If you’ve been trying to conceive (TTC) for a while and have recently begun your fertility treatment journey, you have probably come across a lot of new and unfamiliar acronyms. The language of infertility can seem intimidating for someone who is just starting out, but familiarizing yourself with these abbreviations can help you understand the process, enhance your … [Read more...] about The ABCs of TTC: An Acronym Glossary
Sometimes, there is no discernible medical reason why a couple or individual is unable to conceive. This is known as unexplained infertility, which essentially serves as a catchall diagnosis for infertility issues that cannot be traced to any apparent hormonal or reproductive malfunction. As results from a seemingly endless stream of medical tests come back without … [Read more...] about What Happens after Infertility Is Considered ‘Unexplained’?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a laboratory procedure during which eggs are fertilized outside of the womb by sperm. From 1987 to 2015, one million babies were born in the U.S. from IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies (ART). There are many reasons why IVF has risen in popularity as a go-to fertility care service, some of which include declining … [Read more...] about How IVF Became a Leading Fertility Service
If you’re considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) to build your family, you probably have a lot of questions. To help you navigate this journey with as little confusion and stress as possible, we address five common questions below. 1. How does IVF work?If you choose to undergo IVF treatment, you’ll begin by taking medications to stimulate egg production. Eggs are … [Read more...] about Five Questions About IVF Treatment Answered
A surprising amount of the information we take in comes from sources that might not be as reputable as we’d like, particularly in the age of social media. It’s not uncommon for fertility patients to come across social media posts and articles about getting pregnant, including specific ways to help women get pregnant. In some cases, this information comes from authoritative, … [Read more...] about Five Myths That Can Harm Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
Undergoing fertility treatment can be stressful. You’re committing your time and finances to something you really want — building your family — but you may not be sure how things will turn out. On the bright side, fertility treatments are more successful than ever before. In fact, our IVF success rates are as high as 50%, and our frozen embryo transfer success … [Read more...] about How to Support Your Partner During Fertility Treatment
Simply put, tubal reversal is a medical procedure that unblocks or reconnects the fallopian tubes. If you have undergone tubal ligation — i.e., had your “tubes tied” — you might believe you’ve waved goodbye to your chance at pregnancy. However, tubal reversal microsurgery has been successfully restoring the ability to conceive naturally since the 1970s, and it … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Tubal Reversal Surgery
By Michael Lee, MS, TS, ELD Many patients find it inconvenient to delay a cycle due to the IVF lab closing in December, and we wanted to offer an explanation for why this process is needed. IVF laboratory instrumentsThe IVF lab consists of numerous highly sophisticated instruments. These include 11 very critical benchtop incubators, warmers, heated … [Read more...] about Why Does the IVF Lab “shut down” for a Week in December?
Infertility treatment can be frustrating, sometimes intensely so. Patients will wonder how long it will take to receive test results, why a treatment failed, why one test is needed over another, are they taking advantage of all available financial resources, and is a particular treatment plan really the best plan for them. These are all valid, perfectly understandable … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Have Unexplained Infertility?
It’s tempting to ignore a suspected medical problem – some of us even wait for symptoms to build up and get worse over time. From little annoyances to bigger issues that could change our lives, ignoring a potential health problem is something we so often regret – but only after putting off going to the doctor. One significant concern that is so often ignored, put off or … [Read more...] about Avoiding Fertility Treatment? Five Reasons to Take Control of Assisted Family Planning