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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.

Natural and Minimal Stimulation IVF Cycles

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In addition to conventional IVF cycles, HRC Fertility offers natural or minimal stimulation of IVF. Some patients may not benefit from high doses of medication used in conventional IVF cycles and so using less medication, as in a natural or minimal stimulation protocol, may be more appropriate.

Why a natural cycle might work for you

At the beginning of the menstrual cycle, several follicles containing immature eggs begin to mature in a woman's ovary. However, only the dominant follicle, the one that most efficiently responds to FSH, will release an egg during the process of ovulation. The other follicles undergo a natural process of cell death or atresia.

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Egg Freezing: Dr. Diana Chavkin Answers the Crucial Questions

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By Dr. Diana Chavkin

Why is egg freezing so popular now? Why didn't my mom or older sister freeze their eggs?

Egg freezing has become more accepted over the past few years as a method of fertility preservation for a number of reasons. Before 2013, anyone who froze their eggs had to do so under an experimental protocol. But after studying egg freezing in depth, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine issued a statement that there is enough scientific evidence showing that egg freezing works and that it should longer be considered experimental.

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Dr. Diana Chavkin Explains Primary Ovarian Insufficiency

By Dr. Diana Chavkin

A woman in her 20’s or early 30’s who may have trouble getting pregnant or a woman who is concerned about irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness may present to a physician and learn that she has primary ovarian insufficiency. This can be one of the hardest diagnoses for a woman to face.

 

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Dr. Diana Chavkin Talks about Secondary Infertility

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By Dr. Diana Chavkin

A few months ago, Claire*, a woman in her late 30s, walked into my office. Tall and confident, with a strong handshake and a wry smile, she was the owner of a small textile firm, married for five years, mother to a beautiful three-year-old child.

She was also sitting in the office of an infertility specialist facing something she had spent more than a year pretending was not happening. As she told me her story, her composure began to fray at the edges.

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Dr. Diana Chavkin Discusses Yoga and Fertility

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By Dr. Diana Chavkin

Unfortunately, stress and infertility seem to go hand in hand. Both the inability to conceive and infertility treatments can be stressful.

Though the scientific research is not conclusive about the exact nature of the stress and infertility connection, infertility providers realize that reducing stress is essential for the holistic patient care and a more satisfying patient experience. Giving patients tools to reduce stress can have tangible physical effects while also being emotionally empowering. We often recommend yoga prior to beginning fertility treatment as an excellent stress buster.

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A Fertility Doctor’s Struggle With (Her Own) Infertility

I am a 41-year-old woman with a one-year-old child. She is my first child. Her birth was not my first time in a delivery room, though. I’m an Ob-Gyn who had been in hundreds of delivery rooms before I was checked in under my own name. I'm also a fertility specialist who helped hundreds of other women get pregnant before I admitted that I was a specialist who needed a specialist.

Even fertility doctors can have a hard time conceiving. No matter how much help we give other people, like all human beings, sometimes we have to ask for help too.

Consider also that I was doing everything "right." Sure I was in my late thirties when my partner and I started trying to have a baby. But I also felt young, and I am a healthy woman who exercises, eats well and takes care of myself. It should have been easy, right? Not so much. After many months of trying, we realized that it wasn't happening.It became harder to be around happy moms with their beautiful kids. That was something my clients often expressed when they first visited me, and here I was, having similar thoughts. If they could do it, why not me? So I gave myself the advice I've given countless friends in similar situations: go see a specialist.

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