Leading the way in IVF research

We are excited to announce that we are participating in a multi-center, international study to evaluate pregnancy outcomes in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization with a single embryo transfer.

To be eligible, you must:

• be planning to have an IVF cycle.

• be between ages 25 and 40.

• not have had more than two failed IVF cycles.

Click here to learn more about the IVF Clinical Trial at RSCNJ. Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to learn more about the study.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘We felt comfortable and valued’

Among those who have posted their reviews about us on the website Reputation.com was this happy patient:

“From the start of this process both my husband and I felt very comfortable and valued. Dr. Ziegler was very thorough and honest. His nurse Fran was really like one of our family members. The office was very accommodating with early morning tests and quick to get back to us with the results by the end of the day. It only took us four months to get pregnant and we are going to miss the staff. We would highly recommend Dr. Zeigler and his staff for your infertility needs.”

Thank you to this anonymous patient, and to all who have shared their feelings on Reputation.com.

You can read these reviews on our site as well. We hope you will share your feelings about us with others too.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cancer and fertility: do you know the options?

Despite the efforts of many fertility experts, including us, many young cancer patients–especially females—still have limited awareness of the available ways to preserve their fertility.

In a new study published in the journal Cancer, researchers gave questionnaires to almost 500 teens and young adults who were diagnosed with cancer in 2007 or 2008. More than 70 percent were told that cancer treatment might affect their fertility. But males were more than twice as likely as females to say that they discussed fertility preservation options with their doctor. Furthermore, nearly one-third of males said they made arrangements to preserve their fertility—a rate four to five times higher than that of females, the researchers said.

Besides gender, other factors that affected the likelihood that patients and doctors would discuss fertility risks or take action to preserve fertility were education level, insurance status and whether patients already had children.

The study highlights “the need for decreased cost, improved insurance coverage, and partnerships between cancer healthcare providers and fertility experts to develop strategies that increase awareness of fertility preservation options and decrease delays in cancer therapy as fertility preservation for adolescent and young adult cancer patients improves,” study author Margarett Shnorhavorian, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, said in a journal news release.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

No need to ‘eat for two’

Pregnancy is no excuse for doubling down on the ice cream. Despite the familiar belief that moms-to-be must “eat for two,” a new study suggests that a mother’s digestive system in early pregnancy is designed to handle the growing baby without extra calories.

The findings, from an international team of researchers, published in the journal eLife, reveal that the mother’s digestive system enlarges and adapts to absorb more energy from the same amount of food, in order to meet the demands of her growing baby.

The study was done on fruit flies, which actually have many of the same genes as humans. It found that a hormone released after fertilization causes dramatic growth of the intestines and stimulates increased fat storage. The hormone, which acts like human thyroid hormones that regulate the body’s energy demands, also affects fat metabolism. The researchers think this may also help explain why women struggle to lose weight after giving birth, because the intestines may remain enlarged to continue to extract more calories.

The takeaway here: There is no need to eat for two, and in fact adding too much weight during pregnancy can have unhealthy consequences.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The silence of infertile African-American women

African-American women are just as likely to experience infertility as white women, if not more so, but they often cope with this traumatic issue in silence and isolation, according to a new University of Michigan study.

African-American women also more often feel that infertility hinders their sense of self and gender identity, says the study, published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.

The researchers interviewed 50 African-American women of different socioeconomic backgrounds about infertility and relationships with friends, relatives and doctors. Their ages ranged from 21 to 52 and most were married. Many of the women had college degrees and worked full-time. At some point in their lives, the respondents met the medical definition for infertility.

In describing the difficulties of getting pregnant, 32 percent of the women discussed stereotyped beliefs that equated being a woman with motherhood. Infertility was also infused with religious significance for some women. They believed God intended women to produce children, which heightened their sense of shame. Overall, when black women could not conceive a child, it negatively affected their self-esteem. They saw themselves as abnormal, in part, because they did not see other people like themselves—African-American, female and infertile—in social images.

Virtually all of the women dealt with infertility in silence and isolation, even when a friend or relative knew about their difficulty conceiving.

If you are an African-American woman, please let us know your feelings about this, and share them with others struggling with infertility.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Discovery could help improve IVF success rates

Scientists have discovered that chromosomal abnormalities in human embryos created for in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can be predicted within the first 30 hours of development from the union of a female egg and male sperm. This discovery, published in the journal Nature Communications, could improve IVF success rates, which have hovered around 30 to 35 percent for many years worldwide.

It is estimated that between 50 and 80 percent of embryos created for IVF have a chromosomal abnormality and typically do not develop into a pregnancy, instead resulting in a miscarriage. This research showed that scientists are able to identify chromosomally normal versus abnormal embryos at the earliest stage of human development.

As a result, clinicians and embryologists can more quickly identify the healthiest embryo for implantation and reduce the amount of time an embryo is cultured in the laboratory prior to transfer. Embryos typically need to be implanted within three to five days of creation, a fact that has created a challenge because chromosomal abnormalities may not be identified until day five or six.

“A failed IVF attempt takes an emotional toll on a woman who is anticipating a pregnancy as well as a financial toll on families,” the researchers state. “Our findings also bring hope to couples who are struggling to start a family and wish to avoid the selection and transfer of embryos with unknown or poor potential for implantation.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Great news!

Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey is pleased to tell you that we are now a participating provider with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Our center, which also accepts most of the other major insurers, combines a commitment to sensitive care with a state-of-the-art program offering the latest infertility treatments, ranging from in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination to drug therapies and tubal ligation reversal.

To learn more, give us a call at 1-877-4UREGGS.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Thank you for the kind words!

Our patients have been posting their thoughts about our care and services on the website Reputation.com. We are happy to hear that you think so highly of us. Some of the things you’ve said include:

“I love Dr. Mann. She’s very nice and approachable. I’m very happy with her service.”

“Very helpful and caring staff. Everyone is so nice!”

“Everyone has been wonderful. Very caring and very helpful with any questions or concerns. Dr Zeigler is fabulous at what he does!”

“Very capable doctors, friendly staff!”

We are sharing these reviews on our own web site as well, and invite you to tell others how you feel at Reputation.com.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Double the benefits of quitting smoking

If you stop smoking before you become pregnant, you will be protected from two important health risks. According to a new study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, you lower your risks of having a premature baby and of developing heart disease later in life.

Looking at data from more than 900,000 mothers, researchers found that smokers who also had a preterm birth were nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers who had full-term births. That is 29 percent higher than the risk from either smoking or preterm birth alone. And heart-disease risks were even higher for smokers who had more than one premature birth or an extremely premature birth.

“Fertility treatment is pushing up rates of preterm birth and smoking in pregnant women remains high, so knowledge of the impact of these conditions on [heart disease] is important for prevention efforts,” lead author Dr. Anh Ngo said in a journal news release. “Our research shows for the first time that smoking and preterm birth interact to create a greater [heart-disease] risk than either risk factor on its own.”

He added that smokers looking into fertility treatment should know about their risk for premature birth and heart disease later in life so they can make an informed decision.

By quitting the habit now, he said, women “will avoid the increased risk of having a preterm birth, and they will avoid the elevated risk of getting cardiovascular disease when they reach an older age,” he said. “Smoking mothers who have already had a preterm birth should quit smoking if they haven’t already done so and go for periodic [heart-disease] screening.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

This month, help promote breastfeeding

In case it’s not marked on your calendar, August is National Breastfeeding Month. This year, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is inviting one and all to join a variety of online actions and conversations “to raise awareness and advocate for the policy and practice changes breastfeeding families need.”

Each week, the focus will shift to address a specific practice or policy. The goal is to “inspire education and action to support breastfeeding families from the grassroots to the treetops!”

• Each Wednesday of the month, join the USBC and other partners for the MomsRising #WellnessWed Twitter chat on the week’s theme, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

• August 1–7: Breastfeeding at Work: Let’s Make it Work! (to include action/education on federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” law and Supporting Working Moms Act)

• August 7–10: Innocenti Declaration: 25 Year Anniversary

• August 11–17: Breastfeeding in Health Care Coverage: Mind the Gaps! (to include action/education on the state of breastfeeding coverage in private plans, Medicaid, and TRICARE)

• August 18–24: Breastfeeding in the Community: Wherever Moms Are! (to include action/education on Friendly Airports for Mothers Act and support in public spaces such as faith communities and sports stadiums)

• August 25–31: Black Breastfeeding Week: Lift Every Baby

To learn more about these events and how to participate, go to the USBC website.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment