IVF

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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IVF with Embryo Banking for Fertility Preservation

IVF with Embryo Banking for Fertility Preservation

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that US fertility rates fell in every reproductive age group, except in people age 40-44. This reflects a new generation of people who are delaying marriage and childbirth.

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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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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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Our Imperfect (& Long) Journey To Parenthood

Our Imperfect (& Long) Journey To Parenthood

WHERE WE BEGAN…Eddie and I fell in love 18 years ago at the gym and are about to celebrate our 13-year wedding anniversary this May. For most of those years, neither of us thought we’d become parents.

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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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Let’s Be Real About George Clooney’s Pregnancy

Let’s Be Real About George Clooney’s Pregnancy

When the world found out that George Clooney, age 55, was going to be a father of twins, the internet literally swooned. Matt Damon almost started crying. My phone blew up with questions about whether I thought they did IVF or not.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 gestational carrier or surrogate.

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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 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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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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In Vitro Fertilization 101

In Vitro Fertilization 101

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the union of the egg and the sperm outside the body. Over several days, the fertilized egg becomes an embryo and is nourished in an incubator before being transferred back into the uterus. If the embryo implants in the uterus, then pregnancy can be achieved.

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Part 2 Of The "Got Twins?" Series: The Risks And IVF Twins

Part 2 Of The "Got Twins?" Series: The Risks And IVF Twins

People with twin pregnancies have increased risks in general compared to people carrying a single fetus. In particular, twin pregnancies are at increased risk for preterm birth. On average, people with twins deliver around 36 weeks of pregnancy.

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