Vitrification, Fertility and Breast Cancer: Why It Matters

Vitrification, Fertility and Breast Cancer: Why It Matters October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What does breast cancer have to do with fertility? Breast cancer treatment often involves exposure to chemotherapy and/or radiation. Chemotherapy and radiation can dramatically increase your risk for infertility. Both of these treatments can destroy eggs — so much so that [...]

September 28th, 2017|Fertility|

What Is Up With These MOSAIC EMBRYOS? What You Need To Know

What Is Up With These MOSAIC EMBRYOS? What You Need To Know What is up with mosaic embryos? Why is everyone in reproductive medicine talking about these things? What are they? Why should I care? Mosaic Embryos are embryos that have some chromosomally normal cells and some chromosomally abnormal cells.  If you are using IVF [...]

September 20th, 2017|Fertility|

What is Cytoplasmic Donation and why should you care? (Or 3 Parent babies?….. NOT)

What is Cytoplasmic Donation and why should you care? (Or 3 Parent babies?..... NOT) IRMS is very excited by the publication October 26, 2016 in Reproductive Biomedicine Online, a respected scientific journal, of the results of a follow up survey of children born after a special IVF procedure called cytoplasmic donation. This revolutionary procedure was [...]

September 12th, 2017|Fertility|

Facebook and Apple Pay for Egg Freezing: Good, Bad or Ugly?

Image courtesy of Photokanok / FreeDigitalPhotos.net As a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist in NJ, I talk about and actually freeze eggs every week. For many years I helped to conduct egg freezing research, so the fact that egg freezing is no longer considered experimental is liberating for me as a physician. It is wonderful [...]

Can your weight affect your fertility?

Can your weight affect your fertility?  The short answer is YES.  Fat is an endocrine organ and if you have too much of it, or too little, it can affect your reproductive function in many different ways.  If you are overweight, the excess fat can lead to higher estrogen levels.  Some women will stop ovulating [...]

December 13th, 2013|Fertility, Health, Trying to Conceive|

Are Frozen Eggs the Fountain of Youth?

Should I freeze my eggs? Why are people talking about freezing their eggs now? Will this allow me to delay childbearing and still preserve my fertility? Even though the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in 1978, and the first birth from a frozen egg was reported in 1986, it is only recently [...]

December 11th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility, IVF|

Stress and Fertility: Don’t Clown Around!

As I perused a recent issue of the prestigious and widely-read, peer-reviewed journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:  Fertility and Sterility, I came across an article that caught my eye, titled “The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer.” (Friedler et al. Vol 95, No. 6, [...]

November 17th, 2013|Fertility, Health|

Channel Your Inner Fertility Goddess: Tips From Your Friendly Fertility Doctor

People ask me all the time… every day, actually….almost every hour “What more can I do?”  They are referring to getting pregnant – trying to conceive – what else can be done to increase their chances of having a baby.  I get this question from both men and women but mostly from women.  So if [...]

October 28th, 2013|Egg Freezing, Fertility, Fertility Preservation, Infertility|

Obese Moms May Increase Heart Attack Risk in Their Children

A small study published in the February 27, 2013 medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood – Fetal and Neonatal Edition raises concerns about the effects of maternal excess weight upon the cardiovascular health of their children.  The findings were published in a letter and demonstrated that infants of mothers who were overweight (BMI of [...]

August 5th, 2013|Fertility, Health, Infertility, Pregnancy, Trying to Conceive|