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11 April 2019
Do I need IVF?

If you’ve been struggling to get pregnant and looking into fertility treatments, you’ve probably heard of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). And if you have, you might be wondering if it’s right for you, what you can expect and what the chances of success are. Most importantly, you’re probably wondering where to go to get care…. View Article

11 April 2019
RMA Lehigh Valley Named ‘Institute of Excellence’ by Aetna

For the 6th year in a row, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania (RMA Lehigh Valley) has won the Aetna Institute of Excellence Award! The award is granted to select infertility practices with higher than average patient pregnancy rates and quality outcomes. Specifically, the award is granted based on exceptional outcomes in the following areas: Safety… View Article

11 April 2019
LGBTQ Family-Building Options

According to new research, a growing number of LGBTQ people are interested in building their families, and many of those that do will turn to assisted reproduction to help them. At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California, a leading fertility clinic located in West L.A., we help members of the LGBTQ community take control of… View Article

4 April 2019
Follow Jennifer’s Egg Freezing Journey with RMA of Philadelphia

Jennifer Sherlock has always wanted kids. She’s also always had big dreams. Having spent most of her 20s and 30s building a career in journalism and public relations, and investing in a relationship that didn’t work out, 40-year-old Jennifer found herself at an important crossroads: preserve her fertility now or keep waiting for Mr. Right. Several weeks… View Article

4 April 2019
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR FERTILITY DOCTOR BEFORE FREEZING YOUR EGGS

Between finishing grad school, trying to build your career and keeping up with friends and family, life is busy! Add all those responsibilities to the difficulty of relationships, and it’s no wonder many women are putting the idea of starting a family on the back burner. Luckily, science has advanced so much that it’s now… View Article

22 March 2019
Kates Journey – Patient Testimonial

After 18 years together, Kate L. and her husband decided it was time to start a family. The Allentown couple was excited at the thought of a baby, but after two and a half years of trying with no success, Kate grew concerned and decided to get the answers she was seeking. She began looking… View Article

21 March 2019
What to Expect at Your First Appointment with RMANorCal

DING! You glance down at the notification on your phone: fertility appointment with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California (RMANorCal) this afternoon at 2pm. You take a deep breath. You’ve known about the appointment for a while, and you’ve prepared: you and your partner have taken the time off work, you know the fastest way… View Article

20 March 2019
IVF Giveaways, Raffles, and Sweepstakes – Things to Know Before You Enter

It is increasingly popular for infertility clinics to offer a free cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) via contests, lotteries and other hyper-marketed giveaways. These contests claim you can ‘win a baby’ with a cycle or round of IVF. While the very thought of winning a baby may turn some hopeful parents off, others may find a… View Article

20 March 2019
Understanding IVF Costs in Pennsylvania

If you’re struggling to become pregnant in Pennsylvania, you might be thinking about seeing a fertility specialist. And if you’re like most couples, you’re already thinking about cost. Having a good sense of the cost of fertility treatment in the Lehigh Valley can help you budget ahead of time, so that when it comes time… View Article

14 March 2019
RMA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS NOW OFFERING FREE FERTILITY CONSULTATIONS

Did you know that many women don’t know when their fertility peaks? It’s true – there is a lack of awareness in the general population about fertility and the speed of a woman’s biological clock. In fact, a woman’s fertility peaks in her mid-to-late 20s. This Spring, RMA of Southern California is offering FREE FERTILITY… View Article

12 March 2019
Dr. Scott Presents on PGD at Jefferson University

Obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) residents at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University got a rare treat in early February when Dr. Richard Scott, CEO of the world’s leading infertility network, IVI-RMA Global, gave a Grand Rounds lecture on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PDG) and aneuploidy screening. Dr. Scott, who is based at IVI-RMA Global’s flagship U.S. clinic, Reproductive Medicine Associates… View Article

28 February 2019
DOES FOLIC ACID HELP WITH FERTILITY? YES!

If you’re trying to conceive, either on your own or through fertility treatment, there is no doubt that taking the vitamin Folic acid is a great place to start. But why? Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia (RMA of PHL) Dr. Jackie Gutmann tells you everything you need to know about this super-vitamin. WHY IS FOLIC… View Article

26 February 2019
When is a good time to freeze your eggs?

What is all the buzz about? Maybe you heard a friend talking about freezing her eggs. Maybe an ad popped up on your Instagram feed about egg freezing in San Francisco. Or maybe a recent birthday got you thinking about time and whether – and if – you should start looking into egg freezing for… View Article

22 February 2019
WEIGHT LOSS AND FERTILITY: KEEPING UP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

Even though the holidays are long over, many of us are still thinking about our New Year resolutions. For most, the goal of dropping ten pounds or hitting the gym is top of that list. And if you’ve been struggling with infertility, you know weight loss isn’t just about fitting into last summer’s jeans. DOES… View Article

15 February 2019
RMA of PA IVF Success Rates Highest in State and Ranked 5th Nationwide

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce it ranks highest in the state and fifth highest nationwide in successful in vitro fertilization procedures. According to a report released on Monday, February 17th by the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), RMA Lehigh Valley has a 75% (21/28) success rate for in vitro embryo... View Article

14 February 2019
Fertility care you deserve

When Scott Morin and his longtime friend and colleague Jonathan Kort first contemplated the idea of building a new fertility clinic in San Francisco, they were driven by one thing: giving patients in the Bay Area access to world-class fertility care. The thought of opening a new clinic in one of the most crowded healthcare… View Article

14 February 2019
How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day When You’re Struggling With Infertility

Holidays can be difficult when you’re struggling with infertility, and Valentine’s Day is no different. The expectations for a perfect, romantic evening are stressful enough for any couple, but can be even harder for those having trouble getting pregnant. Between ovulation tracking, timed intercourse and discussions about fertility treatments like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In… View Article

13 February 2019
Ask the Lawyer: Piecing Together Infertility Rights in the Workplace

Infertility impacts all areas of life – a person or couple suffering from infertility may struggle physically, emotionally, and financially in order to have a child. There is currently no employment legislation in place specifically related to infertility; however, there are multiple laws that may provide an infertile employee time-off for infertility treatment as well... View Article

13 February 2019
Ask the Lawyer: Why is Correcting the Birth Certificate Important?

A birth certificate is used for travel, passport, proof of citizenship, social security, driver’s license, school registration, personal identification, entitlement to death benefits, child support, health insurance, student registration, conduct financial transactions for a minor child, verifying child entitlement to parent’s pension or other retirement benefits, eligibility as beneficiary of parent’s estate to name a... View Article

13 February 2019
Ask the Lawyer: Legal Agreements When Using Donor Egg

Q: I am unable to use my own Eggs for IVF. My friend is going to donate her eggs to me so my husband and I will be able to have a child. What kind of legal agreements do we need before we proceed? A: Your generous friend will be considered a known donor. A... View Article

13 February 2019
Nursing Tips: Semen Analysis & Male Infertility

A male’s sperm health and quality can greatly influence his reproductive health and fertility, especially after the age of 25. A basic semen analysis is the first step in checking sperm parameters which include: semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm progressive motility, total motile sperm in semen sample, sperm morphology, presence of white blood cells, and... View Article

13 February 2019
Nursing Tips: Implantation

After fertilization, which naturally takes place in the fallopian tubes, the embryo migrates down the reproductive tract to the uterus. The embryo then attaches to the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, and begins to received oxygen and nutrients from the mother through blood transferred at the attachment site. This process is known... View Article

13 February 2019
Nursing Tips: Basal Antral Follicle Count

Most RMA Lehigh Valley patients will have a basal antral follicle count (BAFC) test performed at their first visit and at the start of any treatment cycle. The test, which is performed by transvaginal ultrasound, can tell the physician and clinical staff a lot about the patients’ ovarian reserve and fertility potential. The ultrasound will... View Article

12 February 2019
12 Tips For Planning Summer Vacations Around Fertility Treatments

The summer months are very popular for traveling. Although most people already have enough to pack, don’t forget how important it is to plan your packing and trip to include your cycle medications and routine blood work while you’re away. Here are 12 tips for traveling during your treatment cycles: Make sure to keep emergency... View Article

12 February 2019
Male Infertility Cases and Statistics

Infertility affects men and women equally. In couples experiencing infertility, approximately 35% is due to male factors, 35% is due to female factors, 20% of cases have a combination of both male and female factors, and the last 10% are unexplained causes. For this reason, it is imperative that both the male and female are... View Article

12 February 2019
Going Green for IVF

For most individuals experiencing infertility, taking medications is almost inevitable, but recent research in IVF as well as more natural product developments are heading down the green path. A recent study performed at RMANJ focused on IVF and women’s natural cycles. Patients went through their cycle without taking any medications to influence or increase follicle (egg) development. The egg(s)... View Article

12 February 2019
New Ovulation Induction Drug Protocol for Female Infertility

Patients with infertility know that treatment can be involved and stressful. Although IVF is one treatment option, there are a variety of other options commonly used to treat infertility. These treatments are less invasive than IVF, but may provide patients a good chance of becoming pregnant. One cause of infertility is due to a woman not ovulating or... View Article

12 February 2019
Understanding Embryo Quality

After countless injections, needles sticks, and ultrasounds the day for your oocyte (egg) retrieval has finally arrived. Over the next few days your nurse will tell you the number of eggs that were retrieved, how many of them fertilized, and how many have reached the blastocyst stage. Each blastocyst is then graded by an embryologist... View Article

11 February 2019
(ultra)Sound Bites: Development of the Fetal Heart

Development of the fetal heart happens surprisingly early in pregnancy. At only four weeks gestational age, the fetal heart begins to beat. By six weeks, the heart typically beats between 100 and 120 times per minute. By the second pregnancy ultrasound at RMA Lehigh Valley (at 6.5 weeks), we can actually watch the fetal heart... View Article

11 February 2019
Feeling Stuffed During an IVF Cycle?

Feeling stuffed during your IVF cycle? It’s most likely not the Thanksgiving Turkey! Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an excessive response to taking the medicine used to make eggs grow during an IVF cycle. Women with OHSS have a large number of growing follicles in their ovaries in conjunction with high estradiol levels. This leads to fluid... View Article

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