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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.

Love Letter to My Future Surrogate

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Dr. Robert Boostanfar patient Kelli Auerbach recently wrote a moving essay entitled “Love Letter to My Future Surrogate” which was published in The New York Times.

The article can be seen here on the New York Times website.  

Thank you, Kelli, for sharing this incredible story with HRC!

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The Quest for Eggs and the Risk of OHSS

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During IVF, infertility doctors prescribe injectable medications called gonadotropins to help women produce as many robust looking eggs as possible for their upcoming IVF cycle. This is called controlled ovulation induction.

We are on a quest for the optimal number of eggs to combine with sperm to create as many viable embryos as possible. All of these efforts increase our patients’ chances to have a successful IVF cycle now and in the future with frozen cycles.

But there can be side effects from taking these medications. One of the most serious is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). At HRC Fertility, we are committed to educating our patients to recognize the symptoms of OHSS as well as knowing what to do if they start experiencing any of them. Our first duty to you is to ‘do no harm.’

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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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Medical Evaluation of the Surrogate Mother


Surrogacy is a unique and wonderful family building option that often is described as third party reproduction. Individuals turn to surrogacy for a variety of medical and social reasons: infertility; multiple pregnancy losses; being part of a same sex male couple or being a single male.

Surrogate mothers, also known as gestational carriers, are caring, compassionate women who love being pregnant and want to give the gift of family to those who yearn to become parents.

One of the major concerns intended parents might have as they embark on surrogacy is whether the woman they are matched with is a good candidate from health, obstetrical and mental health perspectives. They want to be reassured she will be able to get pregnant, have a successful pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby to term, and not harm herself in the process.

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Dr. David Tourgeman Shares Sperm Facts

Sperm and semen are not the same

Sperm are too tiny to see with the naked eye, while semen is the white fluid that is ejaculated after a man achieves orgasm. Even though sperm are microscopically small, they show up in abundant numbers. The 10 to 500 million sperm found in a single semen contribution would stretch for six miles if they were lined up end to end.

Each ejaculate of semen is about a half-teaspoon of fluid. In addition to sperm, semen contains proteins, fructose and other organic fluids that allow sperm to survive and fertilize the egg. With the help of clear secretions produced by the bulbourethral glands, sperm move into the vagina and cervix with the goal of meeting and penetrating an egg.

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Declare Your Fertility Independence!

Declare your fertility independence

Barbecues, fireworks, parades, and parties are all ways we celebrate our nation's independence on July 4. This year, however, let's think of Independence Day in a slightly different way. Let's focus on how men and women of reproductive age can declare their "independence" from future fertility worries!

Here are five suggestions for gaining more control over your path to parenthood. Though there are no assurances with baby making, some current planning could pay off in the long term.

Know your risk factors

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Weighty Matters Can Signal Problems for Your Fertility

Weight and Infertility

Weight is a sensitive subject, especially for women. Aside from how weight affects physical appearance and self-esteem, an unhealthy weight can impact a woman's fertility, how she responds to treatment, the course of her pregnancy and the health of her child. An unhealthy weight means being either overweight or underweight.

What is considered a healthy weight?

Clinicians use the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether someone is underweight, overweight or "normal." BMI is measured by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. The normal range for a BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9; less than 19 is considered underweight, 25 to 29 is deemed overweight and greater than 30 is categorized as obese.

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Want to Look into Your Fertility Crystal Ball?

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Have you ever wanted to look into a crystal ball to get a sneak peek at your fertility future? Your local infertility doctor may not be clairvoyant, but he or she can assess your fertility potential, especially if having children is important to you.

The following tests can help fertility providers determine the current status of your baby-making potential. All are relatively inexpensive as well as easy to administer, and the results can serve as a barometer of your ovarian reserve or egg supply.

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Test

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Guys: Are You Producing Enough Sperm?

Many reasons for a lower than normal sperm count

Infertility is an equal opportunity medical condition. This means there is a 40 to 50% chance that prospective dads who seek our help will have an infertility problem, with low sperm production being one of the main culprits.

Getting this diagnosis can be very shocking for men. After all, they probably have been producing what they think are normal and plentiful ejaculations. They may not realize that abundant semen does not indicate a normal sperm count.

The sperm production journeyFirst, let’s look at how sperm is made. It takes approximately 72 days for men to produce a new sperm supply. The production process begins in the brain with the pituitary gland. It releases hormones that jumpstart the development of sperm and testosterone inside the testicles, which are protected within the cool confines of the scrotum. Sperm continues to mature as they move through the seminiferous tubes of the testes to the prostate gland, where sperm mixes with seminal fluid to create semen.

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Celebrities and Surrogacy

You've probably seen their stories reported in popular magazines and websites. When celebrities choose to publicize their surrogacy journeys, people listen. This spreads awareness and gives the public a greater understanding of the challenges of family building for both same sex and heterosexual celebrities who want to have babies--just like the rest of us!

Turning to Surrogacy

Regardless of their fame, prospective parents may need to use the services of a surrogate mother, also known as a gestational carrier, for a variety of medical and social reasons.

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Preparing For Mother's Day 2018

Dr. Frederick prepares you for Mother's Day
Getting your body ready for a baby

Are you hoping to become pregnant by Mother's Day 2018? If you and your partner have made the life-changing decision to try to have a baby, here are some steps you should take in 2017 to ensure you will be receiving a Mother's Day card and flowers in the future.

Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician

It is important to know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, which might affect your pregnancy or those influencing fertility, including sexually transmitted diseases or a thyroid condition. Also, this appointment will be an opportunity to discuss with your doctor the prescription medications you are taking and whether to continue them when you conceive, as well as to update your immunizations and get a flu shot.

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A Millennial Woman's Guide to Egg Freezing

To freeze or not to freeze?

That is a question many millennial women are asking themselves. Should they freeze time and their biological clock by undergoing oocyte cryopreservation, the medical term for egg freezing, or will Mr. Right come along before their fertility is reduced?

At HRC Fertility, we are seeing an increased interest in "social" egg freezing as the technique becomes more popular and improves in effectiveness. Some employers, such as Google and Facebook, have even begun offering this benefit, realizing their female employees want more reproductive choices.

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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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Getting the Most out of a Fertility Seminar

Are you excited? You've finally decided to attend an infertility seminar!

You're not alone in wanting to learn more about infertility and how you can be helped by an infertility clinic like HRC Fertility. But you also might be nervous to attend a public venue where you will be "outed" about your infertility or think you'll be pressured into making a decision to seek treatment.

Like many couples, you may be wondering why you cannot get pregnant on your own or are feeling frustrated because you're not making progress at your OB/GYN or another fertility specialist. So it's good to be looking at other options.

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#ListenUp for National Infertility Awareness Week

NIAW Listen Up

#ListenUp! In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), April 23-29, our infertility specialists are trying to make infertility treatment more accessible for new patients. Often, taking the first step to schedule an appointment with a physician is a difficult one. Patients don't know what to anticipate during the initial meeting. They may be intimidated and confused.

Drs. Jane Frederick, Daniel Potter, Sanaz Ghazal and Mickey Coffler hope to break down some of these barriers by providing the following specials during NIAW. New patients can respond on the doctors' individual Facebook pages.

Dr. Jane Frederick and Dr. Daniel Potter: Raffles for a $500 gift certificate toward fertility treatment with the first 10 people responding getting a free "new patient" consultation voucher.Dr. Sanaz Ghazal: offering a $500 gift certificate and five free "new patient" consult vouchersDr. Mickey Coffler: providing a $250 raffle

#ListenUp: So what happens during the initial consultation? Here''s what you should know:

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Five Facts You Need to Know About Endometriosis

In addition to wanting to have a baby, a large percentage of the female patients we treat at HRC Fertility have something else in common: endometriosis. This reproductive disease is one of the most frequent causes of infertility, affecting approximately 40 percent of patients. Many are not aware that the menstrual cramps and generalized pelvic pain they have experienced for years are symptoms of a medical condition preventing them from becoming pregnant.

In observance of Endometriosis Awareness Month in March, we want to educate our readers with some important facts about this very common reason for female infertility.

Endometriosis affects millions of women

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OB/GYN or Infertility Specialist: Who is Best for You?

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If you’re frustrated that you’re not getting pregnant, you may be wondering about your next step. Should you make an appointment with a gynecologist, or is it appropriate to seek the advice of an infertility specialist, especially a board-certified in reproductive endocrinologist?

At HRC Fertility, we work with obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who refer patients to us. Many are experienced in providing first-step infertility treatment such as ovulation induction with oral or injectable medications that may be combined with intrauterine inseminations. They have the staff and expertise to successful guide patients who have been diagnosed with mild endometriosis, problems with ovulation, mild male factor infertility and cervical factor infertility.

If you are confused about the best choice, here are some guidelines to help you make your decision.

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Tubal Factor Infertility: Go With the Flow

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The fallopian tubes play an important role in reproduction. Sperm and egg must meet and fertilize in one of the tubes; the fertilized egg then moves to the uterus for implantation. Fallopian tubes must be patent (open) and flowing to allow for normal functioning.

Here are some important facts about the tubal disease infertility.

An HSG can determine the health of your fallopian tubes

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Cervical Health and Your Fertility

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, above the vagina, where sperm travels through to the uterus. It widens during childbirth and also is where menstrual flow passes.

Every year, 13,000 women are diagnozed with cervical cancer and, tragically 4,000 will die from it. However, against the backdrop of these sobering stastistics is encouraging news about early detection. Women who have contracted cervical cancer who have received regular pap smear screenings have a 92% suruvival rate over a five-year period. In addition, the HPV vaccine given to young women before they are sexually active can help prevent the transmission of many HPV strains, the leading cause of cervical cancer.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and an opportunity to shed light on preventing, diagnosing and treating cervical conditions, many of which can compromise fertility.

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New Year: New Fertile You

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After (perhaps) overindulging during the holidays, many of us resolve to do better in the coming year: losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking (important) or spending less. If you are struggling to get pregnant, however, your New Year’s resolution probably involves becoming a parent in 2017.

But combining a personal resolution with your desire to get pregnant could potentially help you achieve two goals.

Quit smoking

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