Donor Insemination

Donor Insemination

Donor Insemination (DI) is performed by placing sperm form either an anonymous or designated (Identity Known) donor into the cervical opening (Intracervical Insemination, ICI) or into the uterus (Intra-Uterine Insemination, IUI) to help a woman become pregnant. Fertility centers most commonly use IUI instead of ICI with the monthly chance of pregnancy ranging between 8% […]

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Transfer of Cryopreserved Embryos is Safe and Highly Effective

Transfer of Cryopreserved Embryos is Safe and Highly Effective

Many couples are wary of using cryopreserved embryos believing that there are increased risks of health to the child and lower chance of a successful pregnancy. However, transfer of cryopreserved embryos is safe and highly effective in helping couples achieve a successful pregnancy. Numerous studies performed in the last few years and an analysis of […]

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What Is PMDD?

What is PMDD?

What is PMDD? PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) impacts the psychological well-being of 3-5% of reproductive-age women. When symptoms are severe enough to cause problems with work or personal relationships, it is likely that a woman is suffering from PMDD. PMDD has only recently been recognized as a distinct disorder. Previously, women suffered in silence. The symptoms […]

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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are ubiquitous in the environment being used in the manufacturing of pesticides, industrial chemicals, plastics, cash register receipts, hand sanitizers, medical equipment, dental sealants, personal care products, sunscreens, cosmetics, and other common consumer house hold products such as carpets, vinyl flooring, flame retardant clothes, furniture, and electronics, canned foods, and even […]

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Preservation of Eggs and Sperm

Preservation of Eggs and Sperm

Preservation of eggs and sperm is now a component of the discussions in women and in men who wish to preserve their reproductive capacity. Our ability to cryopreserve and reliably use these oocytes in an efficient manner that produce children has paved roads for both medically indicated and social gamete preservation. But what about those […]

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Painkillers During Pregnancy May Affect the Unborn Child’s Future Fertility

Taking Painkillers During Pregnancy May Affect The Unborn Child’s Future Fertility

A new study finds that taking painkillers during pregnancy may affect the unborn child’s future fertility. Ibuprofen, trade name Advil and Motrin, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is not recommended during pregnancy or even while attempting pregnancy due to potential adverse effects on ovulation, implantation and […]

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Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy

Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy

The legalization of marijuana has enabled many entrepreneurs to open marijuana dispensaries.  A recent study found that nearly 70% of marijuana dispensaries in Colorado recommend cannabis products to manage nausea and vomiting often accompanying early pregnancy related morning sickness. Very few dispensaries encouraged discussion with a health care provider without the investigator’s prompting. Smoking marijuana […]

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Is a Uterine Transplant an Option for a Woman Who Needs a Gestational Carrier?

Uterine Transplant

The transplantation of solid, vital organs (heart, lungs, kidneys) has been on the forefront of pushing medicine’s frontier. The advances and understanding the science has afforded many the opportunity to live fulfilling lives as mothers, fathers, children and contributing community members. Organ donors are heroes. This same science and progress has allowed for exploration of […]

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Louise Brown’s Birthday and the Evolution of IVF

Louise Brown's Birthday and the Evolution of IVF

On July 25, Louise Joy Brown, the first baby born utilizing in vitro fertilization (IVF), turns 40. Louise’s parents, John and Lesley Brown, were referred to Patrick Steptoe, a British Obstetrician and Gynecologist who was an early pioneer of laparoscopic surgery for infertility. Steptoe had partnered in 1966 with Robert Edwards, an English biologist and […]

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Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

Women Who Consume High Amounts of Fast Food May Take Longer to Conceive

A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women who consume high amounts of fast food may take longer to conceive, while women who eat more fruit conceive more quickly. This study was the result of a multi-center pregnancy-based cohort of over 5,000 women interviewed during their first pregnancy. Participants who reported high fast […]

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