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Can surgery help with varicocele and infertility?

Varicocele is the presence of abnormally dilated veins in the scrotum. A recent blog gave an introduction to varicocele and infertility, including diagnosis and treatment. The question remains, when ... read more

Clinical trial at InVia Fertility lowers cost of IVF

[April 24, 2015: This clinical trial is no longer open.] Patients with infertility that require in vitro fertilization (IVF) now have an opportunity to enroll in a clinical trial that lowers the cost ... read more

What are the causes of intrauterine adhesions?

Intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue in the uterine cavity) are sometimes seen during an infertility work up. Dr Joseph G. Asherman originally published a series of papers about intrauterine adhesions ... read more

Success of acupuncture during IVF

Acupuncture has been gaining popularity among couples who are having trouble getting pregnant. But many people make the mistake of thinking acupuncture and medical fertility treatment are mutually ... read more

Why this patient found it easy to lose weight to get pregnant

Drs. Karande and Klipstein chose the Ideal Protein Diet as a weight loss method for their patients based on its healthy approach and improved fertility treatment results. All of us at InVia Fertility ... read more

Sperm morphology: are your sperm in good shape?

Sperm morphology is one of the parameters that are evaluated in a semen analysis. It is a measurement of the percentage of sperm that are normal in shape. A normal sperm has an oval-shaped head, a ... read more

Why single embryo transfer may be right for you

A lot of our patients at InVia Fertility Specialists want twins! However, multiple pregnancy is associated with increased risks to both mother and babies. From a medical view point, it is much safer ... read more

Using a Saliva Test to Tell the Best Time to Get Pregnant

Past blog posts have discussed cervical mucus charting, ovulation predictor kits, and other methods of determining the best time to get pregnant. read more

What are my chances of getting pregnant?

Patients often ask me - What are my chances of getting pregnant if I do IVF? The honest answer to that question really is - I don't know; and it really doesn't matter. Let me explain why. read more

How many embryos should I transfer?

"How many embryos should I transfer when pursuing IVF?" This is a seemingly easy question but the answer may not be as simple as it seems. With transfer of a single embryo, the risk of multiple ... read more

Facts About Egg, Sperm, or Embryo Donation

What is an egg, sperm, or embryo donation? A donation is when you use the eggs, sperm, or embryos from someone else in an effort to help an intended parent achieve a pregnancy. Why would you use a ... read more

Age and Fertility Decline

It is not a surprise to many that fertility declines with age. Most women have learned early on that as they get older, their chances of becoming pregnant become less and less. Fertility begins to ... read more

A new strategy for managing poor ovarian responders

Poor ovarian response (POR) occurs in approximately 9.24% of patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is a group of patients that produces less than 4 eggs with conventional IVF ... read more

How is it like to be a parent for the first time after age 40 using in vitro fertilization?

The age at which women are having their first child has steadily risen over the last several decades. The medical consequences of ‘delayed childbearing’ have been extensively studied and include ... read more

Should basal FSH testing be abandoned in favor of AMH?

Ovarian reserve is a term that is used to determine the capacity of the ovary to provide egg cells that are capable of fertilization resulting in a healthy and successful pregnancy. Diminished ... read more

Meet our Health and Wellness Coach

I’d like to introduce myself as Innovative Fertility Solutions latest addition, I am their Health and Wellness Coach. I was brought in to run their weight loss system, Ideal Protein. I’ve had an ... read more

Fresh isn’t always best. Why frozen embryo transfers (FET) may be better.

In this age of “I want it NOW”, the last thing patients want to do after their egg retrieval is to wait any longer than necessary to do their embryo transfer. Most patients hear the term “frozen ... read more

What is the optimal infertility treatment after age 40 years?

It is a well-established fact that in women fertility decreases rapidly after age 40 and we at InVia Fertility Specialists therefore tend to treat this group of patients aggressively. read more

Top 5 environmental factors that may impact sperm count

According to a bulletin published by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the male partner contributes toward subfertility 40% of the time. In 20% of cases, male factor is the only ... read more

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels and IVF

Hypothyroidism (“low” thyroid) can cause menstrual abnormalities, infertility, increased risk of miscarriage, pregnancy complications – for both mother and baby. Hypothyroidism is usually diagnosed ... read more

Egg Donor Recipients: Think Your Weight Doesn’t Matter? Think Again!

Recently there was a paper in the journal Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril 2013;100:1050–8) about a study that was done in Spain with egg donors and egg donor recipients to see if the body mass ... read more

Is modified natural cycle IVF justified in patients with “genuine” poor ovarian response?

Natural cycle IVF has been proposed as an option for poor responder patients. In this approach, conventional stimulation with fertility drugs is not used. The patient is monitored for development of ... read more

How Smoking Effects Infertility

The number of people smoking has decreased significantly over the past 30 years. However, 30% of reproductive age women and 35% of reproductive age men in the United States still smoke cigarettes. ... read more

Why patients dropout after a failed IVF cycle

In vitro Fertilization is one of the most complicated treatment options for infertile couples. Infertile couples that choose to undergo IVF know that it is their last chance at having their own baby. ... read more

Freeze MY Eggs??

Yes, YOU! Whether you’re the super busy career woman, the girl who’s just not yet ready to settle down, the woman that hasn’t yet found quite the right partner, or the forever student, freezing your ... read more

Premature Ovarian Failure – Fertility treatment. What works and what does not.

I remember my days as a Fellow at the Jones Institute in Norfolk, Virginia when the second year Fellows were in charge of the donor egg program. This was 1989, and the Jones Institute was the premier ... read more

Premature ovarian failure (POF) – diagnostic tests and management

A diagnosis of premature ovarian failure (POF) is made when a woman stops getting periods (amenorrhea) before age 40 along with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels in the menopausal range ... read more

The Shared IVF Success Program at InVia Fertility (SISP) Ethical issues and controversies related to a 100 per cent money back guarantee IVF program Part III

There are several ethical issues and controversies regarding money-back guarantee programs. Let us discuss some of these as they apply to the Shared IVF Success Program at InVia fertility (SISP). read more

The Shared IVF Success Program at InVia Fertility (SISP). Ethical issues and controversies related to a 100 percent money back guarantee IVF program. Part II

SISP is offered at InVia Fertility specialists as a “warranty". Initially, SISP patients pay a higher fee (180% of our regular “cash-pay” fee). If a SISP patient achieves an ongoing pregnancy or ... read more

The Shared IVF Success Program at InVia Fertility (SISP). Our money back guarantee program! Part I

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can be an expensive proposition if you do not have insurance coverage for the treatment. Just the medical costs of a "cash-pay" cycle will approximate around $ 10,000. If ... read more

FDA considering '3-parent babies'

There is an interesting article on the use of assisted reproductive technologies for the treatment of "mitochondrial" disorders. U.S. health officials are weighing whether to approve trials of a ... read more

IVF in the U.S.A.

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has released its 2012 report on assisted reproductive technologies in the United States. SART’s 379 member clinics performed 165,172 cycles, or ... read more

It's not too late to make a New Years Resolution!

Everyone does it, and if you say you don’t you’re lying to me. New Year resolutions have been set, or for some they’re still working on them hoping spring comes so they won’t have to actually go ... read more

20 Things I Couldn't Say to My Fertility Doctor When I Was Her Patient

I loved this blog so much that I thought it would benefit our readers as well Here is a link to the original read more

What Happens the Day of Your Egg Retrieval

Your egg retrieval will take place 36 hours after your trigger injection. You will be instructed what time to arrive in the office the day of your retrieval. Usually you are expected to arrive 45 ... read more

Trophectoderm biopsy

Embryo biopsy is a normal part of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which can be used to select "normal" embryos for transfer. Historically, biopsy was done on day-3 embryos (at the 8-cell ... read more

When Will My Transfer Be??

When I first meet with egg donor recipients, one of their first questions, before even look at the egg donor profiles is, “When will my transfer be?”. I explain to them that first we need to choose ... read more

Individualization of IVF stimulation protocols -- Part IV

In previous blogs, I have discussed the various ovarian reserve markers that can be used to predict ovarian response, the categorization of patients into poor-, normal- or high-responders, and the ... read more

Top 10 Myths about Infertility

We live in a society where women are comparatively unaware of infertility issues until they have to undergo treatments like in vitro fertilization. There is an interesting book called ‘A Few Good ... read more

What is IVF?

The term IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. The word “in vitro” means “outside the body.” In the IVF process, an egg is fertilized with sperm outside the body rather than in a woman’s fallopian ... read more

Individualization of stimulation protocols in IVF -- Part I

At InVia Fertility Specialists, our goal is to optimize stimulation protocols in such a way as to maximize success rates. This is to be accomplished in a manner that eliminates cycle cancellation and ... read more

New Year Resolution 2014

This is to thank each and every one of you for your holiday greetings. The cards with the baby pictures are always a special treat for us. Seeing the smiling faces, and happy families is very ... read more


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