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Increasing the chances of conceiving naturally Part V

Do diet and lifestyle make a difference? Yes they do! Your weight can affect the time to conception. Obesity (BMI > 35) increases the time to conception two-fold. Underweight (BMI < 19) women ... read more

Increasing the chances of conceiving naturally

Eighty five percent of couples will conceive naturally in the first year of trying. Another 10% will conceive naturally in the second year. Keeping these facts in mind, one can ask the question – “Is ... read more

Looks are NOT everything!

Picking out the best embryos for transfer is a bit like a beauty pageant; the prettiest ones typically win. While morphology is used the majority of times to decide which is the best embryo to ... read more

Why IVF fails.

According to the latest statistics from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (www.sart.org) in the year 2011, there were a total of 154,412 cycles performed in the US. The pregnancy ... read more

Top 5 infertility tests that physicians and patients should question

The initial step when we see patients at InVia is to get a complete history and perform a physical examination or ultrasound. This is followed by a few simple tests that help with diagnosing the ... read more

Does methotrexate therapy for tubal pregnancy affect subsequent ovarian reserve?

Methotrexate is a cancer drug (chemotherapy) that is used to treat tubal pregnancy. A single dose of the medication will treat a tubal pregnancy in up to 90% of properly selected patients. Thus a ... read more

Thanks To You!

We want to extend a big THANK YOU at this very special time of year! We are especially thankful to all of you for giving us the opportunity to help you acheive your dream of becoming a family. To our ... read more

Putting one foot in front of the other during infertility

As I stalked my former CEO one day while he continued to meet with one person after another in his office, my stomach was doing flip-flops. I had trouble discerning if the tingles were a result of my ... read more

Antimullerian hormone levels predict reproductive outcome in women with elevated follicle stimulating hormone levels

Assessing Ovarian Reserve Antimullerian hormone (AMH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels are routinely used for assessing ovarian reserve. AMH levels indicate the number of eggs that ... read more

Use of a new SUB CUTANEOUS progesterone preparation in IVF cycles

It is well documented in the IVF literature that it is necessary to administer progesterone (P) after egg retrieval. The two commonly used routes for administering P are with intra-muscular (IM) ... read more

Obesity Affects Uterine Receptivity in IVF with Donor Eggs

There have been several blogs expanding on the impact of obesity on success rates with IVF. Miscarriage rates and pregnancy complications are also higher in obese patients. The exact way in which ... read more

How to make the right decision - a guide for infertile couples

Infertile couples have to make many decisions. Should they do IVF? How do they select the right clinic? How many IVF cycles should they do? Should they consider using donor eggs? or adoption? When ... read more

Ideal Protein Diet, Its Cost and the Successes

For over six months now we’ve seem, first hand, success with the Ideal Protein diet. More than twenty patients and employees have experienced Ideal Protein and ALL have been satisfied. More ... read more

A safe drug for treating nausea and vomiting of pregnancy

You have finally reached your goal. Your pregnancy test was positive and you are on top of the world! And then…, you wake up one day and you’re so nauseous you can’t even think about food without ... read more

Hormonal treatment of male factor infertility

Approximately one in every seven couples in the United States has problems conceiving. Male infertility accounts for half of these cases. Even with these statistics infertility evaluations have ... read more

My Doctor ordered Methotrexate-what does that mean for me?

Methotrexate is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancy is defined as any pregnancy growing outside the uterus. It is most commonly found in the ... read more

Progesterone elevation (PE) on day of hCG and probability of pregnancy after IVF

Kim Melone has previously written a blog explaining the negative impact of progesterone elevation (PE) on the day of hCG on IVF pregnancy rates. With premature PE, the uterine lining is less ... read more

Does acupuncture improve the clinical pregnancy rate among women undergoing IVF?

IVF pregnancy rates have been improving over the years. This is because of the use of better stimulation protocols, improvement in embryology techniques, ICSI, assisted zona hatching, better embryo ... read more

Is it safe to use anti-depressants in pregnancy?

At InVia Fertility Specialists, a small but significant percentage (? 5%) of our patients are taking antidepressants. The commonest medications being used are the selective serotonin reuptake ... read more

InVia Fertility Specialists to participate in the LIVESTRONG program for cancer patients

We are happy to announce our participation in the LIVESTRONG program for cancer patients! read more

Varicocele: definition, treatments, and connection with infertility

Varicocele is a swollen varicose vein in the scrotum - usually on the left side. The condition occurs because blood pools in the varicose testicular veins (pampiniform plexus) since the valves in the ... read more

A cold new world: what you need to know about embryo freezing

In any IVF cycle, there may be a reason and/or opportunity to cryopreserve (freeze) your embryos. It may be that you have very good–quality embryos and you wish to have the option to freeze and store ... read more

Have your eggs frozen while you are still young

Egg freezing is now clinically available and very successful. At InVia, we have now been offering this option for the last few years. For the past year, we have been using a technique called the ... read more

Why do we recommend freezing all embryos in IVF cycles showing a rise in progesterone level on the day of hCG trigger?

You may have had discussions with your physician or nurse regards to your progesterone level on the day of hCG (trigger injection). It may have been suggested that since the progesterone level is ... read more

When should YOU come see us at InVia?

Many people wonder, either to themselves or with their partner “when is the right time to have a baby?” Once that decision is made, the actual conception of a baby may not be as easy as one may ... read more

Will my baby look like me?

This is a question that a lot of egg donor (and sperm donor) recipients ask themselves. Will people know that I used a donor? Will they comment that the baby doesn’t look like me? How will I handle ... read more

To rest or not to rest? That is the question.

One of the questions I am most often asked by patients before their embryo transfer is; “Do I need to stay on bed rest, or lay down for a few hours, after my transfer?”. The answer, emphatically, is ... read more

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common cause of inherited mental disability. The following is a link to an excellent summary of the current knowledge of Fragile X syndrome. read more

Tubal catheterization – procedure, success rates and risks. Part II.

Smith in 1849 first attempted tubal catheterization (TC) using a whalebone. In 1985, Platia and Krudy described transvaginal TC at the time of laparoscopy. Confino and others described the currently ... read more

Tubal catheterization (TC): indications and techniques. Part I

Tubal factor is a major cause of female infertility. Evaluation of the fallopian tubes is routinely done as part of an infertility work up. Several techniques have been used to evaluate the fallopian ... read more

Top 10 Facts about Tubal Factor Infertility

35% of infertility issues in women can be attributed to tubal factor problems: blocked or otherwise impaired fallopian tubes. When the fallopian tubes are compromised, eggs are more likely to fail to ... read more

Top 5 new facts about Anti Mullerian Hormone level (AMH) and ovarian reserve testing

I have previously written a blog on this very issue. There was a lot of interest in the topic and we received hundreds of questions about the topic. There has since been a lot of new information ... read more

Two months and significant pounds lost!

We first introduced the Idea Protein Diet to our practice the first week of April 2013 and since then our patients (and yes friends because of their success) have lost over 400 pounds!! I know what ... read more

Don’t Worry Your Worry Will Get Bigger

I have hesitated to write about my mom experiences in this blog/forum because I remember how annoying it was when my friends used to prattle on about their current-day issues with their kids back ... read more

Announcing our new mobile site!

InVia Fertility Continues to Stay Cutting Edge to Better Serve Our Patients. Our new mobile website is another step in this direction. Our patients are used to getting access to their charts via the ... read more

Why I Froze My Eggs (And You Should, Too)

This weekend’s issue of the Wall Street Journal has an excellent essay by Sarah Elizabeth Richards on why she froze her eggs. Her story is probably the story of hundreds and thousands of women who ... read more

Why the Ideal Protein Diet Will Be Your Last diet

Ideal Protein is a proven diet with more than 25 years of success. Patients can expect to lose between 3-5 pounds per week. They accomplish this by cutting out carbohydrates and replacing them with ... read more

A Drug-Free Option to Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) affects up to 80% of all expectant mothers. This can leave you feeling isolated and negatively impacts your quality of life. From a physiological viewpoint, as ... read more

Dr Robert Edwards (1925 - 2013)

The world of reproductive medicine has lost a true hero, as news of Sir Robert Edwards passing was reported. read more

I was Hoping I would have a Baby by This Weekend

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a clear-cut process that would guarantee you a healthy child within a specific (short) time frame? Whether you're trying to conceive naturally, enduring fertility ... read more

I'm Going To Pee!!

Why do we make you fill your bladder for your embryo transfer? We don't do this to make you uncomfortable, we have you fill your bladder for two very important reasons. read more

Blastocyst culture and transfer in clinical-assisted reproduction

The debate over cleavage stage (day 3) versus blastocyst stage (day 5/6) transfer continues to rage on in the reproductive community. Transferring embryos at the blastocyst stage has many recognized, ... read more

Just another thing to add to your list of reasons to quit smoking…

It is a widespread fact that smoking is bad for ones’ health. Being a smoker can cause difficulties in conceiving and lead to infertility. There are various aspects of both men and women’s bodies ... read more

When is the Right Time to Use Donor Eggs?

I met with a group of people last week who were considering using donor eggs to start or grow their families. My impression was that they were all in various stages of the decision-making process. ... read more

Chocolate cysts - how we manage them at Malpani Infertility Clinic

A chocolate cyst of the ovary (also known as an endometrioma, endometrioid cyst, or endometrial cyst) is found in some infertile women who have endometriosis. In this disease, the inner lining of the ... read more

Introducing the "Ideal Protein Diet" to help with weight loss and success!

InVia Fertility is happy to offer the Ideal Protein diet to help assist our patients in losing weight and living a healthier life. Ideal Protein was developed by Dr Tran Tien, Chanh over 20 years ago ... read more

Won't You Tell Me Your Name?

The Rolling Stones wrote a very famous song with the lyrics: "pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name." While undoubtedly one of the greatest lyrics ever written (yes, I am a Stones fan), it also ... read more

It’s Not My Party but I’ll Cry If I Want To

I never subscribed to the notion that sharing news of one’s pregnancy, in the early stages, was a bad idea for fear that the pregnancy may not last. Personally, I was elated when I found out that I ... read more

New Year – New Outlook

With New Year’s Day right around the corner, many of us find ourselves wondering what kind of resolution we can make, and then worrying if we can actually keep it. No matter who you are or where you ... read more

New Years Resolution

One of the things I look forward to every Christmas season is the cards we get from our patients. We will get dozens of them every year. Each one is very special to me. They all will generally have ... read more

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