Insomnia and pregnancy; How menopause changes your brain; And why American women are delaying motherhood.

Your newsletter on reproductive health.

This is ELANZINE, a newsletter featuring must-read content by patients, clinicians and reproductive health industry experts. We bring both sides of the coin together in one place to help you become the most informed individual, clinician or reproductive health leader you can be! If you enjoy this issue, please forward to a friend or colleague and hit the subscribe button to keep learning from peers and experts.

Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Insomnia and pregnancy

  • Colorado’s baby bust

  • The surprising good news on how menopause changes your brain

  • Why are American women everywhere delaying motherhood?

  • Finding a fertility clinic in California

What’s New:

Vogue reports that Adidas has become the first major sportswear brand to produce period-proof activewear. It says it hopes to improve sports participation for millions worldwide.

A jury has awarded patients $15 million in a landmark case over embryos and eggs destroyed in fertility clinic tank failure - with the storage tank manufacturer admitting liability.

Meanwhile, could humans make babies on Mars? Scientists have discovered that sperm can potentially survive on Mars for hundreds of years, meaning that humans could possibly reproduce on the Red Planet in the future!


From The Experts

  • What to know about insomnia and pregnancy. Catherine Renton / Very Well Health

  • 4 ways to treat period cramps that actually work. Tessa Petak / InStyle

  • How to find a fertility clinic in California. ELANZA Wellness

  • 360: Baby bust? Colorado has one of lowest fertility rates in the country and is already seeing the impact. Nicole Brady / Denver 7

  • Why American women everywhere are delaying motherhood. Stephen Speranza / New York Times


From The Patients

  • “My fertility journey didn’t have a magical ending, but here’s how I got a happy one.” Jill Feig / Huffington Post

  • Male factor infertility and the identity crisis that followed: “my wife let everyone assume she was the one dealing with infertility.” Andrew Burlinson / Romper

  • Why more women than ever are freezing their eggs. Stephanie Haney / WKYC

  • Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy gets real about the vulnerability and isolation of going through IVF. Leigh Weingus / Parade

  • Pregnancy-friendly hair, beauty & wellness. Hazel Byrne / Vanity Fair


Science & Ethics

  • Smoggy air might raise black women's odds for fibroids. Denise Mann / WebMD

  • AI's ability to predict egg quality. Digital Journal

  • New hope for infertile men – could mice hold the secret? SciTechDaily

  • The surprising good news on how menopause changes your brain. Sumathi Reddy / The Wall Street Journal

  • Reversible birth control can’t cause infertility or affect future pregnancy. Healthline


Thought for the day

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” - Dr. Seuss


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Written by ELANZA Wellness. All things reproductive health, health-tech and patient experience. You can find us elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.

Can you inherit stress? Secondary infertility; And is embryo screening reliable?

Your newsletter on reproductive health.

This is ELANZINE, a newsletter featuring must-read content by patients, clinicians and reproductive health industry experts. We bring both sides of the coin together in one place to help you become the most informed patient, clinician or women’s health leader you can be! If you enjoy this issue, please forward to a friend or colleague and hit the subscribe button to keep learning from peers and experts.

Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Can you inherit stress?

  • Secondary infertility guide

  • Finding a fertility clinic in NYC

  • Treatment delays and IVF outcomes

  • Is embryo screening reliable?

What’s New:

Fertility updates: this week with a global perspective…

🍼 A South African woman has given birth to 10 babies in what she says was a natural conception. Guinness World Records is investigating the case of the decuplets to confirm if the birth sets a new world record.

🇫🇷 In a legal shift, France has given all women the right to IVF. Women in same-sex partnerships or who are single will be entitled to IVF and other fertility treatment. Previously, the law discriminated against these groups. The reform sparked a few dozen protesters from conservative and Roman Catholic groups in Paris.

📢 In the UK, the competition watchdog and Advertising Standards Authority have warned IVF clinics not to 'guarantee success' as they launch crackdowns on over zealous marketing claims. Meanwhile, campaigners say there’s a 'gay tax' on National Health Service fertility treatment.

🥚Meanwhile, Singapore’s ban on egg freezing is forcing rising numbers of people to travel overseas for the procedure. Despite its very low birth rate, huge demand because of changing social dynamics and mounting pressure, no overturn of the ban seems likely. The National Council of Churches of Singapore even issued a statement calling elective egg freezing a "profoundly selfish act”, saying that women should instead be encouraged to have children earlier in life.


From The Experts

  • Could the PGT-A preimplantation genetic screening actually rule out viable embryos? Researchers have found that embryos often develop into healthy babies regardless of whether or not they’ve been blacklisted by the test. Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller / Futurity

  • Can you inherit stress? A study of sperm reveals a link to mood. Katie McBride / Inverse

  • How to find a fertility clinic in New York City. ELANZA Wellness

  • A guide to secondary infertility: what it is and how to manage it. ELANZA Wellness

  • Black OB-GYN residents treat patients who might have never seen a provider of color — ‘And now there’s five of us.’ Alison Bowen / Chicago Tribune


From The Patients

  • Women who can't afford IVF describe their 'shame' over turning to fundraising sites like GoFundMe. Rebecca Speare-Cole / Health

  • “Everything I learned about IVF, I learned from Phoebe Buffay.” Angela Hatem / Motherly

  • When your biological father is your mother's fertility doctor: DNA tests reveal cases of 'fertility fraud'. Kevin McCoy / USA Today

  • From 'geriatric pregnancy' to '35+ pregnancy:' There's a better way to talk to pregnant people. Elissa Strauss / CNN

  • Actor Odette Annable reveals third pregnancy loss in a touching Instagram post. Sarah Jacoby / Self


Science & Ethics

  • A delay in IVF treatment up to 180 days does not affect pregnancy outcomes in women with diminished ovarian reserve: The study for this year’s Human Reproduction annual meeting keynote lecture found that a treatment delay of up to six months had little effect on outcome, even in ‘time-sensitive’ poor responders. Dr. Phillip Romanski / Focus on Reproduction

  • The IVF cases that broke birthright citizenship: How the U.S. had to rethink its definition of parenthood, to account for children born abroad to American parents using egg and sperm donors or surrogates. Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic

  • Mitochondrial donation: potential legalisation of the mitochondrial donor IVF procedure that could help Australian families ‘break the genetic chain’. Rafqa Touma / The Guardian


Thought for the day

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them.” - Steve Maraboli


Thank you for being part of ELANZINE!

Help us get the word out to people who can benefit from science-backed reproductive health news and information. PLEASE FORWARD this newsletter to someone you know who fits that bill. You are helping us achieve our mission of taking the fear out of fertility and radically improving reproductive care for millions of people around the world.


Written by ELANZA Wellness. All things reproductive health, health-tech and patient experience. You can find us elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.

Paracetamol, pregnancy and autism; Bogus supplements; And fertility treatment in Mexico.

Your newsletter on reproductive health.

This is ELANZINE, a newsletter featuring must-read content by patients, clinicians and reproductive health industry experts. We bring both sides of the coin together in one place to help you become the most informed patient, clinician or women’s health leader you can be! If you enjoy this issue, please forward to a friend or colleague and hit the subscribe button to keep learning from peers and experts.

Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Traveling to Mexico for fertility treatment

  • Bogus fertility supplements claims

  • Period equity

  • Paracetamol, pregnancy and autism / ADHD

  • Why is endometriosis so poorly understood?

What’s New:

👪 Despite a Colorado law to force insurance to cover infertility treatment, thousands of people are still without coverage thanks to a new federal ruling.

📚The Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health (CERH) released ground-breaking research showing just how costly abortion restrictions cost women, businesses and states $105 billion each year.

🩺 More fertility care providers have been added to the ELANZA Clinic Discovery portal - search for a great fit with our personality-led videos of doctors from LA to San Francisco to Oklahoma City and more, including the first virtual clinic in the US!


From The Experts

  • Why people travel to fertility clinics in Mexico, and how much does IVF or egg freezing cost there? ELANZA Wellness

  • Period equity: What is it, why does it matter? Huma Farid, MD / Harvard Health Publishing

  • Why this top doctor thinks fertility coaching is so helpful for people planning IVF or egg freezing. ELANZA Wellness

  • The doomsday sperm theory embraced by the far right. Alexander Borsa / Slate

  • Why is endometriosis so poorly understood? The Gender Health Gap may explain. Alice Broster / The Endometriosis Foundation of America


From The Patients

  • I’m 40, I live in California, and I’ve spent more than £8k on fertility so far. Refinery29

  • The self-care trend: here’s how to prioritise your health and wellbeing in your 30s and 40s. Dot Zacharias / ELANZA Wellness

  • How ‘Master of None’ portrays a single lesbian’s fertility struggles with an honesty rarely seen on TV. Sonia Rao / Washington Post

  • My journey through infertility and pregnancy with chronic migraine. Brittany England / Health Line

  • 'Imma blame the hormones!' The Bachelor's Brittany Hockley reveals she is freezing her eggs. Caleb Taylor/ Daily Mail


Science & Ethics

  • FDA warns of bogus fertility claims for some supplements. U.S. Food and Drug Administration / Medical XPress

  • Link between paracetamol use during pregnancy, autism and ADHD symptoms supported by new study. GenGNews

  • Can the COVID 19 vaccine hamper your fertility or fertility treatment? PinkVilla


Thought for the day

“The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.” 
- Claude Levi-Strauss


Thank you for being part of ELANZINE!

Help us get the word out to people who can benefit from science-backed reproductive health news and information. PLEASE FORWARD this newsletter to someone you know who fits that bill. You are helping us achieve our mission of taking the fear out of fertility and radically improving reproductive care for millions of people around the world.


Written by ELANZA Wellness. All things reproductive health, health-tech and patient experience. You can find us elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.

We're Redefining the Fertility Journey, One Stage at a Time

Introducing the first personality-led clinic discovery platform

Our personality-led clinic discovery directory is now LIVE!

Check out the listings for our incredible partners, including Western Fertility Institute, Kindbody, Pacific Fertility Center, Mate Fertility, Fertility Cloud, and more…

Search Clinics

Why we built the discovery platform: for patients, by patients

Did you know the most important factor for a person when choosing a fertility clinic is that it feels like a “fit” for their own unique needs and personality?

At ELANZA Wellness we interviewed over a hundred patients to sift out what matters in the process and how to get people to the best help, faster.

Here’s what we learned…

1/ The fertility journey is often overwhelming and the right support is not easy to find.

People say they felt “lost in the numbers” trying to evaluate success rates. Beyond knowing a clinic is above the national average, weighing up success rates that split percentage points can add to the confusion of the process.


“For most of the larger clinics, you're going to have very similar success rates. What's more important is that you get what you need to succeed for you as a unique individual.”

- Carolyn Givens, MD at Pacific Fertility Center

2/ Many people go for consultations at clinics they are unlikely to choose.

The reason people go along to several costly consultations before selecting one eventual care provider is to understand more about the approach of the doctor and clinic staff (as well as get a second or third opinion).

3/ When we asked why they chose one clinic over another during this evaluation, people said they ended up picking the doctor that they clicked with

Along with proximity, price point and performance (success rates), personality is a key driver of what makes someone opt for care at one center over another.

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So we’re making the process more straightforward for everyone involved…

At ELANZA, we believe:

  • No one should have to waste time or money before finding a clinic and doctor that matches their personal needs

  • Clinics should be able to spend their time doing what they do best: treating people

  • People and personality matter: so let’s bring it to the forefront of this process

By showcasing the personality of each doctor and clinic, our new clinic discovery platforms help people navigate this essential aspect of the decision-making process.

Get a feel for each doctor’s unique approach

  • Full-access to detailed information and videos on each clinics’ approach to patient care.

  • To hear directly from doctors and can compare personalities to find the perfect level of attention and support they need. Each doctor provides their approach to patient care, helping prospective patients discover if the doctor suits their own needs.

  • Higher levels of trust and confidence that they have made the right choice in a doctor / clinic, which can directly impact levels of stress.

Get to know other members of the clinic staff

When you’re at the clinic, you interact with a lot of people outside of just the doctor.

Interviews with key staff like nurses and medical assistants helps people get a feel for the type of people they may be in touch with on a consistent basis.

Search Clinics

How much does IVF cost? Can AI solve infertility? And rebranding "geriatric" moms.

Your newsletter on reproductive health.

This is ELANZINE, a newsletter featuring must-read content by patients, clinicians and reproductive health industry experts. We bring both sides of the coin together in one place to help you become the most informed patient, clinician or women’s health leader you can be! If you enjoy this issue, please forward to a friend or colleague and hit the subscribe button to keep learning from peers and experts.

Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • “Geriatric” mothers: is it time for a rebrand?

  • Is the COVID vaccine causing periods to return post-menopause?

  • Can AI help solve infertility?

  • 10 things to know about female fertility

  • How much does IVF cost?

What’s New:

💰 Ro, a digital elective care and telemedicine provider announced yesterday that it has acquired Modern Fertility, a fertility testing company “north” of $225 million.

🩺 Only half of uninsured women in the US have been to an ob/gyn provider over the past 3 years, says the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2020 Women’s Health Survey.

🖱️ We’re gearing up to unveil our brand new Clinic Discovery platform! So many people told us they hit ‘analysis by paralysis’ and decision-making overwhelm when evaluating fertility providers. So we made it 10x better. The new search tool streamlines the process of finding the right fertility support and highlights the things that really count. Look out for the launch email! Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peak…


From The Experts

  • The pandemic disrupted tens of thousands of IVF cycles. Alissa Greenberg / PBS

  • Better way of preserving eggs for IVF could boost parents’ chances of having kids. Study Finds

  • 10 things to know about female fertility, from freezing eggs to age and lifestyle: Every woman needs a reproductive life plan. Gemma White / Lifestyle

  • How do you convince people to have babies? Stephanie Hegarty / BBC News

  • Sperm deliver signals to female reproductive tissues to increase the chances of conception. Emily Henderson / Medical Life Sciences


From The Patients

  • Naomi Campbell’s baby: The growing list of celebrities using IVF and surrogacy to become mid-life mums. The Western Australian

  • How much is IVF? Surrogacy? Adoption? How 3 families navigated the cost of parenthood. Katie Primm and Rheana Murray / Today

  • OPINION: ‘Geriatric pregnancy?’ outdated words for fertility, motherhood get an upgrade. Nedra Rhone / The Atlanta Journal

  • Learning to live with low fertility. Paul Krugman / The Business Times

  • Period-related advertising used to trade in shame and secrecy. How far have we come? Belinda Sommer and Emma Nobel / News


Science & Ethics

  • Post-menopausal women report periods coming back after having Covid vaccine. Researchers are investigating whether disruption to the menstrual cycle is caused by jabs after hundreds of women described the symptoms. Joe Pinkstone / The Telegraph

  • Could COVID-19 vaccine cause male infertility? The answer is nuanced. Nicole Villalpando / Austin American Statesman

  • New findings offer potential to improve embryo grading for IVF. Cambridge Network

  • Can AI help end the misery of infertility? Tal Shahaf / YNet


Thought for the day

“There is only one corner of the world you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” 

- Aldous Huxley


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Written by ELANZA Wellness. All things reproductive health, healthtech and patient experience. You can find us elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.

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