Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix—ever!

With the holiday season upon us, parties and family gatherings offer constant opportunities to celebrate with a glass of wine, a beer or your favorite fizzy cocktail. But if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, just say no.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant, the CDC says. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer.

Alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD.

The CDC has a web page with more information on pregnancy and alcohol. And if you have any other questions, talk to your doctor.

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‘I will be forever thankful’

A patient of ours posted this about her happy experience at RSCNJ:

“Very knowledgeable doctors who are willing to explore every option. They helped me get my twin boys who are now 5! I will forever be thankful.”

We are thankful to her, and to all who post reviews, which you can read on our web site.

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5 questions LGBTQIA+ persons should ask about their benefits

“Do you know what resources your company is making available to help LGBTQIA+ employees with fertility? And are they equal to the family-building services offered to straight couples?”
The online magazine Metrosource recently posted an article called “5 things gay people need to know about fertility.” 

It includes five questions about family-building benefits that LGBTQIA+ persons should be asking right now:

  1. Is there a fertility benefit offered at this company? If the answer is yes, what treatments and testing are covered?
  2. Does this benefit apply to all employees equally, regardless of gender or sexual orientation?
  3. Are there many in-network fertility clinics to choose from? If yes, do any of those clinics tailor programs or services to the specific needs of the LGBTQIA+ community?
  4. Are reimbursements offered to all employees for procedures that are typically not covered by insurance — such as adoption and surrogacy benefits for family building?
  5. Are there any exclusions to our fertility/family-building policies that I should be aware of?

Here at Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey (RSCNJ), we proudly offer LGBTQIA+ family building services. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual individuals and couples who dream of having a family can often do so with our assisted reproductive technologies. We offer our LGBTQIA+ patients the same fertility treatment options that we offer to all patients.

You can learn more about these services on our web site.

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‘Dr. Ziegler is a total professional’

A patient had this to say about her treatment at RSCNJ:

“Dr. Ziegler is a total professional and really helps to try and explain the procedures and process. He’s a straight shooter for sure and tells you how it is. He made me feel like he’s on my team and there to make things work. He’s called me after hours multiple times just to make sure he touched base and let me know what’s next. I have no doubt that he will continue to be on my team and help me get the outcome we want. Ask all your questions! Dr. Ziegler knows it all.”

Thanks to her and to everyone who posts reviews on our website.

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Does stress actually affect fertility?

“The key to conception is to ‘relax,’ some say, but the evidence isn’t quite so tidy,” says a recent article in the New York Times.

The author, Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, digs into the evidence and finds that the question “is challenging to answer.” You can read what she learned here.

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‘We felt taken care of from day 1’

A patient of ours had this to say about her care at RSCNJ:

“Thank goodness for the Reproductive Science Center and Dr. Ziegler. We were referred by my OBGYN. We had felt a bit lost leading up to our first meeting with Dr. Ziegler, but he quickly calmed our nerves and told us that he would streamline the process and help us get to the bottom of our issues. He did exactly that, all the while keeping us calm and not only answering all of our questions, but explaining in detail everything we were going through. We learned a lot from him. We also saw Dr. Mensah and she was equally as wonderful. We felt taken care of from Day 1 and they were able to help us tremendously. Both my husband and I wished we could stay with Dr. Ziegler for the entirety of our pregnancy. He is just the best. We highly recommend!!”

You can read more reviews like this at our web site.

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Want a second opinion? We will give you one—for free!

The journey through infertility treatment can be stressful. Unsure you’re on the right track? We offer a free second opinion. These free consultations are given over the phone.

You can contact us by filling out the form on this page and we will get in touch with you quickly. Or if you want to schedule an in-office appointment, please visit our Appointment Request page.

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Handling the Holidays

Thanksgiving is here, and that officially kicks off the holiday season. “Holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances,” RESOLVE: The National Infertility Network, notes. “Expectations are at a peak. Pressure comes, both from the outside and within, to break out of the normal routine – to celebrate, and to enjoy! But for the person experiencing infertility, holidays can add additional emotional stress to an already complicated situation.”

RESOLVE says that, while you can’t make the pain of infertility disappear, by planning in advance and acknowledging that holidays may be uncomfortable, you can prepare yourself and improve your chances of getting through them.

Here are RESOLVE’s tips for handling the holidays. If you have other suggestions, please share them in the comments below.

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‘They held our hand all the way through’

A patient of ours recently wrote:

“The entire practice handled our case with the top of the line professionalism, they held our hand and made us feel comfortable all the way through. Dr. Martinez went as far as writing numerous letters to the VA clinics and health insurance to help us with trying to get coverage. The nurses were just as professional and friendly as Dr. Martinez. They took their time and were sensitive towards our feelings and what we were about to go through.”

We thank her, and everyone who takes time to share their experience at RSCNJ, on our web site.

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Philly Magazine: ‘Why Don’t We Talk About Male Infertility More?’

“Infertility is not just women’s burden to bear. In fact, men are experiencing significant drops in fertility that may be contributing to the conception conundrum,” says a recent article in Philadelphia Magazine.

It’s an interesting article. You can read it here.

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