While I love the practice of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and the amazing benefits it provides my patients, I still believe that surgery has a vital role. As our field has developed and grown, surgical techniques have also improved, making surgery less invasive and more effective than ever before. Depending on the individual patient and the problem we are facing, surgery can be used both to improve natural fertility and to improve outcomes with fertility treatments.
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A blog by Tara Mae Mulroy, February 27, 2015
I have read plenty of blog posts written by trying to conceive (TTC) women who gush over their husbands and partners, the guys and gals who are their “rocks.” I never get to read posts about how someone’s husband needs to put on a diaper and quit whining about leaving his “sample” at the doctor’s office when his wifey is getting injections in her butt. We all want a silver lining and some gratitude. We want to focus on what’s going well, not on what’s going poorly.
Let me tell you that it’s okay not to have a perfect marriage or partnership and still love each other and want to be parents together.
At the end of every consult, I discuss the different tests that I want to order for my fertility patients … specialized ultrasounds, hormone tests, a semen analysis. In most patients, I also offer genetic screening. Patients often give me quizzical looks … is something wrong in my genes? Is my (future) baby at risk? I start by giving the standard answers --- what diseases we test for, which populations are at risk, and what we can do when we find something. But all this has me thinking --- would I recommend these tests for myself and family?
A Blog by Chrysa Karakosta, Newlife IVF, Thessaloniki, Greece, February 24, 2015
Successful and safe IVF treatment in Greece is due to the facilities, laws, regulatory body overseeing IVF, and ISO certification.
A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, February 18, 2015
Getting a negative result on a pregnancy test is upsetting, especially if it's not your first try. You wait two long weeks to determine if the process took and then see only one line or read “not pregnant.” If you are doing fertility treatment, this negative result can sometimes get internalized making you feel like you want to crawl right back into bed.
A blog by Ryanne Dunlap, February 20, 2015
We talk a lot about infertility and how hard it is, mostly in an effort to get it off our chests or to help people understand what we go through. And that's okay! It's healthy, in fact. But even so, I think it's also healthy to talk about the ways that it has helped us grow. I touched on it a little bit in my previous post, but today I want to talk about a few things that I wouldn't change about the last few years.
A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, February 19, 2015
Ruby Deane spent her first five and a half years of existence frozen in sub-zero temperatures. She wasn’t the subject of a science experiment – she’s what people commonly call a “snowflake baby.” Ruby is part of a unique group of children born through the process of embryo adoption.
A blog by Sarah Clark, February 13, 2015
The statistics don’t lie; moderate weight loss does impact fertility. If you are struggling with ovulatory infertility, according to one study, losing 5% to 10% of your current weight is often enough to improve ovulation.1
This is especially helpful for women with PCOS, as weight loss can help to restore menstruation and ovulation.2
Excess weight can also affect men’s ability to conceive. One study suggested that overweight and obese men are more likely than their normal weight peers to produce lower numbers of sperm counts or no sperm at all.3
a blog by Maya Moskin, February 12, 2015
For the years I spent battling infertility, Valentine’s Day, and any annual holiday, just marked another year lost to trying to figure out how we were going to start a family. I always tired to feel love and gratitude for all that I had, but when there is a key ingredient missing— a baby— sometimes I just felt sad. These kinds of feelings are completely normal but there are a few things that helped me embrace the pink and red hearts and fill my own heart with love that I knew I would one day be able share with my baby.
A blog by Chelsea Ritchie, February 11, 2015
Ever been there? That place, that moment, when you look around the room and realize you are the only person without kids? The conversation drifts in and out as you refresh your thinking, “was up all night with johnny .. so tired .. love when they snuggle all morning … watched too much tv yesterday with them … need a night out … love them more than I knew was possible … love the boppy, although I would recommend … ” You catch snippets of conversation, knowing that you have nothing to offer and for just a moment, you want to weigh in and let your friends know these 5 things …