Watch WFSB Next Week

Stay tuned! In recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week, WFSB Eyewitness News at 5 PM will be talking about a wide range of fertility issues each night, weeknights. And after the news on Tuesday, 4/24, at about 5:30 pm, the Center’s Dr. Schmidt will be hosting a live webcast to answer any questions you may have about infertility and fertility treatment. And on Thursday–we’ll have special coverage on Better Connecticut at 3 PM.


National Infertility Awareness Week

Coming up: National Infertility Awareness Week April 22-28. This year’s theme is to “Flip the Script” and was created so anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel empowered to do something that makes a difference, either in your own family building journey or to help someone else. Infertility impacts millions of Americans and does not discriminate based on race, religion, socioeconomic status or sexuality. “Flip the script” and become part of the movement.

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Best Doctors Awards Announced

The Best Doctors in America® List includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians in the nation. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. Congratulations to Dr. Benadiva, Dr. Grow and Dr. Nulsen for their recognition on the 2018 list.

See the full list here.


Free Fertility Assessment Offered

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 22-28. NIAW is a movement started by RESOLVE in 1989, with the mission to reduce stigma, educate the public, and empower those who struggle with fertility. Here are a few of the events the Center will be hosting in honor of NIAW:

Community Fertility Acupuncture: Sunday, April 15th, 4pm – 6pm
Free Fertility Assessment: Saturday, April 21st, 10am — 2pm

Click here to learn more about these events and register.

Center’s CEO Paul Verrastro Featured in HBJ

A wonderful piece about the Center’s CEO Paul Verrastro and the Center in this morning’s Hartford Business Journal.

“I always say to people, this center is like my child,” Verrastro said. “I’m really protective of it, I’m really proud of it, I try to make sure everybody does right by it because it provides such a critical mission to people.”

It’s a life-creating mission of helping couples have babies, through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination, (IUI). The Center has been responsible for 12,000-plus live births since 1982.”


It’s National Nutrition Month!

It’s March, and that means it’s officially National Nutrition Month.® So let’s start off the month with a few healthy tips!

•Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.

•Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.

•Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.

•Be mindful of portion sizes.

•Continue to use good food safety practices.

•Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

Learning about egg donation

The path to determining that egg donation may be a solution to infertility can be a long one. The realization is often further complicated by the long wait to find the right egg donor – for some, 6-12 months is the norm. Joining these networks of donor egg bank services allows our patients to access the largest inventory of frozen donor eggs in the world. For most patients, the diverse database of egg donors completely eliminates the 6-9 month matching wait associated with other egg donation programs.

Our Egg Donor Program helps women who cannot produce their own healthy eggs, as well as for those with unsuccessful superovulation therapies, early onset menopause, premature ovarian failure, abnormal eggs and repetitive failures with In Vitro Fertilization, and those women who carry genetic abnormalities or genetically transmitted diseases.


Center’s Fellowship Program Receives Recognition

We are pleased to report The Center recently received our annual evaluation of the Fellowship Program from the UConn Graduate Medical Education Office [GME]. This evaluation looks at all aspects of our Program. In addition to having recently received American College of Graduate Medical Education [ACGME] accreditation, The Center’s Fellowship Program was recognized as being “Outstanding Overall”.

One area in which we received very high marks was scholarly activity. The Center is committed to the part of its mission that focuses on academics and research. As one of less than 40 IVF programs in the country with an REI/IVF fellowship, we have the privilege of participating in the development of the next generation of physicians and thought leaders in our field.

Have you heard of intermittent fasting?

From Ami Chokshi, the Center’s certified Health Coach.
The New Year is here, and the resolutions to eat well and lose weight have begun. While we can find success stories in each of the many diets out there, most of us eventually get derailed by life. One approach, something that has literally been around forever, incorporates periods of fasting with periods of feasting. It’s called Intermittent Fasting or IF.
Intermittent Fasting works to reduce the amount of time in a day that our body is secreting insulin, the main driver of weight gain.* IF gives your system time to rest, digest and begin to use your body fat for fuel.
IF doesn’t restrict what you eat, it simply shifts when you eat. You can still eat the foods you enjoy and not restrict calories. While you should ideally focus on reducing your sugar intake and processed foods, intermittent fasting doesn’t limit you from eating your favorite foods.
There are many ways people are practicing IF, from having a daily eating window, to mixing days of eating with not eating. Here’s one example of how intermittent fasting may look:
· Choose your daily fasting window based on your lifestyle. Many people start with 16 hours of fasting; for example, 8 pm – 12 noon.
· Upon awakening, fast until your window opens at noon. Drink only water, black coffee, and black/green tea during the morning. All of these should include no add-ins, like sweetener, natural flavors, sugar, or creamer – basically anything that may have a sweet taste that can trigger an insulin response (including gum and mints).
· Open your eating window and enjoy your food.
· Close your eating window at 8pm.
· Start your fast.
· Sleep.
· Repeat.
The benefits are amazing. They include fat loss and muscle gain, decreased inflammation, decreased insulin resistance, mental clarity, and anti aging. You save time in the morning, you save money on food, and you can get so much done during your fasted state with the extra energy and mental focus that you gain.
While most people can intermittent fast, it’s always important to consult with your doctor first. This is not intended for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding or anyone who is under weight (BMI<18.5).
If getting healthy and losing weight is a goal for 2018, why not consider something new this year?
*The Obesity Code by Dr Jason Fung