Removing the Stigmas That Stand in the Way of Building Families

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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and as such it is important to dispel many of the myths surrounding fertility by busting them with facts. Myths are defined as an unproven or false collective belief that is used to explain phenomena of nature. Facts are defined as something that actually exists or is in reality […]

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The Long-Term Effects of Marijuana on Mother and Baby

effects of marijuana on mother and baby

The increase of legalization of marijuana does not decrease the concern for the effects of maternal and fetal exposure during pregnancy and potential negative outcomes on the child.  The legalization of marijuana, does however, suggest the potential for growing use, even during pregnancy. National survey suggest that reproductive-aged women believe that little or no harm […]

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Elevated Blood Pressure and Early Pregnancy Loss

elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss

Most people know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what do we know about elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss? Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first or top number is called systolic blood pressure and is a measurement of the pressure (mm Hg) in your […]

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The Effects of Medication Used for Treating ADHD During Pregnancy

ADHD medication effects during pregnancy

A recent large study published in the Journal of American Medical Association-Psychiatry looked at the effects of medication used for treating ADHD during pregnancy, specifically, the association between medication used for treating ADHD during pregnancy and congenital malformations. Patients who were using methylphenidate and amphetamine during pregnancy, commonly prescribed as Ritalin and Adderall, in the […]

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Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Now Have New Names

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) now have new names. In order establish consistency across infertility clinics, the International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care recently published new terminology related to the genetic screening of embryos. PGS and PGD are terms we have used to describe genetic testing of embryos before a […]

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Is ICSI Safe?

Is ICSI Safe?

Women having IVF are at increased risk for obstetrical and neonatal complications. When deciding between ICSI and conventional IVF, we are often asked is ICSI safe? Most agree that increased complications are not due to the procedures themselves but rather due to inherit risk factors in women and couples having IVF that are different than […]

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Safe With FCNE: Our Management of Cryopreserved Eggs and Embryos

safety of cryopreserved eggs and embryos

Though the exact details remain unclear, the recent events highlighted in the news have certainly raised concerns regarding the management and safety of cryopreserved specimens. After cryopreservation, oocytes or embryos are stored in tanks which must be kept filled with liquid nitrogen in order to maintain proper storage temperature and conditions. All liquid nitrogen storage […]

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Mediterranean Diet May Improve IVF Success Rates

IVF success rates Mediterranean diet

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may improve IVF success rates. Classically, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil and low in red meat. A recent article published in Human Reproduction studied the dietary habits of 244 women undergoing IVF in Greece. All participants were under 41 years […]

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Migraines and Infertility Medications

Migraines and Infertility Medications

According to the Migraine Research Foundation migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and the 6th most disabling illness world-wide. Approximately 18% of American women (about 28 Million) suffer with migraines. Half of these women have at least one attack per month and 25% experience 4 or more severe episodes monthly. Migraines accompanied with […]

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Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation

Reproductive capacity is an age dependent process and is influenced by different conditions, some genetic and many not. The idea of fertility preservation may, in fact, be a misnomer and incorrect label; because it is reproductive capacity that is hoped to be preserved. The cryopreservation of gametes does not ensure the ability to become pregnant […]

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