Am I Ovulating?
“Am I ovulating?” This question comes up a lot with patients. Ovulation is the process whereby an egg is released by the ovary. Ovulation usually occurs cyclically giving rise to a regular (every 25-35 day) menstrual cycle should pregnancy not occur. Anovulation is the inability to ovulate. Anovulation is thought to be responsible for about […]
Increasing numbers of individuals in the LGBTQ community are planning on building a family. A recent survey conducted by the Family Equality Council reported that 48% of LGBTQ millennials are actively planning to grow their families which is close to the 55% of non-LGBTQ millennials who are considering starting a family. The Fertility Centers of […]
Many men suffering infertility with their partners often experience performance anxiety or Erectile Dysfunction (ED). This is especially apparent when some men are asked to produce a semen sample for an IUI or IVF cycle. Prior frozen samples can be used but some men have difficulty producing a sample regardless of the circumstances. Viagra or […]
In the United States, approximately 1.5% of all births involve the use of assisted reproductive technologies or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Couples going through IVF understandably have questions about the short-term and long-term impact of IVF. We know that couples with infertility have a slightly increased risk of obstetrical complications, specifically decreased birth weight and […]
Implantation of the embryo into the uterine endometrium is a highly precise, coordinated and orchestrated phenomenon. It is a symbiotic working between the embryo, as it is busily developing and its host for the next 9 months. Laying the foundation is critical to the success of the pregnancy. But what if the building permits were […]
Earlier this year, a mother in Tennessee gave birth to a healthy baby born from an embryo frozen 24 years ago. This remarkable case appears to represent the longest time frame for a frozen embryo to result in a successful live birth. The baby girl, Emma, was conceived through a process called embryo adoption. The couple […]
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy is a frightening experience and in the past was assumed to represent a threatened miscarriage. However bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common affecting up to 20% of pregnancies, yet the majority of these women, over 80%, go on to have a successful delivery. There are many causes of vaginal […]
Are Medications During Pregnancy Safe?
A question we often receive is “are medications during pregnancy safe?” So many women are faced with the decision of to continue medications during pregnancy compromising often their well-being for the promise of protecting this growing miracle within. Antacids and Tylenols are the mainstay of the home pharmacy. But what to do if a spoonful […]
A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women with low vitamin D may experience less success with IVF than women with normal vitamin D levels. The findings came from a meta-analysis of 11 previously published studies including 2,700 women. Women with normal vitamin D levels were found to be 46% more likely to […]
People are waiting longer to have a family. The availability of donor eggs has allowed many older couples to also start or complete their families later in life. Advance paternal age greater than age 50 is associated with many epigenetic phenomena in children including autism, dwarfism and even premenopausal breast cancer in women whose fathers […]