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A blog by Megan Swanek, July 24, 2014

The journey to become pregnant is fraught with emotion and, as you know, can be quite the roller-coaster ride. Today, more so than ever before, many women put their education and career at the forefront of their lives during their prime fertile years, trusting that the rest will fall into place. When we finally meet the elusive “one” and get married, we expect the next step to come easily to us. After all, we have attained everything else we have set out to accomplish in life. But with trying to conceive, unlike grades in graduate school, there are no guarantees that your hard work and careful charting or planning will yield results. Instead, with fertility treatment, you enter a world where even “trying” can be seen as a negative. You’re given advice such as “just relax and it will happen” or told that it will happen “when you least expect it.”

a blog by Dr. Andrea Reh, Dominion Fertility, July 22, 2014

Dr. Reh here to share a success story of a lovely couple known to me since last year. W.S. is a 33-year-old woman with infertility for over two years. W.S. had irregular menstrual cycles, which had initially been the target of treatment from her OBGYN prior to our meeting. However, as with all couples, we encouraged them to have a comprehensive evaluation upfront to evaluate for all possible causes of infertility.

a blog by Jane Frederick, M.D., HRC Fertility, July 17, 2014

Given that the majority of all infertility diagnosis’ can be treated with today’s medical technologies and advancements, it is surprising that many couples still suffer in silence when they fail to get pregnant after months and even years of trying. My research shows there are various reasons why couples choose not to seek help for their infertility and it is my goal to address these reasons and why they are easily overcome.

a blog by Maya Moskin, July 16, 2014

It’s easy to get a little lost when you first start down the path of Assisted Reproductive Technology. The rules are different in this world. The language is different. And basic common sense feels different. Because uncertainty is the only certainty, it’s easy to get swept up by the runaway train that leads you to a moment where you’re standing in the middle of a sea of syringes and web pages of egg donors going, “Wait! How did I get here?”

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A blog by Jenn Nixon, July 11, 2014

Recently, the state of Oregon implemented a new initiative aimed at encouraging an open dialogue between doctor and patient about reproductive plans. “One Key Question” focuses on having doctors ask, “Would you like to become pregnant within the next year,” during each medical visit whether it’s an OB/GYN or a Primary Care Physician.

A blog by Regine Lim, July 11, 2014

You’re pregnant! You’ve just heard your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, and your doctor wants you back in the office in one week to screen for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

At this stage screening tests are non-invasive – typically, a simple blood test – meaning there’s almost no risk to your pregnancy. They provide a likelihood that your pregnancy is affected. In the next post I’ll talk about diagnostic tests, which are definitive but also more risky. If a flag is raised during screening some women will choose to get diagnostic testing.

a blog by Dr. Michael DiMattina, Dominion Fertility, July 9, 2014

According to a recently published study of 422 patients, it appears that Natural Cycle IVF is an effective and well-received fertility treatment for any infertile patient with regular menstrual cycles regardless of their ovarian reserve.

a blog by Dr. Mark Payson, Dominion Fertility, July 7, 2014

“Ana” started crying. We had just reviewed the results of her initial fertility evaluation and the results indicated that her fallopian tubes were blocked. Her husband’s sperm count was also a little low, but she focused on her own “failure” with “broken tubes.”

Tubal factor infertility – or any situation in which the fallopian tubes are nonfunctioning (blocked, absent, dilated, etc) is one of the most common causes of infertility. It can be due to an infection in the past, a history of appendicitis, the presence of fibroids, a prior surgery, even sometimes after delivery or cesarean section. Some women will have no history of any of the above and still have blocked tubes, or may have had an infection as a teenager that was never recognized.

A blog by Dania Sander, July 7, 2014

So we hear the word "infertility" and what do we think? What happens to women and men who are faced with infertility on the path to parenthood when they hear this word?

For me and many that I speak with, the word infertility brings to mind thoughts about being broken, not good enough and a whole list of emotions that are attached to it.

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Laboratory Director for Fairfax Cryobank, July 3, 2014

Sperm banks rely on parents via sperm donation to report successful pregnancies and births to track the number of families attributed to each donor. There are numerous ways to report: call, email, online forms, etc. Almost all sperm banks now have an internal limit on the number of families per donor, but the only reliable way to track that is through recipient self-reporting. Your information is confidential; it will not be released to the donor or anyone else.