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National Infertility Awareness Week focuses not only on the discovery and awareness of infertility, but on asking app

Start Asking

A blog by Dr. Laurence Jacobs, Fertility Centers of Illinois, April 27, 2016

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week 2016, and the theme is #StartAsking. This campaign encourages anyone who has experienced infertility to do such things as ask employers for insurance coverage, call for better protections from lawmakers, and seek support from family and friends, while educating the public that infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age.

See A Fertility Doctor

A blog by Jenn Nixon, April 25th, 2016

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.

Positive Pregnancy Test

a blog by Dr. Andrea Reh, Dominion Fertility, April 22, 2016

N.S. and her fiancé initially saw me for consultation because her fiancé had previously had a vasectomy and they wanted to plan on having children in the near future. We explored all of their options including vasectomy reversal versus proceeding directly to a testicular biopsy. We also did a brief fertility evaluation on N.S. to ensure we had all of the right information before they made any decisions.

Infertility support

A blog by VB, April 18, 2016
So what should you say to support a friend or family member dealing with the pain of infertility? Here are 5 Infertility Etiquette Tips to let them know they are not alone.

stress free

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, April,11th 2016

Trying to conceive can be extremely stressful for couples. This is especially true once a couple has tried to conceive for a while with no success. However, it is important to manage stress while trying to conceive, both for your health and for the strength of your relationship. Many individuals stop drinking while trying to conceive and may feel as though there aren’t many things they can do socially. Nothing is further from the truth. There are a number of things you can do for stress relief while trying to conceive.

check list

a blog by Claire, April, 4th 2016

As stressful as infertility can be, there are a few things you should do to make your transition to the fertility doctor as seamless and stress-free as possible. Your fertility clinic is probably very busy and while the staff is working to ensure accuracy and efficiency, as with any type of medical care, you need to be your own advocate. Here is the essential list of do's and dont's:

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a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc.,

To start, there really is no “perfect” sperm donor, but they come pretty close! When we are recruiting prospective sperm donors we are looking for many physical and personal characteristics that will be appealing to our patients. These traits are variable. When we screen these prospective sperm donors’ specimens, we are strict, precise and hold high standards.

Spring treatment

a blog by Claire, March 28, 2016

Is the season of chicks and bunnies better than the other three for in vitro fertilization? The study "Seasonal variability in the fertilization rate of women undergoing assisted reproduction treatments," which is published in the July 2012 issue of Gynecological Endocrinology found that for couples undergoing IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the fertilization — the joining of egg and sperm to form an embryo — rate was higher in the spring. Note: the season had no effect on pregnancy rates.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, March 22, 2016

Your health and the health of your growing baby are the most important things while you’re pregnant. Despite all of the changes to your body, both mentally and physically, you want to be at your healthiest in order to provide the best environment and start for your baby. To help cope with the physical changes of pregnancy, consider meditation. Meditation has been proven to positively impact both your mind and body during pregnancy.

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