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About the Endometrial Receptivity Array (ERA) test

Recently the Endometrial Receptivity Array [ERA] test has been in the news. Here is a post from one of the Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility fellows at UConn School of Medicine/Center for Advanced Reproductive Services on the subject. If you are wondering if the ERA test is right for you please check with your Center physician.

Endometrial Receptivity Array [ERA]

Fertility treatment is the exemplary model for personalized medicine, so in many cases evaluating the endometrium is no different. Every couple needs a different dose of stimulation medications, different lengths of treatment, different types of fertilization, all in an effort to maximize that couple’s chance of conceiving. So it makes sense that in some cases the endometrium lining the uterine cavity, where implantation occurs, requires some personalization as well. The Endometrial Receptivity Array, or ERA, is designed to detect the proper “window of implantation” for a woman based on the genes that her endometrium is expressing on various days around the time of typical implantation. The majority of women may not require this extra step in assessment, which can add to the cost and invasiveness of treatments, because most women can expect implantation to occur at a standard window of time after the LH surge. However, for a subset of women, often including those whose embryos have failed to implant after multiple rounds of IVF, this test may be a worthy and rewarding investment.

If your doctor recommends an ERA, you can expect to take up to one month to complete a “mock” embryo transfer cycle which includes one or more endometrial biopsies performed in the Center’s exam room (via speculum exam) at the time when an embryo transfer would be done. The test will determine if the “standard” receptive day is actually too early or too late for you, adjusting your plan for the real cycle. It is not always a magic bullet (or we would use it for EVERYONE), but for many patients we have seen this test make the difference needed to finally get that, “You’re pregnant” call from the team.

To view a video on the test, click here.

For more information on the test, go to http://www.igenomix.com/

Leah Kaye, MD
2nd Year REI Fellow
UConn School of Medicine
Center for Advanced Reproductive Services

New Video: Mosaic Embryos

The newest video in our Fertility 101 library is all about mosaic embryos. Learn more about how embryos are selected and what issues surround the use of a mosaic embryo. Featuring Dr. Claudio Benadiva.

Pregnancy & Parenting After Infertility Support Group

Wondering what the new Pregnancy & Parenting after Infertility Peer Support Group is all about? Here’s a guest post from our friends at this new Resolve New England group:

For those who have struggled with infertility, receiving the news that you are pregnant may bring about some unexpected emotions. It can be difficult to transition your energy and emotions from that of struggle and coping, to one of joy and celebration.You may experience excessive worry and fear that something will go wrong in the pregnancy. Many women have a difficult time relaxing and enjoying the pregnancy. You may feel different from other pregnant women who did not experience infertility. These worries may continue once your baby arrives. You may feel guilty for being overwhelmed by the demands of parenthood. Relationships with your partner, family, and friends may be strained. Those feelings of inadequacy and self-blame that you experienced during infertility may still be there. Finding your new place as a pregnant woman and mother takes both time and a supportive environment.

If you are experiencing apprehension as well as joy about becoming pregnant or parenting after experiencing infertility, join Resolve’s Pregnancy and Parenting After Infertility peer support group and share your experiences with others who can relate. The next group will take place on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm at the United Synagogues of Hartford, 205 Mohawk Drive, West Hartford, CT. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit www.resolvenewengland.org/support.

Congratulations to our team!

You may know that we’ve been helping individuals and couples experiencing infertility for over 35 years. What you may not know is that several of our staff have been with us almost that long! Please join us in congratulating our top 6 honorees, all with over 25 years of service.
Susan Lyko, Practice Manager, 31 years
John Nulsen, MD, Medical Director, 29 years
Casey Jacob, PhD, 26 years
Maureen Rescildo, Director Clinical Operations, 26 years
Marsha Kennedy, RN, 25 years
Linda Siano Embryologist 25 years (not pictured)
It all adds up to 162 years of cumulative fertility care experience!

RESOLVE Peer Support Meetings at The Center Every Third Thursday

The Center is a proud supporter of RESOLVE New England, a regional non-profit, charitable organization that offers support, education and advocacy for all in New England that are facing fertility challenges. Peer Support Groups provide an opportunity for open discussion forums where you can come together and meet others who are facing similar challenges, and learn about resources available.

A RESOLVE New England meeting is held at The Center on the 3rd Thursday of every month, from 7:00-8:30pm. Couples and individuals are welcome!

The 2017 schedule is as follows:
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

RESOLVE also offers a HelpLine to talk to trained volunteers who have experience with infertility. HelpLine is at 866. NOT.ALONE (866.668.2566).

New RESOLVE Support Group

New! Pregnancy & Parenting After Infertility Peer Support Group sponsored by RESOLVE. Beginning January 12th, 2017, this group will meet on the second Thursday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the United Synagogues of Hartford-West Hartford at 205 Mohawk Drive. Pre-registration is requested at www.resolvenewengland.org/support.

Congratulations to Dr. Nulsen and Dr. Benadiva!

Congratulations to both Dr. John Nulsen and Dr. Claudio Benadiva from the Center on their selection as one of America’s “Best Doctors” for 2016-2017. The Best Doctors in America List includes the nation’s most respected specialists and are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their field.

The complete list can be found in the January, 2017 edition of Hartford magazine.