George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

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  • New explanation found for age-related female infertility

    Infertility affects millions of couples in the United States, and age is one of the main factors that influence a person's ability to procreate. New research examines the genetic basis for age-related infertility in women and finds a potential new explanation for it.

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  • It only seems like a twins boom. Fewer women having multiples with IVF

    There's so much attention over Beyonce and Amal Clooney's baby news, it seems like the year of the twins. They're the latest examples of an all-time record number of twin births in the U.S., as more women delay pregnancy to their mid-30s and beyond.

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  • Gentlemen Speak: This Is What It's Like to Struggle with Infertility as a Man

    No one walks away from their wedding day thinking that infertility will be part of their lives. Most men think that becoming a parent is easy and are more concerned with being ready when that day comes. Before my wife and I got married, we both knew that having children would be difficult, but I didn't understand what infertility would mean to me until we actually said 'I Do.'

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  • John Legend encourages struggling couples to try IVF

    John Legend has encouraged couples having trouble conceiving naturally to try IVF fertility treatment. The 38-year-old singer and his wife Chrissy Teigen conceived their nine-month-old daughter Luna through in-vitro fertilisation, which is where eggs are collected and fertilised by sperm in a lab, then implanted back into the woman's uterus.

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  • Causes of male infertility

    Infertility is a reproductive system disorder which results in the inability of a couple to procreate. The reasons for not being able to conceive can be varied and could be related to either partner. When the reproductive system of the male has a problem which makes it difficult for the couple to have a child, it is termed male infertility.

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  • 9 ways to help a friend with infertility

    Infertility can be a hard and lonely struggle. It's not something pleasant to go through, let alone talk about, so most people simply avoid discussing it. However, while it's a hard thing to talk about, when you're going through it your thoughts are completely consumed by it. I was the first of my close friends to encounter infertility, and it was only a few years in that I realized what helped me get through it and how I could help a friend struggling with infertility.

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  • VA to start offering IVF services to veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will start offering in vitro fertilization services to injured veterans for the first time in March, under new rules released Thursday. The move comes just a few months after Congress dropped a ban on the procedure for veterans and their spouses, the result of a yearslong push from advocates who called the restrictions unfair to individuals who sacrificed for the country.

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  • Celebrities Coming Out of the Infertility Closet

    When I was going through fertility treatment, "E! News" anchor Giuliana Rancic and the first "Apprentice" winner, Bill Rancic, had a reality show called, Giuliana And Bill. On it, they shared their experience with In Vitro Fertilization, miscarriage and the emotional rollercoaster one in six go through to conceive. At the time, I didn’t watch the show as I felt I was already living it but I had great respect for their openness. The show shined a light on infertility issues but on a personal level, it helped my mother gain insight into my life so she could better support me.

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  • Struggling With Infertility -- Will You Sit With Me In My Pain?

    Whenever any of us attend social gatherings and are introduced to people we don't know, one of the very first questions we are asked is "What do you do?" When I worked in finance, this was a fairly easy answer: I am in sales in foreign exchange at a major bank. It was pretty cut and dry. After telling what I did I could safely bet my response would not stir many emotions inside the person asking the question.

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  • The Misleading Promise of I.V.F. for Women Over 40

    Many young women were understandably seduced by the once widely publicized message that if they chose to delay pregnancy and were then unable to conceive, they could still have babies through in vitro fertilization, also known as I.V.F.

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