, but it can be very helpful to patients whose families have inherited genetic diseases, women who are older, and people who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss.

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  • Tips to Handle Uncertainty and Anxiety

    Struggling with infertility is stressful enough in itself.  The emotional ups and downs of fertility treatment, uncertainty, and feeling a lack of control often heighten people’s feelings of anxiety.  Environmental stressors like viruses, other illnesses, family problems, and worries about your job only add to the tension.

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  • It’s Good for Employees and for Your Business

    More and more companies are offering family building benefits to their employees.  More than 400 companies include coverage for fertility treatment, according to a survey by Fertility IQ in 2019.  From Starbucks to Bank of America and Tesla, offering coverage has expanded from the high-tech sector to banking, consulting, law firms, and other industries.

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  • Protecting Your Relationship During Your Journey

    When you’re TTC and on your infertility journey, you realize right away that it’s personally stressful and difficult.  People who are struggling to conceive often report feeling depressed, anxious, and as if they have lost control.  Infertility and fertility treatment are also very stressful to a marriage or relationship.

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  • Communication is Key

    Whether your company has just started offering family building benefits or has been providing them for some time, communicating with your employees is key.

    You’re showing your employees that they matter, families matter, and that your company cares about their hopes and dreams.  Here are …

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  • Lifestyle and Environmental Factors That Affect Conception

    Men are found to be the only cause or to contribute to infertility in about 40 percent of cases.  Anything that negatively impacts production or quality of sperm or its delivery to the female partner’s vagina can cause problems with conception.  Some of the more common issues which affect sperm formation include diabetes, chromosome defects, hormone problems, and varicocele, enlarged veins in the scrotum …

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  • Can What You Eat Help You Conceive?

    Since ancient times people have tried to treat infertility by eating certain foods.  Oysters were reputed to be an aphrodisiac and to enhance male fertility.

    Many of the beliefs were based on the shape of the food (bananas, pomegranate seeds) or its relationship to …

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  • Physical Limitations, Injuries, Psychological Factors

    Infertility is defined by WHO as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”

    Yet there are many factors that can limit fertility which do …

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  • Grief at Loss Mingles with Joy and Fear

    You may not have heard of the term “rainbow baby,” which has come into use in the last few years.  A rainbow baby is one born after the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.  The situation is more common than you might think.  Most women who miscarry go on to have healthy pregnancies after a miscarriage.  Only about one percent of women are unfortunate enough to have recurrent miscarriages.  But due to the silence and stigma around miscarriage, few people have revealed they are having a …

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  • Finding a Road to Parenthood

    An estimated 0.6 percent of the U.S. population identifies as transgender, according to a recent study by researchers at the Williams Institute.  That’s more than a million people; double the amount of those who identified as transgender 10 years ago.  Some stories have begun to surface in the media about transgender men becoming pregnant and …

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