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

Katherine Scott, BA, M.Sc. Joins Connecticut Fertility Practice RMACT

by Greg Zola

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut has hired Katherine Scott, BA, M.S.c., to be its new IVF Laboratory Manager. Scott has extensive experience in IVF, male infertility and cryopreservation.

 

Norwalk, CT March 18, 2014

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is proud to announce that Katherine Scott, BA, M.Sc. is the new in vitro fertilization (IVF) Laboratory Manager. Scott is responsible for all clinical laboratory functions in RMACT’s laboratories, including IVF, embryology, andrology and endocrinology. She works with RMACT’s team of Board Certified reproductive endocrinologists to perform assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and to lead clinical research.

“Katherine brings impressive credentials and leadership skills to RMACT’s laboratory,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director at RMACT. “In particular, her experience and passion for working with embryos and preparing them for procedures such as IVF and SelectCCS (also known as Comprehensive Chromosome Screening) will help RMACT continue to provide patients with excellent care and to maximize pregnancy rates.”

Scott has experience in cryopreservation and vitrification of oocytes and embryos, as well as embryo manipulation, culture, transfer and biopsy. She also has experience with male infertility, including semen analysis, cryopreservation and preparation for intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and IVF.

“What drives me is seeing how our team’s clinical work in the lab affects the lives of our patients,” says Scott, who feels very fortunate to have joined the RMACT team. “Our patients are depending on us to excel and it is rewarding to be a part of their success.”

Scott’s affinity for math and statistics drew her to study psychology at University of Alabama. As she concluded her degree, she was recruited to provide statistical support for Nathan Treff, Ph.D., at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ). Scott’s enthusiasm, diligence, and technical acumen were quickly recognized as she moved into the Embryology laboratory and facilitated first with on-site training, then with institutional support in the pursuit of her Masters of Biochemical Sciences with an emphasis on Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School. During her time in the laboratory, Scott has enjoyed the opportunity to refine her skills, participating in more than 10,000 IVF cycles. Armed with this experience, Scott began to travel, teaching vitrification to other laboratory professionals across the country.

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 Clinic, News, Infertility Diagnosis

Free Fertility Testing for Women in Connecticut

by Greg Zola

RMACT Offers AMH Testing on October 24 at Its New Trumbull, CT Office

 Free Fertility TestingTRUMBULL, CT (October 17, 2013) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is offering free anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) tests for women who want to know more about their fertility and reproductive health at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 at RMACT’s Trumbull office: 115 Technology Drive, suite C200. RMACT’s Fertility Testing Seminar will be comprised of two parts: a short seminar about fertility led by Dr. Shaun Williams, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, and AMH testing conducted by fertility nurses.

 

 AMH testing can help fertility specialists and patients to have a better understanding of their reproductive health today, as well as act as a benchmark for future diagnosis. Women with low AMH levels have several options. If they are considering having a family, they may decide to start trying in the near future. If they are not ready to start a family, they can continue to monitor their egg reserve and seek further diagnostic testing. Alternatively, they can freeze eggs for the future. In 2012 the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) lifted the “experimental” label for egg freezing, largely due to an advanced freezing technique called vitrification that freezes eggs in just minutes.

 

Alyssa Sperber, an RMACT patient who froze her eggs earlier this year, says: “As I entered my mid-thirties, I was focused on my career and was about to start business school. I want to be able to have a family in the future, so I went to RMACT for diagnostic testing. Without an AMH test, my doctor would not have had enough information to determine that I should pursue egg freezing and I may have missed my chance to start a family.”

 

AMH is a protein secreted by small follicles in the ovary that decreases gradually over a woman’s reproductive years. AMH levels are measured by a simple blood test that is one of the best markers of a woman’s fertility potential (ovarian reserve). 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. Healthy women under 38 years old typically have AMH levels of 2.0 - 7.0 ng/ml.  

 

 “The advances in fertility treatment over the past decade give us more hope, but age is still the number one factor in infertility,” says Dr. Shaun Williams.  “The earlier we start working with a patient, the more options we have. Even women who aren’t ready to have children right now benefit from knowing more about their reproductive health. AMH testing is one of the most flexible, most informative tests we have.”

 

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 Clinic, AMH

RMACT Unveils New Trumbull Office with More Services

by Greg Zola

Fertility Practice Expands Its Fertility Treatment in

Eastern Fairfield County 

TRUMBULL, CT (September 19, 2013) – Just nine months after opening a new location in Trumbull, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is moving into a renovated office that is five times the square footage of the current space. The new office, which is located down the hall from the current suite at 115 Technology Drive, will offer more services and will be able to meet increased patient demand for appointments with three doctor offices, three exam rooms, two acupuncture rooms and a complete blood triage center.

 

Many of the services that RMACT offers at its offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, CT will be added to the Trumbull location, making fertility treatment more convenient for eastern Fairfield fertility patients. Services at the Trumbull location will include:

-   Andrology lab and semen collection

-   Fertility diagnostics for men and women, including blood work and physical exams

-   Teach classes, where patients learn to administer their injectable medications

-   Morning monitoring for patients during a treatment cycle

-   Out-patient procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI)

-   Third party reproduction services (e.g., donor egg, donor sperm, gestational carrier)

-   Fertile Yoga classes

-   Nutrition counseling

-   Peer support groups

-   Workshops and seminars about fertility, nutrition and other related topics

 

“We are thrilled by the patient response in eastern Fairfield County,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director of RMACT. “By expanding the services and space in Trumbull, we are able to meet the needs of our fertility patients and conveniently give them the full RMACT experience under one roof. Our success rates excel because we treat the whole patient, including medical testing and treatment, nutrition counseling, mind-body services and educational workshops – and now all of that will be available at the Trumbull office.”

 

All five of RMACT’s Board Certified reproductive endocrinologists will see patients in Trumbull. Office hours are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday and 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Patients interested in making an appointment at the Trumbull location can call 203-880-5340 or go to http://www.rmact.com/contact/schedule-appointment

 

RMACT’s endocrinology lab will remain in Norwalk, where in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures and SelectCCS (also known as Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening, an advanced form of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) will take place.

 

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 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 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. 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: RMACT, Fertility Clinic

RMACT Launches Website for Spanish-Speaking Infertility Patients

by Katie Gaines

Fertility Practice Creates Website for Hispanic Audience 

NORWALK, CT (April 30, 2013) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), Fairfield County’s leading fertility practice and egg donation center, is launching a new website for Spanish-speaking infertility patients. Fairfield County’s Hispanic population, which is about 161,106 people or 17.4% of the County’s total population (925,899)[1], would benefit from a Spanish language fertility center website.

 

The new website, which can be found by clicking on the Spanish flag at www.rmact.com, contains over 100 pages of information about infertility, treatments and even a glossary of infertility terms. Like RMACT’s main website, this website has a section that outlines what new patients can expect during their first visits, including a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist and diagnostic testing. It also describes a range of treatment options, ranging from non-invasive paths such as nutrition counseling to sophisticated procedures such as vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), or as they known in Spanish, Fecundación in vitro and Cribado pancromosómico. 

 

“For many of our patients, online research is their first step to learning about infertility and to making a plan for starting a family,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMACT. “We hope that this website can help Spanish-speaking patients understand their options and help them feel less isolated. It is important for patients to have a firm understanding of their diagnosis and to feel confident in their treatment plan.”

 

RMACT believes all patients benefit from learning about infertility, treatment options and how their overall health affects their chances of successfully getting pregnant. In addition to written and online materials, RMACT offers seminars, peer support groups, Fertile Yoga classes and teach classes for patients whose treatment includes injections.  In 2012, RMACT hosted 32 seminars for patients and the general public with topics that included nutrition, reproductive health, stress management, preconception health and infertility factors for men and women.

 

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, Stamford and Trumbull, and 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 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. 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.



[1] http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/09/09001.html

 

 

Topics: RMACT, Fertility Clinic

Dr. Richlin: Top Docs 2012 Award for Fertility Treatment Excellence

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Stamford Fertility Doctor Spener RichlinSTAMFORD, CT January, 20, 2012 - Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director and Fertility Specialist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been honored by his peers by being rated one of Castle Connolly’s “2012 Top Docs.” The list of Fairfield County's outstanding doctors will appear in the January/February issues of Fairfield Living, Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Stamford magazines, all of which are published by Mofley Media.

Best Fertility Doctors 2012: Dr. Spencer Richlin:

“To be recognized by my peers is truly an honor because I respect their work and their opinions,” says Dr. Richlin, who is the Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at Norwalk Hospital along with his responsibilities with RMACT. “But the most rewarding part of my work is partnering with patients to help them build the families of their dreams.”

Mofley Media’s list is compiled by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connelly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors.

Board-Certified Fertility Specialist. Experienced & Compassionate

Dr. Richlin is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He recently co-wrote with his RMACT partner, Dr. Mark Leondires, the fertility chapters in a new textbook titled Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Dr. Richlin received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine. He completed two internships, one in Emergency Medicine and one in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Richlin served his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut from 1995-1999, where he was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident. He then completed his subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Within the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Richlin’s main interests are reproductive surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a cutting edge technology called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which safely evaluates biopsied embryos prior to transfer. Dr. Richlin takes a personal interest in his patients, and finds fertility preservation for cancer patients especially rewarding.

Find the Top Doctors Jan/Feb 2012 Issues on newstands now:

Stamford Fertility Doctor CT Dr. Spencer Richlin  Westport Fertility Doctor Weston Wilton Top Doctor Award 2012  Greenwich Fertility Doctor CT Top Doctor Award 2012

 

Fairfield Fertility Doctor Top Doctor Award 2012 Darien Fertility Doctor New Canaan Rowayton Top Doctor Award 2012 

 

About RMACT 
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) specializes in the treatment of infertility, and is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. With Connecticut fertility clinics and egg donation offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, our team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists offer a wide range of infertility treatments from ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI) to the most advanced assisted reproductive technologies including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation and its own cutting-edge procedure called Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS), a form of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). RMACT offers individualized infertility treatment plans in a patient-focused and supportive environment. Support services, such as, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga are also available through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, as well as infertility treatment financing.

The RMACT team of fertility doctors 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). 

Topics: Fertility Doctor, Fertility Clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

New State of the ART Fertility Center Opens in Downtown Stamford

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Stamford RMA of CT Fertility Clinics’ 3rd Location | Home to Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center

NORWALK, CT (October 11, 2011) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is opening a new, convenient location in downtown Stamford at 1290 Summer Street, suite 3200, today.   RMACT – Fairfield County’s leading fertility clinic and egg donation center – offers fertility patients quality care from a team of board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, fertility nurses and other fertility specialists.  In addition, the practice is opening the RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, which is the next progression in RMACT’s complementary care, including services such as Fertile Yoga, nutrition counseling, acupuncture, peer support groups, and therapy, both for individuals and couples.

 

NEW Fertility Clinic | Stamford, CT | State of the ART Fertility ServicesRMACT used patient feedback and independent research to identify Stamford as a viable location.  Along with RMACT’s Danbury and Norwalk locations, RMACT’s Stamford location allows patients flexibility when scheduling appointments near their homes and work in order to better fit their needs.  It also brings new opportunities with many commuters working in Stamford from locations in the surrounding area, including Manhattan and the other New York City boroughs.

 

“Stamford is a vibrant, young city and we are excited to help the people who live and work here to make their dreams for a family a reality,” says, Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director and lead infertility doctor with RMACT.  “We are also able to respond to our current patients’ interest with our  Integrated Fertility & Wellness services.”

 

The new Stamford location has considerable space, allowing the fertility practice to grow its Integrated Fertility & Wellness Program by giving it a proper home – and transforming it into a Center.  Over the past decade the practice has been adding services to help patients reduce stress (e.g., Fertile Yoga, peer support groups, therapy) and improve their overall health (e.g., nutrition counseling, acupuncture for fertility).  It now has a robust offering of classes and appointments at various times throughout the week for the greatest accessibility to patients.

 

As part of the move to Stamford, RMACT will be closing its Cos Cob location.  The patients who have received treatment through this office were alerted this summer about the transition.  Their appointments will continue in Stamford, which is approximately 10 minutes (4.7 miles) north on the Connecticut coast.

Stamford Fertility Center Location

Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT - STAMFORD

1290 Summer Street, Suite 3200
Stamford, CT 06905-5322

203-595-5455

 

RMACT’s comprehensive services include many complimentary seminars and workshops that are open to the public; following is an example of an event in Stamford.  For a complete list of events in all three locations – Stamford, Danbury and Norwalk - go to http://www.rmact.com/events/.

 

 

The Fertility Diet Seminar

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

Come for an interactive wellness seminar on genetics, nutrition, The Fertility Diet™ and fertility secrets for preconception, meal planning & shopping.  Healthy lifestyle behaviors will also be addressed.  This seminar will give each couple a nutritional edge before you conceive and health tips to support fertility treatment and a healthy pregnancy.   Seminar led by Carolyn Gundell, MS RMA Nutritionist.  Free of charge.

Topics: Fertility Clinic, Wellness, Events

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Overcoming Infertility

by Brian Poe

Center For Disease Control

Considering Assisted Reproductive Technology?

Dr. Mark Leondires - Medical Director, Infertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates recommends reviewing these CDC videos when considering Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

ART Success Methods Focuses on being healthy before, during, and after ART treatment, with a special consideration of health behaviors that could enhance fertility treatment outcomes and promote health after ART success (e.g., pregnancy and live-birth).
Assisted Reproductive Technology Success Rate Report Will help you identify and use important parts of the CDC's ART Success Rates Report including the National Summary and Fertility Clinic tables.
Single Embryo Transfer Considerations Presents information regarding a decision facing an increasing number of ART patients.

In the United States, more than 430 clinics provide services to patients seeking to overcome infertility. CDC’s annual report on ART Clinic Success Rates is one tool used by consumers to identify clinics offering medical care and other services. These videos, prepared by CDC, can help consumers considering ART services. Whether you are hoping to become pregnant or seeking information to help a person with infertility, these videos present important information to help you.

The videos and materials focus on the important period before beginning care in an ART clinic—when a person or couple is in the process of selecting a clinic or provider. ART is just one option available to overcome infertility. Specialists in male and female reproductive endocrinology should be consulted to determine if your needs can be met using other forms of infertility care.

ART Importance in Infertility

Topics: pregnancy, Fertility, Fertility Clinic, assisted reproduction, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

2010 Fertility Seminar Series: Your Toolbox for Fertility Success

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Fertility Success Seminar Series: 2010 Schedule @ RMACT Fertility Clinic 10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CTFertility Success Seminars 2010:

 

Healthy Eating Strategies, Nutrition and Their Impact on Fertility

Join Carolyn Gundell, MS, for an interactive seminar to discuss healthy eating strategies, nutrition and their impact on fertility.  Carolyn has her M.S. in Nutrition from Columbia University and has over twenty years of experience, with a specialty working with patients with insulin resistance, Diabetes Type1/Type 2, and metabolic disorders including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).


Monday February 8th   6:00 PM – 7:30 P

67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300, Danbury, CT

 

Primary Infertility Support Group

 Led by lisa Tuttle, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, this group will  provide a forum for participants to learn about  and discuss the emotional aspects of infertility; provide an opportunity to share their experience and benefit from the support and eperience of others, and to develop constructive ways of coping wiht the emotional challenges of infertility.

Saturday February 20th         11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT

 

 

Living and Thriving with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Led by Carolyn Gundell, MS, Certified Nutritionist and Monica Moore, MSN, RNC

Thursday February 27th         11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT


Preconception Considerations: Getting Ready for Pregnancy

Led by Carolyn Gundell, MS, Certified Nutritionist and Monica Moore, MSN, RNC

Saturday March 13th                  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT

 

Insulin Resistance: Weight and the Fertility Connection

Led by Carolyn Gundell, MS, Certified Nutritionist and Monica Moore, MSN, RNC

Saturday April 10th                  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

 10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT

 

Sleep:  Its Impact on Weight Gain, Diabetes Risk and Fertility

Led by Ian D. Weir, DO, Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Director of the Insomnia Center at Norwalk Hospital and Carolyn Gundell, MS

 Thursday May 13th                  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT

 Seminars are $10 per person/$15 per couple

Refreshments will be served

RSVP to Cori at 203-750-7492

Space is limited!!

Topics: Fertility Clinic, Insulin Resistance, PCOS, RMACT Team, Wellness, Events

Flu/H1N1 Shot Guidelines: Pregnant Women & Those Trying to Conceive - Issued by ASRM & CDC

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

RMA of Connecticut fertility clinic staff are receiving many inquiries into the proper guidelines for both the flu shots and the H1N1 shots for pregnant women and/or those trying to conceive.  To  provide easy access to this information we have posted the guidelines here and on our fertility clinic homepage

Following are policy guidelines issued in a joint statement issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday, October 18, 2009:

Complications from influenza can cause serious illness and even death in pregnant women.  Pregnant women with 2009 H1Ni influenza have higher rates of hospitalization and death than the general population.  As a consequence, fertility clinics should encourage patients planning pregnancy to be vaccinated for both seasonal influenza and 2009 H1N1.  for now, certain areas may have 2009 H1N1 vaccine available only for those in the initial target groups (pregnant women, caregivers of infants < 6 months through 24 years, and people aged 25 through 64 with high risk medical conditions).  Thus, women who are planning a pregnancy may need to wait for a few weeks until more vaccine is available.

Women who become pregnant should receive the vaccine as soon as it is available.  Pregnant women and women anticipating planning pregnancy should also get the seasonal influenza vaccine.  Women who are pregnant should receive the inactivated vaccine (the flu shot), not the live vaccine (nasal spray).  Women who are planning a pregnancy, and have no pre-existing medical contraindications, can receive the live vaccine (nasal spray ) up to one month before conceiving, or the inactivated vaccine (the flu shot) at any time before conceiving.

A special area of CDC's website (http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/) is devoted to additional guidance or information about 2009 H1N1 influenza for clinicians, public health officials and health care consumers.  In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a comprehensive series of materials and resources at www.flu.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta GA  30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or TTY: (888) 232-6348
cdcinfo@cdc.gov

 

Topics: pregnancy, Fertility Clinic, ASRM, Conception