More rave reviews

“I immediately felt more confident in the fertility process.”

“Dr. Ziegler and the staff have been very accommodating and attentive.”

“This is a premium class practice.”

“We beat the odds.”

These are just some of the wonderful comments our patients have made about their experiences at RSCNJ. We thank them for their comments, and invite you to read them, and more, on the testimonials page of our web site.

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New Podcast: Infectious disease testing and infertility

When diagnosing both male and female infertility, doctors may need to conduct blood tests in order to verify the presence or absence of various infectious diseases. If a couple is found to have one of these infections, this might be a contributing factor to a couple’s infertility, or it might affect the outcome of fertility treatments.

Another important reason for these tests is that many of these infections can be passed along to the baby, potentially jeopardizing the baby’s health and the pregnancy.

In our latest podcast, Dr. Alan Martinez discusses the reasons for infectious disease testing prior to fertility treatments and how they can affect the outcome of treatments. You can listen here.

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First living-donor uterine transplant completed

A team of doctors in Dallas performed what would be the first living-donor uterine transplant in the United States. Doctors at Baylor University Medical Center performed four transplants in September, but only one has proven successful.

“During the past three weeks since the first surgery, we performed routine follow-up testing as part of the trial protocol on all four patients,” Baylor said in a statement. “In three patients, we determined after several tests the transplanted organs were not receiving viable blood flow and the uteri were removed. Those patients are now doing well and will soon be back to normal activity.”

However, “The fourth patient’s follow-up tests currently indicate a much different result,” Baylor said. “Her tests are showing good blood flow to the uterus. There are also no signs of rejection or infection at this time. We are cautiously optimistic that she could ultimately become the first uterine transplant recipient in the U.S. to make it to the milestone of uterine functionality.”

In February 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed a uterine transplant using a donated uterus from a 30-year-old woman who had died suddenly. That transplanted organ had to be removed in March, after complications resulted from a common yeast infection.

You can read more about the Baylor transplant here.

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MilCon-VA bill passes

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds the passage of the FY2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill. This bill includes an appropriation for funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who suffered service-related injuries that prevent them from starting or growing their family and also includes adoption assistance services for these veterans.

“We are thrilled that our Veterans will have access to infertility treatments and adoption services to finally have an opportunity to build their family,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This legislation removes an outdated barrier on accessing medically necessary IVF treatments for veterans with a service related injury. Finally, Congress has fixed an inequity that existed between medical care offered to active duty service members and veterans.”

You can read the entire RESOLVE statement here. After you do, send your thanks to Congress for passing the bill here.

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Study shows stress lowers fertility

A new study published in the Annals of Epidemiology reveals that stress lowers a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation.

“If you are feeling more stress than you usually do [around ovulation time], you are 40 percent less likely to get pregnant that month,” said study author Kira Taylor, an assistant professor of epidemiology and population health at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Researchers evaluated 400 women, aged 40 and younger. All were sexually active and not using contraception. Only about a third were actively trying to get pregnant, but all were having unprotected sex, without birth control. The women recorded their stress levels daily, from one (lowest) to four (highest). They did so for up to 20 cycles, or until pregnancy occurred. On average, the women recorded their stress for eight cycles.

Over the study period, 139 women became pregnant. There was a 46 percent reduction in conception for each one-unit rise in stress during the ovulation window, the researchers found.

While the study found a connection between stress and conception, it didn’t prove cause and effect. And the researchers did not look at why stress affected conception at the time of ovulation. But, Taylor speculated that stress disrupts the hormones that signal the the ovaries. “It could be nature’s way of saying ‘Don’t have a baby right now,’” she said.

The researchers recommend moderate exercise, five times a week for 30 minutes, to reduce stress, along with talk therapy and time-management skills.

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New Podcast: Tubal reversal and fertility treatments

In our newest podcast, Dr. William Ziegler discusses what to expect when a couple decide to try to have a baby after tubal ligation.

Women who have had tubal ligations may at some point come to regret their decision and desire fertility in the future. The physicians at the Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey have all had extensive training in tubal reanastamosis—a procedure to reverse the ligation.

You can listen to Dr. Ziegler share his expertise on this topic, and listen to our other podcasts, by visiting our RadioMD Fertility Talk web page.

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Does morning sickness have an upside?

In fact, it does. A new study out of the National Institutes of Health has provided the strongest evidence to date that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage in pregnant women. The study, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and other institutions.

The cause of morning sickness is not known, but some experts believe that it protects the fetus against toxins and disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages. The new study analyzed data from the Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) trial, in which researchers tested whether taking daily low-dose aspirin prevents women who experienced one or two prior pregnancy losses from experiencing a future loss. The women kept daily diaries of whether they experienced nausea and vomiting in the 2nd through the 8th week of their pregnancies and then responded to a monthly questionnaire on their symptoms through the 36th week of pregnancy.

In the EAGeR trial, a total of 797 women had positive pregnancy tests, with 188 pregnancies ending in loss. By the 8th week of pregnancy, 57.3 percent of the women reported experiencing nausea and 26.6 percent reported nausea with vomiting. The researchers found that these women were 50 to 75 percent less likely to experience a pregnancy loss, compared to those who had not experienced nausea alone or nausea accompanied by vomiting.

“Our study confirms that there is a protective association between nausea and vomiting and a lower risk of pregnancy loss,” said Stefanie N. Hinkle, the lead researcher.

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Point Pleasant Beach is the place to fight breast cancer

October means many things: colorful leaves, cooler temperatures—and breast cancer awareness. This month is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we ask you to help raise funds for the research needed to help decrease breast cancer mortality rates.

A great way to do that is by walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at Point Pleasant Beach at Arnold and Ocean Avenues. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, involving more than 300 communities more than one million volunteers nationwide.

Making Strides of Point Pleasant features three- to five-mile walks that help fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services for the more than 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

To learn more, pre-register or make a donation, visit the Making Strides of Point Pleasant Beach web page.

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More 5-star reviews

“The best people and service.”

“We can’t say enough about the staff here. Never did we feel that we were ‘just a patient.’ They always made us feel comfortable and answered any questions we had.”

“The staff at RSCNJ was amazing in their care and everything they do. Everyone in the office is very kind and compassionate. The care we received in the office was great.”

“You are all family! Love you all!”

We love YOU, too, and thank you for these kind reviews. You can read more reviews at our web page. 

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Tune in: 4 new podcasts

We’ve added four new podcasts to our list of more than a dozen informative recordings that you can listen to at any time.

Dr. William Ziegler discuss fertility insurance and how weight affects infertility.

Dr. Alan Martinez talks about the role of reproductive surgery in infertility and what you need to know about IVF and single embryo transfer.

You can listen to these or any of the other podcasts by visiting our RadioMD Fertility Talk web page.

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