Archive for the ‘Fertility News’ Category

Friday Round Up

Friday, July 18th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From Three Ways to Cut the High Costs of Infertility 

From Fox News: Is pre-implantation genetic screening right for you? 

From No more whispers, I’m doing IVF and proud of it

From India Today: Health trend: Celebrities use acupuncture for infertility 

From The Columbia Daily Tribune: Missouri surrogate supports New Jersey family

And in ConceiveAbilities news? We had a blast at our 5th annual Denver Surrogate Family Picnic! 

Friday Round Up

Friday, June 20th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From Chicago Sun-Times: Father Figure

From The Examiner: The Handsome Father: Nonprofit organization designed to support gay dads

From CNN: Time-lapse video reveals secret life of an embryo, helps women conceive

From LGBTQ NationFor gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

From Medical Daily: IVF Time-Lapse Technology Helps Doctors Pick The Best Implantable Embryo

From Huffington Post: Coping With the Anguish of Fertility Treatment


And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Our CEO, Nazca Fontes, is featured in the current issue of Worth Magazine!

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RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2014

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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It’s Advocacy Day! Join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in speaking out to Congress It’s time for legislation that supports the infertility community, and it starts with your voice.

Advocacy Day is a RESOLVE event where women and men living with infertility come together in Washington, D.C. to talk to Members of Congress about issues important to our community. It’s a great opportunity to meet RESOLVE leaders and others from the infertility community who want to make a difference.

While Advocacy Day is based in D.C., the beauty is that you can support this movement wherever you are. Call congress and ask them to support legislation that will provide relief and support to people dealing with infertility. It’s easy, and Resolve is providing all the details.

Also consider:

  • Being a Federal Legislation Advocate
  • Being an Infertility Community Advocate
  • Being Your Own Advocate During Treatment

If you’re ready to take action, check out Resolve’s tips to become an advocate and take a stand for more infertility support! 

National Infertility Awareness Week – Infertility By The Numbers

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Even the investors at Forbes are taking time to learn more about infertility this week!

The experts are resolving to “do the math” with some updated numbers via the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:

Their latest report from 2012 shows that 61,740 babies were born from IVF procedures. With the CDC reporting approximately 4 million births per year, that breaks down to between 1-2% of all births.

Here’s where it gets a little complicated – we’ll let Forbes take it from here:

ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, recently estimated a total of 5 million IVF babies worldwide. Dividing the 61,740 US babies in 2012 by the estimated 350,000 IVF babies born worldwide per year (International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies estimate) and applying the resulting 18% to the 5 million figure, there are roughly 900,000 people in the United States who were born from IVF cycles.

Dividing 900,000 by the US Census Bureau 2013 population estimate tells us that approximately one in 348 of us is an IVF person.

This means that:

100 people in the crowd at Fenway Park last night were conceived using IVF.

Every obstetrician in the United States delivered on average three IVF babies last year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics obstetrician numbers)

If we assume that half of the visitors to Times Square each year are US residents, then on any given day there are 305 US tourists conceived by IVF bumping into each other on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets.

And that is your IVF math lesson for the day!

National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Failing at Fertility?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


“The ability to reproduce is one of the most basic human desires and functions. Why can’t we help fix the reproductive system?”



As we continue to honor National Infertility Awareness Week, a look at the country’s “fertility report card” for insurance coverage. We’re pleased to see Illinois is at the top of the list, but it’s disappointing that more states are not following suite when it comes to infertility coverage.

“We believe that infertility is a disease and we would love to see it covered by insurance as standard of care,” said Barbara Collura, president and CEO of RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association. “Not everyone needs IVF, but if their diagnosis requires IVF, or surgery or drug intervention, we would want all of those covered.”

The hope is that through outreach and education – what National Infertility Awareness Week strives to address – legislation may begin to shift. What do you think? Should infertility be considered similar to another medical condition?

National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 – Resolve to Know More

Monday, April 21st, 2014


As National Infertility Awareness Week celebrates 25 years, we look back at how far we’ve come – and how far we still have to go! It starts with education, not only for others but also for ourselves:

- Resolve to know more about when to see a fertility specialist.
- Resolve to know more about all your family building options.
- Resolve to know more about infertility advocacy.
- Resolve to know more about the latest treatment options.
- Resolve to know more about the disease of infertility.

In a world that is constantly evolving the way infertility does, it’s essential that even those of us who consider ourselves to be “aware” stay informed. At ConceiveAbilities, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new information to provide the best possible service to our intended parents, egg donors and surrogates. It’s our goal to be the best possible guides throughout the process – from the very first step!


Friday Round Up

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ConceiveAbilities is keeping you up-to-date on the latest news in the busy, burgeoning world of infertility. Below, a round up of this week’s need to know stories:

From The Chicago Tribune: Local Nonprofit Brings Awareness to Fertility Issues in Minorities

From Digital Journal: Seven biggest fertility misconceptions

From the Honolulu Star Advisor: Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 

From The Guardian: Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

From Health News Digest: 10 Myths About Pregnancy in Your 40s

And in ConceiveAbilities news?

Two surrogates welcomed two beautiful sets of twins within 24 hours! A busy week for babies! 

Juno molecule – a fertility mystery solved?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Could this missing link be a key to improved fertility?

British scientists have discovered a fundamental link that allows sperm and egg to successfully join together – the Juno molecule.

This elusive protein, named after the Roman goddess of fertility, sit on the surface of the egg and binds with a male partner on a sperm cell. The sperm protein was discovered nearly a decade ago, and scientists have been seeking its partner ever since.

“Without this essential interaction, fertilization just cannot happen,” said lead researcher Dr. Gavin Wright. “We may be able to use this discovery to improve fertility treatments and develop new contraceptives.”

Now that the link has been found, scientists are screening infertile women to see if missing Juno could be the cause of their condition. In the future, a simple genetic screening test could help doctors identify the condition sooner rather than later to maximize treatment options.

“We know that fertilization failure in IVF is quite rare, and so I suspect the lack or dysfunction of this protein is probably not a major cause of infertility in couples,” admits fertility expert Dr. Allan Pacey. “However, it would be useful to know how many women have eggs that lack this protein so we can properly assess this.”


New study: stress linked to infertility

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It’s no surprise to us: the results of a recent study lend further evidence that stress has a direct tie to infertility.

On a basic human level, it seems inevitable. If our bodies are in constant fight or flight mode, cortisol and alpha-amylase are inevitably going to be elevated. Interestingly, research showed that cortisol, while the hormone most commonly associated with stress, wasn’t as much a factor. The real marker appears to be alpha-amylase, which is a digestive protein found in saliva. The study found that women with high levels of alpha-amylase took 29% longer to get pregnant.

Still, doctors remind that stress alone won’t cause infertility.

“Women who are doing everything they can to get pregnant are often told by well-meaning people, ‘If you would just relax you would get pregnant,’” says Dr. Suleena Kansal Kalra, an infertility specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. “That can be very counterproductive.”

While a myriad of other factors can come in to play, it’s a prime opportunity to address stress in day-to-day life. Dealing with infertility is challenging enough, and making time in the day to treat yourself well must be a priority. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, either – focusing on common sense self care like a solid night’s sleep, eating whole, unprocessed foods, and getting in 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise truly can ease tension and help us naturally focus on the positive.

Is a celebrity’s miracle our business?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

When MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband welcomed their daughter earlier this month, the announcement was accompanied by a beautiful tribute to their gestational carrier.

“It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms.”

While her news was met with warmth and joy, particularly from the many who have utilized third party reproduction to build their own families, others applauded the fact that Harris-Perry herself made the choice to go public with their story.

In an article for Slate, contributor Jessica Grose, noted, “I’ve been somewhat appalled of late at commentators who say celebrities older than 35 must talk about their struggles to get pregnant.”

With a number of women in the spotlight having children a bit later in life, much speculation is made about reproductive assistance – and many seem to expect announcements about how they had their babies when nature indicates it’s not possible. Grose made an interesting point that it is not up to celebrities to act as our biology teachers.

“There is no shortage of media telling women about how their eggs are shriveling up and dying,” she said. “It’s a tragic disservice to assume that women can’t learn that there’s a relationship between age and fertility without someone famous telling them so.”

We have always maintained that disclosure is a very personal decision, regardless of celebrity status. While it’s been exciting to witness more and more people feeling comfortable sharing their journeys, we certainly respect the decision not to. What do you think? Do public figures owe an explanation to the rest of the world regarding the conception of their families?