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Huntington Reproductive Center - Blogs

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.

Study Clarifies Obesity-Infertility Link

Being obese has long been linked to infertility in females, but researchers may have been wrong about how the link was forged, a new study suggests. Doctors and scientists have thought that the fertility problems were caused by...

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Behind the Scenes at a Sperm Bank

a blog by Cappy Rothman, MD, Medical Director, California Cryobank September 8, 2010 - Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes at a sperm bank? Everyone whether they realize it or not is fascinated by...

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Learning More about PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is indicated by many small cysts in the ovaries. Health care professionals may also call it polycystic ovary disease, polycystic ovaries, Stein-Leventhal syndrome, or polyfollicular ovarian...

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Directed Donors

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc. September 2, 2010 - You hear a lot about anonymous donors and Identity (ID) donors, but less so of Directed Donors. A...

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Legal Update: Same Sex Marriage and More

by Melissa Brisman, Esq. and Lauren Murray, Esq., September 1, 2010 - This month's legal update begins in California where the California Supreme Court recently ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in the state is...

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Immunologic Causes of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

a blog by Joseph A. Hill, III, MD, Fertility Centers of New England, September 1, 2010 - Our immune systems evolved to protect us from non-self, genetically different tissue, also known as allogenic tissue. Immunity can be either...

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A Response to "Eggsploitation"

a blog by Amy Demma, Prospective Families, September 1, 2010 - I am writing today to prospective parents considering egg donation, to the parents of donor-conceived children and to donor candidates. I want to address the claims...

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Health Plans Often Omit Fertility Treatments

The only way that Faith Amore-Reed can get pregnant is through in-vitro fertilization. She's had several ectopic pregnancies and too many miscarriages to count. As a result, she lost her fallopian tubes. Amore-Reed and her...

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How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection

Some fertility drugs are injected subcutaneously, with a very small needle, just under the skin, usually in the thigh, stomach or back of the arm. The medication may come in a prefilled syringe, as a "pen" that may be...

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Infections and Recurrent Miscarriage

a blog by Joseph A. Hill, III, MD, Fertility Centers of New England, August 27, 2010 - Infection of the reproductive tract has been linked to pregnancy loss, but there is not strong evidence in support of infections being a cause...

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Sounds of Peace

a blog by Tami Quinn, Pulling Down the Moon, August 27, 2010 - Since our recent flood, my work space at Pulling Down the Moon has moved from an isolated back office in the old location to a desk in the midst of the open loft space...

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Let's Talk About It

a blog by Gina Paoletti-Falcone, RN, BSN, August 27, 2010 - Infertility is finally getting some coverage in women's magazines and I do mean reputable women?s magazines. In the August 2010 issue of SELF, "This woman has a secret"...

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Sperm Banks Help Grow Your Family, Not Design a Baby

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc. August 26, 2010 - There has been a lot of talk about designer babies in the media in regard to using donor sperm. The subject...

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Plan B

a blog by Ellen Glazer, August 26, 2010 - I know a teacher who finally became pregnant with IVF after years of struggle with infertility. When she told her class that she was expecting a baby and was due in May, barely a month...

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Stress Biomarker Linked to Lower Probability of Conception

Elevation of a stress biomarker, salivary alpha-amylase, is associated with a reduction in a woman's chances of conceiving during the fertile part of her monthly cycle, according to research published online Aug. 5 in Fertility...

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What 'Hope' Feels Like

A blog by Tori Emmons, August 25, 2010 - The last couple of months (maybe a few months) have felt hopeless. I've been unmotivated to write, unmotivated to work, pretty much just plain old unmotivated. The World Keeps Moving...

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Hardship Happens

by Arika Avedano, Senior Case Manager for Northern California and Nevada, The Donor SOURCE, August 25, 2010 - IVF, especially donor IVF, can be a long and difficult road. However, there is no denying that it boasts the most...

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A New Campaign for Infertility

According to a new campaign by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association "People with Infertility Are Being Ignored." This campaign is on the heels of Breaking the Silence of Infertility, an article in the August 2010 issue...

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Thinking about Contact with Your Anonymous Donor?

a blog by Amy Demma, Prospective Families, August 18, 2010 - Recently, I was contacted by a recipient mom who needed to connect with her otherwise anonymous egg donor. She and her husband were blessed with a successful egg...

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Nine Years, Three Miscarriages, 11 Fertility Treatments ...

They had endured three miscarriages, ten unsuccessful attempts at fertility treatment - and nine years of heartache. But the desperate battle to have a child has finally paid off for Theresa and Dave Mechan - and the adorable...

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