National Infertility Awareness Week – Why Focus on It for a Whole Week?
In recent years, the focus of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) has been to change the conversation surrounding infertility – to address the misconceptions, stigma and silence that accompany the medical diagnosis of infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27, 2019 is recognized by health organizations, clinics and doctors across the country each April. NIAW […]
If I am Overweight, Will Losing Weight Help Me Get Pregnant?
Being overweight can make getting pregnant more difficult. In a recent study, obese women who lost weight had significantly higher pregnancy rates subsequently in various treatments and spontaneously than those who did not lose weight. Patients do not need to be thin. Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can help. Following […]
Sexuality and Infertility, Part 2: Pheromones and the Sense of Smell
Pheromones, the sexual chemical signals which have been studied a great deal in animals. What do we know about the sense of smell as it relates to sexuality? Over the past 30 years, there has been a good bit of attention to chemical signals which can be perceived by the sense of smell and cause […]
Tyra Banks and Her Struggles with Fertility Inspire Others
Like many women, Tyra Banks put off pregnancy in her busy, more fertile, earlier reproductive years More and more celebrities and high-profile people are going public with their infertility trials and tribulations. Recently, Tyra Banks opened up about her fertility struggle. The 41-year-old actress, supermodel, author, singer and television personality discussed briefly in an interview […]
7 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Infertility and 5 Ways to Show Your Support
When someone you know is trying to get pregnant but is struggling with infertility, the best response is to listen first and not judge. According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Organization, 1 in 8 couples struggles to get pregnant for a year or more. If you consider those odds, it’s likely you know someone who is managing […]
Low AMH – Intriguing Help for the Future with Co-Q 10
Low AMH and Infertility Advanced reproductive age or low AMH (low ovarian reserve) in the field of IVF for infertility means there are lower than ideal numbers of eggs and lower numbers of embryos. The quality of embryos is lower. Importantly, there is an increased risk of pregnancy losses, particularly due to abnormal chromosomes in […]
Low AMH? Don’t Give Up!
Low AMH does not mean there is no hope. AMH, or anti-Müllerian hormone, is one of the tests in a fertility work-up. This hormone is produced by the cells in the ovary and is one of the markers for ovarian reserve or function. Ovarian reserve and age are inversely related: as a woman ages, her […]