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    IVF at InVia:  Excellent Pregnancy Rates with Hardly Any Twins!

    At InVia Fertility Specialists (InVia) we have been providing fertility services to our patients for the past 16 years. Our in vitro fertilization (IVF) program has been very successful and has been ... read more

    Does Vitamin D influence anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels?

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is now a well-established marker of ovarian reserve. AMH is released by the (granulosa) cells surrounding small (antral and pre-antral) follicles in the ovary. It ... read more

    Using Androgel or DHEA for infertility

    If you are having trouble getting pregnant and are a poor ovarian responder, you may have heard that ovarian response can be increased with testosterone during IVF. The possibility of using ... read more

    Top 10 Facts about Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid, or Serophene)

    Clomiphene citrate (CC), marketed, as Clomid or Serophene, is the most commonly used drug for ovulation induction. It was first synthesized in 1956 and was approved for clinical use in the United ... read more

    Top 10 Questions Our Fertility Nurses Answer

    Fertility treatment can be stressful on your emotions, your schedule and your finances. Fortunately, you have someone in your corner the entire way: your fertility nurse! Your fertility nurse is here ... read more

    What Are the Risks of Being an Egg Donor?

    Egg donation is generally very safe with no long-term risks. Society would not permit a young, healthy woman to donate her eggs if the procedure was always dangerous. However, there are some ... read more

    Top 5 Questions About Recurrent Pregnancy Loss / Multiple Miscarriages

    When a diagnosis of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is reached after multiple miscarriages, there are many things to consider, including the causes, tests, and common treatments of RPL. read more

    What is a Board Certified Fertility Specialist?

    One of the single most important things to look for in a fertility clinic is the presence of a Board-Certified staff. Much like you would in other medical fields or a variety of life situations ... read more

    A Tailored Approach to Infertility Treatments

    One of the most important things to consider when looking into infertility treatments is that no two patients are identical. In fact, every patient is unique and each should receive a treatment plan ... read more

    Ultralow AMH Levels and IVF Success Rates

    We have now posted several blogs discussing the impact of anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and fertility. AMH levels predict number of eggs that will be retrieved during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and ... read more

    Intrauterine Insemination Part I: Why (And When) We Use it To Treat Infertility

    Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple in-office procedure, which involves placing “washed” sperm inside the uterus to facilitate fertilization. With IUI, we bypass the vagina (which is acidic ... read more

    What is Fertility Preservation?

    A common misconception is that fertility preservation is just for cancer patients. Fertility preservation is exactly what it sounds like; preserving your fertility. For women, it involves stimulating ... read more

    Can the level of hCG in blood tell me whether my pregnancy is a healthy one or not?

    You've had an embryo transfer, and now it's time for a pregnancy blood test. You may be wondering whether the hCG level in your blood predict how healthy your very new pregnancy is. The short answer ... read more

    New Fertility Preservation Law Covering Cancer Patients Passes in Illinois!

    On Monday, August 27, 2018, Illinois enacted a new law requiring health insurance companies to pay for freezing eggs, sperm and embryos for cancer patients! Thanks to Governor Bruce Rauner, State ... read more

    Clinical IVF Trials at InVia Fertility Specialists

    Great news! InVia Fertility Specialists (InVia) has been selected as a study site for several IVF clinical trials! If you qualify, you could get an IVF cycle at minimal or no cost. InVia has a ... read more

    Frozen embryo transfer: natural vs. artificial cycle

    It is now more than 30 years since the first live birth after transfer of a frozen (cryopreserved) embryo (Zeilmaker et al., 1984). The ability to successfully freeze embryos had a profound impact on ... read more

    Why Aren't Early Embryo Updates Part of the IVF Process?

    After egg retrieval, many IVF patients are anxious to know how their embryos are developing in the embryology lab. It's an exciting but difficult part of the IVF process for patients, because they ... read more

    Top 5 Things You Should Know about Egg Quality and IVF

    When undergoing an IVF cycle you have a lot on your mind. If you are like most people, egg quality is typically not first on the list. However, egg quality is one of the single most important aspects ... read more

    Understanding Progesterone, the Hormone of Pregnancy

    Progesterone is a steroid hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle and is essential for pregnancy. Progesterone also has many roles relating to the development of the fetus. read more

    Is There Really a Male Infertility Crisis?

    "Is there a male fertility crisis? I hear sperm counts are decreasing!" There has been controversy about this topic and many, many news outlets have reported on it. Researchers are also studying it. ... read more

    Common Tubal Abnormalities Seen in Hysterosalpingography

    In previous blogs, I have presented findings of a normal hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and abnormalities of the uterine cavity. In this blog, the focus is shifted to the fallopian tubes. There are ... read more

    Optimizing Implantation

    Once a healthy, developing embryo is successfully transferred into your uterus, it has to attach itself to the uterine lining and then grow there, a process known as implantation. For successful ... read more

    Can I Use My AMH Levels as a “Fertility Test” If I DON'T Want to Get Pregnant?

    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. Cycle day-3 ... read more

    Single and Same Sex Parenting

    Single people and same sex couples that would like to have children that are theirs, biologically, can use this blog as a guide to starting the single and same sex parenting process. read more

    Do Fertility Drugs Cause Cancer?

    Fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple follicles. Their use is associated with multiple ovulations and often with high estrogen levels. It would therefore be reasonable ... read more

    Choosing a Fertility Specialist for Transgender Parents

    There are often social challenges endured by LGBT families and parents. There is a lot of confusion and information to be sorted through, from friends, family members, Internet searches, and even ... read more

    Egg Donor and Surrogacy FAQ for Gay Men

    For same-sex male couples, planning a family starts with a lot of questions—about getting an egg donor, surrogacy, and other fertility treatment options. Some of these questions can be answered by ... read more

    Commonly Seen Uterine Abnormalities on Hysterosalpingography (HSG)

    Here are a few of the commonly seen abnormalities when we do a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). read more

    What Are Chromosomes and Why Are They Important in IVF?

    Most of us remember very little from our Biology 101 class we had to pass in order to finish high school or college. The terms were technical and the processes complex. However, now that reproduction ... read more

    The best treatment option for recurrent implantation failure

    One of the most frustrating group of patients for IVF specialists are those with recurrent implantation failure. These are patients for whom we've done multiple IVF cycles but who still do not get ... read more

    6 Reasons for Embryo Freezing

    Embryo freezing has become common practice, and we have been doing it successfully for more than thirty years. Previously, the technique used for embryo freezing utilized computerized freezers with ... read more

    Donor Egg Recipient Obesity and Live Birth Rates

    In a previous blog, I discussed data that showed a significantly reduced pregnancy rate in obese in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients. This was in regular IVF patients attempting to conceive with ... read more

    4 Types of Endometrioma Surgery and How They Differ

    An endometrioma is a blood-filled "chocolate" cyst that can occur when endometriosis tissue develops in the ovary. In many but not all cases, endometriomas are treated with surgery. When considering ... read more

    Preimplantation Genetic Screening: How Age Affects Number of Eggs

    For more than a decade, we have been screening embryos for chromosomal number abnormalities (aneuploidy) at InVia Fertility Specialists. The technical term used for this process is preimplantation ... read more

    Smoking and 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

    What Dietary Supplements Can Help Fertility?

    Recent studies have suggested a relationship between the diet of both partners and fertility, including the impact of obesity. Dietary supplements for fertility are one of a number of things that ... read more

    What if my FSH level is normal but my AMH level is low?

    A cycle day-3 follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level and anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level are commonly used to evaluate ovarian reserve. FSH level generally predicts pregnancy rates with in vitro ... read more

    When clomiphene citrate fails, what's next?

    Patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often do not ovulate, and thus getting pregnant with PCOS can be a challenge. The first line of treatment usually is the fertility drug clomiphene ... read more

    Bouncing Back After a Failed IVF Cycle

    A failed IVF cycle causes a lot of heartache – for both patients and doctors. Aside from pain and grief, many of people start playing the blame game. Was the doctor negligent or incompetent? Did the ... read more

    Does the IVF Process Hurt?

    As a nurse doing consultations before IVF treatment, I'm often asked, "Does it hurt?" The IVF process can be intimidating, and many patients naturally have a fear of the unknown. To help ease this ... read more

    What do white blood cells in semen mean?

    White blood cells in semen, detected in semen analysis, often causeconcern to infertile couples, those who are having trouble getting pregnant, and even their doctors. On the one hand, this makes ... read more

    Should You Have Endometrioma Surgery?

    Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining (endometrium – shown at right via ultrasound) ) is present outside the uterine cavity. An endometrioma is a blood-filled "chocolate" cyst that ... read more

    No Sperm! Now What?

    A low sperm count is a common cause of male infertility. If a man ejaculates even the tiniest number of sperm, we can help the couple achieve pregnancy with in vitro fertilization and ... read more

    Treatment of Intrauterine Adhesions

    Intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue), also called Asherman syndrome, can cause infertility, menstrual irregularities (light or absent menses) and recurrent pregnancy losses. In a previous blog, I ... read more

    Marijuana and Fertility: What Are the Effects?

    As with smoking cigarettes, there's a connection between marijuana and fertility, and it's not a good one. Use of marijuana has a negative impact on trying to conceive, for both male and female ... read more

    What is endometriosis? Endometriosis and IVF

    Endometriosis is a condition where cells that normally line the uterus begin to grow on the outer surface of the uterus and can invade the ovary, causing blood-filled cysts called endometriomas. ... read more

    What to do with one frozen embryo?

    Embryos have been successfully frozen (cryopreserved) since the early 1980’s. Worldwide literature has confirmed that there is no increase in birth defects in children born from frozen embryos. The ... read more

    Fertility Injections and IUI: RIP?

    Fertility drugs have been routinely used for ovulation induction for many years now. Many women do not ovulate or ovulate infrequently. In these women, fertility drugs are used to make them ovulate ... read more

    Endometrial Polyps and IVF: What You Need to Know

    Endometrial polyps are growths that are attached to the inner wall of the uterus that extend into the uterine cavity. They are usually benign (not cancerous) and are a common finding in women of ... read more

    Sperm Morphology: FAQ on Sperm Size and Shape

    One of the important criteria that are assessed during a semen analysis is sperm morphology (the others are count, motility and volume). Sperm morphology is the term used to describe the appearance ... read more

    Donor Recipients: A Visit With the Mental Health Professional

    The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has as part of its practice guidelines that a couple wishing to engage in an egg donor recipient cycle must visit with a mental health professional. ... read more

    The IVF Process: Ovarian Stimulation Basics

    Studies have shown that approximately 40% of patients will abandon the IVF process after a single cycle. The most common cause of dropout is the physical and psychological burden of the treatment, ... read more

    Acupuncture for Fertility during IUI/IVF

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used to assist couples going through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IUI and IVF. The primary modality used in TCM to treat infertility and/or ... read more

    Legal issues about gestational surrogacy in patient-friendly Illinois

    If you want to use a surrogate, we can help you with the entire process-- and thanks to our location in Chicago, we are also able to offer a favorable legal environment as well as a supportive ... read more

    Progesterone deficiency: diagnosis, treatment, and role in infertility

    Maintenance of early pregnancy requires progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovary (corpus luteum) in the second half of the menstrual cycle (after ovulation, also called luteal ... read more

    Preeclampsia risk higher with egg donor pregnancy

    There are many issues to think about when you're pregnant or considering becoming pregnant using an egg from an egg donor. Among the health issues to consider is the research associating donor egg ... read more

    What are the ongoing pregnancy rates in women with extremely low AMH levels?

    is a test commonly used for testing ovarian reserve. AMH levels reflect the number of eggs (oocyte pool) that remain in the ovary(ies). AMH levels will decline as a woman ages. AMH levels also ... read more

    Evaluating sperm by performing a semen analysis

    People often assume a woman is infertile if she and her partner cannot conceive; however, this is not always the case. Males play a big role in fertility, accounting for at least 35% of infertility ... read more

    Single Embryo Transfer: Healthy Babies One At A Time

    It is an established fact that risks associated with giving birth to babies conceived through IVF, are increased for both mothers and infants. Most of that increase in risk is related to the higher ... read more

    Early miscarriage treatment: 3 options

    Early miscarriage (early pregnancy loss or spontaneous miscarriage) is defined as a the loss of an intrauterine pregnancy within the first 12 6/7 weeks of pregnancy. It is usually diagnosed with ... read more

    IVF with PGD Success Rates in the U.S.

    Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure used to screen embryos or eggs for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities during a cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF). There have been several ... read more

    Egg Donor Age DOES Matter!

    In order to maximize pregnancy rates in an egg donor program, it is very important that a good egg donor is selected. You may already know that it's important that the egg donor be in good health, ... read more

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