The ARC Fertility Blog

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Could Taking a Common Painkiller Impact Male Fertility? Maybe, More Research Needed

A new study released Monday reports that taking just 600mg daily of the common over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) affects male testosterone levels – at least in the short term. Low levels of the male hormone can affect sperm production and sex drive, among other things, potentially reducing the chance of becoming a father.

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Hope Ahead: First U.S. Baby Born From A Uterine Transplant

Hope Ahead

Hope has turned into happiness for one U.S. couple with the birth of their son last month, following the woman’s successful uterine transplant. The transplant and birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and is the first successful U.S. birth from such a procedure.

Until now, only Sweden had success: a healthy baby was born in 2014 as a result of a uterine transplant with a total of eight babies born since, all at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. A key member of Baylor’s transplant team, Dr. Liza Johannesson, an OB-GYN from the Swedish hospital, joined the U.S. effort. The first U.S. uterine transplant was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2016 but failed after two weeks due to an infection.

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A Healthy, Happy Holiday Can Help Your Fertility

A Healthy, Happy Holiday Can Help Your Fertility

Holidays can be a challenging time to maintain positive lifestyle goals to eat healthy, drink moderately, exercise and minimize stress. It’s easy to blow off the best of intentions starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s celebrations. Still, if you’ve been coping with the challenges of infertility, there’s more reason than ever to do your best.

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More Employers Offering Fertility Benefits Means Happier Employees Who Stay

There’s encouraging news for employees who may be facing the challenges of infertility: more employers – beyond tech companies – are now offering employee benefits that include coverage for fertility diagnostic tests and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Other industry sectors also covering treatment for this disease include Finance and Investment Banking, Consumer Products and Retail, Fashion, Luxury and Apparel, Media, Consulting and Audit, and Pharmaceuticals.

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20 Years Of Progress And Millions Of Babies: Milestones For Infertility

Advances made in the treatment of infertility over the past 20 years are impressive, ranging from radical new techniques to edit embryonic genes to incremental changes that improve IVF outcomes and are less invasive for patients. Treatment now extends to encouraging healthy lifestyles to improve fertility before trying to become pregnant. And societal attitudes have changed, too, with non-traditional families actively seeking advanced reproductive techniques (ART) to have babies. As the organization I founded celebrates our 20th anniversary, it seemed timely to review the field’s major milestones.

IVF – first live birth (July 25, 1978)

The major fertility advance begins within in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the successful birth of the so-called “test tube baby” Louise Brown. More than 60 failures beforehand serve as reminder that translating research to widely accepted medical practice takes time.

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If IVF, Then PGD Or PGS? What Genetic Testing Can Tell You About Your Embryo

If you’re a candidate for in vitro fertilization (IVF), you’ve probably learned a lot of new information before making the decision, and that likely includes a whole new vocabulary. There are a few more acronyms you should know if you don’t already: PGD and PGS, which are pre-implantation genetic tests. Although these terms may be used interchangeably, they are actually different.

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Please Ignore The Celebrity Hype, Fertility Really Does Decline With Age

Fertility is one hot topic and that means it gets a lot of media coverage. The good news is that there’s so much valuable information now widely available – in the news and online – to help couples learn about fertility and the factors that affect their ability to get pregnant. The bad news is that there’s a lot of misleading information, too. In fact, it’s hard to go a single week without hearing about someone famous who just had a baby at 46. While you might want such a medical miracle to be true and commonplace, in fact, pregnancy at this age is very much the exception, not the rule.

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Success with ARC Fertility

Success with ARC Fertility

Trying to get pregnant using in vitro fertilization (IVF), or other assisted reproductive techniques, usually requires a sizable investment of time and money. Still, if a baby is the result, could there be any better return?

Getting and paying for fertility treatment can be complicated. The majority of patients don’t get pregnant the first time. So, to keep trying involves the purchase of a separate cycle of treatment each time the cycle doesn’t work. Many patients choose to finance their treatment, but if they only finance one cycle at a time, they face the potential of less favorable financial terms or even failure to qualify for a second loan. To learn about your individual chance of becoming pregnant, check the SART Patient Predictor tool.

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Family Building Is For Anyone Who Aspires To Be A Parent

This month as we celebrate Pride, we also embrace diversity in families. Parents – and parents-to-be – come with all types of backgrounds – partnered, single, straight and gay/lesbian. And, today, the path for building your family is diverse, too, with access to a variety of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) including in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Can You Make Your Sperm Better? Probably

Everyone understands that healthy eggs and sperm are required to conceive, right?

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise when couples have trouble starting a family that male fertility plays a role – more often than most people realize. In fact, male factor infertility is the primary medical issue in about 25% of infertility cases and a contributing factor another 25% of the time.

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Be an Advocate for Supporting Infertility Awareness May 18th and Every Day

The goal of Advocacy Day is to bring people together to communicate directly with policymakers and gain media attention to raise awareness of infertility as a disease – one affecting far more men and women than is widely known. Increasing awareness and laying out the facts on infertility is critical to understanding it as a medical condition with available treatment. Advocacy Day is also about working to secure greater resources, including funding for government program health benefits and iPart of Advocacy Day activities will also to continue work in opposing several “personhood” bills that have been introduced in Congress. Although the primary goal of such bills is to make abortion illegal, they would, ironically, negatively affect those trying to have a baby who must rely on ART to conceive and build their families. To learn more, read “What does personhood mean for IVF?”.

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National Infertility Awareness Week – A Chance to Support Those Facing Infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week - ListenUp

This year’s NIAW theme is “Listen Up” and it’s important to those who are coping with infertility. We can all probably do a better job of listening to others – everyone is busy and it’s easy to focus on whatever problem might be right of front of you. Many individuals and couples trying unsuccessfully to conceive often suffer in silence – and they shouldn’t have to. When someone listens, it’s support. You don’t have to understand all the clinical issues that might be causing the problem but understanding the emotional and financial toll can make a difference.

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What Does Personhood Mean for IVF?

What Does Personhood Mean for IVF?

You may have heard that there are several “personhood” bills that have been introduced at the state and Federal level. You may be wondering what personhood is and how it might impact you, particularly if you are among the one in eight individuals that are affected by infertility. The primary goal of the personhood bills is to make abortion illegal, but, ironically, it would also have negative effects on those who are trying very hard to have a baby and have to rely on ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) to build their families.

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Injured Vets Finally Gain IVF Coverage from the VA

Vet holding child's hand

Every couple dealing with infertility faces challenges. This often includes problems with access to affordable infertility services such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). For one group – wounded American veterans – an outdated 30-year ban on funding for IVF made family-building a distant dream for those already dealing with devastating service-related injuries.

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Is Your Infertility Due to Endometriosis?

You’ve probably heard of endometriosis since more than 7 million American women – and 176 million women worldwide – have the condition. About 25-50% of women dealing with infertility have endometriosis, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). All stages of endometriosis can potentially contribute to infertility, probably for different reasons in different women, depending on the amount of endometriosis and other individual health characteristics.

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The Benefits of Infertility Coverage for You and Your Employer

The Benefits of Infertility Coverage for You and Your Employer

How family friendly is your workplace? It depends on your perspective. If you and your partner are among the 1 in 8 American couples facing infertility, you’d give your employer a high score if they offered a benefit package that covers treatment for infertility services. After all, it’s the employer that decides your benefits, not an insurance company.

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