Thanks to incredible advances in reproductive medicine, the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process has become a widely used and highly effective method of meeting personal family-building goals. While you or someone you love may have benefited from this evolution of fertility treatments, have you ever stopped to consider how they became so successful? Spoiler alert: many brilliant women are to thank for the overall success of the complex and fascinating technologies surrounding fertility medicine!
“Social Distancing” Doesn’t Stop Everything Infertility doesn't just disappear now that we're called to "socially distance" ourselves from the rest of humanity.
We’re delighted to announce that all 6 of the RMA of Connecticut fertility physicians have ranked as Castle Connolly Top Doctors again. Since 1991, the renowned publishing company Castle Connolly has compiled the list of America’s Top Doctors® each year. Every doctor on the list is nominated by peer doctors in their specific field and assessed by a physician-led research team.
My observation is that we have gotten away from the natural order of things. With the advent of modern technology, many of us are less in touch with nature than ever before. Days can go by without our feet ever touching the earth, even during the hot summer months. This is especially true for someone challenged by the rigors of infertility. It’s hard for our feet to touch the ground when we’re so caught up in the everyday hormone injections and necessary fertility treatment procedures. The process becomes so all-consuming that we can forget the simple beauty that comes with each day. How long has it been since you have walked in the woods, stood by the ocean, or marveled at the full moon? With the start of fall, this is a good time to offer ourselves yet another chance to truly enjoy the beauty of the season by reconnecting with the universe as well as reconnecting with ourselves. I have always found comfort in the understanding that the laws of the universe apply to all.
One of the hardest decisions Dan and I faced during fertility treatment was making the transition from IUI (intrauterine insemination) to IVF (in vitro fertilization). I remember after failing our third round of IUI treatment (yes, I know, the politically correct way of putting this is, “after my third failed cycle”, but let’s face it, it felt like a personal failure when there was no positive pregnancy test!), my husband and I came face to face with a decision making moment: to pursue another round of IUI or bust out the big guns, moving ahead with IVF. There was a lot of time discussing this potentially life changing decision. We made tons of pros and cons lists because we wanted to ensure we were choosing the best option for the two of us and our situation. We considered lots of factors, but two kept rising to the top of importance: financial cost and our emotional sanity.
The challenges of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are very well known to the RMA of Connecticut fertility team. Here’s one attention commanding statistic (supplied by PCOSChallenge): 1 in 10 women will be affected by this multi-faceted metabolic syndrome and it is the number one cause of infertility. PCOS at RMA of Connecticut