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Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association® To Observe National Infertility Awareness Week

by Tally Jacobs

 
National Public Education Initiative Takes Place April 20-April 26, 2014
 

 

NORWALK, CT (April 10, 2014) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (NIAW) will recognize the twenty-fifth Anniversary of National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 20 through April 26, joining millions of women and men fighting the disease of infertility, healthcare professionals, psychologists and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.

 

RESOLVE works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options.

 

“Education and awareness are our most powerful tools against infertility,” says Dr. Spencer Richlin, an RMA CT reproductive endocrinologist who will be participating in RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.  “Through NIAW and Advocacy Day we are creating awareness about infertility among Congress and anyone who plans to have a family. After all, even patients who are otherwise healthy can struggle with infertility.”

 

Throughout the year, RMACT helps educate patients about healthy pregnancies and their fertility through individual medical care, seminars, workshops and written materials.  During NIAW, RMACT is hosting several free events in Connecticut:

 

April 23:

  • Fertility Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)
  • Ladies Night In, 6:45 – 8:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)

 April 24:

  • Fertile Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)
  • Prenatal Yoga, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

April 25:

  • Fertile Yoga, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., YogaSpace in Brookfield (777 Federal Road)

April 26:

  • Fertile Meal Planning, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

 

 

“The theme of National Infertility Awareness Week® is ‘Resolve to know more,’ and RESOLVE is delighted to work with practices and organizations across the country to call attention to the disease of infertility,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s President/CEO. “This is a wonderful week when our community comes together to rally around the cause of infertility.”

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

 

 

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org. 

 

About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.resolve.org/niaw. 

Topics: SART, Fertility Clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, ASRM, Support, Community

RMACT to Host a Series of Fertility Seminars That Include Fertility Testing

by Tally Jacobs

Fairfield County’s Leading Fertility Clinic Offers AMH Tests at Three Events

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

 

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is offering free anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) tests for women who want to know more about their reproductive and fertility health at three events throughout the year. During this event, women and their partners can learn more about their fertility during a short seminar about fertility basics and have blood drawn for a fertility test. The first event is being held on Thursday, April 10 at RMACT’s Stamford office.

 

“Knowledge is essential to fertility,” says Dr. Spencer Richlin, a board-certified endocrinologist and partner with RMACT. “Whether a woman chooses to start a family today or in the future, she should be making this decision with as much information as possible. An AMH test is a simple blood test that gives us great insight into a woman’s fertility and her family building options.”

 

RMACT’s Free Fertility Testing and Seminar Events are being held at three of RMACT’s locations in Fairfield County: 

 

  •     Stamford location, 1290 Summer Street, Suite 3200 on Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m.
  •     Danbury location, 67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300 on Thursday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.
  •     Trumbull location, 115 Technology Drive, Suite C200 on Thursday, November 6 at 6 p.m.

 

Women who come to the RMACT event will have their blood drawn and will receive a phone call from an RMACT nurse with results within 10 business days. Since AMH is not affected by estrogen and other hormones, it can be tested at any point in the menstrual cycle and even in patients on birth control pills.

 

Testing AMH levels is widely recognized as a reliable indicator of a woman’s reproductive potential; however, it does not give the full picture. For a more thorough understanding of their fertility, patients should schedule an individual consultation at RMACT that includes a complete diagnostic work up. For women, diagnostic testing includes AMH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG). For men, who contribute to up to 40 percent of infertility issues, diagnostic testing includes semen analysis. Both partners will also discuss their family and medical histories.

 

To preregister or for more information, please go to: http://www.rmact.com/events.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information, visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: Fertility Help, AMH

CT Fertility Practice Presents Clinical Study Findings at Annual Infertility Conference

by Tally Jacobs

CT Fertility Practice Presents Clinical Study Findings at Annual Infertility Conference

Data from Five RMACT Studies Will Be a Part of American Society of Reproductive Medicine

NORWALK, CT (November 9, 2012) – Doctors from Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) shared data from five of its recent infertility studies during the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Conference held last month. ASRM is considered to be the premier society for the infertility field, and only the most prestigious studies are included in the education program for attending doctors and reproductive health professionals.

 

RMACT’s five papers that are being presented at 2012 ASRM are:


o Vitrified Blastocysts Yield Equivalent Pregnancy Rates as Compared to Fresh Blastocysts, Dawn A. Kelk, PhD


o Age Related Probability of Having a Chromosomally Normal Embryo Transfer Following Trophectoderm Biopsy and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening, Dawn A. Kelk, PhD


o Pregnancy Rates of Vitrified Blastocysts Are Equal to Fresh Day 6 Transfers for Euploid Embryos Following Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening, Dawn A. Kelk, PhD


o Elevated Progesterone Level The Day Prior Oocyte Correlates with Diminished Clinical Pregnancy Rates, Dawn A. Kelk, PhD


o HgbA1c Screening in a General Infertility Population, Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD

 

The collective work from RMACT and Dr. Kelk will be presented during a day-long postgraduate program called “State-of-the-Art Micromanipulation Techniques in the IVF Lab” for embryologists and physicians. By examining results – based on both the successful and the failed IVF cycles – coming out of RMACT’s embryology lab, Dr. Kelk was able to share findings about advanced techniques such as Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) and vitrified embryo transfer. The RMACT data show that fresh and vitrified blastocysts have equivalent viability and that there is no compromise in pregnancy rates with this advanced freezing technique. In fact, embryo freezing may lead to improved pregnancy rates due to better synchrony between the embryo and the uterus. Out of 514 patients, frozen embryo transfers had a 67 percent clinical pregnancy rate, compared with 60.2% for fresh embryos.

 

In addition, RMACT’s work verifies and expands upon previously shown data that patients under 35 years old are more likely to achieve pregnancy and have fewer chromosomal disorders than older patients. Patients under 35 years old who went through IVF and CCS, where embryos are biopsied and tested for chromosomal abnormalities, had at least one embryo without abnormalities that they were able to transfer 100 percent of the time. For patients 43 years old or older, this rate dropped to 33.3 percent; for all 124 patients in the study, the rate was 75 percent.

 

Additionally, Dr. Hurwitz’s paper, HgbA1c Screening in a General Infertility Population, examines the link between diabetic and pre-diabetic patients and infertility. While the topic needs further investigation, the study shows that 24.7 percent of all patients in the study had elevated glucose levels consistent with pre-diabetes. Furthermore, 8.0 percent of these patients had blood sugar levels above the recommended limit for safety in pregnancy according to the American College of OBGYN guidelines. Hormone metabolism and production is greatly influenced by metabolic conditions; this study supports the idea that reproductive endocrinologists should include blood tests for conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes as part of their diagnosis to increase fertility as well as optimize pregnancy health.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)


RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: pregnancy, ASRM, Fertility Treatment

RMACT Launches PCOS Program for Adolescents

by Tally Jacobs

PCOS Program for Adolescents Launched by RMACT

Pediatric Patients Receive Comprehensive Care from Reproductive Endocrinologist, Nutritionist and Nurses Specializing in PCOS Diagnosis and Care

PCOS Support

Help for PCOS Diagnosis and Treatment

As Fairfield County’s leading fertility clinic and egg donation center, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is experienced in diagnosing and treating polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility. The practice has helped hundreds of adults successfully manage their PCOS symptoms through a unique, comprehensive team approach that allows patients to have diagnostic evaluation, nutrition counseling, physical examination, endocrine consultations and ongoing monitoring – all through one practice. Now adolescent and young adult patients will have the same opportunity.

 

“Too many of our patients come to us in their late 20’s or 30’s when they are having trouble getting pregnant,” says Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist who is leading the RMACT Pediatric Adolescent Program. “These patients have been suffering with PCOS symptoms for years, sometimes since puberty. PCOS often goes undiagnosed, which leaves the patient vulnerable to frustration and long-term health issues. We want to reach these patients earlier and help them manage their PCOS; we want to reach them in their teens.”

 

RMACT’s Adolescent PCOS Program provides a three-pronged approach for PCOS patients: nutrition, hormone management, and education. Early detection for PCOS diagnosis enables patients to manage their condition and limit the long-term affects of PCOS, including diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, endometrial cancer, hypertension, thyroid issues, sleep apnea, and later on, infertility. Each patient is cared for by a complete PCOS team: Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz; Carolyn Gundell, M.S.; Monica Moore, nurse practitioner; Diana D’Amelio, RPA-C; Eloise Downs, registered nurse.

Understanding PCOS in Adolescents

RMACT Adolescent PCOS patient care starts with two appointments during PCOS Clinic hours on Monday’s at RMACT’s Norwalk, CT office. These appointments are comprised of a medical consultation that includes medical history, PCOS nutrition counseling, and a complete lab work up to evaluate hormone levels a including two-hour glucose test. There is also a strong educational component to inform patients about what PCOS is and how it can be managed through lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and, in some cases, hormonal medication. Parents are also encouraged to take advantage of RMACT’s educational resources. Upon completion of these initial visits, the team makes a diagnosis and recommends a treatment plan, which can be continued at any of RMACT’s three locations in Norwalk, Stamford or Danbury.

 

In addition to comprehensive one-on-one appointments, RMACT offers workshops and seminars to help patients and their parents learn about the condition and how to manage it. Grocery Store Tours, peer support groups, and PCOS and lifestyle seminars are offered on a regular basis and many are free and open to the public.

 

Local pediatrician Dr. Elin Cohen of Black Rock Pediatrics in Fairfield, CT says: “As a physician, I’m concerned with both the long-term effects of PCOS and the immediate challenges such as skin and weight issues. For the teen herself, the skin and weight problems may be more pressing. I’m excited that all aspects of PCOS are being handled in one place through a unified program, especially since RMACT has a team approach and PCOS peer support.”

 

PCOS for Adolescents - Understanding PCOS in TeenagersPCOS is a very common hormonal imbalance that affects eight to 10 percent of all females. It is the most common hormonal disorder of the reproductive years and is a complex condition that begins during puberty and lasts throughout the reproductive years. PCOS leads to hormonal imbalances and disorders in carbohydrate and fat metabolism and these metabolic problems will continue for the entire lifespan, even after menopause. While the exact cause is unclear, research suggests that genetic factors, environment factors and insulin resistance all play a role in the development of PCOS.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMA of CT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

 

Topics: PCOS