We support our military with treatment discounts

Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to protect us. Their jobs are incredibly hard and stressful, and we are all in debt to their service. That’s why, at RSCNJ, we offer special discounted services to members of the military and their families, so that they don’t need to worry about the cost of treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about this special discount, please call for information.

• Eatontown: 732-918-2500
• Toms River: 732-240-3000
• Lawrenceville: 609-895-1114

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Happy anniversary—to us!

The week of Sept. 18 marks the 10-year anniversary of RSCNJ. Time sure flies when you’re helping people have babies!

From day one, we have tried to help our patients feel like guests in our home. From the doctors and nurses to the reception and billing staff, we all strive to support patients both medically and emotionally. We will go to any length to answer all your questions, calm your fears and share with you the joys and disappointments of your journey.

Our center combines a state-of-the-art program with a commitment to sensitive care. Our doctors and nurses are widely recognized for their expertise and success in assisting reproduction. Once the cause of infertility has been determined, a plan can be customized for the patients to fit their unique situation and move them along on the path to conceiving a child.

We thank all of the patients who have entrusted us with their care over the past decade, and we look forward to the many new families we will help start in the next 10 years as well.

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Are insurance concerns keeping you from seeking treatment?

Fertility issues affect women of all races and sexual orientations, but a recent study has found that white, straight women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than minority, bisexual or lesbian women. The researchers discovered that lack of insurance was a major reason why minority, lesbian and bisexual women didn’t seek infertility treatments.

“There have been relatively few studies addressing the sexual and reproductive health of lesbian and bisexual women, but these findings reveal that sexual minority women do face inequities in fertility care,” said study author Bernadette Blanchfield, a doctoral student at the University of Virginia.

Researchers examined data gathered from nearly 20,000 American women, aged 21 to 44, who took part in polls in 2002 and 2006–2010, conducted as part of the National Survey of Family Growth study.

In the first poll, 13 percent of white, heterosexual women said they sought treatment for infertility. This ranged from doctors’ advice to more advanced measures such as fertility testing and drugs, surgery and artificial insemination. In comparison, 7 percent of minority heterosexual women, 7 percent of white lesbian and bisexual women, and 1 percent of racial minority lesbian and bisexual women sought treatment. The numbers in the second poll were 13 percent, 6 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively, according to the study, published recently in the journal Health Psychology.

“White, heterosexual women have apparently been the prime beneficiaries of the recent surge in medical infertility treatments,” Blanchfield said.

If insurance coverage is a concern for you, contact us. We have partnered with Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc. (ARC), and with The WINFertility Quality Discount Treatment Program to help provide you with the most affordable options. Learn more about your financing options here.

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Yes—you need a flu shot this fall

A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get flu shots. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), several studies released in recent years have upheld the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccination during pregnancy.

“The flu virus is highly infectious and can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause pneumonia, premature labor and other complications,” Dr. Laura Riley, chair of the college’s Immunization Expert Work Group, explained in an ACOG news release. “Vaccination every year, early in the season and regardless of the stage of pregnancy, is the best line of defense.”

The best time to get vaccinated is early in the flu season, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, the guidelines state. However, pregnant women can get a flu shot at any time during flu season, which typically lasts from October to May.

All women who are or become pregnant during the flu season should get the inactivated flu vaccine, which is also safe for women who have just given birth and those who are breast-feeding. However, pregnant women should not be given the live attenuated version of the flu vaccine (the nasal mist), according to the guidelines.

Flu shots protect not only pregnant women, but their infants as well. Babies can’t be given flu vaccine until they are six months old, but receive flu antibodies from their vaccinated mother while in the womb. This provides them with protection until they can be vaccinated directly.

The guidelines appear in the September 2014 issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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September is PCOS Awareness Month

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common hormone disorder in women, a leading cause of infertility and one of the most underdiagnosed diseases in the United States. Yet too many women do not know this. That’s why September has been designated PCOS Awareness Month.

PCOS is characterized by seemingly unrelated symptoms and may include irregular or absent periods, lack of ovulation, weight gain, acne, excessive facial hair and infertility. Surprisingly, most women with PCOS do not even know they have it. Most women are never officially diagnosed until they begin trying to conceive and seek help in getting pregnant.

We have set up a page on our website to help you learn more about PCOS. We invite you to take a look, and please contact us if you have any questions.

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Is your furnace safe?

Sad to say, but fall is here, and that means it won’t be long before you have to fire up the furnace to stay warm. Make sure your furnace is clean and safe to prevent exposure to dangerous carbon monoxide gas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that a pregnant woman may be especially concerned about the potential effects of carbon monoxide exposure on her unborn child. Generally, if a pregnant woman has very mild illness or no symptoms at all, it is unlikely that her unborn child will be at serious risk. However, more severe carbon monoxide poisoning can be toxic to the developing baby. The degree of danger will be related to the amount and length of CO exposure, and when during pregnancy the exposure occurred.

Don’t take any chances. Have your furnace serviced before the temps fall too far.

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A good time to talk about PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women, has been recognized and diagnosed for 75 years. Along with being responsible for 70 percent of infertility issues in women, according to the PCOS Foundation, the syndrome is linked to an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. Early diagnosis is critical, and September has been named PCOS Awareness Month to encourage women to learn more about this disorder.

About 5–10% of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS, and fewer than 50% of women who have the disorder are diagnosed. This leaves millions of women unaware of their condition. Early diagnosis and proper education can help women lower their risks and live a healthier life.

To learn more, visit the PCOS Foundation website or contact us. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, please share your insights below.

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We’re here when you need us

We have expanded our office hours to meet the needs of your busy schedule. Now you can come see us when it’s more convenient for you. So give us a call to schedule an appointment.

And if you cannot make it to the office at all, we also offer free phone consultation. Call the office nearest you:

• Eatontown: 732-918-2500

• Toms River: 732-240-3000

• Lawrenceville: 609-895-1114

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Attention, POI sufferers

Women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) have trouble getting pregnant, but they also have an increased risk of bone disease such as osteoporosis.

A new study has found that hormone replacement therapy in young women with POI led to increases in their bone mineral density. The study, supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, was published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The findings provide important treatment information for women with POI and their physicians. Spontaneous POI, which affects 1 in 100 women by age 40, occurs when the ovaries stop producing sufficient estrogen in the absence of a known cause. It is typically characterized by irregular or absent menstrual cycles, hot flashes and fertility problems.

Women with POI have abnormally low levels of reproductive hormones, including estradiol, a type of estrogen produced by the ovary, as well as testosterone, a predominantly male hormone, but one that is also produced by females in smaller amounts. These women also have reduced bone mineral density, which can lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures.

“Bone mineral density is an important measure of bone health,” says Lawrence M. Nelson, M.D., study author and investigator in the Program on Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology at NICHD. “This study showed that not only could hormone treatment reduce the rate at which women with POI lose bone mineral density, but it could actually restore bone density to normal levels.”

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More evidence supporting vitamin D in IVF

A new study has linked vitamin D deficiency with a lower chance of getting pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Researchers in Italy compared the success of IVF in 154 women with vitamin D deficiency against that of 181 women with sufficient levels of the vitamin. Those with sufficient levels were twice as likely to get pregnant as those with a deficiency, the team reported Aug. 14 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Women with sufficient levels of vitamin D were also more likely to have better-quality embryos and had a greater likelihood of an embryo implanting in the uterus, the researchers found.

The study does not prove cause and effect, but co-author Alessio Paffoni believes that the findings “certainly suggest that low levels of vitamin D contribute to infertility.”

He added that “since vitamin D supplementation is an inexpensive and simple intervention with few relevant side effects, additional study in this area has the potential to markedly influence the way infertility is treated.”

Vitamin D is nicknamed “the sunshine vitamin” because the body produces it when exposed to sunlight. People also get vitamin D through such foods as eggs, milk, yogurt, tuna, salmon, cereal and orange juice.

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