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    Empty Follicle Syndrome: Proper Medical Response

    A vaginal egg collection is a very routine part of the IVF process. The procedure is over in about 20 minutes, and experienced doctors will usually get one egg from each mature follicle. read more

    New guidelines for hypothyroidism and infertility treatment

    When a woman has hypothyroidism and infertility, her fertility specialist has to weigh a number of factors in determining treatment. That decision depends partly on the type of hypothyroidism she ... read more

    Ten Facts About IVF and Tubal Pregnancy

    Tubal pregnancy is possible regardless of how you get pregnant. But there are some unique aspects to tubal pregnancy that pertain to cases in which IVF is used. Here are ten interesting facts about ... read more

    Testing and treatment of recurrent pregnancy loss / multiple miscarriages

    Couples who experience recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) characterized by multiple miscarriages may benefit from a medical evaluation and psychological support. A detailed history and physical ... read more

    Should We Only Transfer Frozen Embryos?

    The technologies for successfully freezing embryos have now been available for more than twenty-five years. With improved freezing techniques, the success rates with frozen embryo transfer (FET) are ... read more

    Flu Shots and IVF: What You Need to Know

    I am frequently asked by patients whether to get vaccinated for the flu. The answer is an unequivocal yes! Whether a woman is trying to conceive, just found out she is pregnant, or is well into her ... read more

    What can husbands do for their wives during their IVF cycle?

    In this post, one of InVia Fertility's patients shares what he has learned in supporting his wife during IVF. read more

    You Just Need to Relax! Clueless Comments and What to Do About Them

    Many years ago there was a show on TV called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The host would ask kids questions, and they'd come back with priceless comments that were spontaneous and socially ... read more

    Why I Chose to Donate My Eggs: An Anonymous Egg Donor Explains

    This post is from an anonymous egg donor who responded to a comment on the blog. I liked it so much that I am posting it as a separate post. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank her ... read more

    Choosing a Fertility Clinic for Egg Donation

    Looking for an egg donor? Before you even get to making decisions about the donor, you need to choose the right fertility clinic. In this post, we list some of the factors you want to look for in a ... read more

    Laughter just might be the best medicine after all.

    Audrey Hepburn once said “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills.” I believe this is true, and a study conducted at an ... read more

    Recommended Female Infertility Tests

    In March 2015, the Practice Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) published a report identifying the recommended methods for evaluating female infertility. We summarize ... read more

    Weight Loss and Fertility: A Simple Guide

    You may be one of the millions of Americans who is overweight or obese. Whether you're male or female, if you also have fertility issues, losing weight may increase your chances of conceiving. Here ... read more

    Top facts about fertility tests for women

    In a recent issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril 2012;98:302–7), the Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) provided a critical review of ... read more

    Do AMH levels vary across normal menstrual cycles?

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is a commonly used biomarker of ovarian reserve. AMH levels decrease with age and reach undetectable levels approximately 5 years before menopause. AMH levels are thought ... read more

    What happens to the embryo after IVF embryo transfer?

    There are many steps to successful IVF. Many people have a pretty good grasp of the IVF process—up to the point at which an embryo is transferred to the uterus. But what happens then? read more

    Top 5 questions about freezing sperm

    Freezing sperm, or sperm cryopreservation, is a simple procedure used to store sperm cells for future use. Here are the top 5 questions patients usually ask regarding freezing sperm: read more

    I found the perfect egg donor, but then…

    All too often, people who have taken great care in choosing an egg donor tell me, “I found the perfect donor, but then ..." read more

    Pregnancy and the Aging Female

    “Gwen Stefani’s baby bump makes its red carpet debut!” “Halle Berry is a mom again at age 47!” The tabloids and celebrity TV shows are full of celebrities who have had babies in their forties. Mariah ... read more

    Should You Tell Your Children You Used an Egg Donor?

    A recent study showed the majority of parents of egg donor conceived children intend to tell their children – but many put off that conversation. If you've used an egg donor, there are many things to ... read more

    Tips to improve sperm count

    Male factor is the cause in approximately 40% of infertile couples. In many cases, the cause is unknown and there is no specific treatment to improve sperm count. The good news is that these couples ... read more

    Egg freezing now provides high success rates, low risk

    Egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation) is now a clinically available and successful option available to patients at many fertility clinics (including InVia Fertility Specialists). This is largely due ... read more

    Having trouble getting pregnant? Here's how to reduce stress.

    If you're having trouble getting pregnant, you may be wondering if stress in your life is a contributing factor. The research is contradictory on this question and it really boils down to your ... read more

    What To Do If You Don’t Qualify To Be an Egg Donor

    It’s a scary, unexpected thing, when as an egg donor you have your hormones drawn and an ultrasound performed, and then are told you don’t qualify medically for an egg donor program. In addition to ... read more

    Ten Questions Egg Donor Recipients Want Answered

    I have written several blogs on issues pertaining to egg donors and recipients. These have been published over the past couple of years since I have been the egg donor co-ordinator at InVia. The ... read more

    You Might Need an Egg Donor IF….

    How can you determine if you need an egg donor as opposed to doing IVF using your own eggs? Many factors come in to play in making this decision. Ultimately, it's all about the egg quality. In this ... read more

    Low AMH level NOT predictive of lower pregnancy rate in young healthy women

    A previous blog regarding AMH levels was greeted by more than 150 questions from interested readers. A common question was regarding the clinical significance of a low AMH level. I am young and my ... read more

    All About the Egg Donor Process

    Egg donors are often amazing people who truly want to provide others with a gift. Some have children and can’t imagine a life without the joys of motherhood. They want to help others find the ... read more

    Is a High Protein Diet Right for You?

    Losing weight is never an easy task, especially in the Chicagoland area because of our long, cold and snowy winters. Being cooped up in the house has everyone craving comfort food. But if you're ... read more

    Acupuncture During Pregnancy - Answers to Common Questions

    This guest blog was contributed by Andrea Hingst, L.Ac. Dipl.O.M. The use of acupuncture to help overcome infertility is becoming more and more widely known, including the use of acupuncture during ... read more

    Can IVF Patients with Undetectable AMH Levels Get Pregnant?

    In the April 2014 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril 2014;101:1012-8), Reichman et al. assessed the value of anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) as a prognostic indicator of in ... read more

    Top 5 Questions about Sperm That Men Often Ponder

    Much of fertility treatment focuses on the needs of women-- but men play an important role, too! Keeping yourself healthy means looking after your own fertility-- and that means taking care of your ... read more

    Top 10 steps to prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome

    In a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. David Meldrum from Reproductive Partners Medical Group, Redondo Beach, California discussed the different facets of preventing ovarian ... read more

    National Infertility Awareness Week: April 23-29, 2017

    National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is April 23 – 29, 2017. NIAW is sponsored by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. This year, RESOLVE wants you to “Listen Up!” when it comes to ... read more

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and age

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is a useful measure of the follicular supply in a woman. It is generally accepted that as a woman ages, the follicular supply decreases and AMH levels decrease. Blood ... read more

    Embryo Transfer: A Critical Step in the IVF Process

    Embryo transfer is arguably the most critical step in the IVF process. On the surface, it seems like a relatively simple procedure. The embryos are loaded in a catheter and the physician deposits ... read more

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