Category: Fertility

Fertility Food for Thought: Organic Produce—To Buy, or Not To Buy?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND NON-ORGANIC FOOD ANYWAY? “Organic” doesn’t always mean it is 100% chemical and additive-free. Organic foods are permitted to be produced with certain synthetic ingredients allowed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, any food that bears the “USDA Organic” seal must adhere to very specific standards [...]

Going Green for IVF

For most individuals experiencing infertility, taking medications is almost inevitable, but recent research in IVF as well as more natural product developments are heading down the green path. A recent study performed at RMANJ focused on IVF and women’s natural cycles. Patients went through their cycle without taking any medications to influence or increase follicle (egg) development. The egg(s) [...]

New Ovulation Induction Drug Protocol for Female Infertility

Patients with infertility know that treatment can be involved and stressful. Although IVF is one treatment option, there are a variety of other options commonly used to treat infertility. These treatments are less invasive than IVF, but may provide patients a good chance of becoming pregnant. One cause of infertility is due to a woman not ovulating or [...]

Donor Dilemmas

Donors play a crucial role in the field of reproductive medicine. Countless patients require a donor gametes (i.e. sperm, eggs, or embryos) in order to achieve their dreams of conceiving a child. Selecting a donor is a very important decision; therefore, it can be a very stressful time for both you and your partner. Understanding [...]

The Hot and Cold of Infertility

The human body temperature averages at approximately 98.6°F, with a normal range of 97.7°-99.5°F. Although the core temperature varies slightly from person to person, the body works hard to keep it regulated at the optimum operating temperature. Slight fluctuations (±1°F) in body temperature are normal and part of the body’s natural rhythm. Lower temperatures are [...]

TSH: Keeping it Cool

In the fertility world, a common condition that affects body temperature is an overactive or underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland is a vitally important hormonal gland that plays an essential role in metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body, and aids in the regulation of many body functions. Low functioning thyroids, referred to as [...]

Healthy Body, Healthy Baby

Fertility Facts Keeping your body in physically fit helps to improve your chances of conception, carrying a healthy baby, having an easier birth, and the ability for your body to bounce back after delivery. Take advantage of the opportunity to exercise or simply have a fun with friends and family outdoors. Here are a few [...]

IVF Births Set Record in 2012

According to the annual report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), IVF tallied 61,740 live births in the U.S. in 2012 -- an increase of more than 2,000 infants from the 2011 report. These results were based on the data from 379 clinics throughout the U.S., which performed 165,172 cycles of assisted reproduction technologies in [...]

Fertility Food For Thought: Eggs

Easter seems like the right time to talk about eggs. The experts have been back and forth on eggs—they were good, then bad, and now maybe okay to eat. The bottom line is eggs are healthy to eat, in moderation. Here are some egg benefits, all which promote healthy bodies therefore keeping our own eggs [...]

Understanding Embryo Quality

After countless injections, needles sticks, and ultrasounds the day for your oocyte (egg) retrieval has finally arrived. Over the next few days your nurse will tell you the number of eggs that were retrieved, how many of them fertilized, and how many have reached the blastocyst stage. Each blastocyst is then graded by an embryologist [...]