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    What Are Follicles? Not Eggs!

    We often talk about follicles (affectionately called "follies") during the IVF process. But IVF patients often don’t understand the difference between follicles and eggs. If eggs aren't follicles, ... read more

    hCG measurements in pregnancies following in vitro fertilization (IVF)

    A pregnancy test, in an IVF cycle, is generally scheduled approximately two weeks after an embryo transfer. This involves a blood test to measure the hormone of pregnancy - hCG (human chorionic ... read more

    Should We Call You With Your Pregnancy Test Results?

    So, you are going through a treatment cycle and have had an intrauterine insemination or an embryo transfer. You are now in the two week waiting period for the pregnancy test results that will be a ... read more

    Seven Ways Obesity Affects IVF Success

    There is an obesity epidemic in America today. More than four in ten women of reproductive age are overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions: high blood ... read more

    Use of Birth Control Pills In the IVF Process

    You may be surprised to find out that in many cases, the first step in the IVF process is to take birth control pills. Though this seems to be counter-productive to your goal of getting pregnant, ... read more

    Top 10 Facts about the Thyroid Gland and Female Reproduction

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the base of your neck just below the Adam’s apple. It produces several hormones, all of which play an important role in your body's metabolism-- and your ... 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

    AMH level and menopause. Does AMH level predict age at menopause?

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level is now routinely used to evaluate ovarian reserve. AMH levels decrease with age and are a more consistent predictor of “ovarian age” than antral follicle count on ... 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

    Top 10 Facts about Adenomyosis

    What is adenomyosis? Adenomyosis is defined as the presence of endometrial tissue, which normally lines the uterus, which has grown into the muscular wall of the uterus. It can be diffuse or ... read more

    Adenomyosis: Its Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Impact on Fertility

    Adenomyosis is a gynecological disease where the glands from the lining of the uterine cavity (endometrium) are present within the uterine musculature (myometrium). Historically, adenomyosis was ... read more

    Dealing with Insensitive and Hurtful Comments during Infertility

    Let me be the first to say that before infertility smacked me in the face, I may have hurt or offended others by asking insensitive or even ignorant questions about their fertility struggles. I want ... read more

    COVID Vaccination: Fact vs. Fiction

    The world has now been living with COVID for over a year. Over one hundred million infections have been documented, and over two and a half million people are known to have died from COVID. During ... read more

    Imaging Endometriosis on Ultrasound | InVia Fertility Blog

    Let me describe a common clinical situation to you. It goes like this: read more

    Endometriosis Pain: How To Manage It | InVia Fertility Blog

    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

    How Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility? | InVia Blog

    Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus (endometrium) “escapes” and implants on structures outside the uterus. The endometrial tissue outside the uterus is affected by hormones ... read more

    Top 10 Questions About Endometriosis

    Endometriosis affects one in ten women in the United States, and can cause fertility problems. At InVia Fertility, we have treated many women who have this condition over the years. Here are the top ... read more

    Diagnosing Endometriosis: What the Symptoms Are, Why It Takes So Long

    Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus (endometrial-like glands and stroma) is present outside the uterus. These implants are sensitive to hormonal changes and result in chronic ... 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

    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

    White Blood Cells in Semen - When Are They a Problem?

    One of the first steps in fertility testing for any male infertility issues is a semen analysis. A semen analysis gives a good representation of the male’s quantity and quality of sperm, as shown in ... read more

    Ten Facts on Pregnancy After 45

    Today it has become increasingly common for women to achieve their educational goals, find a partner, and establish a career path before they consider having children. It often takes years to obtain ... read more

    Trouble getting pregnant with low AMH level?

    One of the commonest questions I get is from women with low AMH (anti mullerian hormone) levels who are having trouble getting pregnant. These women are often frantic and worried that they will never ... read more

    Facts on AMH Levels and Ovarian Reserve Testing

    AMH or anti mullerian hormone level testing and ovarian reserve testing are frequent topics of questions from people who are having trouble getting pregnant. Since my last blog on this subject, a lot ... read more

    Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe for Pregnant Women?

    One year after the first cases were detected, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life in the United States. It is difficult to take in the full impact of the disruption, illness and loss ... read more

    Impact of stress reduction on IVF outcome

    Infertility is a profoundly stressful experience, physically and psychologically, write Dr Alice Domar and Lauren Prince in their recent study in Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause. The study ... 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

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    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

    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

    Antioxidants: A Key Ingredient in Your Fertility Diet

    Age-related infertility is something fertility clinics are seeing increasingly, as more couples work on getting pregnant after 40. It is a fact that one cannot change one's biological age. The ... read more

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