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Using an ovulation predictor test to tell the best time to get pregnant

An ovulation predictor test is used by women to help determine the best time to get pregnant in relation to their menstrual cycle. read more

Testicular sperm aspiration: fresh or frozen sperm?

Testicular sperm aspiration (TESA) is used to obtain sperm from men whose sperm count is zero (azoospermia). Approximately 1% of males and 15% of males seeking evaluation for infertility will have ... read more

Egg freezing: how many eggs should you freeze?

Oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, is now routinely offered in the field of assisted reproductive technologies. Once considered experimental, this procedure is now approved as a standard ... read more

How fertility clinics perform embryo selection in IVF

Every day in the embryology lab, embryologists pick the embryos they think are the most viable and most likely to result in pregnancy. This is an important part of embryo development in IVF. read more

Research gives key data on male fertility and age

It has been known for quite some time that a women’s age has an effect on her fertility. This effect is well documented in success rates from donor insemination, donor eggs and IVF. The question is ... read more

Fertility FAQ: The Small Things Affecting Your Fertility

We're often told to not sweat the small stuff, but when it comes to fertility, small changes can have a big impact. Our patients' fertility FAQ often have to do with whether their habits or routines ... read more

What Happens in the Embryology Lab: The Embryoscope

If you've ever wanted to know what happens in the embryology lab we've got a look at how new advances in the lab can help you on your journey to motherhood. The Embryoscope is a special incubator ... read more

Role of a Psychologist in Third Party Reproduction

Since the first child from third party reproduction was born, many studies have been done to evaluate and ensure the welfare of that child, as well as all children conceived using the same means that ... read more

Male Obesity and Infertility

It is well documented in the literature that female obesity is associated with infertility. We have posted several blogs on how female obesity is linked to hormonal imbalances that cause irregular or ... read more

IVF Failure and Finding the Perfect Egg Donor

IVF, while being a popular and largely successful fertility treatment, isn't foolproof. As with anything, there are some instances of IVF failure. Knowing the common causes of IVF failure and your ... read more

Obesity Report: Why Some People Need to Lose Weight to Get Pregnant

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee recently published a report titled "Obesity and Reproduction” in its journal Fertility and Sterility. The report offers insights on ... read more

Men having babies conference

Staff at InVia table. R-L: Dr. Sigal Klipstein, Vicki Meagher, and Todd Mensik. read more

When it comes to male fertility, age matters

The relationship between female age and fertility is well established and discussed extensively in previous blogs. But when it comes to male fertility, age is rarely discussed. So, do men need to ... read more

Dealing With Multiple Miscarriages

Multiple miscarriages strike a heavy blow to those who are trying to have a child. Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is traditionally defined as three or more spontaneous consecutive pregnancy losses ... read more

Egg donor and surrogacy at InVia Fertility

On August 20, InVia Fertility Specialists launched a new Egg Donor and Surrogacy section of our website! These new pages are full of information on: read more

Dr. Howard Jones Jr. speaks about IVF

In a previous blog, I have paid tribute to Dr. Howard Jones, Jr. who was my teacher at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. The American Society for Reproductive ... read more

Diagnostic Male Infertility Test

Male infertility test are recommended for any couple that fails to achieve pregnancy after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse or after 6 months of failure to conceive when the partner is ... read more

Using Genetic Carrier Testing When Choosing an Egg Donor

For fertility patients who are choosing an egg donor, the health of the donor is a critical concern. One way recipients can be assured of the health of the donor is to work with a fertility clinic ... read more

White Blood Cells in Semen and IVF

The clinical significance of white blood cells in semen, often called pus cells, has been debated for a long time. If they are caused by infection, then they can interfere with sperm function and ... read more

Dr. Howard Jones, Jr. RIP

I just got an e-mail notifying me that Dr Howard Jones, Jr. has passed away. I am just beginning to comprehend the enormity of the loss this is for all of us. He along with the late Dr Georgeanna ... read more

Tubal pregnancy and IVF

Tubal pregnancy (or ectopic pregnancy) can occur in approximately 2% of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles. This is despite the fact that most embryo transfers are conducted under ultrasound ... read more

Is Assisted Hatching Safe?

What is assisted hatching (AH)? Assisted hatching (AH) is a procedure used to thin or make a small opening in the zona pellucida (the egg shell surrounding an embryo). AH is supposed to increase the ... read more

Gender Selection & Ethics: Is Family Balancing Acceptable?

As medicine has advanced, fertility patients now have options that previously did not exist. As recently as thirty-five years ago, if you had blocked fallopian tubes or a low sperm count, chances are ... read more

hCG Level after Single Embryo Transfer

"Is my hCG level okay?" is a very common question of expectant mothers. Studies surrounding hCG levels done 14 days after egg retrieval in patients with day-2 transfers as well as comparing hCG ... read more

Best Methods of Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation

For many years, scientists all over the world have been experimenting with egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) techniques for fertility preservation. Recently, significant advances in technology ... read more

Embryo freezing with vitrification: cheaper and simpler than fresh IVF

Often at the end of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, there are extra embryos that can be frozen (cryopreserved) for later use. There are several advantages to embryo freezing. If the patient ... read more

Ideal Protein Helps You Lose Weight to Get Pregnant

Patients who are having trouble getting pregnant and are overweight frequently hear from their doctors that they need to lose weight to get pregnant. Overweight is a common cause of infertility. In ... read more

Is single embryo transfer right for me?

How many embryos should we transfer? The answer to this question has changed over the years. Twenty years ago, IVF had a pregnancy rate of approximately 25% per cycle even in young patients. At that ... read more

Are These Infertility Tests Really Necessary?

The range of tests available for people who are having trouble getting pregnant is ever-growing. But what infertility tests are really necessary? read more

10 facts on male infertility treatment and causes

It is now well established that of infertility problems in couples, the female partner accounts for 40%, males account for 40%, and both account for the remaining 20%. It is therefore important that ... read more

What are the causes of infertility in women?

One in seven couples will have trouble conceiving. Forty percent of the time, the problem will be with the male, 40% will be with the female and in 20% the problem will be with both partners. Because ... read more

InVia IVF success rates 2014

When considering working with a fertility clinic, it is very important to review the clinic's IVF success rates. As a prospective patient, you need to know the clinic's success rates with fresh ... read more

How Fertility Clinics Can Be More Convenient For You

When you’re planning for fertility treatment, there are so many things on your mind. First and foremost you’ve got big dreams and major excitement about becoming a parent—and anxiety about whether or ... read more

Increasing pregnancy rates with acupuncture during IVF

With rapid economic development, lifestyle changes, daily stress and increased environmental pollution, the incidence of infertility has gained increased worldwide attention. read more

IVF with PGD or PGS: What's the difference?

Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) are terms used to describe the process by which an embryo can be screened for genetic disorders/chromosome number ... read more

Having trouble getting pregnant? "Just relax"—not!

Many gynecologists advise young patients with unexplained infertility that the reason they are having trouble getting pregnant is because they are too “stressed-out." This seems to occur frequently ... read more

Are you safe from IVF complications?

The number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles performed in the US has been increasing steadily (75, 516 cycles in 2000 vs. 101,213 cycles in 2011). There have been considerable advances that have ... read more

Lose weight to get pregnant – how to keep your resolution

Is weight loss your new year's resolution ... again? The new year is a natural time for reflection. It's a great time to take a step back from life’s distractions and focus on what is truly ... read more

Happy Holidays from InVia Fertility Specialists

What do the holidays mean to us at InVia Fertility Specialists? To be honest – and hopefully not too sentimental – they mean an extra smile in our office for someone who we know needs it. They mean ... read more


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