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






Infertility AF: A Revolutionary Summit

A new infertility awareness event will take place that will focus on patients and their mental health, Infertility AF. All presentations will be current and past individuals who have traveled the journey of infertility including: Erin Boelhower, Lindsay Fischer and more. The event will take place in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois at the Hyatt on April 27th from 10am until 6pm. Full details are available at


Know Your Potential for Success with the Univfy Pre-IVF Report

A relatively new report is now available to assist individuals and couples in knowing their potential for a successful outcome with in vitro fertilization (IVF), the Univfy Pre-IVF Report. This report reviews one’s individual diagnostic data and that of their selected fertility treatment center to calculate a personalized outcome for success after one cycle of IVF, two cycles of IVF and three cycles of IVF. Unlike other available sources to calculate one’s outcome potential, the Univfy...


Real Food for Pregnancy

Healthy nutrition is key and the foundation to developing a healthy lifestyle but can often appear daunting to understand and follow. In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we speak with registered dietitian/nutritionist and author of Real Food for Pregnancy, Lily Nichols, regarding the topic of healthy nutrition for becoming pregnant and maintain a healthy pregnancy. We discuss topics including, What is Real Food?, What are macro and micro nutrients and what values should one seek?, Meal...


Flip Flops In Kiev: A Patient’s Journey (Part 2)

In this week’s episode of Focus on Fertilty we conclude Flip Flops in Kiev, Jay and Tiffany’s journey through international surrogacy. Today, we learn how, what should have been a simple process to conclude the journey allowing their twins to come home to the U.S. was filled with yet more speed bumps, hurdles and delays. Jay also shares his advice for anyone interested in considering international surrogacy for themselves. Visit for more information.


Flip Flops In Kiev: A Patient’s Journey (Part 1)

In this week’s episode of Focus on Fertility, we bring you part 1 of a two part series on one couples determination to having children through the use of international surrogacy. Jay and Tiffany, who like many in the United States, met, married and decided to have children later in life. With the biological clock ticking faster and faster, the couple chose to utilize IVF to become parents for the first time. However, when it came time to add to their family the journey became even more...


Is It the Right Time To Transfer that Embryo?

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we talk the ERA Test with Tiffany Stankiewicz of Igenmix to learn how the ERA test may be able to help those who have had recurrent pregnancy loss and prior IVF failure. The Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA) helps to determine when the optimum window of implantation is to occur for an individual. Completing an embryo transfer at the accurate window of implantation has shown to increase pregnancy outcomes. Are you the right candidate for the ERA...


Embryo Adoption

This week we are joined by program director, Kimberly Tyson, of Snowflakes Embryo Adoption. What is embryo adoption? Is it the right path for you? What are the processes involved? What are the costs? All of these questions and more are answered. Additionally, if you are someone who may have frozen embryos in storage and looking for an option regarding them, adopting them to another family maybe a solution. Tune in and learn more. Contact Snowflakes Embryo Adoption at, or call...


Dr. Rusty Pool Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Thomas “Rusty” Pool, Ph.D. HCLD, Fertility Center of San Antonio Scientific Director, has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine for nearly 40 years. Recently at #ASRM2018 in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Pool was awarded the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT) Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Pool joins us for this episode of Focus on Fertility to share his thoughts and insights regarding the changes that have taken place during his time in the embryology lab and...


MCRM Fertility Celebrates 5 Years and You're Invited to Attend

This week we celebrate with our sponsor, MCRM Fertility, as they host a FREE event this weekend. Earlier this year, MCRM Fertility turned 5 and to celebrate their 5th Anniversary they are hosting a FALL FAMILY FUN event full of great activities for children and adults. They especially would like to invite all previous patients and graduates to be part of a very special picture opportunity. Tune in and learn more. Thank you very much and hope to see you all there on Saturday the 20th.


ASRM 2018: Final Recap

#ASRM2018 in Denver, Colorado has officially concluded but before doing so some exciting news was released with respect to the use of artificial intelligence to select the “best” embryo for transfer. You’ll want to tune in to be sure to learn more about this development. In addition, the FDA has recently approved a new, upgraded version of the EmbryoScope® time-lapse incubator and we stop by the Vitrolife booth to learn more and how this will help benefit more patients than before. Learn...


Highlights from ASRM 2018: Day 2

Another busy and information filled day at #ASRM2018 in Denver, Colorado. In today’s podcast, we introduce you to a new way to get answers to your fertility questions from the experts in the field, at no cost or appointment necessary, with We also introduce you to a new ovulation system that is designed to help you better determine the “best” time of your cycle to try to naturally conceive. Lastly, we conclude with some highlight studies of the day that shows the impact your...


Latest from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Expo

This week, Focus on Fertility is covering the events and latest news from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual scientific congress and expo. Today, we meet with Sean Tipton of ASRM to discuss the role ASRM plays and the reason for the annual congress. We also speak with Olga Milobedzki from Ferring Pharmaceuticals to discuss the #TalkAboutTrying campaign Ferring is wanting you to be a part of. Lastly, we share some highlight stories and research releases from day 1...


PCOS Awareness: Overcoming Insulin Resistance

September is PCOS Awareness Month and on this episode of Focus on Fertility we sit down with personal trainer and movement specialist, Stephanie Wolf, to discuss ways to better your health when diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Stephanie will discuss ways to reduce the potential insulin resistance that one can be affected by as a result of their PCOS. This includes a look at one’s diet, exercise and sleep habits. Learn how to better overcome PCOS and tune in. Learn more...


Concluding the Fertility Journey through the use of Frozen Donor Eggs

On this episode of Focus on Fertility we learn about the egg donation process, specifically, the frozen egg donor process as we speak with donor manager, Margarita Lainez of the California Cryobank Donor Egg Bank.. We’ll learn what steps it takes for one to become a donor, the regulations that govern egg donation and the process required to utilize frozen egg donation as an option to complete one’s fertility journey. For more information regarding frozen egg donation or to contact the...


Ep. 26 - Keeping it Steamy While Battling Through Infertility

A part of the joy of parenthood is simply the events that get us there such as the intimacy and pleasure of sex. However, when one traverses the road of infertility the joy of sex often disappears. The pleasure and intimacy of the moment turns into a planned chore or a scheduled event on our daily calendar. So, how is one to keep it steamy under the sheets when battling through infertility? This week, we sit down with sexual health expert, Dr. Becky Lynn, to discuss the topic of sexual...


Ep. 25 - It’s More than just a Job, It’s Their Story and Passion.

This week we have the pleasure of speaking with the owners of Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy, Terry and Eddie Malanda. Learn about their incredible story and infertility journey. Like many of YOU, our listeners, they have traveled down the difficulty and often twisting road of infertility. Their journey has changed them both personally and professionally. From the purchase of a small, successful corner pharmacy, to the desire of parenthood, through the twists and turns of the difficulty...


Ep. 24 - A New Genetic Test to Evaluate Your Fertility Risk

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, Lori Batta, Chief Commericial Officer at Celmatix, joins us to share about the Fertilome test. The Fertilome test is a genetic test that helps to evaluate you DNA make-up for potential fertility risks such as early on-set menopause, ovarian dysfunction, PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss and much more. Anyone at any point in their fertility journey, whether just starting and giving some considerations on child bearing to those already in an advanced...


Ep. 23 - How Pre-Implantation Screening (PGS) Can Assist You Along Your Journey

In this episode of Focus on Fertility, we talk pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) with Alyssa Snider, MD, PhD, LCGC of Igenomix. Dr. Snider introduces what PGS is, the process and how it can assist those utilizing IVF with increased success. IVF treatment with the use of PGS has shown a pregnancy rate of about 70% compared to about 45% without. Dr. Snider also introduces some new terminology that is beginning to be used to replace PGS, PGT-A. Tune in!


Ep. 22 - Convenient, At-Home Fertility Screening

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we are joined by the co-founders of Modern Fertility, Carly and Afton. After seeking out to discover her own fertility potential, Afton found it difficult, complex and expensive. As a result, along with Carley, they decided there had to be an easier and lower-cost way. That lead them to creating Modern Fertility and a new at-home fertility screening test. Tune and learn how easy and affordable fertility screening can be.


Ep. 21 - Talking Fertility with Your OBGYN

In this episode of Focus on Fertility we visit Tulsa, Oklahoma and Tulsa Women’s Healthcare to sit down with OB/GYN Dr. Cole Nilson. We discuss with Dr. Nilson why females should be more proactive in understanding their fertility potential, why they should discuss it with their OB/GYN and what steps can be taken to know what time one’s biological clock shows.