RMANJ Commentary: New Sperm Study Gives Hope to Infertile Men

Infertile men got a piece of good news earlier this month when researchers announced a new discovery: some men who had been diagnosed with infertility actually had normal, fertile sperm – in their testicles. The research found that while the ejaculated sperm of these same, infertile men was not good quality, sperm taken from their… View Article

Breaking the Silence about Infertility

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia’s Dr. Jackie Gutmann joined a multidisciplinary panel of leaders in the fields of psychology, health care and faith at a recent event in Philadelphia for an important cause: to give hope to people of color struggling with infertility. Ending the Stigma The nationwide tour, called Breaking the Silence was sponsored… View Article


For Jason Franasiak, lead physician at RMANJ’s Marlton clinic, reproductive endocrinology is kind of a family affair. When your father is an OB/GYN and surgeon and your mother is a labor and delivery nurse, you’d think there was some pressure to walk the well-worn path of women’s healthcare. “But there wasn’t,” said Dr. Franasiak, who… View Article

IVIRMA Global Concludes 8th International IVIRMA Congress on Reproductive Medicine in Mallorca, Spain

  MALLORCA, Spain, April 16, 2019 — The doctor was not in recently. In fact, hundreds of doctors, scientists and researchers from around the world were away from their offices, gathered in Mallorca, Spain for the 8th International IVIRMA Congress on Reproductive Medicine, April 4-6 The biennial congress brought together more than 1,600 specialists from nearly 70 countries to present research,… View Article

Dr. Franasiak Publishes Study on Embryo Development and Implantation

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey’s (RMANJ) Dr. Jason Franasiak, who leads RMANJ’s Marlton fertility center, recently published a study showing that embryos that develop slowly would benefit from Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). The study, published in the fertility journal Human Reproduction Open, showed that embryos that take a little more time to reach the… View Article

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

RMANJ Begins Study on Reproductive Microbiome

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ) Third-Year Fellow Dr. Shelby Neal has begun her study into the reproductive microbiome, which seeks to better understand the microorganisms that live inside the male and female reproductive tracts in an effort to increase fertility and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) success. The study, which is currently recruiting patients… View Article


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

RMA Lehigh Valley IVF Success Rates Highest in State and Ranked 5th Nationwide

RMA Lehigh Valley 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 transfers resulting in… View Article

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

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 infertile employee time-off for infertility treatment as well as… View Article

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

Ask the Lawyer: Legal Agreements When Using Donor Egg

Question: 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? Answer: Your generous friend will be considered a known donor. A… View Article

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 the semen sample, sperm morphology, presence of white blood cells,… View Article

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 receive oxygen and nutrients from the mother through blood transferred at the attachment site. This process is known… View Article

Nursing Tips: Basal Antral Follicle Count

Most RMA Lehigh Valley patients will have a basal antral follicle count (BAFC) blood 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… View Article

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

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

Going Green for IVF

For most individuals experiencing infertility, taking medications is almost inevitable, but recent research in in vitro fertilization (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… View Article

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