Mother’s Day Is a Day of Mixed Emotions for Many

A quick stroll through the greeting card aisle at your local drug store will leave you with the impression that Mother’s Day is a day overflowing with happiness, warmth, gratitude, and contentment. For at least 1 out of every 8 women (and their partners), the emotions associated with Mother’s Day are quite different. At least 1 out of every 8 women in the United States is struggling with fertility issues. For the 1 in 8, the joyous decision to start a family can quickly lead to emotions such as loneliness, sadness, frustration, and helplessness as they find themselves unable to
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#FlipTheScript – National Infertility Awareness Week

What do you think about when you hear the word “infertility”? Unless you or a loved one has experienced infertility, you likely think about an older woman who has let her “biological clock” tick for too long and is now struggling to conceive. Not only is this media-driven narrative extremely insensitive, it is factually incorrect. National Infertility Awareness Week: April 22, April 28 During National Infertility Awareness Week, we can #FlipTheScript on society’s image of infertility. For example, did you know what 1 in 8 couples report having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy? Or that male infertility is
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Let’s Take a Closer Look at Male Infertility

If you spend enough time engaging with social media, you will inevitably come across a meme that makes light of the perils of being a woman and finds a humorous connection to their male counterparts. It goes something like this: MENstruation. MENopause. MENtal breakdowns. Notice how all women’s problems begin with MEN. It’s good for a chuckle and a share, but that’s about it. However, if you scratch beneath the surface of this meme, there is an underlying issue that applies to infertility: the reproductive health of men plays a large role in the ability of couples to conceive. While
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CRM’s Reproductive Endocrinologist Joins The Paul & Jordana Show

We heard a familiar voice when we tuned into WCCO radio’s The Paul & Jordana Show on February 20. Meg M. Hopeman, M.D. joined the hosts for a segment to educate them and their listeners on the topic of egg freezing.     As discussed on the show, egg freezing is becoming a more common choice for women these days. As recently as a decade ago, it was still thought of as an experimental procedure that was too cost-prohibitive to be a viable option for most. What Is Egg Freezing? Egg freezing is exactly what it sounds like. It is
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Donor Egg Treatment: One Patient’s Story

Donor egg treatment is a lesser known fertility treatment that is often the best option for women who are unable to produce eggs that are likely to result in a successful pregnancy. In fact, it is one of the most successful advanced reproductive therapy (ART) procedures available as long as the eggs used are from a young woman. One of our past egg donor patients has graciously agreed to share her story for our readers and prospective patients in the following Q&A session. We hope you will find her experience as informative and inspirational as we do. (The following Q&A
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40th Anniversary of First IVF Baby: What Does The Future Hold For IVF?

40 Years of IVF: Looking Back and Looking Forward We have come a long way in the past four decades. There is a good chance you are reading this on a mobile device and do not remember the last time you searched your pocket for change to deposit in a pay phone. One thing that individuals, couples and families have had in common for the past 40 years is the possibility of using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to conceive. The first procedure used to fertilize an egg outside a woman’s body was undertaken 40 years ago and doctors continue to
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Therapeutic Donor Insemination: What You Need to Know

Therapeutic donor insemination (TDI) is a form of artificial insemination that uses donor sperm from an anonymous or known donor. The procedure involves placing previously frozen (thawed) sperm in the uterus at the time of ovulation. Who can benefit from therapeutic donor insemination? TDI can be an effective treatment for the following scenarios: Heritability – In this case, one or both partners carry a genetic disease that could be passed on to the child. Unsuccessful treatments – Couples who could not conceive via in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may get results with TDI. Low sperm count or
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How to Support Your Spouse When Going Through Infertility

If you’re facing Infertility, you may know all too well how stressful it can be. With all the tests, fertility charting, timed intercourse, and medical procedures, you and your spouse could stop connecting before you even realize it. But, there are things you can do help your marriage and support each other through infertility. Support your spouse by taking time to communicate Each of you must express what you’re experiencing and feeling, through talking and listening. Listen intently by letting your partner finish speaking, then acknowledge that you heard and understand. And if you don’t, ask him or her to
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IVF Cost: What to Consider Before Choosing Your Clinic

For millions of couples who struggle to start a family, infertility is an intensely private issue. It can be difficult to talk about, even with the closest of friends and family members. If you and your partner find yourself on this emotional and physical journey, you know all too well how uncomfortable asking for help or for a clinic referral can be. So how do you choose a fertility clinic? Certainly, success rates are important. And if you’re considering IVF, cost is probably a leading factor. Still, as you research clinics in your area, there are other key items to
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Choosing a Fertility Clinic in Minnesota: What to Look For

After you and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least twelve consecutive months, most doctors recommend fertility treatments. There are many different treatments to help with your journey to becoming a parent. With nearly 500 fertility clinics in the United States, we understand you have a lot of options, so we want to help you make the best choice for your family. Most people get recommendations from their gynecologist or a trusted friend, but it is very important to do your own research. Before your initial consultation, you should know the type of clinic you are visiting,
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