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A New Year, A New Us

January 2015

To Our Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters:

As many of you may already know, The American Fertility Association has changed our name to Path2Parenthood.

Why did we make the transition?

The name needed to grow to fully encompass our expanded mission. The board and staff, some of whom have been...

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Brenda Strong discusses pain management for endometriosis

Second in a series on endometriosis, for Endometriosis Awareness Month.

More than five million women in America are currently suffering from endometriosis, which is a leading cause of infertility. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue that lines the inside of the uterus finds its way outside and into other organs of the body, such as the abdomen and fallopian...

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Ectopic pregnancy

For any woman hoping to conceive, the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy can be devastating. An ectopic is a non-viable type of pregnancy which refers to the implantation of an embryo outside of the uterus and never results in a live birth.

Ectopic pregnancies account for around 2% of all conceptions in the U.S., or one in 40-100 pregnancies. While...

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IlluminationsLA 2012

Over 200 people attended Path2Parenthood's fundraiser, IlluminationsLA 2012, celebrating those who have made a difference in the areas of fertility and family building. This year, we recognized Dr. Richard Buyalos of Fertility and Surgical Associates, and Simon Halls of Slate PR.

Hosted by Josh and Lisa Greer at their exquisite Beverly Hills home, it was LA at its best....

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Inside the ART Laboratory: Reducing Multiple Pregnancy

It has long been recognized that the success of assisted reproductive technology (ART: this term is used to include in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related techniques), depends on the quality of the ART laboratory. The modern ART laboratory is a place of precision and meticulous attention to detail. The ART laboratory is the location where eggs are cultured, embryos grown,...

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Kristen Magnacca Puts Her Stamp on Infertility Awareness

Have you seen Path2Parenthood's Infertility Awareness stamp! Boy, have we come a long way!

Fertility awareness on a stamp: talk about making strides in the shift in conscientious about fertility and creation.

I remember when…. (Do I sound like your parents?) We used to have to walk ten miles to school in a blizzard. Well, way back when - a...

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Mini-IVF Yields Mini Success

If your reproductive endocrinologist offered you the option of doing a less expensive form of In Vitro Fertilization, which not only required less injected medication but also had the same success rate as the more expensive kind, you would probably jump at it. Especially during an ongoing economic slump when financing options for infertility treatment are not readily available.


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New needle-free saliva test revolutionizes infertility treatment

For women undergoing in vitro fertilization, the stress and discomfort of daily blood tests become a way of life. This may be about to change. Cutting-edge medical practice, Boston IVF, recently introduced the first known, needle-free saliva test, designed to replace daily blood draws currently used to monitor infertility patients during treatment. The tests are required to measure hormonal response...

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The New Meaning of “Open Adoption”

I read an interesting article that raised some important questions at http://moms.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/27/10517672-frozen-embryo-open-adoption-raises-hopes-questions . The article was about a woman who had twins after IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment. She had 4 frozen embryos left from her last IVF treatment and she decided she did not want any more children. She chose to...

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