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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WORLD-CLASS REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST FEATURING DR. MARTIN FREEDMAN

At RMA we recognize how overwhelming your fertility journey can be. Oftentimes, knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the anxiety. Check out this informative video that offers a glimpse into a “typical” day of one of our world-class reproductive endocrinologists. Follow Dr. Freedman as he speaks to a patient on his morning… View Article


Single Embryo Transfer in the eyes of an OBGYN – Dr. Allan Kessel

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”  These words could not be truer for couples undergoing IVF treatments.  Some of these couples will have the opportunity to transfer one embryo (single embryo transfer, or SET) or two in what becomes one of the most important decisions of their entire treatment.  For many, there will… View Article


Getting Pregnant after 40 With or Without Fertility Treatment

Until the last several years, the common wisdom was that all the wonderful advances at improving the “take home baby” rate for the infertile mainly benefited women under the age of 35. Women over the age of 38 to 40 were encouraged (pushed?) to use donor eggs or, to a lesser degree, donor embryos. Medical… View Article


THE CHRONICLES OF A FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER

I frequently receive pictures and cards from patients who have successfully undergone fertility treatment.  My favorite Christmas card is a picture of an older and a younger child.  In a sense, they were twins separated at conception.  The older child was the product of a fresh In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) embryo transfer.  The younger child was the… View Article


Dr. Eric Forman Comments on KABC-TV’s “Mini IVF Provides Fertility Alternative” Article

I recently saw an online article from KABC-TV in Los Angeles titled “Mini IVF Provides Fertility Alternative” and wanted to provide some additional insights and comments on the subject. The idea of “mini-IVF” has received a lot of positive media attention lately as an alternative to “traditional” IVF. Often touted as being cost effective since… View Article


LOVING THE SOMEDAY DAD ON FATHER’S DAY

Men often get lost in fertility treatment. Unless there is a male factor issue, all of the attention is on their partner. They have several big performances to make to supply the other 50% of the baby, but beyond that – not too many people are asking “The Guy” how he’s doing. So often men are left… View Article


The Culmination of an Embryo Transfer

It all comes down to this. Months of waiting. Weeks of preparing. Nights of injections. Countless mornings waking early to an annoying alarm to rush to the office for an ultrasound and blood draw. Hours of waiting for this day to arrive. Minutes waiting for a full bladder. Seconds until it finally happens. And it… View Article


RMANJ Announces New Fertility Consult Hours at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ

Starting June 1st  2014, RMANJ physicians will see patients for a fertility consult on Monday’s and Thursday’s at their office in the MAC II building on the Overlook Hospital campus. “For over 5 years, RMANJ has had a presence at Overlook to meet the needs of local patients and providers looking for access to unique, well-validated,… View Article


Why I Skipped Writing About Mother’s Day?

I know that this may be like saying that I don’t like the American Flag and Apple Pie (which I do!!!) but I have to be raw and vulnerable with you. I am coming out. I hate “Mother’s Day”. It’s just not a comfortable holiday for me. And I am not alone. It’s so loaded… View Article


Surviving Mother’s Day With Infertility

Tips for coping with infertility during Mother’s Day. Peace and comfort on Mother’s Day to all of us who are only mothers in our hearts.


DECREASING TWIN PREGNANCIES

The last 30 years have seen a dramatic increase in the incidence of twin and triplet pregnancies in the United States. Fertility doctors have been largely responsible. 1 in every 30 infants born in 2009 was a twin; double that of 30 years ago. The serious risks of triplet pregnancies are generally well understood. Most people, however,… View Article


Dr. Nathan Treff of RMANJ on Improving IVF

Recently our Director of Molecular Biology, Dr. Nathan Treff was interviewed by Research Media.EU for a piece on Improving IVF by a well known international publication, International Innovation.  Here’s a sneak-peak of the publication-


INFERTILITY IS LIKE THE WEATHER

One of my favorite quotes of all time, by Pema Chodron, is this: “You are the sky; everything else—it’s just the weather.” It is easy to apply this thinking to infertility. You are the sky; the rest is infertility! I love this quote in the context of infertility because it embodies the notion that we… View Article


MAKING IT SAFE FOR MEN TO TALK ABOUT MALE INFERTILITY

We like to think of ourselves as enlightened, capable of intelligent discussion and rational action. Few things put those admirable qualities to the test as fast as male infertility. Mention male factor at a party and reflexively, most men blanch, squeeze their knees together and change the subject, even if they’re not affected. Not that things… View Article


Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening: What Every IVF Nurse Should Know

Over 20 years have passed and, while earlier PGD tests were problematic, marked improvements have been made in the methodology, with better outcomes. Currently, the most popular technique is CCS, which tests all 23 pairs of chromosomes. In fact, the name PGD is often replaced with comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS). With the availability of preimplantation… View Article


Dr. Eric Forman Says Single Embryo Transfers Have Higher Success Rates

Dr. Eric Forman recently visited NJTV News studio in Montclair, NJ to speak on the importance of Single Embryo Transfers to avoid the risk of multiple gestation births.  Research from Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) has shown doctors don’t need to use multiple embryos for a successful IVF pregnancy. Dr. Eric Forman say…… View Article


Do Celebrities Have Golden Eggs?

Several months ago, I was in the midst of an egg donor consult with a couple in their 40’s, and we started talking about celebrities having babies in their mid- to late-forties. I asked the female partner if she believed the fabulously beautiful 47-year-old movie star who was recently in the news, used her own… View Article


WHY UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY IS SOMETIMES EXPLAINED DURING IVF

It is humbling to put into perspective that even among fertile couples who have no issues getting pregnant, they only have a 20% chance of achieving pregnancy any given month they try.  In other words, they are unsuccessful 80% of the time!  This is what we see when we look at the success of thousands… View Article


USE OF LOW-OXYGEN INCUBATORS TO IMPROVE PREGNANCY RATES

Throughout the history of in vitro fertilization (IVF), reproductive specialists have tried to recreate the environment inside the body as closely as possible. With the introduction of a new generation of incubators, we are one step closer to achieving this goal. This state-of-the-art technology involves using a low-oxygen incubator until the embryo is transferred. This approach… View Article


Will You Tell Family & Friends You Used Egg or Sperm Donation

Telling your family and friends that you are infertile and going through the roller coaster of IVF may not be a walk in the park, but most people are fairly open with their infertility struggles. When they move to egg or sperm donation, however, many people become a lot more private and may not even be… View Article

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The Birth and History of IVF

You may be surprised to learn that the “birth” of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is not of this century but began centuries prior in the 1800’s.  The story of IVF may sound like it’s written for a science-fiction novel but in truth it is well documented in prestigious medical journals dating back before our time…. View Article


one or two? The Debate On Single Embryo Transfer

There’s been a lot of press the past few weeks about single embryo transfer.  Single embryo transfer is not anything that’s new. Europeans have been advocating single embryo transfer for almost a decade. In The USA, around 10% of IVF cycles utilize single embryo transfer. My OB colleagues who deliver babies would agree that the… View Article


The Psychological Impact of Infertility On Your Well-Being

One of the most challenging aspects of the infertility experience is dealing with the emotional ups and downs relating to medical treatment, the uncertainty about outcomes, and the challenge of having to make important decisions.  Infertility can be one of the most distressing life crises that a couple experiences together.  The inability to conceive a… View Article


The Semen Analysis “Sperm Test”

Although not a comprehensive measure of fertility, the semen analysis, if abnormal, may suggest that the probability of achieving fertility is statistically low. Among the numbers on the test, the sperm concentration and motility appear to correlate best with fertility. Two well-performed semen analyses can often suggest a diagnosis or direction.  Normal values for semen… View Article


What does IVF Success Rates mean for you?

Every fertility center in the United States is required by law to report their IVF Success Rates to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC takes three years to collect the data for each year’s cycles.  This is because the outcome of pregnancies is not immediately known.  Additionally, analyzing data and preparing… View Article


Newtrieval – RMANJ’s NEW Patient-Friendly IVF Procedure Technique

Newtrieval is a new friendly IVF procedure technique developed at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) for patients who have a history of side effects from general anesthesia, are contraindicated for general anesthesia or prefer to be awake during the Vaginal Oocyte Retrieval (VOR) procedure.  Newtrieval is a new process for vaginal oocyte retrieval… View Article


You Are Not Alone – Infertility Support

Even for our advanced species, reproduction is a biological imperative. For most of us, we need to have children and build families. It is hard-wired into our DNA. Since the beginning of recorded time, men and women have been yearning for pregnancy, babies, and families. I have always found it comforting to know that I am never… View Article


How will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect infertility benefits?

If you’re an infertility patient in New Jersey and wondering how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as “Obamacare” will affect your current infertility benefits or access to future infertility care, you’re not alone. With the affirmation of the ACA in 2010 and launch of the new public insurance exchanges on October 1, 2013… View Article


New Jersey Infertility Insurance Mandate

Out of the 50 states in the United States, there are only 15 that have any sort of mandate for infertility insurance coverage.  The mandate in each state is different, so do your research about your state’s laws and whether the mandates apply to your employer. New Jersey’s Mandate:  Insurance policies that cover more than… View Article


Fostering Resiliency During Fertility Treatment

What is ‘resiliency’? According to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences”. Resiliency is not ‘a… View Article

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