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Fertility Doctor of the Month: Michael Opsahl, M.D.

Michael Opsahl, M.D., Founder, POMA Fertility, Kirkland, WA
February 2014

Following a conversation with Dr. Michael Opsahl, a few things are apparent. He believes IVF should be more affordable. He believes patient education is paramount. And he practices what he preaches. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Opsahl as Doctor of the Month.

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Video: What is Unexplained Infertility?

Seattle fertility doctor Lora Shahine, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists explains the fertility diagnosis of unexplained infertility.

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Video: What is Recurrent Pregnancy Loss?

Seattle fertility doctor Lora Shahine, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists talks about recurrent pregnancy loss and miscarriage.

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Video: What are the Benefits of a Frozen Cycle Versus a Fresh Cycle?

Seattle fertility doctor Julie Lamb, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists discusses the benefits of a frozen embryo transfer during IVF compared to a fresh transfer and how a natural, non-medicated cycle promotes IVF success.

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Video: What are the Latest Advances in IVF?

Seattle fertility doctor Julie Lamb, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists discusses the latest advances in in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Video: What is Fertility Preservation?

Seattle fertility doctor Julie Lamb, M.D. of Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists discusses egg freezing for fertility preservation which allows women to delay childbearing for medical and social reasons.

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Understanding Embryo Grading

February 22, 2013

While there are many factors that play into the success of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, including uterine receptivity and hormone imbalance that could lead to pregnancy loss, perhaps the heaviest weight is placed on embryo quality. Approximately 60% of all miscarriages are the result of an abnormal embryo, but aside from biopsying the embryo via preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), how can you tell if your embryo is of good quality?

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Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage in Washington State Says Paid Surrogacy Raises Ethical Concerns

My Northwest,  Dec 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

An opponent of same-sex marriage in Washington is not only fighting to defeat marriage equality in the state, but also the proposal for paid surrogacy.

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New Bill Gives Veterans Access to In Vitro Fertilization

Stars and Stripes,  June 24, 2012

A bill introduced last week into Congress by Sen. Patty Murray would give veterans and their spouses access to in vitro fertilization services through the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time. In vitro fertilization is excluded from fertility services offered through the VA, but with a number of veterans facing injuries that can affect their ability to conceive, Murray, D-Wash., said in a statement for the Congressional Record that this service is part and parcel of caring for veterans when they come home.

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Seattle, WA

In general, the West Coast has fewer fertility clinic options than the East Coast; however, the Seattle area is definitely an exception.

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By examining the chromosomes in an embyro using preimplantation genetic screening and only implanting healthy, normal embryos, doctors can reduce the miscarriage rate, explains Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director of the NYU Fertility Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Ruth Lathi, with Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, explains that most miscarriages are the result of fetal or embryonic problems, but women who have multiple miscarriages may have underlying factors that should be looked into.

The use of single embryo transfer in IVF is a way to reduce the risk of multiples when fertility drugs help create multiple eggs for fertilization.Atlanta fertility doctor David Keenan, who treats fertility patients at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine provides more information.

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