Natural and Minimal IVF: Caveat Emptor

Environment friendly business promotions have a receptive audience. Cost consciousness together with ‘green’ polices embracing such terms as ‘small is beautiful’ and ‘less is better’ can be a good thing. However, when these neologisms are applied to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using terms like, “Natural Cycle IVF” or “Minimal Stimulation IVF” under the guise of […]

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Pregnant or Not Pregnant?

Endometrial Scratching

Fertility treatments allow patients to be empowered and to regain hope.  Once the patient has engaged in treatment, the two-week wait prior to pregnancy confirmation can be unbearable. Pregnant or not pregnant? Not surprisingly, patients search for both emotional and physical signs to affirm or deny the potential of pregnancy; all while watching the calendar turn […]

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At Home Fertility Testing: Keeping the Ball in Your Court and Scoring!

The intention of any screening test is to provide fast, cost-effective and reliable tests that require little intervention. In the billion-dollar industry of home fertility assessment the hat can be hung on ovulation predictor kits (LH kits). Leutenizing hormone is the unsung hero of the menstrual cycle. It is released in the pituitary gland in […]

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At Home Fertility Monitoring: Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware)

The cyclic menstrual cycle is predictable. In the first half of the cycle, care is taken to groom the best egg for fertilization. Once this egg reaches the maturity parameter; ovulation is triggered and the released oocyte sets out on its journey into the fallopian tube. Here it is fertilized by the sperm and then […]

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Birds and Bees Part V

Let me tell you ‘bout the “Birds and the Bees” And the flowers and the trees And the moon up above And a thing called “Love” (Herb Newman) On the day of fertilization, still within the comforting confines of the fallopian tube’s ampullary region, the genetic material of the sperm (male pronucleus) and the genetic […]

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Birds and Bees Part IV

When I look into your big brown eyes It’s so very plain to see That it’s time you learn about the facts of life Starting from A to Z (Herb Newman) Only a few hundred of the millions of sperm deposited actually reach the egg. The sperm like hounds to the hunt are thought to […]

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Birds and Bees Part II

Let me tell you ‘bout the “Birds and the Bees” And the flowers and the trees And the moon above And a thing called “Love”  (Herb Newman) Following ejaculation, sperm are deposited as a coagulum of secretions from not only the testicles, where sperm are made, but also from the seminal vesicles, prostate, and other accessory […]

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