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Boston Egg Freezing Event

By Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
I was at a Boston IVF/IVF New England “Egg Freezing Event” last night. This was an information session for women who are interested in potentially freezing their eggs to preserve their fertility. It was held at a bar in Cambridge, was very well attended, and the participants listened attentively to the two infertility specialists as they took turns describing the process needed … Continue Reading



Reasonable Weight Loss Goals

By Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
The relationship between weight and fertility has been studied for years, and most researchers agree that women with a BMI between 20-30 have the highest pregnancy rates. In terms of the success of fertility treatment, women with a BMI below 19 or above 35 have lower pregnancy rates, even with IVF. Some studies have shown that rapid weight loss prior to treatment can … Continue Reading



Healthy Resolutions in the New Year

By Kristin Fabbri, LMHC
Psychotherapist
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
With the New Year comes a chance to start anew: an opportunity to revisit goals and prepare yourself to reach them. It is also an important time to temper expectations and think about whether you are asking too much of your body and mind "“ or not giving yourself enough credit for having done the hard work. Take a close look within yourself: what has … 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



Rooted, Yet Resilient

By Cheryl Warrick, BFA, MEd, RYT
Director of Yoga Services
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
Go ahead, call me a tree-hugger. We can learn a great deal about mindfulness by spending time observing the natural world around us. Trees in particular have a lot to teach us about resilience and strength. One of my favorite places to see beautiful trees is Jamaica Pond. Just at the back side of the pond is this sweet … Continue Reading



Why Can’t People Understand How Hard It Is To Have a Miscarriage?

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
 
For the past few months, the psychologists at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health have begun offering an onsite, free mini crisis management session to patients who have an unsuccessful IVF cycle. I feel that it is crucial when you receive such unexpected, devastating news to have at least a few minutes to talk, make a plan as to how you … Continue Reading



Coping With Infertility During the Holiday Season

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
One of our physicians was recently scheduled to be interviewed for a morning television program in Maine ~ and in addition to speaking on the medical aspects of infertility treatment, he was told prior to the interview that they would like him to also speak about the emotional impact during the holiday season. He quickly emailed our chief social worker … Continue Reading



The Impact of the Mind/Body Program on Pregnancy Rates in IVF Patients

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  When I read about the results of a new research study, I tend not to think too much about the amount of hard work it takes to carry out a research project -- which is sort of odd given that is all I think about when I am the one conducting research!  I tend to focus on what the conclusions of the research … Continue Reading



What Truly is the Relationship Between Stress and IVF Outcome?

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  There has been a huge amount of media interest in the recent publication in the British Medical Journal of the meta-analysis by Jacky Boivin, Ph.D, and her colleagues at Cardiff University in Wales.  In this analysis, they pooled the results of 14 different studies which assessed the distress levels of women prior to an IVF cycle. They found that there was no … Continue Reading



A New Year: A New, More Fertile You!

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  This is the time of year when we all make those soon-to-be-broken resolutions like losing weight, joining a gym, making new friends, being nicer to our neighbors, and gettting more sleep. It seems to be human nature to make these promises to ourselves on December 31-- but as work and life intensify after the holidays are over, those well intentioned promises seem to … Continue Reading