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Making Human Eggs from Stem Cells

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on February 28 at 3:19 PM

Making Human Eggs from Stem Cells

Researchers from Massachussets General Hospital have claimed to generate new eggs cells from human ovarian stem cells. This groundbreaking research team, led by biologist Jonathan Tilly, was published online this past Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. If validated, this research has the potential to open up a new field of reproductive biology that could have tremendous impacts on the field of infertility.
 

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Year of the Dragon

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on February 14 at 2:45 PM

The Year of the Dragon

The LA Times published a very interesting article about the increase in Asian American couples attempting to have a baby this lunar year in the Year of the Dragon. In the 12 year zodiac cycle of the Chinese calendar, the year of the dragon is considered to be the most auspicious year by many in the Asian American community.
 

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Male Infertility

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on February 3 at 9:30 AM

The main way to evaluate a man’s fertility potential is to perform a semen analysis. Semen analysis samples are typically produced on site at your fertility doctor’s office. There are several factors that are examined in the semen analysis. The first is sperm count which is a measure of sperm concentration in the sample. The average sperm count is about 60 million/millliliter, however the count is not considered abnormal unless it is less than 15 million/milliliter.

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Women of Reproductive Age Have Misconceptions About Fertility

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on January 3 at 10:12 AM

 According to a new survey of fertility awareness, women of reproductive age have many misconceptions about their ability to conceive and how age affects fertility. The survey asked 1000 reproductive age women to answer basic questions about fertility. More than half of the women failed the 10 question survey which tested a womans knowledge of how long it takes to get pregnant and how fertility declines with age.

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Elective Single Embryo Transfer

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on December 12 at 1:55 PM

 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has revolutionized the treatment of infertility and given millions of couples who had difficulty conceiving the chance to start a family. However, it has also introduced a significant increase in the number of “multiple pregnancies”, including twins and “higher order multiple” (HOM) pregnancies, consisting of three or more implanted embryos. There is overwhelming evidence that multiple pregnancies represent a major threat to the health of the mother and the fetuses.

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Vitamin D in Health and Reproduction

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on November 18 at 10:50 AM

 An epidemic of vitamin D deficiency has been emerging over the last decade among all racial groups in the United States. In fact, the prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency nearly doubled from 1994 to 2004. Among women of reproductive age, more than 40 percent are insufficient in vitamin D.

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Star Support for Single Moms

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on May 27 at 9:33 AM
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The New ASRM Website

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on May 3 at 4:14 PM
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IVF: If at first you don’t succeed, should you try again…

Posted by Dr. Karine Chung on April 28 at 1:36 PM
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Natural Cycle IVF: Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Dr. Kristin Bendikson on April 22 at 10:15 AM
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