Focus on Fertility

An in-depth look at evolving world of fertility care from the professionals at MCRM Fertility.


Ep. 14 - FertiStrong: Aiding Men to Cope with Infertility

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about a recently released FREE app that is available to assist MEN coping with the journey of infertility. Similar to FertiCalm, which is designed for women, FertiStrong is specifically designed to assist men deal with every-day difficult situations that arise while battling infertility. Dr. Domar and Dr. Grill who helped develop FertiCalm have partnered with Dr. Janet Takefman, Coordinator of psychological services and research at McGill University Health Centre's Reproductive Centre in Montreal and assistant professor for the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology at McGill University, and Dr. William Petok, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and is a past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. FertiStrong provides men with more than 500 coping skills for more than 50 specific situations they may encounter each day that may lead to distress while continuing a difficult journey to parenthood such as: Social Events Sex Fertility Evaluation and Treatments Work Family and Friends Emotions Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage) Mind-Body One's Partner Communication When Enough is Enough Relationship Survival 101 Learn more and download the FertiStrong app at
00:20:24 6/19/2018

Past Episodes

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about a free app, FertiCalm, which will aid one through some of the most common difficult situations one may face while traveling down their fertility journey. The app was developed by Alice Domar, Phd, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF and by Elizabeth Grill, PsyD, director of psychological services at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Weill Medical College of Cornel University. Together, Dr. Domar and Dr. Grill have over 45 year's experience as reproductive psychologists and assist individuals on a daily basis traverse the difficult waters of emotions and mental health related to infertility. What was an idea forged on a napkin has turned into a reality that is helping woman every day. FertiCalm provides woman with more than 500 coping skills and relaxation techniques for more than 50 difficult situations they may encounter each day while trying to conceive such related to: Baby Functions Relationships Work Fertility Treatment Social Events And more Learn more and download the FertiCalm app at
00:18:36 6/12/2018
Why do I need genetic carrier screening? What does it mean to be a genetic carrier? What diseases are you at risk of passing along to your child? These questions and more will be answered and discussed in this episode of Focus on Fertility as we are joined by genetic counselor, Jennifer Siegel, of Sema4. Your genes and those of your partner will lead to the DNA makeup of your off-spring. What is inside yours and your partner's genes could greatly impact the health of your child and knowing what's inside of these genes is crucial.
00:21:14 6/5/2018
We're joined by biochemist, Henry Clemente, of Clemente Associates to discuss the use of magnetic nano particles for selecting higher quality sperm. For nearly three decades, Henry and his company have worked with researchers from notable universities to develop diagnostic, therapeutic and imaging uses for magnetic nano particles. With relationship to their use with sperm, magnetic nano particles were first utilized in veterinary medicine to help "purify" a sperm sample. Today, the science has bridged into human reproductive uses for similar purposes. The purification process allows from the removal of "damaged" sperm from a sperm sample; reducing a much larger sample to a smaller, highly purified one. When utilized, results obtained have shown an increased rate in the number of chromosomally normal embryos available for transfer compared to when not utilized. We are just now at the ground floor as this methodology is just now beginning to be utilized in some IVF centers in the United States.
00:21:14 5/29/2018
In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we speak with a health and wellness expert, Dustin Schaffer. Dustin has been coaching individuals on the benefits of living a Ketogenic lifestyle for more than a decade. He and his wife also attest to its benefits with relationship to fertility, too. Dustin teaches us about the Keto diet and provides tips on how one can begin down the path of living healthier while living the Ketogenic lifestyle. For recipes, tips, ideas and to reach Dustin, visit him at To learn more about how to begin utilizing exogenous ketones, visit
00:26:38 5/22/2018
In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we'll speak with a couple, Nate & Julie, who recently completed the use of embryo adoption to help in completing their family. Are you aware of embryo adoption as an option that might be right for you? If not or if you are curious about the processes and timeline involved, this episode will be informative and helpful for you. For additional information regarding embryo adoption, visit Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Agency at
00:20:29 5/15/2018
In this bonus episode of Focus on Fertility we sit down with reproductive specialist, Dr. Mira Aubuchon of MCRM Fertility to discuss an on-going clinical study that you may be interested in participating in. The study involves the Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA) test and investigates a possible new, non-invasive method of completing the test. Dr. Aubuchon sheds some light on the ERA test, what it is and why it can be beneficial to those who are preparing or planning on completing an embryo transfer. She also introduces a current clinical study that is actively accepting participants. The study is being performed, globally, at a select number of IVF centers. This includes four U.S. Centers (MCRM Fertility, IVF Florida, RMA Connecticut and Dominion Fertility) and one center in Canada (Pacific Centers for Reproductive Medicine). Additional centers are participating from Argentina, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Individuals interested in becoming a participant must meet the following criteria: Because the study evaluates uterine bacteria, you cannot have taken any antibiotics within 90 days prior to enrolling unless those antibiotics have been given as part of the routine IVF care. Enrolling can take place 30 days or more after the last IVF cycle's antibiotics are taken You also must not have had any serious infections including flu within 90 days of enrolling and your blood infection screening should be negative. Your uterus should be normal, and the tubes should not be large and dilated. It's fine to enroll if surgery has corrected the uterine or tubal problem or if your physician feels the uterine problem will not affect the outcome of the transfer. If you have an IUD, it needs to be removed at least 3 months prior to enrolling Because weight can affect how your uterus responds to hormones, your weight relative to your height (body mass index) needs to be in the range 18.5-30 kg/m2 (can be calculated on many websites). If using your own eggs you should be age 40 or younger and your menstrual cycles should last for 3-4 days and occur within the range every 26-35 days. If you are using an egg or embryo donor then your age should be 50 or younger- it's fine if your cycles are irregular or don't come at all. The embryos should be created using sperm from either partner or a donor whose semen analysis has more than 2 million sperm per milliliter. Those selected to participate in the clinical trial will receive the ERA testing at no cost; however, some additional costs for medication and monitoring may be required. To learn more about this study, contact MCRM Fertility or visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Trial page.
00:15:55 5/9/2018
In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we're joined by Dr. Stephen Mitchell. Miscarriages occur much more frequently then many realize; however, when they occur they can be difficult to cope with. This is especially true if one has experienced multiple miscarriages. Dr. Mitchell discuss his own struggle with miscarriage and offers advice on how to try to cope when they occur. Advice is presented for both coping if you are a male partner and for the female individual, too. For additional information or to contact Dr. Mitchell, visit
00:27:40 5/8/2018
We're rejoined with Dr. Peter Ahlering of MCRM Fertility. Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR) or Low Ovarian Reserve is the largest diagnoses related to female fertility factor and assisted reproductive technology (ART) per the most recent 2015 CDC National ART Summary Report. As women age, the natural occurring "Biological Clock" ticks resulting in known lower fertility potential; however, for tens of thousands of women who are only in their twenties and early thirties, they live, unknowingly, with their "Biological Clock" ticking faster than normal leading to early onset DOR. What can one do if they are diagnosed with DOR and how can one avoid the surprise of learning of this diagnoses at an earlier age relative to normal? These questions and more will be answered within this episode.
00:20:38 5/1/2018
In this episode we're on location at Infertility Awareness Day at the Ballpark in Busch Stadium in St. Louis . We sit down with those in attendance and discuss the impact Infertility Awareness Day has on them. Plus, we speak with Dr. Cole Nilson, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, OB/GYN, who helps women struggling with infertility. He shares how care and treatments have changed over the past 20 years. He also shares that infertility awareness day has a personal meaning for him. Take a step into the ballpark and tune-in for this special edition.
00:13:04 4/24/2018
Christopher Jackson from CiceroDx to discusses the new ReceptivaDx test. This test is beginning to be utilized to assist patients who have experienced prior IVF/embryo implantation failure. We'll learn about ReceptivaDx, how it works and how it can assist in improving success rates with IVF.
00:14:59 4/17/2018

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