fertility and age

Myth: Miscarriages arising from chromosomally abnormal (aneuploid) embryos occur only in older women

May 19, 2020

Although increased age is a risk factor for embryo aneuploidy (abnormality) and miscarriages, younger women (<35) are at substantial risk for producing aneuploid embryos particularly when they have a history of recurrent miscarriages.  It may be that in these women the uterine lining is too selective.  In other words, the uterine lining is inappropriately allowing…

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MYTH: More than (2) Growing Follicles During IUI Therapy Provides a Higher Pregnancy Rate

May 4, 2020

A recently published study in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Vol. 135, No. 5, May 2020), “Mature Follicle Count and Multiple Gestation Risk Based on Patient Age in Intrauterine Insemination Cycles with Ovarian Stimulation” (Evans et al) evaluated the risk of multiple level pregnancies by age group and the number of mature follicles obtained related to the…

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Declining Sperm Counts

September 3, 2019

A recent study  dubbed an urgent wake-up call has identified an area of great concern for researchers and health authorities.  According to research at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem, sperm counts have dropped by more than 50% over the last 40 years in men from New Zealand,…

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AMH Guidance Gauge showing the likelihood of developing PCOS decreasing as you get older

Understanding AMH and its Importance

March 28, 2019

AMH or anti-Mullerian hormone is a hormone that is produced, naturally, in cells of developing ovarian egg sacs or follicles. Evaluating the level of AMH present in a woman’s blood can be very useful in assessing her ovarian reserve. The level of AMH remains relatively constant and therefore can be evaluated at any time during…

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Understanding the Fertility Experiences of Women: Help Researchers at the University of Missouri

July 10, 2018

Are you a woman age 20-45 and would like to help other women? MCRM Fertility is wishing to assist researchers at the University of Missouri who are completing research evaluating the fertility experiences of women by sharing information regarding a  brief online survey that you may participate in. The purpose of this study is to…

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What’s in Your Genes? Why Genetic Carrier Screening is requested by your Reproductive Specialist

June 13, 2018

When You meet with a reproductive specialist to learn more about your fertility care options, one of the first steps in the journey involves the collection of numerous blood samples for analysis. The number of tubes of blood collected may seem overwhelming and you may ask yourself, “What are they looking for and why so…

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cryotank with canes with cryopreserved eggs, embryo and sperm

Fertility Preservation: Your Plan B

May 17, 2018

Are you an individual focussed on today? Are you career focussed? Maybe, you haven’t found mister or misses right? Yet, you desire to have a child but just don’t know when. You do have an option and a plan B and it is to preserve today’s fertility for that someday in the future. Fertility Preservation…

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Grieving couple after being told that they had a miscarriage

Coping with Miscarriage as an Individual and as a Couple

May 10, 2018

Recently, Stephen Mitchell, MDiv, PhD, LPC, LMFT, a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, stopped in to be part of Focus on Fertility to discuss how individuals and couples can cope with miscarriage. Miscarriage is the most common cause of pregnancy loss.  Research studies have estimated that approximately 20% of all known…

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A line diagram of the western world's declining fertility rate since 1970

Western World Crisis…Lowering Fertility Rates

May 4, 2018

It is a complex social and population issue; however, there are steps that can be taken but it requires us to be aware and have a general understanding. Beginning in the mid-1960s, a trend of lowering fertility rates has been recorded in the United States with an all-time low of 62.0 births per 1,000 women…

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male biological clock

Male Aging and the Decline in Fertility Potential

April 5, 2018

Studies assessing sperm deficiencies and the reduction in male factor fertility are numerous. More recently, studies have been investigating the effect of male aging and its association with reduced male fertility potential.  It’s no mystery that it requires both a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm to create a baby. Women are quite familiar with…

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