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What is Ask Monica?

Your questions, answered by an expert.

We are so excited to introduce RMA of Connecticut's new video series, Ask Monica! These videos will be informative, easy-to-digest, and above all - honest. Monica is a Nurse Practitioner and health coach with over two decades of experience working in the fertility field. She has worked at RMA of Connecticut for over 17 years, and now - she's ready to answer your questions.

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What is Ask Monica?

We are so excited to introduce RMA of Connecticut's new video series, Ask Monica! These videos will be informative, easy-to-digest, and above all - honest. Monica is a Nurse Practitioner and health coach with over two decades of experience working in the fertility field. She has worked at RMA of Connecticut for over 17 years, and now - she's ready to answer your questions.

Learn more about Monica here

Watch past Ask Monica videos here:

Episode 1: How "full" should I be for an embryo transfer?

Ever wondered just how "full" you should be for your embryo transfer? Or been curious why you need to have a full bladder at all? Monica tackles this frequently asked question with an easy-to-understand explanation (and diagram)!

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Episode 2: Will fertility treatments deplete my egg supply?

Monica uses a quick visual to explain how egg retrievals really work, how they affect your fertility and egg supply, why we do procedures on specific days of your cycle, and much more!

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Episode 3: Will acupuncture enhance my fertility journey?

Should you add acupuncture to your fertility journey? Monica explains why acupuncture is an amazing (and effective!) addition to your treatment plan in this third episode of Ask Monica. 

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Episode 4: How does yoga impact my fertility journey?

In this week’s episode of Ask Monica, she explains why yoga is such an amazing and useful tool to add to your fertility treatment plan. 

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Episode 5: What is "lean" PCOS?

While 2/3 of PCOS patients have a higher BMI, some don't - but still struggle with other aspects of PCOS. Monica breaks down the definition of Lean PCOS, how to manage its symptoms, and much more!

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Episode 6: What is Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)?

PGT can be a helpful tool in assessing the potential of your embryos prior to an embryo transfer, and can optimize your chances of choosing the best embryo to have a successful transfer and a healthy baby.

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Episode 7: What is insulin resistance?

Insulin Resistance (IR) is one of the most common health challenges associated with PCOS. Monica explains exactly what it is, how it can affect your body, and suggest some strategies to cope with IR. 

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Episode 8: Why is Day 21 testing so important?

One of the ways to check for an optimal embryo implantation environment is to check progesterone levels during your cycle. Monica explains how Day 21 testing helps us evaluate your fertility.

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Episode 9: What is a vaginal ultrasound?

Ever wondered why you need to have a transvaginal ultrasound instead of an abdominal ultrasound? Monica explains what a vaginal ultrasound can show us, and why they're used. 

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Episode 10: How can I be more sensitive to insulin?

Monica explores actionable, easy steps you can take to help combat insulin resistance and help your body become more sensitive to insulin.

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Episode 11: When should I see a fertility expert?

Monica breaks down why you might need to see a reproductive endocrinologist, some key things to identify when TTC, and explains what fertility services typically help achieve. 

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Episode 12: Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Monica explains what a healthy movement routine can look like for your pregnancy, whether you're continuing activity or establishing a new movement practice. 

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Episode 13: When do I go back to my OB/GYN after treatment?

Monica explains why your fertility clinic will typically release you from their care to your OB/GYN around 10 weeks into pregnancy.

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Episode 14: What's the best exercise for insulin resistance?

Monica gives tips the best exercise if you have PCOS or insulin resistance, and how to establish a movement practice that you can stick to. 

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Episode 15: Can I sneeze out my embryo after transfer?

Monica explains whether or not you need to worry about the fragility of your embryo after transfer (spoiler alert: you don’t!)

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Episode 16: Should I get the COVID vaccine during pregnancy?

Are the vaccines safe? Monica tackles some of the biggest concerns around the COVID vaccines, fertility and pregnancy. 

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Episode 17: Why do embryos have to grow in the lab for 5 days?

Monica explores the amazing science behind IVF, why we wait 5 days for those little embryos to grow, what a blastocyst is, and why we do embryo transfers at the blastocyst stage. 

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Episode 18: Why do we need so many eggs for IVF?

Have an egg retrieval coming up? Monica is here to unpack why we want to get as many eggs as we can during egg retrieval. 

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Episode 19: How does age impact fertility?

Did you know that age is one of the most common causes of fertility challenges? We’ve all heard about the ol’ biological clock, but what does that REALLY mean for your fertility?

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Episode 20: Why can't all my fertility testing happen in one day?

Monica explains exactly why we ask that you come in for multiple days of testing and what each of these specific days can tell us about your fertility and the journey ahead.

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Episode 21: When should I worry about first trimester bleeding?

Monica explains what happens to your body in the first trimester and when/if you should worry about bleeding.

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Episode 22: What does a fertility nurse do?

Monica explains how your nurse is your go-to “person” to help guide you through the process, breaks down the typical responsibilities of a fertility nurse and how they play an essential role in your fertility success!

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Episode 23: What does a typical IVF protocol look like?

Monica explains what a typical IVF protocol looks like for many fertility patients, and what these medications do to help prepare your body for the perfect embryo transfer.

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Episode 24: Why do we weigh you at a fertility clinic?

Monica explains exactly why we weigh you and why it can be a valuable data point when personalizing your treatment plan, giving you the best chance of success.

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