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pregnancy | Fertility Treatment | Mental Health

By: Sierra Dehmler
August 4th, 2022

What happens after you successfully conceive with the help of fertility treatment? This big and exciting transition of care from your fertility clinic (where you've been closely monitored for so long) back to your OB/GYN's office (where you're "just" a regular pregnant patient) can also be nerve-wracking. So let's talk about it!

Fertility Treatment | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 27th, 2022

No one wants to be seen as the "problem patient." We fear that if we ask too many questions, need too much help, have a complaint, or need reassurance on our fertility journey, that we will be seen as needy or annoying. We may even worry that we'll get lower quality care instead of the professional and humane treatment we deserve. So how can we advocate for ourselves to ensure we're getting the best care possible? Keep reading for 20 actionable tips straight from experienced fertility advocates - and stay tuned for the third part in this series about being an effective and empowered patient, which will include perspectives from health care providers on what they want and need from us as patients!

Fertility Treatment | Advocacy | Mental Health

By: Lisa Rosenthal
July 15th, 2022

When faced with fertility struggles, people rarely feel empowered or effective. Infertility challenges everyone. Regardless of who you are and how you are trying to build your family, if it’s not happening easily, it’s frustrating and difficult! So how can you communicate your preferences, concerns and questions more effectively to your Care Team and feel like you're being heard and understood? Let's explore some ideas together. Note: In any conversation, communication needs to go both ways. There will be a follow-up article that explores the perspectives of our fertility care team (including doctors) with their thoughts about these fertility patient do's and don't and ways to be an effective patient. You may be surprised by their responses!

Fertility Treatment | IVF

By: Jocelyn Crespo
July 8th, 2022

Are you ready?! The time is finally here to start your IVF journey and the path to becoming a parent. While it is very exciting, all the planning, appointments, injections and medications can feel pretty overwhelming. It's only natural to want to do everything just right in the hopes of giving yourself the best shot at IVF success! 

Wellness | Support | Fertility Treatment

By: Jessica Benfari
July 6th, 2022

Dealing with infertility is a challenge, to say the least. Once you come to terms with the fact that the path to your end goal (a baby) is going to be more complex, you’re faced with another challenge – absorbing lots of new information and working with a full team of people to help make your dream come true.

News | Fertility Treatment | IVF | Reproductive Health | Advocacy

By: Cynthia Murdock, MD
July 1st, 2022

In the aftermath of the United States' Supreme Court ruling on June 24, 2022, many questions have been raised about reproductive rights and the impact of this decision on fertility treatment. As a fertility doctor, I echo my patients' concerns and want to offer some clarity.   Let's talk about what we do (and don't) know regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade and its implications for fertility and family-building care like IVF.