If we broke down fertility treatment into three basic components, these would be the top three.

Fertility Treatment Basics

1. Don't wait too long.

What we know about fertility, conceiving and building a family is that if a woman is under the age of 35 years old, then trying, via sexual intercourse at the correct time of month (ovulation) for one year is appropriate. If a woman is over the age of 35, then the guidelines suggest only trying for six months before seeking the best help possible.

January 18 2017 Body Image.png2. Pick the best fertility program to build your family.

There may be more than one fertility program in your geographical area. Here are a few criteria you need to consider when choosing a fertility program. They should have board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists. The term "fertility specialist" has no specific meaning and the person making the claim has not necessarily had any specific training regarding infertility.

Look for a program that has been awarded Top Doctor status. Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT (RMACT) has just won, for the second year in a row, "Top Doctor 2017" for all five of our doctors. This is a peer reviewed award, RMACT doctors have been chosen by other doctors who recognize their medical and scientific excellence.

Finally, consider pregnancy rates. Look for a fertility program who has higher than national averages. Buyer beware though- some fertility programs have criteria that artificially make their pregnancy rates look higher than they actually are. For example, some fertility programs will not accept patients who are over a certain age or whose test results are either too high or too low.

3. Believe that it can work.

Come in! Make an appointment for a consultation and keep the appointment. People are often pleasantly surprised that there may be a simple fine tuning that needs to be made to become pregnant. Letting fear get the best of you can unnecessarily delay the family you are hoping for.

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Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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