RESOLVE hosts discussion on ‘The Male Impact on Miscarriage’

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association hosted a video conversation about the personal effects that miscarriage and loss can have, especially on men.

“The devastating effects of these losses are often far-reaching, but we sometimes forget to consider how men are included in the equation. Our three exceptional panelists shed some light on how male factor infertility diagnosis can play a role in miscarriage, as well as how pregnancy and infant loss can impact different areas of people’s lives,” RESOLVE says.

You can watch the video at the RESOLVE web site.

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‘I have my family thanks to RSCNJ’

Our patient Martha writes:

“Doctor Martinez and the RSCNJ staff are the absolute best. Excellent medical care combined with compassion and kindness. I have my family thanks to them. I cannot rate them highly enough.”

Thank you, Martha. And thanks to everyone who has posted kind reviews, which you can read on our web site.

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Study: Caffeine OK, alcohol not OK during fertility treatment

A recent analysis published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica found no association between women’s caffeine consumption and pregnancy or live birth rate after fertility treatments, but women’s alcohol consumption was associated with decreased pregnancy rate after treatments when weekly consumption was greater than 84 g (approximately 7 standard drinks).

Also, men’s alcohol consumption was associated with decreased live birth rate after fertility treatments in women when weekly consumption was greater than 84 g.

The analysis included a total of seven studies on caffeine consumption and nine studies on alcohol consumption, with a total of 26,922 women and/or their spouse who underwent fertility treatment.

Compared with abstainers, the chance of achieving a pregnancy after fertility treatment decreased by 7% for women who consumed 84 g alcohol per week, and the chance of partners achieving a live birth decreased by 9% for men who consumed 84 g alcohol per week.

“Couples should be aware that some modifiable lifestyle factors such as drinking habits may affect their fertility treatment outcomes. But how these factors impact the reproductive system still needs more research to elucidate,” said corresponding author Yufeng Li, MD, of Tongji Hospital, in China.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do you know your fertility options?

Women who are being treated for breast cancer and would like to preserve fertility have two options: embryo freezing and egg freezing. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we want to make women aware of these options.

Embryo freezing, sometimes referred to as embryo banking, is the most common and most successful way to preserve fertility. It is used to fertilize a woman’s eggs with sperm in a lab, and the resulting embryos are frozen. IVF may be done using a partner’s or donor’s sperm.

If a woman is undergoing cancer treatment, IVF and embryo freezing are performed before she starts treatment. Egg retrieval and IVF for embryo creation takes place approximately two weeks after the onset of the woman’s period.

Egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) is an option for women who do not have a partner, do not want to use donor sperm or have ethical or religious objections to embryo freezing. The process of egg freezing is similar to embryo freezing, as outlined above. After 10-12 days of hormone injections to stimulate the woman’s ovaries, the physician retrieves the eggs. The unfertilized eggs are then frozen for future use.

At Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey, we understand that deciding on either embryo or egg cryopreservation is difficult. We want to help you find the best choice for your fertility journey and would be happy to discuss all your options. Our clinic has financial experts on staff that can address your monetary concerns. You may also view available financing options if you do not have insurance coverage for fertility procedures.

If you would like to learn more, please schedule an appointment.

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Another 5-star review!

Our patient Amanda recently posted a 5-star review of our services, adding:

“I LOVE this entire staff. They always are so understanding, patient, and kind.”

Thank you, Amanda. And thanks to everyone who posts a reviews which you can read at our web site.

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Dr. Martinez interviewed by Forbes Health about genetic testing

RSCNJ’s Dr. Alan Martinez was one of the experts interviewed for an article about genetic testing in Forbes Health.

The article covers a number of topics involved with genetic testing, including patients’ rights. “Some patients may not believe it is right for them and may not want the information,” he says in the article. “Although [genetic testing] might be offered or recommended, the patients have the right to leave whatever happens up to chance.”

Read more of what he had to say in the article, which you can find at the Forbes.com website. 

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Breast cancer awareness and fertility preservation

It’s October, which means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It also makes this a good time to talk about fertility preservation.

Breast cancer treatment can limit a woman’s ability to conceive later in life. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can speed up the natural decline in available eggs, thereby reducing or destroying the egg reserve. They can also harm reproductive organs, making pregnancy difficult or impossible. The risk of being infertile after cancer treatment depends upon the treatment, the woman’s fertility before treatment and her age.

At RSCNJ, we offer cryopreservation services. Cryopreservation is the freezing and storage of mature eggs or embryos, whether for medical or social reasons, for later use in assisted reproductive treatments.

Learn more about cryopreservation services at our web site.

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Emcees for RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala: Chloe Melas and Kellee Stewart

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association announces that Chloe Melas and Kellee Stewart are the emcees for the 2022 Night of Hope, the organization’s premier fundraising gala, on November 14, 6-10 p.m. at Capitale, New York, NY.

“I cannot wait to take the stage and co-host Night of Hope. I believe sharing my fertility journey is one of the greatest purposes of my life. I look forward to shining a light on the many people of RESOLVE that help dreams come true,” said Melas, an entertainment reporter for CNN.

“I’ve been running in these fertility streets for years looking for my Night of Hope. So glad I finally found it!” said Kellee Stewart, Kellee Stewart is an actress and self-proclaimed egg advocate who created “Warrior Wednesdays,” a LIVE IG talk show, during lockdown in 2020. After preserving her fertility, Kellee learned how little she knew about reproductive health and made it her mission to create a platform where physicians and passionate patients gather weekly to have transparent and often emotional conversations about everything from fibroids, endometriosis, IVF, and MRKH just to name a few.

As a woman of color, Kellee became focused on speaking to communities often left out of the national conversation about infertility and debunking the myths surrounding Black and Brown men and women facing challenges in building families.

For more information regarding Night of Hope sponsorships and tickets and the Hope Award honorees, visit www.resolve.org/nightofhope.

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Podcast covers breast cancer and fertility preservation

As we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we focus on the impact that cancer treatments can have on a woman’s ability to conceive and carry a child. In one of our podcasts, Dr. Alan Martinez discusses how to preserve fertility if undergoing cancer treatment.

You can listen here. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office for a free consultation.

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‘5 Dangerous Infertility Myths: A Kitchen Table Conversation’

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, recently held a “Kitchen Table Conversation” with two panelists who helped uncover what is happening on social media and why it may not be the best resource for learning more about fertility and family building.

“When it comes to social media, it’s important not to believe everything you read,” RESOLVE says. “When it comes to researching infertility and family building options, using fact-based data, research, and information from reliable sources is key. In this episode, we uncover five dangerous myths on social media and unpack how they can negatively impact our community.”

The panelists included RESOLVE Board Member Halle Taco, lifestyle blogger Dani Wade and moderator Rebecca Flick, RESOLVE Chief External Affairs Officer. You can listen to their conversation at RESOLVE.org.

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