Health

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



Summer! Get Serious about Fruits & Veggies!

By Hillary Wright, MEd, RD, LDN Director of Nutritional Counseling The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF We’ve all heard it – many times. “Eat more fruits and vegetables.” But despite the non-stop exposure to this recommendation, most Americans are still not heeding the call. Only 14% of American adults eat the recommended two fruits and three vegetables a day. At the same time, 16% of our total calories are coming from added sugars – … 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



Maintaining & Creating Friendships During Infertility

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
There has been increasing evidence over the past 20 years that friendships and social support are vital to good health, both physical and emotional. One study showed that people who have low levels of social support (usually defined as trusting someone enough to confide in them) are as likely to die early as are people who smoke cigarettes or who have high … 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



What does Behavior Have to do With Conception?

By Alice Domar, PhD
Executive Director
The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF
  Apparently, all sorts of behaviors can have an impact on how easily one can get pregnant. We have known for a while that things like nicotine, alcohol, vigorous exercise, and a high intake of caffeine are associated with longer time to conception in women trying on their own, and lower pregnancy rates in women receiving treatment.  But two recent studies add more … 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 been offering a within-the-hour, onsite, free mini crisis management session to patients who come in for a prenatal ultrasound but no heartbeat is seen. I feel that it is crucial when you receive such unexpected, devastating news to have at least a few minutes to talk, make … 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 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