What you should know about Egg Freezing

Jun 09, 2013 | Fertility Care
Egg freezing is finally a reality for women which enables women to reliably preserve their fertility. While it isn't a guarantee, it can provide women with  future  options should they face fertility challenges. In a recently published study, scientists analyzed data from 2,265 egg freezing cycles in 1,805 women in the U.S. and Europe,  and generated norms which can be used to determine egg freezing success rates based on a woman's age, the number of eggs frozen, and the method of egg freezing. The study showed that egg freezing success rates decline with age, with a sharp drop after age 36. The success rates for pregnancy were less promising after age 42 although pregnancies have been documented from frozen eggs until age 44.     You can read the full article here : http://www.asrm.org/uploadedFiles/ASRM_Content/News_and_Publications/News_and_Research/Press_Releases/2013-05/Live%20birth%20probability%20with%20egg%20freezing.pdf   Check out Table 1.   Hope this helps!

How our experiences affect our offspring

Apr 17, 2013 | Fertility Care
We've all heard the saying, "you are what you eat, " but did you know that what you eat can also affect your future offspring? What we eat, how much stress we undergo, and what toxins we're exposed to can all alter the genetic legacy we pass on to our children and even grandchildren. A woman's diet during pregnancy seems to have a major impact on her baby's epigenetic tags. Prenatal diets that are low in folic acid, vitamin B-12, and other nutrients containing "methyl groups" — a set of molecules that can tag genes and cause epigenetic changes — have been linked to an increased risk of asthma and brain and spinal cord defects in children. Even eating foods rich in gene-altering methyl groups — such as soybeans, red grapes, and green tea — might protect against disease by silencing detrimental genes. That suggests that what men and women eat and smoke, and what toxins and traumas they're exposed to, can affect their children and even grandchildren. http://theweek.com/article/index/238907/epigenetics-how-our-experiences-affect-our-offspring is a great article that describes how our experiences affect our offspring. Now why would I want to talk to my patients about epigenetics? Women come to me asking why they are...

Fertility Support Group in SF

Apr 14, 2013 | Fertility Care
Struggling To have a Child? RESOLVE Professionally-led general infertility support group for WOMEN is starting in  San Francisco Facilitated by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW This group meets at 1197 Valencia Street at 23rd Tuesday nights starting April 9th from 6:30 pm – 7:20 pm The group meets for 6 weeks   What happens during this infertility support group? Members of this infertility support group come together to share feelings, concerns, and creative ways to cope with the challenges of infertility. Members help one another work through feelings of anger and depression, as well as support each other’s successes in their infertility journey. In a mutually caring environment, positive feelings of self-acceptance, perspective, and optimism can return. What are the logistics of this group? This infertility support group will meet for 6 weeks for an hour and half in duration. Licensed psychotherapist, Beth Jaeger-Skigen who has personal infertility experience, leads this group. To reserve your place in this group, payment is due prior to the first group meeting. Interested in joining this support group? Call Beth Jaeger-Skigen 415-317-4892 email beth@therapistsf.org Cost: $360 per person session

From Infertility to Pregnancy Virtual Conference

Apr 12, 2013 | Fertility Care
When struggling to have a baby, life can feel like it’s at a standstill, each month dragging and providing the same results. It’s time to start moving again, living, loving and even laughing while on your journey to pregnancy and parenthood. This virtual conference will hopefully transform the way you view and treat your infertility forever. The conference begins Sunday, April 21st 2013, the first day of National Infertility Awareness Week. Go to this website to register for free and learn more! http://www.frominfertility2pregnancy.com/ Hope this helps

Air pollution and Birth defects – is there a relationship?

Apr 03, 2013 | Fertility Care
For more than a decade, researchers have been studying the effects of air pollution on babies. Pregnant women living in urban areas or close to freeways with high levels of traffic pollution have been shown to have babies with more birth defects and underweight babies compared to women living in areas with low levels of traffic pollution. New research from Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that breathing traffic pollution in early pregnancy is linked to a higher risk for birth defects. Researchers studied women who resided in one of the most polluted areas in the nation — the San Joaquin Valley in California. The study was conducted in over 800 women whose pregnancies were affected by birth defects in their newborns between 1997 and 2006 compared with an equal number of healthy pregnancies in the same period. The study found an  increased incidence of spina bifida; neural tube defects resulting in malformations of the brain and spine in the newborns of mothers who were exposed to high carbon monoxide during the first eight week of pregnancies, when many birth defects develop. For those who wish to know more, here is the link to the news coverage http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/new-stanford-study-links-certain-birth-defects-tra/nW7Ck/ Check out...

Man-made chemicals and our fertility

Feb 19, 2013 | Fertility Care
I take this report very seriously. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-chemicals-idUSBRE91I0NJ20130219 I have to tell more and more young women that their eggs are "poor quality" and I think it's due to more than just genetics. Man-made chemicals do affect our fertility.    

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