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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fitness & health "infertility affects nearly 15 percent of couples" All basic fertility testing takes place at Harvard Vanguard, where the a geneticist, if appropriate. "Realistic expectations of treatment and team includes Lee, two fertility RNs, and two fertility medical assis- a discussion of individual goals are very much a part of our counsel- tants. "In undergoing such an intensive process as fertility treatment, ing," she said. it is important that we have staff who are familiar to and trusted by patients," Lee said. Despite these advances, there are still about one in four couples seeking medical intervention that receive a diagnosis of "unexplained Harvard Vanguard provides in vitro fertilization (IVF) services infertility." Other estimates have it as high as one in three, says Rachel and coordinates Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) care at Ashby, MD, Partners Reproductive Medicine Center at Newton- Reproductive Science Center in nearby Lexington. These treatments Wellesley Hospital. may include sperm donor insemination, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, donor oocyte (egg) cycles through a cryopreserved egg bank, and egg cryopreservation (freezing). "This ensures continuity of care and allows us to provide one of the highest single embryo transfer rates in young patients in New England," Lee said. "We make an exhaustive effort to make sure we have the diagnosis… [that] we have all the data points." – R a c h e l A s h b y, M D / Pa r t n e r s R e p r o d u c t i v e tice, Lee said, and involves counseling with other professionals such as M e d i c i n e C e n t e r a t N e w t o n -We l l e s l e y H o s p i t a l 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 DIEGO.CERVO / DREAMSTIME.COM Individualization of treatment is the hallmark of her team's prac- 152

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