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The 'little' details in making 'littles'

Mar 23, 2018 — by Team RMI
Tags: Conception Nutrition Invitro Fertilization

For those looking to start a family, or those further along on the spectrum who may be utilizing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), it can be easy to get lost in the details.  Those details can be as ‘big’ as charting your cycle or as little as what to eat for breakfast.  

Shweta Nayak M.D., a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist with Reproductive Medicine Institute, with offices throughout Chicagoland, breaks down some of the smaller changes in daily activities that can make a big difference!

 


Judging a book by its cover? Selecting embryos for IVF

A constant challenge for patients using Invitro Fertilization (IVF) for fertility treatment is deciding which embryo to transfer and how many to transfer.  In a perfect world, the embryo with the best chance of producing a normal, healthy singleton child would be selected for transfer.  But, as with all things, medicine does not rely on ‘perfection’.   Currently, most clinics report that one third of the embryos transferred result in a child.  These estimates vary depending upon how the data was used, but honest reporting backs up these results. So why does only one out of three embryos implant?   The answer could be the embryo or it could be the uterus, but both causes are ‘not created equal’.   There certainly are reasons that are related to the uterus which may reduce the pregnancy rates but for the most part, the embryo is the problem.


#tbt - The word Mom is pure Joy!

Dec 14, 2017 — by Team RMI
Tags: Infertility Ovulatory Dysfunction Mom

Susan Dubin loves the word ‘Mom’.  “Maybe it’s because I loved my own Mom so much and dreamed of becoming a Mom myself for as long as I can remember,” says Dubin, a grade school teacher who makes her home in Buffalo Grove.  “Since my mother and sister had an easy time conceiving and having a baby, I knew I would too.”  But for the (then) 32 year old Susan Dubin and her husband Bill, this was, unfortunately, far from the truth. 


Balancing the Scales:Meeting or Beating the Age Barrier of Infertility

Sep 14, 2017 — by Team RMI
Tags: Age Related Infertility Ivf Advanced Maternal Age

Aging oocytes, Advanced Maternal Age, Diminished Ovarian Reserve…by any other name, these are the ‘labels’ that many women over 35 may hear when they’re not expecting, and trying to figure out why.  Yet, in the face of Father Time, it seems as though nothing can be done, particularly when it comes to Biology.
 


If at first you don't succeed, try again!

A recent study in the Medical Journal of Australia, has confirmed a previously released Harvard University study, on the the chances of having a baby from multiple rounds of IVF or other types of assisted reproduction.  Prior to these results, patients interested in pursuing IVF were counseled on individual cycle success, but this new research is demonstrating that persistence can pay off!


Getting Surrogacy Straight

While many might fantasize about having a baby without having to carry a baby, or going through the discomfort of delivery, Gestational Surrogacy, the process where another woman carries the child for an individual or couple, is an actually a fairly uncommon practice in the world of assisted reproductive technology (ART). 


THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Apr 28, 2017 — by Team RMI
Tags: National Infertility Awareness Week

2016 was an interesting year in almost every sphere, from politics to medicine, and everything in between.  

Always leading the charge of technology and thought, the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) has once again been in the forefront of much news and National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), April 23 – 29, is a good time to look at this more closely.
 


ART and Technology

Apr 24, 2017 — by Team RMI
Tags: Smartphone Infertility Sperm Testing At Home

Assisted Reproductive Technology, also known as ART, continues to share 'pillow space' with cutting edge Technology when it comes to medical and surgical treatment for Infertility. But, when it comes to some of the newest computer applications, ART and Technology may be unlikely bedfellows.
 
Recent reports tout a new smartphone attachment that can evaluate a man's semen and determine his level of fertility with up to 98% accuracy, a new study has shown.  The technology, which developers hope will be available in the next few years, consists of an external accessory in which sperm samples are inserted and an app that analyzes them. While the aim is to make testing as straightforward as a home pregnancy test, many Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility (REI) specialists are cautiously optimistic when it comes to a 'do it yourself' approach.


Take Two!

In the immortal words of Baseball’s Yogi Berra “It's Déjà vu all over again!” For many, Yogi’s words perfectly describe the struggle with secondary infertility, or difficulty getting pregnant a second time . . .or a third.

It is estimated that about 3 million people in 2005 suffer from secondary infertility (less than half the number that suffer from primary infertility). According to Resolve, a national infertility organization, that figure represents an increase from an estimated 1.8 million in 1995.


WEIGHING IN ON OBESITY AND INFERTILITY MANAGEMENT

Feb 2, 2017 — by Team RMI
Tags: Infertility Pcos Obesity Bariatric Surgery Weight

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. For adults, WHO defines overweight and obesity as follows:


Overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25
Obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30
Obesity is a disease of excess body fat and is closely associated with insulin resistance. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in the Midwest tristate region, 30 – 35 % of the population is obese (BMI > 30). 


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