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    Top 5 Things You’ll Learn in Our Infertility 101 Webinar

    InVia Fertility Specialists recently hosted a webinar, "Infertility 101", where our three board-certified reproductive endocrinologists spoke on the definition, prevalence, causes, investigations and ... read more

    Getting Pregnant at 44: What are the Chances and Options?

    A reader recently posted this question on a previous blog: I am 44 years old healthy non-smoker yoga practitioner, AMH 1.45 and FSH 9, high prolactin (25) but all else normal/good. Cycle regular with ... read more

    hCG levels in pregnancies from day 5 vs. day 3 embryo transfers

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the embryo after conception. Human embryos can produce hCG as early as 8 days after fertilization. During IVF, however, final egg ... read more

    Don't Delay Frozen Embryo Transfer After Failed IVF

    Many times women are concerned after experiencing failed IVF with a fresh embryo transfer if it is best to move right along into another cycle for a frozen embryo transfer. They wonder if there are ... read more

    Symptoms after IVF Embryo Transfer - The Two-Week Wait

    After months or years of having trouble getting pregnant, all the action and the excitement of taking injections, going for scans, monitoring your blood test results and admiring your embryos is now ... read more

    Hysterosalpingography: What It Is, How It Works

    A hysterosalpingogram (hystero = uterus; salpingo = fallopian tubes; gram = X-ray) or HSG is a simple procedure where X-rays are used to evaluate the uterus and the fallopian tubes. A HSG is a ... read more

    What is a Good First hCG Level after Embryo Transfer?

    You've seen a fertility specialist, started IVF, and gotten through the first embryo transfer. You've spent a long time waiting for good news. And finally you get it! The results of your pregnancy ... read more

    Testing for Pregnancy After IVF Embryo Transfer

    While all IVF patients understand that not every IVF cycle results in success, in their heart of hearts, every patient wants to get pregnant every cycle. After months or years of having trouble ... read more

    I’m Pregnant and I’m Bleeding. What’s Happening to Me?

    Bleeding during pregnancy is scary, particularly when you have been trying to get pregnant for a long time with the help of a fertility specialist. In this post, I’m going to look at different ... read more

    Antioxidants and male fertility

    I have previously written a blog on how to improve your chances of success with fertility treatment. Improving your lifestyle is a big step in the right direction. Weight loss, regular exercise, ... read more

    Why Fertility Doctors Shouldn't Give hCG Booster Injections

    I have by now answered several questions from readers who tell me they have a positive pregnancy test. They will often give me their pregnancy test result and ask me if the level is okay. On further ... read more

    Timeline with images of embryo development in IVF

    Many fertility patients are curious about what exactly happens in the embryology lab, from the time their eggs are retrieved to the time they are transferred. When people have answers to their ... read more

    How To Increase AMH Levels On Your Own

    If you're having trouble getting pregnant, you've probably heard of anti-mullerian hormone or AMH. The level of the hormone's presence in the body is directly linked to the number of growing ... read more

    Top 10 facts about the Causes of Premature Ovarian Failure

    Premature ovarian failure (POF) or premature menopause is diagnosed when a woman stops getting her periods due to cessation of ovarian function before the age of 40 years. The diagnosis is made based ... read more

    Understanding the Blastocyst Grading Scale

    If you're undergoing or researching IVF, you may have learned that not all embryos are able to implant, and therefore sometimes the decision is made not to transfer an embryo to the patient after an ... read more

    Pregnancy Test After IVF is Positive! What’s Next?

    You've been waiting for this for so long and at last your pregnancy test after IVF is positive. Now what happens? Well, in spite of the fact that you might want to shout the good news from a rooftop, ... read more

    How to Support Someone Struggling with Infertility

    One in six couples struggles with infertility, so that means someone, somewhere in your life is trying to cope with the stress and heartbreak brought on by not being able to build a family. Offering ... read more

    Same Sex and Single Parent Fertility Treatment Options

    Nothing should stop any individual or couple who wants a family from achieving that dream. There are several fertility treatment options for same-sex couples and potential single parents to grow ... read more

    What is the Best Drug for PCOS Patients?

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility. Women with PCOS often have irregular or absent periods and therefore ovulate infrequently or do not ovulate. read more

    A Message from ASRM on Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Presented by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and developed by The Mental Health Professional Group. read more

    Do endometrioma cause a decrease in AMH levels?

    Endometriosis (the presence of the uterine lining outside the uterine cavity) is a common cause of infertility and affects 0.8 – 2% of women of reproductive age. When endometriosis involves the ... read more

    Endometriosis pain: how to manage it

    Endometriosis happens when the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. It affects about 5 million American women. Endometriosis is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s; ... read more

    Endometriosis and IVF or Laparoscopy? 4 Steps for Choosing

    Patients with endometriosis who are infertile are often very confused. They don't know which doctor they should go to? Gynecologist? Infertility specialist? What treatment they should take? The first ... read more

    How accurate is a home pregnancy test with IVF?

    10 days!? 12 days!? I have to wait how long to find out if I’m pregnant or not!? While patients engaged in IVF are scheduled as early as possible for their serum (blood) hCG level (pregnancy test), ... read more

    Can Endometriosis Cause Cancer?

    While many people understand why and how endometriosis causes infertility, fewer know whether endometriosis can cause cancer. This is one of the key questions addressed by a group of experts from The ... read more

    What Can Be Done When Sperm Motility is Zero?

    The treatment of male factor infertility was revolutionized in 1992 when Palermo and co-workers introduced intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). With ICSI, embryologists use a micromanipulator to ... read more

    Should Endometriosis Treatment Come Before IVF?

    Since many patients who have endometriosis are also infertile, they are not too sure about what they should do. Should the endometriosis be treated first or should the infertility be attended to ... read more

    Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

    Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining (endometrium) is found outside the uterus. It is a common, chronic disease that typically presents with pelvic pain, infertility or an ovarian ... read more

    Does Endometrial Scratching Help with Implantation?

    Most IVF cycles fail after embryo transfer when the embryo fails to implant. The three factors that can cause implantation failure are: Problems with the embryo (e.g. embryo abnormalities, ... read more

    Implantation Failure in IVF - Why Does It Happen?

    “My doctor said that my embryos looked picture-perfect, yet they failed to implant – why did this happen?” This is the question in the minds of women who undergo IVF failure, and this becomes a ... read more

    Acupuncture for Fertility: What You Should Know

    Acupuncture is a centuries old traditional Chinese medical practice that involves placing thin needles in specific points throughout the body. Studies have shown acupuncture is successful in treating ... read more

    Embryo fragmentation: What does it mean?

    Embryo fragmentation is a fairly common occurance. It happens when there is an uneven division of the cells of the embryo. It's as if you were breaking apart a piece of crusty bread. When you try to ... read more

    How to Get the Most from Your Initial Fertility Consultation

    Want to get pregnant in 2019? Maybe you have been trying on your own for a year (six months if you are more than 35 years old) and nothing has happened. You may have been keeping track of ovulation ... read more

    When and Why We Use Metformin to Help Manage Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    What is polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility. Briefly, its diagnosis is based on presence of two of the following three criteria: read more

    What Does My hCG Level Mean?

    So you're in the IVF process, and now you’ve waited the long 10-16 days for your first pregnancy test. Your hCG level comes back positive. Congratulations! Then the panic sets in. Is my number too ... read more

    Have Insomina During Fertility Treatment? Here's What Helps.

    Having trouble sleeping? 1 in 3 people do, according to the CDC. For women who are trying to conceive, chronic sleeplessness can interfere with hormone balance, affecting ovulation and menstruation. ... read more

    Sperm morphology and IUI pregnancy rates

    I often get questions from patients with low sperm morphology (shape) during semen analysis. A typical question is “My sperm morphology is only 3% normal forms; what can I do?” or “What is the best ... read more

    Christy and Ryan's InVia Fertility Journey: 18 Years, 4 Children!

    Christy and Ryan H. first became patients of Dr. Karande’s back in 2001. All four of their children have been born with help from him and InVia Fertility Specialists! Here, Christy explains the ... read more

    Marijuana Is Legal in Illinois – What Next for Egg Donors?

    Unless you live under a rock, you know that as of January 1, 2020, marijuana is legal in the state of Illinois for recreational use.  Does this change the drug screening policy of our egg donors and ... read more

    Does the shape of the sperm (morphology) matter?

    For many decades, we focused mainly on sperm count and motility when doing a semen analysis. For the past 25 years or so, especially with the advent of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), fertility ... read more

    Top 10 Facts About Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and Fertility

    I have previously discussed the impact of the thyroid gland on female reproduction. Hypothyroidism (“low” thyroid) is fairly common and according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination ... read more

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