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A Ten Year Retrospective to Today: My Infertility Journey

May 22, 2017

Ten Years ago today, I was a first grade teacher, living LIFE teaching a classroom full of 27 first grade students. Ten Years ago today, I was a wife yearning for a child that once was told was never possible. Ten Years ago today, I was a scared and yet excited patient of Dr. Peter…

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Yeah Me Too: An Announcement

May 19, 2017

There have been several times I’ve sat down to write a post for MCRM and started with the same line “This is the hard part.” I’m avoiding those words today even though they immediately came to me. I swear it’s not because I can’t think of anything else to say, but each step of this…

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MCRM Leads The Way: 2016 Success Rates

April 20, 2017

The Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine continually strives to be able to bring joy and happiness into individual lives using advanced technology and latest scientific advancements with a compassionate and personalized approach.  For the third consecutive year, MCRM has improved upon its success rates and continues to be a leader in the Midwest. For 2016,…

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Provide Hope and Encouragement: Say It with Socks

April 20, 2017

National Infertility Awareness Week (#NIAW, April 23-29, 2017) is a time to RALLY together to support and encourage those struggling with infertility.  This year at MCRM Fertility, we’re encouraging those that are currently walking down the path of infertility, have walked down the path in the past, and simply those in the community that just…

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Showers of Infertility

Increasing Infertility Awareness During NIAW 2017

April 12, 2017

The good old saying, April Showers bring May flowers goes hand in hand with National Infertility Awareness Week. #NIAW Throughout one’s struggle with infertility, it’s the “showers” or the hard times and or emotions that can be so frustrating for patients struggling. However, National Infertility Awareness Week  is the “flowers” or the HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT…

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The Truth about Mini-IVF/Micro-IVF/Intravaginal Culture Devices

April 3, 2017

There are a multitude of variations, methods and protocols to do in vitro fertilization (IVF).  There have been protocols that have come and gone over the decades but currently there are quite a few different ways to go about things.  This implies, of course, that there is one “best” way to do IVF and certainly I…

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Yeah, Me Too (Episode 14): Post Transfer Conversation to My Embabies

March 29, 2017

To my embabies, the day after transfer: I feel like I’ve known you my whole life. And you’re home now, with me and your dad and those furry brothers who make all the noise. I know you’re still growing and fighting in there, so I just want you to know how much you’re loved and…

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Yeah Me Too (Episode 13): Head Down, Heart Up

March 14, 2017

Head down, heart up. That’s the mantra I’ve been repeating for the last week. A mess, I am, and that’s not a lie. There are a few emotions I need to tell you about – that I’m feeling right now – before the details of this blog to allow you to get all of the…

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Does More Eggs/Oocytes Retrireved Lead to Higher Birth Rates in IVF?

February 14, 2017

Questions have been asked by patients and some highly respected fertility physicians have suggested that less is better when it comes to egg/oocyte retrieval. The concern and the claim is that higher numbers of oocytes retrieved lead to poorer quality eggs and in turn lower birth rates. A recent study, Retrieval of larger oocyte cohorts…

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Mitochondrial DNA Evaluation with PGS May Help Shed Light as to Why PGS “Normal” Embryos Fail

February 13, 2017

In 2016, MCRM became one the first fertility centers in the nation to be able to offer the evaluation of Mitochondrial DNA levels within embryos when the process of pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) is completed. A recent study, Clinical application of mitochondrial DNA quantification for embryo viability assessment: a blinded prospective non-selection study , published…

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“Yeah Me Too” Episode 12: I Survived Retrieval Numero Dos

February 6, 2017

“Do you remember waking up and screaming my name?” Lindsay, my coordinator, asked as she stood just inside the recovery bay. She smirked as I sipped water and came down from my anesthesia high. I just laughed and shook my head. I didn’t remember that, but it didn’t surprise me at all. Just before my…

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“Yeah Me Too” Episode 11: The Same Isn’t The Same

January 19, 2017

One of the side effects I’m feeling right now is the brain fritz. I don’t know about anyone else, but I can tell a substantial difference in how much of my brain is firing off right now. This, of course, has impacted my cycle. Don’t ask me about the meds I left on the counter…

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An Emotional IVF Journey & Why Testing at Home is Not Advised

January 12, 2017

After an embryo transfer, MCRM recommends patients to not take at-home pregnancy tests and instead wait until accurate blood work is tested. But WHY? Julie explains why doing so took an emotional toll on her.

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A Blessing In Oklahoma

January 9, 2017

Eric & I were married in September 2008, I was 30 and he was 29. We had planned to wait a year or two before having children just to make sure we were financially prepared. We never dreamed there would be an issue with getting pregnant because I had always had a normal cycle with…

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Just Keep “Cruisin” And The Blessings Will Come

January 9, 2017

When Josh and I danced the last song in our junior/senior prom in 1999, both of us knew there would be many more songs and dances to come…and there were. I walked down the aisle to ” The Wedding March ,” and we danced the night away to ” Let’s Get Married ” at our…

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