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Nutrition and Fertility

Most people know that being overweight raises the risk of almost every major health problem, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. What hasn't gotten as much attention is the fact that both obesity and being overweight can affect fertility as well. Research has shown that a disproportionate number of women (about 40%) who seek infertility treatment are overweight or obese. A study involving more than 5,000 infertile women who were treated at an infertility clinic … Continue Reading

The Power of Journaling

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  I have been following the research of psychologist James Pennebaker, Ph.D for almost 20 years.  He has been researching the impact of writing about one's thoughts and feelings on mental and physical health and the data is amazing. Much of his research has been with people who have experienced a trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, experiencing a hurricane or tornado, … Continue Reading

Myth Busting: Can Yoga Help You Get Pregnant?

By Natalie Engler, RYT
Director of Restorative Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind / Body Health at Boston IVF
As part of National Infertility Awareness Week, RESOLVE has challenged bloggers from around the world to "Bust an Infertility Myth."  You can read beautiful postings by women who have taken the time to shatter misconceptions such as: Having a child means the infertility journey is behind you Infertility is a "lady problem" Infertility is a punishment Having lots of sex … Continue Reading

Nutrition Counseling Services

How and what we eat affects every aspect of physical and emotional health and how our body functions. Healthful eating is integral to overall health and wellness, including setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy. Whether your goal is to manage your weight, control a health problem, or simply learn how to fit healthy eating and activity into your lifestyle, our nutritionist at the Domar Center will help you develop a personalized plan utilizing a non-dieting, … Continue Reading

Mr. IVF, the Nobel Prize and Your Infertility Questions Answered

Fresh off Dr. Robert Edwards Nobel Prize win, Alice Domar, PhD addresses a variety of topics, including state mandated infertility coverage and answers to a few questions she's seen while lurking online. How are Vampires, Spankings, Stress and Oprah All Related to Infertility? If you don't know, well -- then you obviously haven't read Dr. Domar's blog posts. Continue Reading

PCOS & Nutrition

  Although all the underlying physiology in PCOS is not yet clearly understood, insulin resistance, or an inability of the body to efficiently utilize insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, is clearly a major player. After a meal, insulin's job is to "unlock" muscle, fat and liver cells so that sugars can pass out of the blood and into the cells, where they are either burned as fuel or stored as an energy reserve. In insulin … Continue Reading

Endometriosis: A Common Cause of Pelvic Pain & Infertility

By Christina Noonan, MAc., LicAc.
Senior Staff Acupuncturist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
  If you experience pelvic pain, abnormally heavy bleeding, dysmenorrheal (painful periods), back pain, abdominal cramping, painful intercourse, gastrointestinal upset, and/or infertility, you may be suffering from a condition called endometriosis. If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, there is promising natural treatment available. Acupuncture has been identified as a viable treatment option. According to a 2010 study in the European Journal of Gynecological Reproductive Biology, … Continue Reading

The Psychological Impact of Infertility

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
Researchers have been arguing for years about the best definition of stress. In my opinion, the most logical one basically says that stress results when a person doesn't have adequate resources to meet a particular demand. So Bill Gates would not be stressed if he was told he needed a new roof on his house, since he has plenty of … Continue Reading

Food Journaling: A Simple & Effective Tool to Help Change Your Ways

By Hillary Wright, MEd, RD, LDN
Director of Nutritional Counseling
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF 

If eating healthier is part of your fertility improvement plan, research shows the simple of act of keeping a food diary is one of the single most effective things you can do to change your eating habits.  Numerous studies show that keeping a food diary, journal or log "“ whatever you want to call it "“ is highly … Continue Reading

PCOS Program Details

The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health is a leader in the treatment and understanding of the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Our PCOS Program is designed to offer comprehensive support to the PCOS patient, working closely with each patient to determine the best treatment plan to achieve their personal goals. With programs geared to both the general public experiencing this condition ~ and to women undergoing fertility treatments ~ we offer patients a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Patients have … Continue Reading