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Winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and the Infertility Patient

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression, that is responsive to changes in the season. Usually, it is associated with the beginning of autumn or winter, and people often attribute it to the winter “blues.” Although we don’t know the specific causes of SAD, several theories attribute its cause to the decrease in sunlight, which may disrupt your ...

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National Adoption Month 2017

Each year in the United States over 110,000 children in foster care wait for permanent families, while approximately 18,000 are adopted through private adoptions and 5,000 through international adoption.

Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts started Adoption Week in 1976 in an effort to promote awareness of children waiting for permanent homes. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week in 1984 and finally, National...

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Celebrating National Adoption Month

By Rita Soronen

Every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent family. That is the simple, yet profound motivation behind National Adoption Month. Celebrated across North America each November, this special month of awareness helps to increase the number of families considering adoption, and celebrates the joys of creating families through foster care adoption.

National Adoption Month not only gives...

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Varicocele: A Leading Cause of Infertility in Men

By Natan Bar-Chama, M.D.

Scrotal varicoceles are common, and are one of the leading causes of infertility in men. They are present in 4 out of 10 men having difficulty fathering their first child, and the incidence increases dramatically to 8 out of 10 men trying to father their second child. While for many men varicoceles do not present a medical problem, during...

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What is a Biochemical Pregnancy?

By Taraneh Nazem, MD and Alan B Copperman, MD

A biochemical pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants in the uterine lining and starts to make hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that can be detected in the blood or urine, but does not continue to grow enough to be seen on ultrasound, or to develop into a healthy, ongoing pregnancy. Biochemical pregnancies...

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