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A blog by Stephanie Levich, Family Match Consulting, November 20, 2015

A quick Google search for egg donation or surrogacy will pull up hundreds of advertisements and websites for egg donor and surrogate agencies all over the world. With new agencies opening every month it's hard to know who to trust. Don't just rely on a professional, nice looking website. Here are 10 tips and questions you can ask to help you navigate the egg donor and surrogate agency selection process so you can be sure that you are working with the most qualified professionals possible.

A blog by Jessi Wallace, November 19, 2015
It was my 23rd day of Follistim. I had just finished my 5th ultrasound of the cycle, and was still waiting on my 6th estrogen lab results. Things weren’t looking good. My three leading follicles were gone, and my lining decreased from 10mm to 4mm. The long walk from the ultrasound room, to the elevator, to the parking lot, to my car… was sad. I think I held my breath the whole way to my car, and I could feel my heart beat hard with every step I took on the cold, wet pavement. I felt like my lungs were about to burst. I could feel the tears welling up inside, and if they weren’t going to come out of my eyes as I held them back, they were definitely going to come out of every pore on my body. I got into the car, put my head on the steering wheel, and wept.

A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at PinnacleHealth, November 18, 2015

Your doctor may have diagnosed you with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. There are many misconceptions about this condition which can lead to unwarranted fears or different ideas of what PCOS means for your health. Here are 5 things you should know about PCOS.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, November 17, 2015

There are many factors that impact a person’s fertility that they have no control over. However, the food you eat can also have a significant impact on your fertility. Knowing what diet changes help with fertility can help you to make better decisions while trying to get pregnant.

A blog by Dr. Alan B. Copperman, RMA of New York, November 9, 2015
In a recently published study, “Patient Treatment Journeys, Then and Now: 12 Years of Clinical Progress”, RMA of NY analyzed 12 years of data from diagnostic cycles, IVF cycles, egg recipient cycles and non-IVF cycles to identify the trends and progress achieved. The study showed that the time span from patients’ first consultation to discharge to their obstetrician had decreased from 9.1 months to 5.7 months. Additionally, patients experienced a significant reduction in the number of multiple gestations (which decreased by 50% over that time period), and a diminished number of miscarriages due to the increased utilization of embryo screening technologies.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, November 3, 2015

Semen collection is an important part of the fertility treatment process. Prior to beginning treatment, semen must be analyzed to evaluate a man’s fertility. During fertility treatment, semen is collected in order to fertilize eggs. Prior to fertility treatment, many men may not know what to expect during the process. There are several things you should know before preparing for a semen collection.

A blog by Dr. Art Castlebaum, Reproductive Medicine Associates at Jefferson, October 29, 2015
A fertility doctor shares five compelling reasons to use Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS) in Your IVF Cycle.

A blog by Jessi Wallace, October 28, 2015

Three years, eight months.

That’s how long we’ve been trying to grow our family from a party of three to a full house of four. During those 44 months, we tried several natural remedies to help me ovulate, temping and charting, nutrition counseling, acupuncture, several doctor’s appointments, Metformin, 4 non-responsive rounds of Letrozole, 7 declining-response rounds of Clomid, countless trigger shots and blood tests, an unspeakable number of OPKs and HPTs, and not once did we get pregnant.

But who’s keeping count?

A blog by Kym Campbell, October 27, 2015

Men taking antioxidant supplements to improve their fertility is a trend that is growing in close proportion to both the increasing prevalence of subfertility in couples trying to conceive, as well as the increasing awareness that male factors can be a significant problem during this potentially challenging phase in a couple’s relationship. It is well known now that male factors are the sole cause of infertility in 30% of couples who have difficulty conceiving, with another 20% attributable to both male and female factors.

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, October 20, 2015

Frozen embryos are a large part of fertility treatment. Having stored embryos can allow a couple to preserve their fertility or can provide a way to continue fertility treatment without the need for additional egg retrievals. What many couples don’t think about is what to do with frozen embryos should they not be needed in the future. There are a number of options available to couples, including embryo disposal. The right way to take care of your embryos is a personal decision, with no “right” answer.