New tax bill could help create affordable, equitable fertility treatment

Tax policy can be a little dry, but with rising rates of infertility and concerns of substantial population shrinkage, it’s a topic that we need to tackle sooner rather than later.

Earlier this month, California Representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu introduced the Equal Access to Reproductive Care Act, a federal bill aimed to make the taxation of fertility treatments fairer, especially when it comes to surrogacy.

The bill is short — not even a full three pages — but if it passed, it would be big news for those unable to carry a pregnancy for themselves. The bill expands the definition of a current “medical care” tax deduction to explicitly include assisted reproduction.

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Lawmakers want Federal health insurance to cover infertility treatment

A group of Democrats in the House and Senate sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management director Kiran Ahuja urging the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) to include coverage for infertility diagnosis and treatment.

According to the lawmakers, adding this coverage to the FEHB is “in our national interest” because it will allow “the Federal Government to recruit and retain the most effective Federal workforce.”

The letter cites a study which found that employees without infertility treatment coverage “often express dissatisfaction with employer-sponsored [health] coverage.”

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How RSCNJ supports PCOS Awareness Month

September is drawing to a close, but there is still time to raise awareness about polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS.

PCOS Awareness Month is a time to talk about the disease that can cause infertility, the treatments that help and the options women with PCOS have for getting pregnant.

We have set up a special PSOC Awareness Month web page, where you can learn more. Please visit our page — and call us with any questions.

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Podcast: Dr. Martinez talks about PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormone disorder in women that is also a leading cause of infertility. According to, 10 to 20 percent of women of childbearing age suffer from PCOS.

PCOS is one of the most under-diagnosed diseases in the world, with less than 25 percent of women with PCOS being diagnosed. It is characterized by seemingly unrelated symptoms and may include irregular or absent periods, lack of ovulation, weight gain, acne, excessive facial hair and infertility.

There is no cure for PCOS yet, but medications used to induce ovulation may help women with PCOS get pregnant.

As we recognize PCOS Awareness Month this September, Dr. Alan Martinez, helps answer questions relating to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in this podcast.

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Scientists discover new protein that could improve fertility treatments

A new protein, named MAIA after the Greek goddess of motherhood, could be crucial in helping doctors better understand some aspects of infertility and develop novel treatments. Currently, infertility is unexplained in more than half of people who are unable to conceive naturally.

In the first study of its kind, the international team of researchers led by the University of Sheffield (England) created artificial eggs using thousands of beads. Each of these beads had a different piece of protein, known as a peptide, on its surface so that sperm could bond with them.

When sperm were incubated with the beads scientists found only a small number of beads had sperm attached to them. After several painstaking rounds of removing any beads that didn’t have sperm bound to them, researchers were eventually left with beads corresponding to one particular protein — MAIA — and sperm bound to all of these beads.

The gene corresponding to MAIA was then inserted into human culture cells, and these became receptive to sperm in the exact way that it would during the natural fertilization process.

The findings, published in Science Advances, reveal that during the process, MAIA is responsible for drawing sperm into the egg for fertilization.

Professor Harry Moore, lead investigator of the study from the University of Sheffield’s School of Biosciences, said, “The ingenious artificial fertilization technique which enabled us to identify the MAIA protein will not only allow scientists to better understand the mechanisms of human fertility, but will pave the way for novel ways to treat infertility and revolutionize the design of future contraceptives.”

The findings could help to confirm the theory that some sperm may not be compatible with some eggs. Researchers now plan to explore whether sperm from different individuals bind to the protein differently.

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Olympic athlete opens up about fertility journey

Olympian Lolo Jones spoke with ABC News report Juju Chang about her desire to be a mom and her decision to freeze her eggs on the eve of turning 40. Jones is encouraging women to think about their own fertility sooner.

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Take the PCOS Challenge

The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is the sponsoring organization for PCOS Awareness Month and offers supporting resources, information and events.

It supports individuals with PCOS and their supporters each year through television and radio programming, online and offline support groups, grants, education, awareness and advocacy initiatives.

You can learn about all these resources and make a tax-deductible contribution to help support PCOS Awareness by going to their website.

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September is PCOS awareness month

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women and girls. It is the leading cause of female infertility and a precursor for other serious conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer.

PCOS Awareness Month, which occurs every September, is a federally designated event. The aim of PCOS Awareness Month is to help improve the lives of those affected by PCOS and to help them to overcome their symptoms as well as prevent and reduce their risks for life-threatening related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cancer.

Learn more about PCOS Awareness Month here.

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New podcast: Embryo Transfer: Fresh vs Frozen

In our newest podcast, Dr. William Ziegler discusses embryo transfer, the differences between fresh and frozen transfers and what is involved when it comes to each type of procedure.

“Over the years, there’s been a lot of debate around fresh versus frozen embryo transfers. And there are benefits that surround both of these,” he says in the podcast.

Hear what he has to say in the podcast below.

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Entire RSCNJ staff is ‘caring and compassionate’

Our patient Courtney says:

“I only started attending this center a few months ago but with every visit I am assured I made the right choice of group of doctors to assist with my husband and my journey to start a family. Both doctors are incredibly knowledgeable and answer any questions or concerns you have along the way. The entire staff from the front to the back are caring and compassionate people who make you feel very comfortable when stepping threw the doors or calling in. I can’t say enough about how great my experience has been with them thus far.”

We thank Courtney for her kind words. Read more reviews like hers at our web site.

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