Dr. Nulsen and Dr. Benadiva Named Top Docs

Dr. Nulsen and Dr. Benadiva Named Top Docs by Hartford Magazine

The magazine recently announced its annual “Greater Hartford’s Best Doctors” list and once again, both Dr. John Nulsen and Dr. Claudio Benadiva made the list. The Top Docs list is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors Inc. The Best Doctors in America database includes approximately 53,000 doctors in more than 450 medical specialties and subspecialties worldwide. Best Doctors are:

  • Reviewed and elected by their peers
  • Clinically and academically accomplished
  • Affiliated with national and global centers of excellence
  • Leading medical practitioners, researchers and teachers
  • Members of a prestigious, peer-reviewed group that includes the top 5% of U.S. physicians


Psychological Aspects: Taking Back Control

Below is the final part in our video series designed to help walk you through the psychological aspects of fertility treatment. Featuring Mary Casey Jacob, PhD., the psychologist at the Center, the series focuses on a range of subjects from managing injections to stress to crafting your individualized plan of treatment.

The final video (below), Dr. Mary Casey Jacob talks about ways you can make decisions and feel more in control during the infertility process.

Connect & Learn Seminars

See the information below on this one-day program from Resolve New England consisting of seminars for those considering adoption, donor egg or sperm, and/or surrogacy as family-building options.

You will be able to gather information from top professionals in one place, have the opportunity to speak with others making the same kinds of decisions to form their families, as well as speak with those who are parents through adoption, donor conception and/or surrogacy.

With our “Bring Your +1 promotion”, all attendees may bring along a friend or family member for FREE by entering promo code ‘SUPPORT” when registering online.

See full Winter/Spring 2015 Infertility Peer Support Group Schedule from Resolve New England here.

Jan 2015 Connect and Learn Flyer

Connect & Learn Seminar
Adoption, Donor Conception, Surrogacy

Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 8:30am – 5pm
727 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA

Participants are welcome to attend any session in either track – Adoption or Donor Conception/Surrogacy.

Couples may split and attend different sessions. The tracks are listed below.

9:00 – 11:00 am Domestic Adoption
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Adoption from Foster Care

9:00 – 11:00 am Preparing for Egg/Sperm Donation and/or Surrogacy
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Finding a Donor and Gestational Carrier and Legal Issues

12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ Lunch ~

1:30 – 2:45 pm International Adoption
3:00 – 5:00 pm Adoption Parent Panel

1:30 – 2:45 pm Psychosocial Issues
3:00 – 5:00 pm Donor Conception/Surrogacy Parent Panel

Space is limited so register today! Financial assistance is available.

New Study: Fertility Treatments Have Low Complication Rates

According to a new study, fertility treatments are growing safer in the United States and is now a low-risk procedure. Researchers have found the risk of complications was low for both “autologous procedures” — where women use their own eggs — as well as donor-assisted procedures. See the article below.

Fertility Treatments Have Low Complication Rates, Study Finds
(By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay)

As the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the United States increases, efforts have been made to improve patient safety. These safety measures include using less aggressive medication regimens to stimulate ovulation. And egg retrieval before ovulation is no longer done through laparoscopic surgery, but through a less invasive vaginal procedure, according to background information with the study.

To gain a better understanding of how these changes have improved ART complication rates, the researchers examined statistics and trends in reported complications from both patients and donors involved in fresh (not frozen) assisted reproductive technology.

The findings were published in the Jan. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The decade-long review, led by Dr. Jennifer Kawwass of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, spanned the years 2000 to 2011. It was based on a surveillance system established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the study authors noted in a journal news release.

The researchers said reported complications had to be directly related to assisted reproductive technology and take place within 12 weeks of the procedure. Possible problems included infection, bleeding, complications related to anesthesia, hospitalization, and death.

Among nearly 1.2 million ART cycles where women used their own eggs, the most commonly reported patient complications were ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) — an overreaction to ovarian stimulation — and hospitalization.

“Increased awareness of the most common complication, OHSS, may prompt additional study to characterize predictors of this and other adverse events to inform the development of effective approaches necessary to decrease complication occurrence,” the study authors wrote.

The researchers noted that rates of all other complications remained below 10 per 10,000 cycles.

The study authors said they identified 58 deaths associated with ART during the study period. Of these, 18 deaths were related to ovarian stimulation and 40 others occurred before delivery. Overall, the death rates for women who had an ART-conceived live birth ranged from 14.2 per 100,000 in 2004 to 1.6 per 100,000 in 2008.

Psychological Aspects: A New Video Series

Welcome to our video series designed to help walk you through the psychological aspects of fertility treatment. Featuring Mary Casey Jacob, PhD., the psychologist at the Center, the series focuses on a range of subjects from managing injections to stress to crafting your individualized plan of treatment.

The first video (below) talks about the injectable medications used during IVF. In the video, Dr. Mary Casey Jacob reviews types of medications, possible side effects, and discusses how to cope with fear of injections. Look for Part 2: Stress and Fertility next Thursday.

Slowing Down The Biological Clock

In an era when many women postpone motherhood into their late 30s, or beyond, a growing number of women are using a new technology to freeze their eggs. See the article below from CBS News.

Women freeze biological clock
(By Jonathan Lapook of CBS News)
One week before her thirtieth birthday, actress Elizabeth Higgins Clark is taking the dramatic step to freeze her eggs to preserve her fertility. “I knew that I wanted more time, for my career,” Clark told me. “I thought it would be really nice if I could just make it so that I had a baby when my life was ready instead of just because my body was ready.”

Dr. Michael Drews, Clark’s doctor at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, says there’s a gradually growing population of women who are choosing to do this electively. “Probably when this comes into its own, it will be more liberating to women than the oral contraceptives were back in the 1960’s,” Dr. Drews told me.

“The light goes off for most women when they begin to reach their later 30s, early 40s,” Dr. Drews said. “And that’s when they say, ‘Gee, I’m running out of time.’ Unfortunately, in most cases, they’ve largely already run out of time.”

There are no national figures on how many women have frozen their eggs or returned to use them. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine does not endorse elective egg freezing, saying: “it may give women false hope and encourage women to delay childbearing.” Clark disagrees. “I don’t think my hope is false,” she told me. “I think it gives me a better chance and I wouldn’t tell any woman that she should do this. I think it’s a really personal decision that a woman makes with her doctor and her bank account.”

The procedure costs between $10,000 and $15,000 and another thousand dollars a year to keep the eggs frozen. Still, Clark says it is money well spent.

“Is there a part of this for you that’s slowing down that biological clock that’s been ticking?” I asked her. “Yes, it’s stopped,” she said. “And I’ll get older, but my eggs will stay the same age, 29 forever.”

Your First Visit – Our New Location

Start the New Year with an appointment at our NEW Farmington location. We are open for appointments starting January 5th. Simply fill out this form to request your free fertility consultation.

Getting Ready for Your First Visit:

Taking the first steps on the path to seeing a fertility specialist may be difficult or even overwhelming. Knowing what to expect at your first visit may offer reassurance and help alleviate some of these concerns. Below is a video that tells what you can expect at your first visit.

At the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, we strive to make this a comfortable, stress-free process for all of our patients.

We offer free fertility phone consultations for patients at different points in their fertility journey. Your fertility phone consultation will be an opportunity for you to obtain information about our program and learn about general treatment options.