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Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD

Dr. Joshua Hurwitz is a Partner in Reproductive Endocrinology at Illume Fertility and is board-certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Hurwitz joined the practice in 2006 with a passion for patient care and teaching. In addition, he is Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) services in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of Danbury Hospital.

Infertility Awareness | Support | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
January 20th, 2022

As a reproductive endocrinologist who works with fertility patients every day, I hear about a lot of the insensitive “tips” given to them. Patients will tell me they've heard that if they just stop worrying, they will magically get pregnant, or that a specific diet will help.

Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
October 7th, 2020

Some of the most emotionally difficult conversations I have in my office on a weekly basis are those with patients who are diagnosed with cancer and come to me for fertility preservation. There is a psychological “double blow” hitting them all at once: not only is their cancer itself scary, but they are also worried that they will not be able to have children afterwards, because chemotherapy and radiation – while lifesaving – can damage their sperm and eggs.

Pregnancy Loss

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
October 6th, 2020

Miscarriages are more common than you might think-- although it is such an emotional and private issue that many people do not talk about it, even with their closest friends and relatives.

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
May 1st, 2020

Along with many other communities, the 1 in 8 couples struggling with infertility have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a number of initial unknowns and precautionary guidelines, IVF, IUI, and all other fertility cycles and procedures were postponed or altogether cancelled.

cancer | IVF

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
January 17th, 2020

The following commentary is based on a nation-wide study published in October 2019 by Oxford University Press A group of researchers wanted to assess the validity of an ongoing speculation with assisted reproductive treatment (ART) – that hormone stimulation increased a woman’s risk for ovarian cancer. This study ultimately confirmed the belief that ART does not increase cancer risk, except for patients with endometriosis. However, there needs to be more research to prove the latter - the increased risk of ovarian cancer in IVF patients with endometriosis might be because of the diagnosis, not because of the added element of hormone stimulation. More on that below. But first, a message from our very own Dr. Joshua Hurwitz:

Fertility Preservation

By: Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD
February 13th, 2018

Some of the most emotionally difficult conversations I have in my office on a weekly basis are those with patients who are diagnosed with cancer and come to me for fertility preservation. There is a psychological “double blow” hitting them all at once: not only is their cancer itself scary, but they are also worried that they will not be able to have children afterwards because chemotherapy and radiation – while life saving – can damage their sperm and eggs. Fertility preservation is a paramount concern for both men and women faced with cancer treatments. This is why it is important to tackle these difficult issues even in younger patients who are not planning to have children until the distant future. Cancer patients are understandably focused on their treatments, but fertility preservation should not be overlooked. Here are some common misconceptions and insights that often surprise patients and even some of my medical colleagues.