Understanding The Luteal Phase and Its Effect on Fertility

What is The Luteal Phase?

Understanding how the body prepares for a pregnancy is important to understanding your fertility. Many patients ask us “what is the luteal phase?” It occurs during the second half of a woman’s menstrual cycle after ovulation and ends when you get your next period. It is an important part of your overall fertility if you […]

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What Is A Normal Menstrual Cycle?

What Is A Normal Menstrual Cycle?

The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Many patients ask what is a normal menstrual cycle? It depends on an orderly progression of hormonal signals and is simplistically divided into the following phases: 1)      Proliferative/ Follicular Phase 2)      Ovulatory Phase 3)      Secretory/Luteal Phase 4)      Menstrual Phase Cycle Day #1 […]

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Your IVF Protocol

If you and your physician have decided that you need IVF, you will be given a protocol of your upcoming IVF cycle. A protocol is a schedule or blueprint of how your cycle will be done. It includes the medications you will be taking, the instructions on how to take these medications, and the procedures […]

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What About the Soil? Then Endometrium: An Unsung Hero

Much of our efforts in assisted reproductive technologies, namely IVF and IUI, is focused on cultivation of mature oocytes and generation of quality embryos.  However, without a rich environment, these embryos cannot exist. This soil is the endometrium, the lining of the uterus that is prepared monthly and then quickly shed like an afterthought, if […]

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