Do you really know how to get pregnant?

That may sound like a silly question, but the truth is, many couples don’t understand how they can maximize their chances of getting pregnant without infertility treatments by knowing how to improve their odds of getting pregnant. That includes making sure they are having intercourse in the most productive way or making changes to their lifestyle habits that can impede their fertility.

Difficulty getting pregnant can be frustrating, but it is not always an indication of infertility, nor is it always a sign that a couple or individual needs to consult a fertility specialist.

We recommend that couples first try everything they can do to enhance their prospects of natural conception through their normal fertility, defined as achieving pregnancy within 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. You can read our tips for improving your chances for pregnancy on our web site.

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‘Amazing’ and ‘wonderful’ reviews

Two patients of ours have this to say about their care at RSCNJ.

“I’m so happy to have the help from RSCNJ to help me conceive! Dr. Martinez has been amazing. My husband and I are so excited for the baby!”

“The whole staff were absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process! They were always available at every step and able to answer all my questions.”

You can read more reviews like these on our web site.

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“I was blessed”

A patient has some happy news to report:

“I love Doctor Martinez. After so many different doctors, I had a successful pregnancy. I was blessed with a healthy baby girl. The best reproductive doctor!!!!”

We are so happy to have helped her achieve her dream. You can read more patient comments like this on our web site.

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Study links smoking with fertility treatment failure

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that smoking in the three months prior to assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment was associated with higher adjusted odds of cycle cancellation, which resulted in poor outcomes. The article was published in Journal of Women’s Health.

This study used National ART Surveillance System data on ART treatments performed between 2009 and 2013 in all U.S. states and territories. Researchers from the CDC found that more than 12,000 ART cycles during this period were potentially exposed to smoking. Although smoking increased the odds of cycle cancellation, associations with other clinical outcomes were not significant.

“As smoking may reduce the chance of becoming pregnant with ART, it is important that providers discuss with women the effects of smoking on fertility and pregnancy outcomes,” states Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health and Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA. “Women should be offered information about effective smoking cessation interventions and support to help them quit smoking before they start ART treatment.”

Be sure to talk to your doctor about smoking cessation before starting your ART treatment.

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A breakthrough in male infertility?

Scientists at Newcastle University in the UK report that they have solved the importance of a gene in regulating the production of fully functioning sperm.

For the first time, they say, they have identified the role of a gene, RBMXL2, which is very similar to a possible infertility gene found on the Y chromosome found only in men. The study, published in eLife, sheds light on why some men may be infertile as RBMXL2 has been shown to be essential to make sperm.

Scientists found that deleting the RBMXL2 gene from chromosome 11 blocked sperm production. This paves the way for further exciting research in this area, said Professor David Elliott, at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, who led the 10-year international study that involved experts from America, Edinburgh and mainland Europe.

“Male infertility is a poorly understood topic, and this study helps us to understand why some men might become infertile,” Elliott said. The study was conducted on mice, but the gene is found in all mammals, he said. “We predict that similar problems found in mice will occur in infertile men, but we need to test this in future research.”

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Love for Dr. Mensah

A patient of ours has great things to say about Dr. Virginia Mensah:

“She is a fantastic doctor. Knowledgeable, excellent communication skills (let’s face it most doctors lack these skills), upbeat and positive while explaining processes and events that could be less than pleasant to hear and go through. Love her!”

And we love all our patients who take the time to post reviews of our services, which you can read on our web site.

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IVF success rates: What every patient should know

At Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, we take pride in our success rates and believe that understanding what they mean is of utmost importance when choosing the fertility clinic that’s best for you.

The Society for Assisted and Reproductive Technology advises patients not to use success rate information to compare clinics because patient’s characteristics vary from facility to facility. Statistics can be interpreted and presented in many ways, making it difficult to understand the effect they have on your ability to conceive. Every patient desiring to conceive should be treated individually.

To learn more about success rates and what they really mean, click here. If you have any questions, please call us. We are happy to explain it in more detail.

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How acupuncture may help with IVF treatment

The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time-tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.

The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy,” “energetic balance” and “energetic imbalance.” Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels.”

There’s more to it than that, of course. We have a page on our web site that describes acupuncture and IVF more comprehensively. You can find it here.

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What is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis?

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows for the detection of life-altering genetic abnormalities prior to embryo transfer during IVF. The procedure can also help patients suffering from certain fertility challenges as well.

PGD is recommended for patients who are at an increased risk for genetic disorders, including those who are carriers for diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs, sickle cell, Huntington’s chorea, or Thalasemia. It is also helpful for patients who have no other known reason for infertility (unexplained infertility), recurrent pregnancy losses, advanced maternal age, repetitive IVF failures or male factor infertility.

To learn more about our PGD services, please go to our web site.

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A difficult choice for transgender people: fertility or transition

A recent article in the Huffington Post discusses the difficult choice transgender people often have to make between their fertility and their transition.

The article says that experts recommend that trans people preserve their fertility first if they know they want to be parents. But there are serious barriers in the way.

You can read this interesting article at Here at RSCNJ, we take special pride in working with LGBTQ patients on their journey to parenthood. You can learn more about our services at our web site.

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