Who’s Behind WMF?
What’s My Fertility (WMF) is a program developed by physicians from the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in New York City. In addition to being one of the world’s leading fertility centers for over 30 years, CHR is also known for its cutting-edge research in the field of infertility and reproductive endocrinology.
As they began to encounter more cases of young women with premature ovarian aging (POA) from all over the world—often atadvanced stages where pregnancy with one's own eggs becomes very difficult or impossible, our doctors determined that something needed to be done. Too many women were unaware that they had POA until too late, causing them pain and heartbreak often associated with infertility.
What’s My Fertility is CHR’s solution to this largely preventable problem. If we can identify a woman’s risk of POA early, she can take action to ensure her plans for kids aren’t derailed unexpectedly, like:
- Monitoring fertility periodically
- Having children sooner than she otherwise might
- Freezing eggs or embryos (while not every woman will need egg or embryo freezing, we operate with the goal of providing peace of mind to women who are concerned that their fertility may not match with their life plans).
Trying to have kids sooner, as well as freezing eggs or other kinds of fertility treatments, are much more successful for women with POA if caught early. After decades in the field, we have treated thousands of women who waited too long to start a family--past their reproductive peak--and then, as a result, struggled to conceive. Thankfully, this is one medical issue where an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
CHR has developed What’s My Fertility, a solution for women to find out whether they are at risk for POA sooner than later. We’ve leveraged our extensive experience and knowledge to make this online fertility screening tool available to women all over the United States, so no one gets left behind simply from not knowing.
The Center for Human Reproduction
The Center for Human Reproduction is a world-renowned fertility center based in New York City. Often considered a “fertility center of last resort,” CHR primarily treats patients who have tried infertility treatment at other clinics with no success. CHR provides comprehensive fertility treatments for various conditions, including premature ovarian aging, immunological infertility, repeated miscarriages, PCOS, and advanced maternal age.
In addition to treating patients, CHR physicians and scientists are always actively engaging in cutting-edge fertility research, with trials and studies starting all the time. CHR has pioneered many significant advances in reproductive medicine and continues to contribute to high-impact medical journals. Our doctors have revolutionized fertility care by focusing on the underlying cause of infertility before deciding on a therapeutic remedy or course of treatment.
Meet The People Behind What’s My Fertility
Norbert Gleicher, MD
A world-renowned researcher on infertility, CHR's Medical Directorand Chief Scientist, Norbert Gleicher, MD, has published extensively on female reproduction, immunology and fertility, endometriosis, low functional ovarian reserve, and other difficult-to-treat infertility problems.
Dr. Gleicher graduated from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in Israel. After completion of his residency training and fellowship in reproductive immunology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, he held various medical and administrative positions at some of the best hospitals and universities in the US. In 1981, Dr. Gleicher founded the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), where he is currently Medical Director and Chief Scientist. He is President of the not-for-profit Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Guest Investigator at Rockefeller University and Professor (Adj.) at Medical University Vienna.
Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters, as well as edited textbooks and served as editor for many specialty journals. His editorial roles have included founding Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (AJRI) and the Journal of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (renamed Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics in 1992). Currently, he serves as Academic Editor for PLoS ONE , and is a member of multiple editorial boards.
In 2009, he was invited to give the prestigious Patrick Steptoe Memorial Lecture to the British Fertility Society, in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the advancements in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. A popular speaker at worldwide conferences, Dr. Gleicher travels extensively while maintaining his role in clinical patient care and research at CHR. He has been repeatedly one of a handful of reproductive endocrinologists in New York City listed by the New York Times Magazine on its “Super Doctors” list, as chosen by peers.
David H. Barad, MD, MS
CHR's Director of Clinical ART and Senior Scientist, David H. Barad, MD, MS, specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and has played an active role in clinical research in the field.
Dr. Barad is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School and completed his residency in OB/GYN at the Sloane Hospital for Women of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Following his residency, Dr. Barad was accepted to the Fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Brigham andWomen's Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Barad is certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also received subspecialty certification as a reproductive endocrinologist. Dr. Barad served as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Barad holds the academic title of Associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Barad has been active in clinical research. He served as an investigator at the New York Clinical Center of the Women's HealthInitiative (WHI) on the landmark study examining factors that may affect the health of women after menopause. He is currently a scientific consultant for the WHI, and was Chair of the WHI Hormone Trials advisory committee during the active phases of the study.
Dr. Barad has published extensively in the field of reproductive endocrinology. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology, as well as numerous other professional societies and organizations.
In May 2003 Dr. Barad was awarded a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Research Methods at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1999 he was recognized by the American Infertility Association for his "continuing dedication and support to individuals experiencing infertility".
Some of the world’s top fertility experts advise What’s My Fertility on the scientific aspects of the program. Our advisory board believes in the public health value of early risk screening for premature ovarian aging in women.
- Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE, HCLD (Advisory Board Chairman)Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Yale University Fertility Center and Fertility Preservation Program
- Ali H. Brivanlou, PHDRobert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology, Rockefeller University
- Sarah L. Berga, MDChair, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, Office of Women in Medicine and Science, Center for Comparative Medicine Research and Translational Science Institute
- Marcia Inhorn, PHDWilliam K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, Yale University
- David B. Seifer, MDDirector of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Lynn M. Westphal, MDProfessor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) at Stanford University Medical Center
Let Our Experts Help You Plan Your Reproductive Future
If you are interested in meeting with a fertility specialist from the Center for Human Reproduction, contact us to schedule an appointment. Or, if you’d like to receive an online fertility evaluation, you can start your screening now.