WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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wellness vitality condition strengthen fitness & health nutrition Infertility Treatment Close to Home B E T S Y L AW S O N writer diet stamina having more local options when coping with infertility can help relieve some of the stress during a very emotional time, says Deborah Issokson, a licensed psychologist who has a private practice, Reproheart: Counseling for Reproductive Health & Healing in Wellesley. Infertility treatment requires frequent medical visits, Issokson explained, so even when the appointments are brief, taking time off work, fighting traffic, and finding and paying for parking can all add to the frustration and exhaustion. "Being closer to home can certainly help," she said. That's why more and more medical providers are bringing specialty care to community hospitals like Fertility and Reproductive Health Department within suburban branches of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Grace Lee, MD, is the specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility who sees most of the We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 patients at Harvard Vanguard's office in Wellesley. New patients there are told how infertility affects nearly 15 percent of couples during their childbearing years. The diagnosis can be due to female fertility factors, male fertility factors, or a combination of factors from both partners. The causes of female infertility may include ovulation disorders, blocked fallopian tubes, and other problems with the uterus or cervix. Male infertility is most commonly related to sperm abnormalities. 150 PIOTR ADAMOWICZ / DREAMSTIME.COM Newton-Wellesley or establishing practices such as the

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