Fertility

PCOS Facts and Fertility

PCOS Facts and Fertility

Though PCOS is fairly common, affecting between 8%–10% of reproductive age women (18-44), medical experts do not know the complete list of causes or the full impact it has on a woman’s sexual function.

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Pro Tips for How to Have the Best Egg Retrieval Experience

Pro Tips for How to Have the Best Egg Retrieval Experience

As a doctor who’s been doing this for over a decade, I want to give you my top 9 tips for how to be the most prepared patient. Why? Preparation will help set the stage for your best retrieval experience. Any why wouldn’t you want that?!

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The Infertile Scientist Tried Acupuncture

The Infertile Scientist Tried Acupuncture

When asked about acupuncture or herbal therapy, I no longer say, “It’s not going to hurt. You have nothing to lose.” I now recommend without hesitation that anyone going through infertility treatments consider using acupuncture and/or herbal therapy during their journey.

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Happy Together: A Story Of Pregnancy Through Egg Donation

Happy Together: A Story Of Pregnancy Through Egg Donation

During each annual exam with my OB/GYN in my 30’s I asked if it was possible to know if I would have trouble conceiving. Each year I received the same answer: “We won’t know until you start trying” or “Don’t worry, lots of women have babies into their early 40s.

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Beyond the Egg Timer

Beyond the Egg Timer

I am an intentional mother and accidental writer. I always knew I wanted to be the former; I never imagined I could be the latter. One day my fertility journey collided with the literary sphere.

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Deciding Between Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Deciding Between Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Many infertile patients, are erroneously advised by their physicians to first try IUI several times before resorting to IVF. It is important to be aware that such an approach is often ill-advised as there are circumstances where IUI is very unlikely to be successful.

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Seven Things You Need to Do When Trying For a Baby

Seven Things You Need to Do When Trying For a Baby

There are many questions you have, plans you start to make, on top of the pressure of actually getting pregnant. However, there are some things that you can do before you get pregnant that are in your control and will help you and your baby have the best start.

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Fibroid Facts and Fertility

Fibroid Facts and Fertility

If we were putting together the alphabet as it relates to obstetrics and gynecology, the letter “F” would be for fibroids. It is not a glamorous topic, but it is important especially since 20% of reproductive age women are affected by it.

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Donor Egg Pregnancy: 101

Donor Egg Pregnancy: 101

If a couple or individual cannot conceive through procedures such as IVF, they may want to consider using donor eggs. Donor eggs can allow an infertile person to carry a child and give birth. Donor eggs can also be used when using a gestational carrier.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF!

The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF!

Are you considering in vitro fertilization? IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, then placed back into the uterus for gestation. If this is something you’re considering, then let’s discuss some do’s and don’ts of IVF.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF to Start You on Your Journey!

The Do’s and Don’ts of IVF to Start You on Your Journey!

Are you considering in vitro fertilization? IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, then placed back into the uterus for gestation. If this is something you’re considering, then let’s discuss some do’s and don’ts of IVF.

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An Ob/Gyn Shares Her Journey From Infertility, to an Egg Donor, to Twins

An Ob/Gyn Shares Her Journey From Infertility, to an Egg Donor, to Twins

Ob/Gyn Shannon M. Clark, M.D., an associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and founder of BabiesAfter35.com, knew she wanted to be a mom. But she didn’t anticipate that her road to parenthood would be so rocky.

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Quick Facts About Donor Egg and Surrogate Pregnancy!

Quick Facts About Donor Egg and Surrogate Pregnancy!

For many people trying to have a baby in their late 30’s and early 40’s, the journey can involve a few unexpected twists and turns. The journey might involve multiple IUI and IVF cycles and eventually result in exploration of using an egg or sperm donor or gestational carrier or surrogate.

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The Unrecognized Effect of Endometriosis on Fertility

The Unrecognized Effect of Endometriosis on Fertility

On the eve of my fertile window, I am full of apprehension. I know that trying to conceive often conjures up all sorts of emotions and even a visceral response not only for me, but for so many women.

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How I Feel When You Tell Me You’re Pregnant and I’m Not…

How I Feel When You Tell Me You’re Pregnant and I’m Not…

Fortunately, infertility has made me stronger in some ways. Although it has been by far the toughest thing I have ever had to go through, I know myself well. I know I will be OK no matter what happens. I want you to know that.

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The Importance Of Vitamin D For Your Reproduction

The Importance Of Vitamin D For Your Reproduction

What you may not know is that Vitamin D is extremely important when you are planning to have a child. The relevance of Vitamin D in reproduction isn’t necessarily the first factor you think about when you’re planning to have a child, but it should be.

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How Stress Affects Fertility

How Stress Affects Fertility

So many things need to line up just perfectly for conception to be successful, so we want to be sure and control as many factors to ensure success. Listen as Dr. Clark explains how stress can affect fertility!

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Forgiving Myself After Miscarriage

Forgiving Myself After Miscarriage

Finding forgiveness for myself after my miscarriages was the hardest thing I have ever done. I felt as though my body had betrayed me and that I had also failed my body.

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How to Deal With Other People’s Opinions About Your Family Building Choices

How to Deal With Other People’s Opinions About Your Family Building Choices

Whether you chose to have babies later, have struggled with infertility, or had your other children a while ago and then got a little surprise, I can guarantee that you could give me some amazing quotes from family, friends, and strangers.

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Optimizing Chances for a Natural Conception: What You Need to Know!

Optimizing Chances for a Natural Conception: What You Need to Know!

You’ve ditched the contraception, are taking your prenatal vitamins, have been eating a healthy balanced diet! It is a hopeful and exciting time that can be a little daunting as well. Here is what you need to know to maximize your chances of conceiving.

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5 Common Misconceptions About IVF

5 Common Misconceptions About IVF

As a fertility specialist, the conversations in my office are never dull, but when a couple is faced with infertility, our conversations can become quite overwhelming. Despite one’s best intentions, the pressures of life leave many of us creating our families later and later.

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Coping With Infertility: Consider Counseling

Coping With Infertility: Consider Counseling

Counseling can greatly improve the lives of individuals and couples struggling with infertility in a number of ways. Infertility is a major life crisis that is often unrecognized. Taking care of emotional health is as important as taking care of physical health during the process.

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Choosing Donor Conception

Choosing Donor Conception

Like many people trying to have a baby in their early 40’s, our journey involved some unexpected twists and turns. We went through multiple IUI and IVF cycles and unsuccessful attempts with multiple egg donors.

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IVF with Preimplantation Genetic Testing

IVF with Preimplantation Genetic Testing

We discuss that PGT testing is not perfect and estimates are that when an embryo is identified as normal through PGT it is accurate about 97-99% of the time. The challenge is when embryos are identified as abnormal.

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Trying to Get Pregnant? 7 Questions You Should Be Asking First

Trying to Get Pregnant? 7 Questions You Should Be Asking First

But there are a few things you can take care of before you even get pregnant. Here are a few questions that might pop up as you start planning or thinking about having a baby.

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Janet Jackson pregnancy: Is it safe at 50?

Janet Jackson pregnancy: Is it safe at 50?

Janet Jackson officially acknowledged her first pregnancy Wednesday at age 50. More women are holding off pregnancy until 35 or older, so we had some questions about the risks involved in getting pregnant at “advanced maternal age.”

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Gateway to IVF Success: The ABC’s of PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening)

Gateway to IVF Success: The ABC’s of PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening)

IVF has actually become more efficient over recent years, with the development of newer and better lab conditions. Exciting research developments exploring genes and DNA have yielded a perfect collaboration between IVF centers and genetics experts.

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Chemical Pregnancy: It Happened to Me

Chemical Pregnancy: It Happened to Me

As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, I deal with all things pregnancy-the good, the bad and the complicated. As a result, I have diagnosed and counseled many women over the years with a positive pregnancy test but never had a pregnancy develop.

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IVF After 40 – The Fertility Fountain of Youth?

IVF After 40 – The Fertility Fountain of Youth?

All too often popular culture makes IVF seem like the miracle cure-all for fertility problems, especially as women age. We are bombarded with images of glowing celebrities in their 40s, or even older, cradling their baby bump or with a “miracle” newborn in their arms.

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What Are Follicles and How Many Do You Need For IVF?

What Are Follicles and How Many Do You Need For IVF?

The IVF process can be emotionally, financially, and physically stressful. In addition to these stress points, there is also a learning curve, as there are many new medical fertility terms related to IVF treatments that most people do not understand initially.

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