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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Women Over 40 Make Great Moms

Women Over 40 Make Great Moms
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Are you 40 or older and thinking of becoming a mother? If you are, you’re not alone. Many women come to HRC Fertility to learn their options for motherhood in their forties. Some are afraid the motherhood ship may have sailed past them. But we know there are several options to help them fulfill their dreams.

If you are trying to conceive in your forties, here are some important considerations.

You are in good company

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Infertility, Pregnancy and Your Teeth

Infertility, Pregnancy and Your Teeth
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What does dental care have to do with conception and pregnancy?

Taking care of your teeth is important while you are trying to conceive. This is true for both men and women. Healthy teeth and gums also are crucial for a successful pregnancy and childbirth.

A healthy mouth is considered free of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Cavities, also called dental caries, are caused when acid, created by consuming sugary drinks and food, reacts with bacteria present in plaque and erodes tooth enamel. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, occurs when plaque buildup causes irritation, redness, and swelling. Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is gum disease that has progressed and spread to underlying tissue and can lead to bone and tooth loss.

These three dental conditions all have something in common: bacterial inflammation. As you prepare for conception and pregnancy, it is important to understand why it may be time to step-up your dental care routine.

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PCOS Advocacy and Support

PCOS Advocacy and Support
Help make PCOS awareness official

September is PCOS Awareness Month, a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common hormonal disorder impacting women. According to the PCOS Awareness Association, PCOS affects seven million women in the United States, more than the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus combined. Though millions of women have this syndrome, public awareness about it is not high and support organizations receive very little funding. As a consequence, it is estimated 50% of women are not diagnosed properly or may not learn they have it until they have problems trying to get pregnant. 

While PCOS Awareness Month has been observed for many years among medical professionals and PCOS advocates, this year one of the leading PCOS advocacy organizations, PCOS Challenge, is taking awareness a step further. PCOS Challenge wants Congress to pass legislation (H. Res. 495) to officially designate September as PCOS Awareness Month. This law recognizes the seriousness of PCOS and the need for further research and treatment options and, potentially, a cure. This is a historic, bipartisan effort.

According to Sasha Ottey, executive director of PCOS Challenge, one of the goals of passing this bill would be to make PCOS a public health priority. Because it affects so many American women during their reproductive years and can have a long-term effect on their overall health, Ottey felt it was time for the discussion of PCOS to be elevated. 

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Fertility Preservation Options for Cancer Survivors

Fertility Preservation Options for Cancer Survivors
Fertility Preservation for Cancer Suvivors

A light at the end of the tunnel

 

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,688,780 Americans will receive the dreaded diagnosis of cancer in 2017.

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Can Elective Single Embryo Transfer Help Decrease Preterm Births?

Can Elective Single Embryo Transfer Help Decrease Preterm Births?

One of the most important questions in the infertility field is how to reduce the number of premature births. The March of DImes has identified multiple gestation pregnancies--twins and triplets--as one of the three risk factors for preterm labor and early birth. Additionally, a history of premature births and uterine and cervical problems, which can be applicable to infertility patients, are also significant reasons for this serious and costly health problem.

Every November, the March of Dimes conducts a public education campaign to promote prematurity awareness. In 2016, for the first time in eight years, the U.S. saw an increase in the preterm birth rate. According to the Premature Birth Report Card, the U.S. earned a "C" grade--primarily because of the growing disparity in prematurity rates across different rates and ethnicities.

A Healthy Singleton Pregnancy

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PCOS by the Numbers

PCOS by the Numbers
PCOS Awareness

September is designated as PCOS Awareness Month. PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome, is the most common female reproductive disorder. It can start affecting women from around the time they begin to menstruate, but generally subsides around menopause. If left untreated, PCOC can have long-term health repercussions throughout a woman's life.

To give you an overview of the impact of PCOS, here is a rundown of PCOS by the numbers.

Five million, One in Ten and 12 Percent

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Unexplained Infertility Does Not Mean Untreatable

Unexplained Infertility Does Not Mean Untreatable
Unexplained Infertility

For couples who have been trying to get pregnant for month or even years, an unexplained infertility diagnosis can seem like a double blow--both physically and psychologically. They may be wondering how they will ever conceive if their doctor can't figure out the case of their infertility.

Here are several important points about unexplained that should give couples peace of mind.

You're not alone

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The Connection Between Heart Disease and Infertility

The Connection Between Heart Disease and Infertility

February has been designated as American Heart Month, an occasion for health care professionals to provide education and awareness about the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in this country for both men and women.

Why is an infertility physician writing about heart health awareness?

Female infertility patients, whose median age is around 36 or 37, might not think heart disease applies to them at this point in their life. They’re focused on getting pregnant rather than developing cardiovascular disease decades down the road. Their male partners too are probably not thinking about the dangers of heart disease unless they are significantly older. There are some important connections, however, between infertility and heart disease for both genders.

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