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cancer | Fertility Preservation | men's health | Mental Health

By: Dr. Spencer Richlin
November 17th, 2022

During the month of November, you may see some men growing out beards and mustaches in support of “Movember.” But what is Movember, and what exactly are we raising awareness for? Let's talk about it!

cancer | Advocacy | Community

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 31st, 2022

Pie: good. Pie for charity? Delicious! Learn how reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Ilana Ressler is helping to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer while supporting her local community this holiday season. Skip to section: Raising Awareness Through Baking Meet Sharsheret What is Pies for Prevention? How to Order Your Pie More Resources

cancer | Fertility Preservation | Egg Freezing | Fertility Testing

By: Dr. Laura Meyer
October 18th, 2022

Cancer touches the lives of almost all Americans. Up to 40% of people will at some point face a cancer diagnosis, and we can all see and feel its effects in our families and across our communities. When you're facing cancer but still dream of having children in the future, what are your options? Let's explore them together.

cancer | Surrogacy | Fertility Preservation | IVF | Advocacy

By: Sierra Dehmler
October 7th, 2022

When a hopeful parent is told they may never be able to have children, what comes next? One couple opens up about their journey through a sudden cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation, surrogacy and everything else they went through to bring their baby girl into the world.

cancer | men's health | Fertility Testing

By: Sierra Dehmler
November 19th, 2021

When it comes to the language of fertility, we have to admit – a lot of the lingo tends to favor the ladies’ side of the equation. From AMH levels, to basal body temperature, to cycles, moms-to-be have a whole list of ABCs to learn as they go through treatment.

cancer | IVF

By: Joshua 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: