Reproductive Partners Fertility Blog

The Role of Preimplantation Genetic Screening in IVF

September 22, 2017 at 9:39 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

Over the past 2 decades, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) has fallen in and out of favor among fertility specialists.  The benefits of performing PGS with in vitro fertilization have been hugely debated.  While the techniques and technology for PGS have advanced during this time, it’s still unclear whether PGS provides a benefit and that should be determined for each individual …

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RPMG’s Dr. Ambartsumyan featured on Popsugar

September 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

RPMG’s Dr. Gayane Ambartsumyan was featured in an online article on Popsugar in which one of her patients outlines her IVF experience in photographs.

The article, “1 Woman Documented Her IVF Treatment From Start to Finish With Photos, and We’re Exhausted Just Looking at It” states, “Like many other women trying to conceive, the thought of having a baby via …

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The Evolution of Fertility Treatment

September 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the sale and marketing of clomiphene citrate (Clomid) for the “treatment of ovulatory dysfunction in women desiring pregnancy”.   At the time, this was a huge breakthrough for couples who were desperate to conceive their own child.  For many patients, it was a “wonder drug”.

Prior to …

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Miscarriage Misinformation on Twitter

September 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Losing a pregnancy because of a miscarriage can be a difficult and painful experience, one that people often don’t talk about even among friends and family. Women who suffer miscarriages can feel shame and isolation. Some even blame themselves.

There are also many public misperceptions of miscarriage. For example, more than half of the respondents to a 2015 survey incorrectly …

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Low Carb Diets May Increase Fertility

September 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm, by Dr. Marli Amin

One of the most commonly asked questions by women who are hoping to conceive is, “What can I do or eat to increase my fertility?”  There are now multiple studies that may be providing some answers to this question.  There is a growing body of evidence that shows that diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates may lead to …

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Flame Retardants May Decrease IVF Success

September 4, 2017 at 7:48 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is showing that flame retardants may decrease the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilization.  This is the first study to examine the association between organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) and reproductive outcomes in women.

Urine samples from 211 women undergoing IVF between 2005 and 2015 at the …

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RPMG Embryology Lab Re-accredited

August 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Reproductive Partners’ laboratory has been re-accredited by the prestigious College of American Pathologists.

Unquestionably one of the most if not the most important determinant of IVF success is the quality of the embryo laboratory. They embryologists find the eggs at the retrieval, fertilize them, follow them in their development, prepare the embryo(s) for transfer and freeze the remaining embryos. The …

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RPMG’s Dr. Rosen on Huffington Post podcast

August 30, 2017 at 10:01 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

In the first episode of IVFML, a HuffPost podcast miniseries about infertility, health editor Anna Almendrala and her husband, comedy writer Simon Ganz try to make a baby, but things don’t go as planned.

The very definition of TMI, Anna and Simon use their own story to talk about all the hilarious, depressing, ridiculous, and expensive travails of trying …

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Common Household Products May Reduce Fertility

August 26, 2017 at 11:32 am, by Dr. Marli Amin

A new study is showing that ingredients in common household products may reduce fertility.  Researchers from University of California, Davis found that quaternary ammonium compounds, also known as “quats”, inhibit mitochondria and estrogenic functions in cells that were studied in vitro.

Quats are used as antimicrobial agents in many common household products, including antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, shampoos, lotions, household …

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Stress Linked to Miscarriage Risk

August 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Women who have experienced more psychological stress might be at greater risk of having a miscarriage, according to a review of studies. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and China found that women who reported a history of these emotionally taxing experiences increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.

For the review, the team included eight …

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