Infertility, or the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of trying (or six months, if the woman is over 35 years old), is an increasingly common—and increasingly frustrating—problem for couples. Sharon Anderson, Ph.D., lab/scientific director for Main Line Fertility Center in Bryn Mawr, estimates that the condition affects one out of eight couples in the United States. Read More
August 18th, 2015 | Should You Freeze Your Eggs? What you need to know about stopping the biological clock
Many women are unaware that their fertility worsens as they age. And if they do, the most talked-about option for preserving fertility potential is egg freezing. The procedure acts as a personal insurance for those not quite ready for motherhood and involves harvesting, freezing and storing the eggs until she is ready to have a baby. Put simply, it’s a way for women to stop the biological clock.
Women who are considering egg freezing don’t need to go far, either. At Main Line Fertility, there’s a host of medical professionals that know all the ins and outs of the procedure. Below, they’ve filled us in on all the need-to-know details about egg freezing.
August 8th, 2015 | The Budget-Friendly Way to Receive Fertility Treatment
Fertility treatments are often a go-to method to aid families looking to grow. Unfortunately, they aren’t always covered by insurance, making it tricky for budget-conscious folks to consider it as an option. But don’t rule it out so quickly: patients may have access to no-cost treatments by undergoing clinical trials.
Of course, hearing the term “clinical trial” might sound goosebump-inducing at first, but at Main Line Fertility, it’s a legitimate option that’s meticulously regulated and overseen by medical professionals. And get this: sometimes they have access to new treatments that aren’t available to the general public yet. Interested? Keep reading for more information on this cost-free alternative.
August 1st, 2015 | Improve the Chance of a Healthy Baby with Genetic Testing
Choosing the gender of your child was once considered an impossible feat. However, thanks to recent technological advancements in reproductive medicine, parents can now select the gender of their children so both genders are represented in their families. Think of it like this: instead of crossing your fingers for a little boy or girl — or worse, Googling questionable old wives’ tales — you can enlist the help of doctors Glassner, Orris, and Brasile at Main Line Fertility, a leading medical center specializing in fertility. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of building your family with family balancing.
August 1st, 2015 | Holy Science! You Can Now Officially Select Your Baby’s Gender
It’s scary, but true: genetic mutations and diseases can cause miscarriages, complications during pregnancy and health issues throughout the life of an affected child. To reduce the risk of passing a genetic mutation to a child, future parents have options. At Main Line Fertility, a leading medical center specializing in fertility, couples can have their in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos tested for genetic diseases and chromosome abnormalities with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). Parents wary of their genetic histories can have carrier screening done on themselves using a simple blood test, and then make proactive decisions now that will help them deliver a healthy baby later.
October 14th, 2014 | Birth Signs – Local Advances in Fertility – Suburban Life Magazine
Birth Signs -Local advances in fertility increase couples’ odds of starting, or building upon, a family
by Jennifer Updike
August 2nd, 2014 | What’s New in Infertility Treatment?
New technologies to help couples achieve pregnancy continue to evolve. We look at three.
You may be surprised to learn that infertility affects one out of eight couples in the United States. This means one in eight couples has been unable to achieve pregnancy after one year of trying or after six months if the woman is over 35. Perhaps less surprising is that a woman’s fertility peaks in her 20s and decreases as she ages. Since many women delay starting a family until their mid-30s—deciding to pursue a career, continue education, find the right partner—it’s not only more difficult to achieve pregnancy then, but the chance of miscarriage also increases. This higher miscarriage rate is because older women have fewer eggs and a greater percentage of those eggs become chromosomally abnormal as a woman ages. The good news is that new technologies to help couples achieve pregnancy continue to evolve. Here’s a brief overview of three new assisted reproductive technologies—egg freezing to preserve fertility potential, pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) of embryos, and time-lapse videography of embryo development after in vitro fertilization (IVF). continued