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11 February 2019
(ultra)Sound Bites: Diagnosing PCOS

Part of diagnosing PCOS is by determining the way the ovaries appear on ultrasound. With PCOS, women can develop "cysts" due to eggs not being released over time. The follicles keep growing and form multiple "cysts." This appearance may be described as a "string of pearls" in an ultrasound image. A PCOS ultrasound would show... View Article

11 February 2019
Is it Me or Him? A Closer Look at Male Infertility

Many women who are having difficulty getting pregnant often wonder if it is them or their partner with the problem. Approximately 15% of all couples have difficulty becoming pregnant and roughly 50% of these couples have male infertility issues contributing to their inability to conceive. This high percentage may seem a little hard to believe,... View Article

11 February 2019
Is Your Biological Clock Ticking?

When a woman is born, her ovaries contain all of the eggs she will ever use in her life-time. For most women, achieving pregnancy is easiest in their 20's & 30's, while there are still a large number of healthy egg.Today, many women delay starting a family in order to achieve career goals. This delay... View Article

11 February 2019
Egg-cellent Facts About Eggs

HUMAN EGG FACTS: The human egg is the single largest cell in a woman’s body—it would take 15,000 sperm to equal the size of a single egg. Each woman is born carrying over a million eggs, but by the time she hits puberty the supply has decreased to around 500,000 eggs. On average, women ovulate... View Article

7 February 2019
Dr. Shelby Neal Awarded for Adenomyosis Research

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) third year fellow Dr. Shelby Neal has received the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Corporate Member Council In-Training Travel Award for her research on the link between adenomyosis seen on 3D ultrasound and clinical outcomes following IVF. Dr. Neal’s research showed that only women with obvious adenomyosis… View Article

7 February 2019
RMA SoCal Celebrates Laboratory and Surgical Center Opening

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California is hosting a grand opening reception on Wednesday, February 13, from 6-8 pm, to celebrate the opening of the clinic’s laboratory and surgical center. After receiving accreditation last month, both spaces are now officially in use, giving RMA of Southern California the ability to offer patients the full range… View Article

1 February 2019
3 INFERTILITY FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

When dealing with infertility, patients often feel alone, but did you know that over seven million men and women across the U.S. deal with infertility every year? You might also be surprised to hear that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is no longer synonymous with twins.These are just two infertility truths that the general public may… View Article

31 January 2019
Egg recipient to other women: using an egg donor gave us hope

As a young girl in New Jersey, Raquel Bruno distinctly remembers her mother joking that the women in the family were so fertile, her mother got pregnant on birth control. The passing comments were just that, and Bruno didn’t pay them any mind, one way or another, until, sitting in her Manhattan apartment as a… View Article

31 January 2019
RMA SoCal Announces IVF Discount Program for Military Families

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California (RMA SoCal) is committed to supporting members of the U.S. Armed Forces, which is why the practice has launched a military discount program that offers active members of the military struggling with infertility a 30 per cent discount on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) services. As a U.S. Navy veteran,… View Article

24 January 2019
Considering Fertility Care in San Francisco? 6 Things to Know

 You may have spent the last 12 months unsuccessfully trying for a baby, searching the internet for how long it normally takes to conceive, and wondering whether or not to see a fertility doctor in San Francisco. And now, in the New Year, you may finally be ready to commit to a plan of action…. View Article

24 January 2019
AMH and FSH: How They Impact Your Fertility

If you’re trying to get pregnant with the help of a fertility doctor in Orlando, you’ve probably had some blood work done. This blood work, done on day three of a woman’s menstrual cycle, is necessary to check a woman’s hormone levels, specifically AMH and FSH, which can help doctors better understand her chances of… View Article

24 January 2019
RMA SoCal Dr. Kay Green Publishes Research on Cumulus Cells

When it comes to infertility treatment, our doctors are constantly pushing the envelope to advance success rates. They are always asking, “how can we improve patient outcomes? Are there key predictors we don’t know about yet?” Several years ago, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California (RMA SoCal) Dr. Katherine Green was interested to see if the… View Article

17 January 2019
Nervous About Egg Retrieval? Your Favorite Music May Help

Sometimes, it really is the little things. Take music, for example: just a few seconds of your favorite tune can transport you to another place, put you at ease and change your perspective in a positive way. At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California (RMANorCal) we care about the little things, and we value personalized… View Article

17 January 2019
Are you looking for a Korean fertility doctor in Los Angeles? Meet RMA SoCal’s Dr. Kim

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California’s Dr. Thomas Kim has been a leader in the Korean medical community in Los Angeles for over a decade. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim immigrated to the United States to pursue medicine, and is now a very well-known reproductive endocrinologists in the country. Dr. Kim… View Article

17 January 2019
From Blocked Fallopian Tube to Pregnancy

Even before they were married, Stephanie and her husband began trying for a baby. Stephanie was 35 years old, and she didn’t want to waste any time. She couldn’t wait to start her family, and she was acutely aware of the fact that women become less fertile with age.  After almost a year of trying without… View Article

16 January 2019
PGD Testing Eliminates Breast Cancer Risk

By the time Anna Mazor was 33 years old, she’d already been trying to have a baby for two years without luck. After a trip to her doctor’s office, she was referred to Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia’s Dr. Art Castelbaum. But she didn’t just want Dr. Castelbaum to help get her pregnant – she… View Article

10 January 2019
3 Reasons to Consider Egg Freezing in San Francisco This Year

Every New Year offers the ability to start over: you get another chance to make a change in your life, continue with positive habits you’re proud of, or finally do that thing you’ve been putting off because you weren’t quite ready, weren’t quite sure, or just didn’t know where to begin. For women who are… View Article

20 December 2018
Navigating infertility during the holidays

Experiencing infertility during the holidays can be emotionally taxing on a couple. Frequently centered around children, the holidays can be a painful reminder of your infertility journey, especially if you keep getting asked, ‘when are you going to get pregnant?’ While you may not feel like celebrating, or maybe you do but want the infertility… View Article

13 December 2018
RMA-FL Dr. George Patounakis Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with MAD LIBS

On Tuesday, December 11, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Florida (RMA-FL) celebrated its first anniversary providing fertility care to the Florida community. So how did RMA-FL founding physician Dr. George Patounakis mark the occasion? Well, there was cake, cookies, balloons, hugs and…a MAD LIBS questionnaire. Here’s what Dr. Patounakis had to say as the practice turned… View Article

12 December 2018
DR. THOMAS KIM ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EGG QUALITY IN FERTILITY PRESERVATION

When it comes to egg freezing in Los Angeles, RMA of Southern California’s Dr. Thomas Kim is an expert. Not only does he have over 20 years of experience on the subject, but he also took part in conducting some of the first ever research on cryopreservation used in egg freezing. In one of his… View Article

6 December 2018
RMA SoCal Doctor Reviews The Vaginal Microbiome’s Link To Disease And Infertility

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California’s Dr. Katherine Green has published a noteworthy scientific review on the vaginal microbiome’s effects on reproductive health in the Fertility and Sterility journal. In her review, Dr. Green discusses the vaginal microbiome (the bacteria that colonizes the vagina) and how it relates to different infections, diseases, and even infertility…. View Article

6 December 2018
The Dr. Is In: New Online Support Group Tackles the Stress of Infertility

Infertility is hard. Painful. Shameful. Envy-inducing. Heartbreaking. Isolating. Sad. Those are just some of the feelings infertility brought up for a group of men and woman attending ‘The Dr. Is In,’ an online support session with Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) Dr. Maria Costantini recently. Dr. Costantini, who is both a board-certified reproductive… View Article

29 November 2018
Does your insurance cover IVF? Open enrollment is the time to switch.

Looking to start fertility treatment but worried about the financial commitment? Have limited insurance benefits that won’t cover much of the cost? As we enter open enrollment season for private employers – and New Jersey’s insurance marketplace begins open enrollment from November 1 to December 15 – it might a good time to look into… View Article

29 November 2018
Does your insurance provider offer infertility coverage? Here’s how to find a plan that works for you

Seeking infertility treatment in Los Angeles can be a stressful experience. Because the California infertility mandate is minimal, many insurance providers don’t cover infertility coverage. The only requirement in the mandate is that health insurance providers must offer at least one policy that includes infertility coverage, and make that plan available to everyone without discrimination…. View Article

15 November 2018
RMA of Northern California Opens Satellite Office in Palo Alto

Hope has a new home in Palo Alto! In addition to our brand new clinic in downtown San Francisco, which opened just last month, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California (RMANorCal) has just opened a satellite location in Palo Alto. RMA of Northern California founding physicians Dr. Jonathan Kort and Dr. Scott Morin will see… View Article

15 November 2018
The Effects of Smoking on Male Fertility

Hey guys, are you thinking of quitting smoking? You might be a little more conscious of tossing the habit this month, when Movember mustaches are a constant reminder about men’s health. And with today being the Great American Smokeout – where smokers around the country stop smoking for 24 hours in an effort to ditch… View Article

15 November 2018
RMA of Philadelphia Helps Trans Man Start His Family with IVF

When Jassier González-Medel was a young girl growing up in Chile, he didn’t feel quite right in his body. Years later, after his family had moved to New Jersey and he was going through puberty, he would sneak away and play dress up when no one was watching, putting on male clothing and drawing a… View Article

15 November 2018
Egg Freezing in Los Angeles

Amy is a 31-year-old financial advisor working in downtown Los Angeles and living in Atwater Village. Her career is finally taking off, and she doesn’t have much time to date. But while she’s not trying to get pregnant right now, she is trying to preserve her fertility – through egg freezing. Many women in Los… View Article

9 November 2018
FEMALE FERTILITY TESTING – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you’re trying to get pregnant, or are having trouble staying pregnant, fertility testing can be overwhelming to think about. FSH, AMH, LH – there are so many acronyms to infertility. What does it all mean? Dr. Katherine Green from Reproductive Medicine Associates of Southern California, here in our Los Angeles office, shares some insight about what… View Article

8 November 2018
Why fertility apps can’t replace a doctor

Whether it’s groceries, clothes shopping, food delivery or banking, there’s an app for just about everything these days. All in the name of convenience, accessibility, and instant gratification, startups are ‘disrupting’ industries and making even the most complex tasks possible through digital channels. The field of infertility is no exception – you can now buy… View Article

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