Infertility

New and Emerging IVF Options!

New and Emerging IVF Options!

‍Invocell is the first and only FDA-cleared option of its kind used in fertility treatment” and it uses the woman’s body as an incubator for fertilization. This helps with cost reduction and also allows the woman to be an even greater part of the entire process.

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Our Journey and Special Announcement!

Our Journey and Special Announcement!

Watch as Dr. Clark and her husband, Rene, announce their pregnancy! After 5 failed cycles of IVF, they conceived twins via donor egg! This very special announcement is the reason why Babies After 35 exists!

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Black Women Turn to Internet to Battle Mystifying Illness

Black Women Turn to Internet to Battle Mystifying Illness

Between 5% and 10% of women of reproductive age (18–44) are affected by PCOS. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, PCOS may affect girls as young as 11 who haven’t even had their first period.

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Heal thyself: Meet the Doctors Living with the Conditions They Treat

Heal thyself: Meet the Doctors Living with the Conditions They Treat

Would you be in safer hands if your doctor had the same illness as you? We hear from a dermatologist with a skin complaint, a psychiatrist with depression, an oncologist who survived cancer and a maternal fetal medicine specialist who couldn’t conceive.

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Persistence and Instinct Gave Me My Rainbow Baby

Persistence and Instinct Gave Me My Rainbow Baby

Like many women, I led a fit and healthy lifestyle, spent my twenties exploring the world, focused on my career and waited to find ‘Mr Right’. During this time, I wasn’t too concerned with starting a family.

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What Should I Do After a Failed IVF Cycle?

What Should I Do After a Failed IVF Cycle?

First thing first, acknowledge it sucks.It hurts, causes frustrations, anger and grief. It hurts really bad especially when you waited so long and been through so much in the quest to have a baby. Know that it is extremely normal and okay to mourn.

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9 Things Every Woman Must Know About Her Fertility

9 Things Every Woman Must Know About Her Fertility

Whether or not you want babies, your fertility can be a window into your overall health. Here’s a puberty-to-menopause handbook covering the facts of life every woman needs to know.

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Why Endometriosis Hurts Everyone

Why Endometriosis Hurts Everyone

Endometriosis hurts when fertility treatments fail. While powerful and expensive treatments like IVF often can overcome infertility caused by endometriosis, it is very clear that endometriosis interferes with ovarian response, egg and embryo quality, and embryo implantation.

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I’m a High-Risk Pregnancy Expert. So Why Didn’t I Worry About My Own Fertility?

I’m a High-Risk Pregnancy Expert. So Why Didn’t I Worry About My Own Fertility?

The other day, I saw a new patient in my office. She was 39 years old, healthy, a successful career woman, pregnant for the first time — and scared to death. After trying for two years to conceive, she had finally done it.

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The Biggest Lies I Told Myself (About My Future Fertility)

The Biggest Lies I Told Myself (About My Future Fertility)

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to go to college and have a career. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in college, though, that I made the decision to pursue medicine — a career path that would ultimately take 15 years of my life to accomplish.

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What to Say—and What Not to Say—to Someone Going Through IVF

What to Say—and What Not to Say—to Someone Going Through IVF

If you have difficulty conceiving, it’s comforting to know that IVF is an option. The process involves money, hormones, self-administered shots, and a lot of emotional highs and lows. And it doesn’t help that people don’t really know how to act around you...

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I’m An OB-GYN. Here’s Why I Turned To Acupuncture When I Wanted To Get Pregnant

I’m An OB-GYN. Here’s Why I Turned To Acupuncture When I Wanted To Get Pregnant

I am a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who takes care of women with high-risk pregnancies. But when an unexpected journey through infertility became my reality, my professional and personal worlds were turned upside down.

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The Silence Of Infertility

The Silence Of Infertility

Five cycles of IVF yielded one chromosomally normal embryo that did not survive the transfer this past May. I have a picture of my “could’ve been” on my nightstand. I have accepted the fact that I cannot have my own biological children, but I will never ever get over it.

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Why I Became a Surrogate Mother

Why I Became a Surrogate Mother

I think what has made surrogacy such a rewarding experience for me is that not only do I get to enjoy pregnancy and childbirth without expanding my own family, I also get to bring joy to couples who often have walked a very painful road; a road familiar to me, which makes it extra rewarding.

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40 Isn’t the New 30 When it Comes to Your Ovaries

40 Isn’t the New 30 When it Comes to Your Ovaries

In January 2016, the CDC released National Vital Statistics System data on U.S. Births from 2000-2014. In this report, a few important statistics stood out. First, the mean age of a woman having her first child rose to 26.3 in 2014 (up from 24.9 years in 2000).

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The Ways Chronic Stress Can Impact Your Fertility: Part 1

The Ways Chronic Stress Can Impact Your Fertility: Part 1

Cortisol, the body’s primary “stress hormone” is a very strong blocker of many other hormones. Although cortisol also does many GOOD things, it is also a central driver of our physiological stress response. Why is this? It’s simple actually.

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The Ways Chronic Stress Can Impact Your Fertility: Part 2

The Ways Chronic Stress Can Impact Your Fertility: Part 2

If you read part one of this three-part series, you have a good understanding of one of the most common ways stress alters fertility through abnormal cortisol production. Read this article to learn more!

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The Ways Chronic Stress Can Affect Your Fertility: Part 3

The Ways Chronic Stress Can Affect Your Fertility: Part 3

OK, so if you read part one and two of this three-part series, you have a good understanding of THREE primary ways stress alters endocrine function via cortisol and sleep pathways. Now learn about the final two!

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5 Things Gabrielle Union Teaches Us About Fertility

5 Things Gabrielle Union Teaches Us About Fertility

44 year-old actress, Gabrielle Union has recently opened up about her fertility struggles. As a woman who once thought she never wanted kids, she now finds herself longing to conceive and in the midst of a painful journey to become a mother.

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My First Lesson as an Expectant Mother Made Me a Better Physician

My First Lesson as an Expectant Mother Made Me a Better Physician

As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, I care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Many times, they have pre-existing medical conditions that make them high-risk; other times they develop a complication during pregnancy that warrants the care of a high-risk obstetrician, like myself.

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I Have Infertility. Here’s What I Wish My Pregnant Friends Knew.

I Have Infertility. Here’s What I Wish My Pregnant Friends Knew.

I’ve been going through infertility treatments for two years now, but no one has really held back from telling me they’re pregnant, asking pregnancy advice, or inviting me to pregnancy-related events.

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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

I took a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. I was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by my own personal experience of trying to start a family after the age of 40.

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Dwyane Wade Slams Critics Saying Gabrielle Union Was Acting Like She Gave Birth

Dwyane Wade Slams Critics Saying Gabrielle Union Was Acting Like She Gave Birth

Actress Gabrielle Union and her husband, NBA star Dwyane Wade, shared how hurt they were when, after the birth of their daughter in November, commenters online ridiculed Union for posting photos of herself practicing what’s known as skin-to-skin contact.

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Like Gabrielle Union, I Was Shamed After I Went Public With My Infertility

Like Gabrielle Union, I Was Shamed After I Went Public With My Infertility

Last week I was contacted by a health reporter to discuss the recent birth of Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s daughter. I expected the topic to be infertility, pregnancy via surrogate or gestational carrier or motherhood after 35.

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Making a Difference: Parents Via Egg Donation

Making a Difference: Parents Via Egg Donation

Founder, Innovator, Facilitator, Educator, and Mom, Marna Gatlin has many titles. Her knowledge and passion are captivating as she works tirelessly to educate, advocate, and provide support for families touched by or considering egg donation.

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Fertility and Pregnancy After Age 35 :: Fact or Fiction?

Fertility and Pregnancy After Age 35 :: Fact or Fiction?

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have in her lifetime :: FACTA female is born with 1-2 million eggs. At puberty she has 300,000-500,000,at age 37 she has 25,000, and age 51 she has 1,000 eggs left.

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I’m Breaking the Silence Of Infertility in The Black Community

I’m Breaking the Silence Of Infertility in The Black Community

Preparing to face the world with this new reality, I felt alone. As an African American woman, a black woman, I had no one to talk to about my situation because in my community infertility was, and is, a taboo subject.

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What Every Partner Should Know Before Starting IVF

What Every Partner Should Know Before Starting IVF

The best thing my husband ever said to me after multiple IVF disappointments is, “We are in this TOGETHER.” Maintaining a strong, healthy relationship during times of tribulations is what will make that end result even sweeter.

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The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

As a high-risk obstetrician, I should have realized the significance of that milestone in my life, but I didn’t. Like many career women, I put my career plans first and had convinced myself that NOT having children would be OK.

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Your IVF Starter Kit!

Your IVF Starter Kit!

Factors that determine if a woman is a good candidate for IVF how long she has been unable to conceive naturally, her age, her overall health status, inability to conceive with other fertility treatments, a family history of genetic abnormalities and pregnancy loss history.

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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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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 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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Pregnancy Past 40 on Al Jazeera “The Stream”

Pregnancy Past 40 on Al Jazeera “The Stream”

Deciding if, and when, to have a child is a very personal decision. Now, thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, that decision doesn’t always have to be restricted to the “ideal” child bearing years – either by parameters set up by science, or society.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 surrogate.

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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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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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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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Accepting Using an Egg Donor

Accepting Using an Egg Donor

These days in vitro fertilization (IVF) is so common that the stigma has virtually vanished; many people feel comfortable sharing that they went through IVF. But donor-egg IVF is a different story.

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The Leading Questions On Being Over 40 and Trying to Conceive

The Leading Questions On Being Over 40 and Trying to Conceive

Although advances in assisted reproductive technology have changed the landscape of reproduction for older women, it has also led to confusion about when having a baby is no longer possible and exactly what limitations in vitro fertilization can overcome.

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Black Women and Infertility

Black Women and Infertility

Many women, especially black women, have a similar experience of shame, depression, and anxiety around infertility. Infertility is not something to be ashamed of though. If it is your dream to be a mother, then I assure you that you have a right to that opportunity.

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This New Mom Did An Amazing Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor

This New Mom Did An Amazing Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor

I knew that trying to become a first-time mom at 40 would be tough. My fears were realized when my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Although that loss was devastating, I had no idea just how much more disappointment I was about to experience.

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The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

The Business of Delayed Child-Bearing in the Career Woman

Unfortunately, for many career women who delay child-bearing, it is a hard slap in the face when receiving a diagnosis of infertility after they cannot conceive naturally later in life; I was one of those women.

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Healing from Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth Trauma

Healing from Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth Trauma

As Parijat Deshpande, a leading mind-body health specialist, says, “Trauma is not about WHAT happened, but HOW your body experienced it. Trauma is when too much happened too soon and too fast. Trauma does not heal with time.”

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When Do I Need a Pelvic Ultrasound?

When Do I Need a Pelvic Ultrasound?

Embryos attach to the inside (also known as the uterine cavity) of the uterus and grow. A pelvic ultrasound may tell you if you have a growth inside your cavity that is affecting the ability of a pregnancy to either attach and/or grow.

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Secondary Infertility

Secondary Infertility

When most people think about infertility, they usually imagine a childless couple anxiously trying to conceive their first baby. In reality, fertility problems can affect anyone at any time. Secondary infertility can be caused by many of the same conditions that contribute to primary infertility.

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What Is Your Number?...An Intro To Ovarian Reserve Testing

What Is Your Number?...An Intro To Ovarian Reserve Testing

Anti-mullerian hormone, or AMH, is a hormone that does many different things and has important functions in both men and women. As a fertility specialist, AMH helps me every day because it gives me a small snapshot of a woman’s ovarian health.

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