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    Can I Avoid Having Progesterone Injections During IVF?

    Progesterone is an essential hormone needed to support pregnancy. It is produced naturally during both the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. In a normal menstrual cycle, once ovulation occurs, the ... read more

    Letrozole or Clomid - Which Drug is Best for PCOS Patients?

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 6 – 8% of women and is a common cause of infertility. Women with PCOS often have absent or irregular menses. They therefore either do not ovulate or ovulate ... read more

    Does Obesity Affect Live Birth Rates with IVF?

    Approximately 64% of American women are overweight or obese. The highest rate of obesity is in women 20 – 29 years old. Obesity is associated with an increase in heart disease, high blood pressure ... read more

    No Fertilization? Why Eggs Don’t Fertilize, and What We Can Do

    One of the hardest parts of being an embryologist is having to tell a patient that, after all their hard work getting their eggs ready for retrieval, there is nothing good to report the next morning ... read more

    Why failed IVF occurs even with "normal" embryos

    So, you've been through an IVF cycle. Your doctors have retrieved a good number of eggs with a good number reaching the blastocyst stage. Having counseled about the advantages of SMART IVF, you ... read more

    Getting Pregnant After 40: Chances and Options

    My previous blog addressed the chances of getting pregnant after 43 and the options for those in this age group who wish to have children. 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

    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

    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

    Why Do We Freeze Slow-Developing Embryos?

    You have had your egg retrieval and are now waiting for your embryo transfer. Instead of having your transfer 5 days later, you are told that the embryos are “dividing slowly” and the transfer is ... read more

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