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01/17

2018

Women Over 40 Make Great Moms

Posted by admin | Filed under Age Factors, IVF

Are you 40 or older and think that the motherhood ship may have already sailed? Think again. At HRC, we know there are several options to help women of all ages fulfill their dreams.

Here are some important considerations:

You’re in good company
Statistically, more women over 40 are becoming mothers than ever before. In fact, over the last three decades, that number has quadrupled. Some are even saying that 40 is the new 30!

According to a 2016 National Vital Statistics Report (Centers for Disease Control), the birth rate for women 40-44 increased two percent from 2013 to 2014. For those 45-49, it stayed the same, while women over 50 had 743 births in 2014, a 66 percent increase from 2013. The trend seems to be pointing upward when it comes to the age at which women are giving birth.

You can get pregnant naturally
Fertility decreases significantly as women age, but this doesn’t mean women over 40 can’t get pregnant naturally. It will likely take them longer to achieve pregnancy because the quantity and quality of their eggs have declined, and they are also at a higher risk of miscarriage because of chromosomal abnormalities. However, we caution couples to not wait too long before seeking the help of an infertility doctor. If you’ve tried without success for three months or more, and as you age through your 40s, please contact us.

There are medical interventions when you need help
There are many tools in our reproductive arsenal to help women over 40 achieve a successful pregnancy when assistance is required. You can decide to use either your eggs or those of an egg donor with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Some couples try an initial cycle with the prospective mom’s eggs. If this doesn’t work and they decide to use a donated egg, their chances of success is the same as that of a younger woman who provided the genetic material.

You are older but wiser
By the time you decide to become a mother in your 40s, you may already have accomplished many of your professional and personal goals. Throughout your life, you likely also learned from your mistakes and then applied the knowledge moving forward. Those experiences will help you become a better parent, and scientific research proves it.

A recent Danish study of 5000 mothers, published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, found older mothers to be calmer without needing to yell as much or impose harsh discipline with their children. The kids, in turn, exhibited fewer behavioral and social problems and better emotional well-being.

Pregnancy at an older age can make you wiser
2016 research from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California concluded that women who had their last babies after age 35 tended to function better cognitively after menopause than women who had their children earlier in life. Scientists hypothesized this might be due to the surge in estrogen and progesterone, the pregnancy-related hormones.

Risks of older motherhood
In addition to infertility, there are increased risks for miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities, and developing medical conditions like gestational diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy. Women also are more at risk of having a C-section as well as a preterm or low birth weight baby.

You can have a healthy pregnancy
Even with all the potential unpredictability of a later-in-life pregnancy, women over 40 can have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth with proper prenatal care and monitoring by an obstetrician. Chances are women who conceive later in life are very prepared and ready to undergo the challenges and joys of becoming a mother over 40.

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12/20

2017

How to Feel Merry and Bright When Undergoing InfertilityTreatment

Posted by admin | Filed under IVF, Uncategorized

The holidays can be stressful for many reasons, but especially if you are experiencing infertility. During a season focusing on children, it can be difficult, or perhaps impossible, to feel joy when the only gift you want is the gift of parenthood.

Even if you’re not really in the holiday spirit, there are still ways to find joy this year:

Ditch the obligations, but not the fun
No need to attend every party if you’re not in the mood, especially those that are kid-oriented or where relatives will ask intrusive questions. Still, don’t forget to have fun! Plan evenings with your partner or friends. If you can afford to splurge, try to attend a special play or event, or even schedule a weekend away to take your mind off things.

Celebrate with your infertility soul sisters
Chances are you know other infertility patients in both your ‘real life’ or through support groups or social media. Use the holidays as an opportunity to get together – even virtually – NOT to discuss infertility and to instead learn about each other in new ways.

Have an infertility gift exchange
If a party isn’t feasible, you can still exchange gifts with your infertility friends, especially helpful products or services you’ve used but they haven’t and vice versa. Comfy transfer day socks, inspiring books and nurturing gift certificates are all wonderfully personal gifts.

Banish guilt
You have a right to your emotions. While others might try to have a perfect Christmas or Chanukah, you can be true to your feelings. Say farewell to guilt this year and let yourself fee as sad and emotional as you like.

Give yourself some self-love
Buy yourself a holiday treat you know you’ll enjoy. This doesn’t mean spending money you don’t have. But you can use this time as an opportunity to give yourself some self-love where you put your needs first. For example, spend the afternoon reading a page-turning book or taking a relaxing hike instead of shopping at a crowded mall (plus, shopping online is so much easier!).

Practice gratitude
Focusing on the positive aspects of your life can be challenging when you have experienced failures during your infertility experience. But thinking about what you have – whether that be a great job, lovely home, supportive partner or wonderful friends – can be transformative.

Help others
There are many ways you can contribute to your community and people in need this holiday season. Even if you don’t have the best holiday this year, you can help someone have a memorable one.

Reconnect with your partner
Make this holiday exceptional for you and your partner. Reconnect and remember why you want to have a baby together.

Look forward to a new year
Though this may have been a trying year, next year will soon follow the holidays. Try to wipe away the memories of 2017 and look forward to the possibilities 2018 will offer.

Ask for help
We are with you every step of the way during your infertility journey, including in December. Sometimes, just talking to someone who understands, including one of us at HRC Fertility, is enough, or you might want to speak to a mental health professional. You can also find support group referrals at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, or other infertility groups and resources.

Though it may seem like an eternity, the holiday season only lasts a few weeks and there will soon be a new year and beginnings. The staff of HRC Fertility will be ready to bring you the best possible care, and to do our best to help make your dreams a reality in 2018.

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12/14

2017

Couple Grateful for Dr. Jeffrey Nelson’s Calm Reassurance

Posted by admin | Filed under IVF, Male Infertility

After traveling all over the world, Jackie and her husband were ready to start a family. She thought having kids would be easy for them and did not anticipate having any problems with fertility.

However, after a year of trying, Jackie couldn’t get pregnant. She feared she might have polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOS) like her older sister, who had conceived twins through in vitro fertilization (IVF). But after seeing Dr. Jeffrey Nelson for a consultation, testing revealed her husband had male factor infertility.

Recalled Jackie, “We decided to proceed with IVF after a round of intrauterine insemination (IUI) failed. My sister did not have a good experience with her IVF clinic, but we felt fortunate to have found a very responsive facility with a compassionate staff. Also, our insurance covered 80 percent of the costs. My sister, unfortunately, had to pay for the full cost of her treatment.”

Jackie responded well to IVF and became pregnant with twins on her first cycle. She had blood clot issues early in her pregnancy, and Dr. Nelson put her on bed rest for six weeks. “There was a strong likelihood I was going to lose the babies, but the issue was fortunately resolved by the 12th or 13th week of my pregnancy. Dr. Nelson was so calm and reassuring, and I wanted to keep him as my obstetrician. My experience with HRC Fertility was so different from my sister’s experience with her clinic.”

Her IVF experience was challenging and an emotional roller coaster, but Jackie was relieved to have only undergone it once to have her twins.

Jackie’s advice to other women: “Find the best clinic and physician you can. There are things in life you can skim, but fertility treatment isn’t one of them. IVF is one of the best steps you can take to get pregnant, though it isn’t a comfortable process. The medication makes you moody, and the shots are complicated. That’s why trusting your fertility doctor is so important.”

Two years ago, Jackie was feeling depressed at Thanksgiving because she couldn’t get pregnant. One year ago, she was on bed rest, awaiting the birth of the twins. This year, she is celebrating the holidays as the mother of twins.

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09/26

2017

A Couple’s Journey to the HRC Fertility Baby Reunion

Posted by admin | Filed under Infertility, IVF

It took four years and multiple treatment cycles, but this November Yuli Reisner and her husband Derek will finally get their chance to attend HRC Fertility’s Baby Reunion picnic.

Like many patients, their road to parenthood was longer than they had anticipated, as well as very emotionally challenging. On her last IVF attempt, Yuli and her husband achieved their miracle: a successful pregnancy and birth of their precious son Sasha. They will proudly bring Sasha to the reunion, a fun event and rite of passage for many HRC patients, who long to show their bundle of joy to the doctors and staff who made their dreams possible.

The couple had been trying to create their family for four years, starting when they were in their mid 30s. Yuli’s OBGYN, a former patient of Dr. Robert Boostanfar, referred her to him. Yuli already had experienced an ectopic pregnancy after one of two unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations at another clinic.

After Dr. Boostanfar ran diagnostic tests, he discovered Yuli had immunologic issues and started her on a blood thinning medication and prednisone. The couple underwent several IVF cycles, one of which resulted in a miscarriage of a twin pregnancy.

Those were trying times for the couple. However, on their final try, Yuli became pregnant with Sasha. Dr. Boostanfar prescribed progesterone injections to ensure her pregnancy would work. For the first time, Yuli was able to carry a pregnancy to full-term.

Yuli admitted how hard the experience was to endure emotionally: “I was ready to give up several times. However, my mother-in-law and husband encouraged me to try again. Those pep talks motivated me to persevere and become my own best advocate.”

The new mom was also very impressed by the responsiveness of the nurses and other staff members. She felt they were always available to answer her questions. Recalled Yuli: “I felt very cared for both medically and emotionally. HRC Fertility’s state-of-the-art lab is extremely impressive and Dr. Boostanfar is the master of the embryo transfer. Emotionally, they always supported us through our trials and tribulations.”

Yuli continued: “We are so grateful to our HRC Fertility family and are looking forward to seeing the entire team at the picnic. They are a group of compassionate people who understand and truly care about what you’re experiencing. I highly recommend Dr. Boostanfar and HRC to any couple having trouble conceiving.”

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08/11

2017

Two Women, One Dream to Create a Family

Posted by admin | Filed under IVF, Uncategorized

In the last several decades, lesbian would-be parents have increasingly sought reproductive assistance to have babies. It’s estimated that approximately one-third of lesbian households have children, having achieved motherhood either through non-assisted insemination, fertility treatment, adoption or through prior heterosexual relationships.

While two women trying to make a family together equals double the set of reproductive organs, they still may encounter obstacles on their way to getting pregnant and having a baby.

If you are part of a same sex female couple, here are some important issues you should consider as you embark on your family building journey.

Testing may necessitate a change in plans
Often couples come to us with a well-conceived idea of who will carry the child and who will provide the egg. However, testing may reveal that one or both women have reproductive challenges.

If that happens, we urge flexibility in moving forward. Many lesbian couples realize they need assistance with insemination, but may not anticipate infertility issues that could arise after we perform diagnostic testing on the woman who will be the genetic mother and/or carry the pregnancy.

Many assisted reproductive options are available
Most couples, especially those with no known infertility conditions, start with intrauterine insemination (IUI), where donor sperm is specially washed, processed and concentrated. Once the sperm has been prepared, it is placed in the uterus using a procedure similar to what you experience in a pap smear.

After three unsuccessful IUIs, or the identification of an infertility diagnosis through testing, our doctors will recommend in vitro fertilization. One woman can be the genetic mother and also carry the child, or each woman can play a role through reciprocal IVF. Occasionally, neither female partner has viable eggs, and then we will recommend donor eggs or donor embryos. If both women have problems with their uterus, they may need to consider surrogacy.

Both partners can be involved in creating their baby
Reciprocal IVF, also know as co-maternity, is a way for two women to be involved in the creation and gestation of their baby. One woman participates in the egg retrieval to use her eggs. The eggs are combined with donor sperm to form embryos. The resulting embryos are transferred to her partner’s uterus.

If both women want to experience childbirth, they each can undergo IVF simultaneously, or at another time when they want to expand their family.

Outside legal counsel might be needed
Since there are LGBT legal and contractual issues regarding same sex parenting, HRC offers legal resources for its patients. This is especially important when you are using a known sperm donor to ensure that donor has no legal parental claim or obligations.

HRC Fertility is dedicated to helping lesbian women achieve their dreams of parenthood. Having a baby is the beginning of an exciting journey that starts with finding a knowledgeable, committed fertility team to guide you and your partner.

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