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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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