Category: Nursing Tips

Traveling During the Holidays

Many patients travel during the holidays, and those that are in a treatment cycle or approaching the start of their treatment may require lab work during their travels. It is the patient’s responsibility to find a center in the area they will be visiting and report to their nurse so arrangements can be made and [...]

Nursing Tips: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Being active and getting exercise is important for everyone, but it is especially important for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Patients with PCOS often have insulin resistance, which refers to the inability of the body tissues to respond properly to insulin. Insulin allows sugar (glucose) to enter body cells where it is used for [...]

Nursing Tips: Semen Analysis & Male Infertility

A male’s sperm health and quality can greatly influence his reproductive health and fertility, especially after the age of 25. A basic semen analysis is the first step in checking sperm parameters which include: semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm progressive motility, total motile sperm in semen sample, sperm morphology, presence of white blood cells, and [...]

Nursing Tips: Medication and Sharps Disposal

Many of the medications used for infertility treatments must be injected using needles; therefore, it is important to dispose of any used sharps properly to avoid injury. Similarly, patients may also have medications left over which must be properly disposed of. It is advised that you call your local household trash and recycling service to [...]

RMAPA Nursing Tip for 2015

The start of the New Year brings new hope for all. This is a great time to start fresh and be hopeful for the year ahead. Some different ways you can help stay focused and on track is to take care of your self. Choosing a diet and exercise program that help maintain a healthy [...]

Nursing Tips: Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season is upon us! If your not feeling well, be sure that you take your temperature and report a fever and any symptoms to your RMAPA nurse or physician. They will then advise you which medications (both prescription or over-the-counter) are acceptable to use in conjunction with any fertility medications you may [...]

Nursing Tips: Implantation

After fertilization, which naturally takes place in the fallopian tubes, the embryo migrates down the reproductive tract to the uterus. The embryo then attaches to the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, and begins to received oxygen and nutrients from the mother through blood transferred at the attachment site. This process is known [...]

Nursing Tips: Basal Antral Follicle Count

Most RMAPA patients will have a basal antral follicle count (BAFC) test performed at their first visit and at the start of any treatment cycle. The test, which is performed by transvaginal ultrasound, can tell the physician and clinical staff a lot about the patients’ ovarian reserve and fertility potential. The ultrasound will show how [...]

Nursing Tips: The Flu Season

Flu season is upon us now that the temperatures are beginning to drop. Most seasonal flu activity peaks between December and February, while the season generally lasts between October and May. The CDC highly recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as one of the most important steps in [...]

Nursing Tips: Know the Signs of Endometriosis

Heavy periods? Severe menstrual cramps? Painful intercourse? These may be signs of endometriosis, although many females have no signs or symptoms at all. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus implants in other places in the body, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or even the intestines. This can [...]