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a blog by Kim Griffiths, July 14, 2016

If you are having trouble trying to conceive or suspect you have infertility, you might be wondering which doctor is right for you: OB-GYN or Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility doctor). As a former fertility patient myself and huge fan of my OB-GYN, I went through a wavering thought process before I made the call to my fertility doctor: “Why can’t I just work with my OB-GYN and take Clomid?”... “Ok, I know we can do this!”... “The thought of a fertility clinic is intimidating!”... “Does this mean I need to do IVF?”... “The fertility doctor will know how to treat us!”

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a blog by Eric Levens, M.D., July 11, 2016

Welcome to my blog, The Fertile Future! I'm Eric Levens and I’m a board-certified infertility physician practicing at Shady Grove Fertility in the Washington, D.C. area. This blog will address many of the common questions and concerns that couples and individuals have when they consider whether to pursue fertility evaluation and treatment.

So let’s get started at the beginning! Many people are surprised to learn that infertility is a medical disease, defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse (after 6 months for women ≥35 years of age).

For many having difficulties conceiving, one of the greatest hurdles is making the first step: Scheduling an appointment to see an infertility specialist. This is understandable, given so few other events in life are so deeply personal and, no-doubt, fundamental to our sense of self as our ability to reproduce.

As a result, making that first appointment to see an infertility doctor often seems like a gigantic leap. If you’re contemplating taking this step, it might be comforting to know the things that would likely occur at your first visit.

a blog by Genna Banafato, July 1, 2016

I always liked the Fourth of July. Warm summer nights, sitting on the grass with friends and family, maybe with a cold beer, the unmistakable sounds of the 1812 Overture and lots of fireworks.


a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois, July 27, 2016
Fertility rates throughout the world have fallen during the last decade, and scientists theorize that chemicals in everyday products, such as sunscreen, are contributing to the problem, particularly in men.

Surrogacy Questions

A blog by Emily Field, June 22, 2016
Surrogacy is an intense, expensive, emotional journey and we want all Intended Parents to feel as informed as possible about the process. We put together a questionnaire that we hope will be helpful to you.

Many people from Europe and beyond travel to the Czech Republic for IVF treatment. The question is why? Why do they make the huge effort when it would probably be easier to attend somewhere closer to home? If you are considering going abroad for IVF or donor egg treatment, here’s what you ought to know about treatment in the Czech Republic.


a blog by Ellen Glazer, June 17, 2016

Just as we are all recovering from Mother’s Day, the other Hallmark Holiday is fast approaching, just about a month away. While I find Mother’s Day to be the single most difficult day of the year for anyone struggling with infertility, Father’s Day is not exactly a breeze.

Egg Donation

A blog by The Egg Asiancy, June 14, 2016
I’d always wanted a career in research. After getting a master’s degree in health, I landed my first job in a research lab – and was well on the way to achieving my dreams. Then one day, I happened to see an ad for a fertility clinic, looking specifically for Asian egg donors.

A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, June 9, 2016

A growing number of women are turning to mindfulness and meditation techniques to help them de-stress, relax and move through the infertility experience with more ease. I know from first hand experience the benefits of the mind body approach. I was blessed to have discovered this method and and have it work so successfully. I have seen this same result in other women and am confident in saying this can be a very useful tool for women who suffer from infertility, and the stress and anxiety that comes with it.