Is Endometriosis Plaguing You?

endometriosisIt’s true that a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle is not pleasant. The majority of women suffer from mood swings, headaches and abdominal cramps. However, women that suffer from endometriosis, a condition where uterine lining cells or endometrial tissue is outside of the uterus have an especially difficult time during their periods. What happens is that the tissue in the uterus breaks down and then becomes trapped in a woman’s body. Because of this lesions are formed and it causes pain that is severe.

The below symptoms could indicate that you are suffering from endometriosis.

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Ovarian Cancer: Early Detection is Key

ПечатьWhen it comes to ovarian cancer, early detection is key. Because many symptoms are similar to that of other illnesses, they are often overlooked. Ovarian cancer is deadly, but the sooner ovarian cancer is diagnosed, the higher the survival rate.

Like other forms of cancer, ovarian cancer is split into four stages, which are determined by where the cancer is located. In the first stage, it is localized- contained to one or both of the fallopian tubes. In the second stage, the cancer has spread, but is still contained to areas nearby within the pelvis. In stage three, the cancer has moved to the abdomen and by stage four it is terminal, having reached the spleen, liver, or even lungs. The spread of the cancer in this way makes stage four terminal in many cases.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Dr. Avner Hershlag

Dr. Avner Hershlag

While she was in Mexico, working voluntarily with under-privileged families, Valerie had to undergo emergency surgery to remove an ovary which had a large tumor.

Upon her return to the USA, her gynecologist found another tumor in her remaining ovary. He subsequently referred her to me to see if I could help preserve her fertility.

After an expedited evaluation, we planned to do something we had never done before: while the gynecological oncologist would open her abdomen, before she would remove the tumor, which was malignant, we would retrieve eggs and freeze them for Valerie’s future use. Read more ›

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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

It has been estimated by the American Cancer Society that around 21,000 women each year will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While this cancer is rare, it is the deadliest of all the female reproductive cancers.

Only twenty percent of cases of ovarian cancer are detected before they have advanced. However, the good news is that if caught and treated early 94% of women diagnosed will go on to live for five years or more. A third of women diagnosed and caught early will live at least ten years.

Ovarian cancer has often been called the “disease that whispers”. It is called this because while it is true that symptoms of ovarian cancer can mimic other diseases and conditions most women will report to their doctor that they have noticed them.

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Egg Count Tests Are On the Rise

egg cellsAs a way of attempting to put a timeline on their fertility, many women are now undergoing a test that counts the number of eggs left in the ovaries.

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have; she doesn’t produce more as she gets older. At birth, she has approximately two million eggs. As part of the natural cycle of the body, even in childhood she loses between 500 and 1500 eggs per month, meaning by the time she is able to bear children she only has about 300,000 left.

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How Does Cancer Treatment Impact Fertility?

preserving fertilityWomen that are being treated for cancer may have questions about preserving their fertility if they haven’t had children yet or are planning to have children in the future. It is important to know how cancer treatment will affect fertility as well as preservation steps that can be done before starting cancer treatment. Read more ›

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A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy

Amy Grayson-Hyman MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Amy Grayson-Hyman MS, RD, CDN, CDE

How to maximize your nutritional status in preparation for pregnancy.

On the journey to conceive you may find yourself re-evaluating your lifestyle and diet in an effort to create the most ideal environment for your baby to grow. While there is no magic food or diet, there are many things you can do to improve overall wellness and fertility.

How important is your weight status before you get pregnant? Weight is very important in overall health and numerous studies have demonstrated the benefit of achieving a healthy weight in improving fertility. Healthy weight ranges are based on your BMI and the goal BMI range is between 20 and 24. In order to calculate your BMI follow this formula:

Weight in pounds/(height in inches x height in inches) x 703

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More Hope For Those With PCOS

24499479_sPolycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects anywhere from 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 women of childbearing age, making it much more difficult to get pregnant naturally. In the past, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been helpful for these women, but now a new technique could make getting pregnant even easier for those with PCOS.

PCOS causes women to have irregular menstrual cycles and difficulty ovulating. When undergoing IVF, a woman must take hormone shots for two weeks to stimulate the growth of multiple eggs at a time. Once the eggs are ready, they are harvested and combined with sperm in a laboratory. But women with PCOS often produce too many eggs, which can cause painful and sometimes dangerous hyperstimulation, and these eggs are frequently immature, leading to poor results.

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Are You a Candidate for PGD?

PGD IVFPreimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, or PGD, is a screening performed in order to determine whether or not chromosomal or genetic disorders are present in embryos created using in vitro fertilization (IVF). The process is done prior to implantation, allowing couples to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

But how does PGD compare to other screening methods? And, most importantly, are you a candidate for PGD?

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How Does Your State Rank?

Every year, RESOLVE—the national infertility association—releases their rankings for each state in how they deal with infertility. This year’s results are in:



There were four things the rankings were based on:

–state insurance mandates (or lack thereof)

–the number of fertility doctors at accredited clinics

–the number of women in the state who experienced physical difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term

–the number of peer-led RESOLVE infertility support groups

What set apart the top states? “These states all have a pretty decent IVF insurance mandate, so that made all the difference,” according to RESOLVE president and CEO Barb Collura. Clearly many states have room for improvement. The blue-dot states are ones that are at a critical action point, meaning there’s legislation that RESOLVE is concerned about and they want each state’s inhabitants to get involved.

You can get involved in changing the fertility laws in your state by starting a peer-led support group, lobbying for change, and spreading the word about infertility and the help available to deal with it.

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