Fertility Insights Blog

ESHRE 2014: The Global Fertility Conference and Trends in Patient Care

Posted by Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D.

Jul 14, 2014

In the beginning of July, thousands of members of the global fertility community gathered in Munich, Germany for the annual conference hosted by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Our team had the pleasure of meeting scientists, physicians and embryologists from over 20 countries. Year round, these are the people who are working to help patients grow their families, and it’s exciting when the international professional fertility community can gather in one place.

Leaving the conference I had a few distinct takeaways.  Firstly, I noted the collective enthusiasm for new research and the eagerness of attendees to share best practices. While research in reproductive medicine is thriving, it is clear that there continues to be a growing need for new technologies. According to 2010 data from the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), over 70% did not result in a live birth. Many of us are working to improve these odds. 

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Topics: Reproductive Medicine, Events, Awareness

My 360⁰ View on Patient Advocacy

Posted by Ronny Mosston, M.B.A.

Jun 26, 2014

I was a patient before I became a Patient Advocate. I was also a Patient Advocate before I became a patient. My personal life and my professional life have come full circle not only once, but twice. While many of us often talk about the importance of “work/life balance,” I truly cannot separate the two. My personal journey as a patient has informed my professional ability to support patients. It holds me accountable to the needs of the patients we serve, and also compels me to seek opportunities to share this message. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to share my journey at Q1 Production’s 3rd Annual Strengthening Patient Advocacy Relations Across the Life Sciences conference. This two-day event brings together Patient Advocacy leaders from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to share best practices and priorities in support of the patient community. My presentation, however, did not focus on “how to’s,” but rather on one simple question for my corporate Patient Advocacy colleagues: Would you choose to become a “customer of your own process”?

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Topics: Awareness

Feelings of Motherhood: Reflections on Infertility, Miscarriage and Family

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 22, 2014

by Amy Demma, Esq.

Amy Demma, Esq., founder of the Law Offices of Amy Demma and former President of the Board of Directors at RESOLVE New England, shares her feelings on what makes a mother.

Someone posted a query on Facebook the other day asking whether or not a woman who had conceived several times but then suffered a loss with each pregnancy could still be considered a mother. An interesting question, I thought, with so many different ways to go about answering. From a legal perspective, of course, the answer would be no, from a medical perspective, same answer. I can’t even begin to unpack this from a mental healthperspective but I can share an answer that comes from my heart.

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Topics: Fertility, Awareness

The Different Realities of Mother's Day

Posted by Ronny Mosston, M.B.A.

May 11, 2014

I am a woman, a daughter, a wife, a sister, an aunt, but I am not a mother. I used to dread the week before Mother’s Day as most people assume that, of course, a married woman ‘of a certain age’ is a mother.  For a long time, when people automatically said, “Have a good Mother’s Day,” internally I would feel sad, insecure and alone. I felt like I was left out of THE club the world expected me to be in.  And it was just like the feeling many of us who don’t celebrate Christmas have as children when the commercial and social world all around us defined everything good through green and red decorations and hallmark cards with Santa and his reindeer on them.

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Topics: Awareness

OvaScience Is Now Home to Fertility Insights

Posted by Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D.

May 1, 2014

Welcome to the new Fertility Insights!

When I began this blog a year ago, I wanted to use it as a platform to share developing trends and technologies in fertility treatment.  As time went on, it has become increasingly collaborative, featuring insights from many guest bloggers.  I’ve enjoyed highlighting the work and experiences of others in the community and, apparently, so have you!

To ensure that Fertility Insights continues to deliver high quality material for its rapidly growing and international audience, I have decided to transition its location to the OvaScienceSM website where it will have more resources to provide interesting and timely updates on the field. The OvaScience team, our esteemed advisors, and other leaders in the fertility community will be active contributors to Fertility Insights. As this blog continues to share voices on the cutting edge of fertility care and community, you will see the commitment of the entire OvaScience team to our patient population, in addition to my own.

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Topics: Awareness

About Fertility Insights

The official blog of OvaScienceSM, where we provide insights into important trends in fertility technologies and patient advocacy.

Fertiltiy Insights shares blogs from OvaScience Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D., our esteemed advisors and other leaders in the fertiltiy field.

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