November 25, 2014

30 of the Best Responses to “When are you going to have kids?”

We’ve all had the moment where someone asks the question, “When are you going to have kids?” Depending on the person and the day, we may feel anger, frustration, sadness or uncertainty. Whether the question is expected or it comes as a complete surprise, it’s helpful to think ahead about how we might respond. If [Read more]

November 20, 2014

Another reason to avoid Double Embryo Transfer (DET)

An article recently published in the NY Times earlier this month, “Low Birth Weight Tied to Hip Replacement in Adulthood,” highlights a report that is IN PRESS in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The study reports the Low Birth Weight of infants were found to have a 250% increase  in Hip Replacement later in life.  Double [Read more]

November 13, 2014

Celiac Disease and Fertility

“Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain” – this intriguing title appeared on a recent article in the New York Times by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. Celiac disease is a condition that is usually thought of as affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  It is caused by the ingestion of gluten, which is key component of wheat, rye and [Read more]

November 4, 2014

The Uterus Transplant: a risky procedure in search of an indication

There has been an extraordinary amount of media attention on what at first glance seems like an amazing medical breakthrough: the first baby born after a uterine transplantion. While there is reason to celebrate this medical breakthrough, some of the enthusiasm may be overstated. A recent news story from the UK, for example, reported that [Read more]

October 16, 2014

Fertility Testing: Endometrial Biopsy

An endometrial biopsy is a test that evaluates the endometrial tissue that lines the inside walls of your uterus. Around the time you ovulate (release an egg from your ovary), your endometrium (inside lining of your uterus) grows thick with blood vessels, glands and stored nutrients to allow a fertilized egg to implant and grow. [Read more]

October 7, 2014

Four Improvements in IVF That You Must Know About

Infertility is frustrating and painful, but if there is a silver lining to being infertile today, it is that this field of medicine is seeing some amazing improvements resulting in more pregnancies and more healthy babies. We talked about many advancements on yesterday’s Creating a Family show with Dr. Eric Forman, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates [Read more]

October 1, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday RMANJ!!

RMANJ started 15 years ago today.   The initial morning saw Drs. Drews, Bergh, and Scott moving boxes out of the way so we could do scans. Between scans we were moving furniture, connecting computers,  and seeing as many patients as possible so they could enroll in the new system. We saw almost 1000 new patients the [Read more]

September 23, 2014

Fertility Testing: Understanding Ultrasound Testing

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your internal organs on a monitor. Ultrasound can help your doctor monitor your ovulation and diagnosis conditions such as pelvic masses and early pregnancy. Your doctor can also examine the thickness and pattern of your uterine lining. Ultrasound is also used to monitor cycles during which [Read more]

September 18, 2014

The End Will Justify The Means – destination, parenthood

It must be human nature to get caught up in the details of a journey and sometimes lose sight of the destination, no matter how glorious it may be. The same could be said of parenthood.  Virtually every prospective parent has a vision of how their family is going to start. None involve an IVF [Read more]

September 9, 2014

Fertility Testing: Hormones

Hormonal evaluation studies identify hormonal imbalances that may impair your fertility. Hormones control every step in achieving pregnancy, from stimulating the development of an egg to ovulation and implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus. Each hormone that plays a role in the conception must be produced in a specific amount at a precises time [Read more]