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Fertility Doctor vs. Urologist: Who Should You See and When?

August 29, 2016

When it comes to your infertility, it can be very difficult to decide which type of doctor you should see. Is a fertility doctor, or reproductive endocrinologist appropriate for treating both female factor infertility and male factor infertility? What about a urologist? The truth is, each doctor shares the goal of helping a couple have a baby and should refer you when a diagnosis is beyond their expertise.

Fertility Doctor of the Month: Sarah L. Berga, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Berga was destined to be a reproductive endocrinologist. In the fifth grade, as an avid reader of biographies, she chose to read about Freud and cognitive behavior influencing biology. As early as elementary school she was interested in the relationship between hormones and behavior. Later, as an undergraduate honor student at University of Virginia, her thesis addressed “Physiological Dimorphism and Gender Asymmetry.”

Today Dr. Berga is a fertility doctor with Wake Forest University Center for Reproductive Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn. She is a researcher who has had funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 27 years; she pioneered the use of cognitive behavior therapy for stress-induced infertility; and she has published approximately 200 papers. She is smart, philosophical, and very thoughtful. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize Dr. Berga as Doctor of the Month.

The Benefits of Mini-IVF: Should You Consider it?

February 15, 2013

Aggressive fertility treatment protocols, like in vitro fertilization (IVF) with high dose gonadotropins, can result in a condition called Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Most cases of OHSS are mild and consist of bloating and enlarged ovaries. However, about 2% of cases can result in severe complications, fluid in the abdomen, difficulty breathing, hospitalization, or even death. OHSS is relative to the number of eggs retrieved during an IVF cycle, and symptoms can occur with as few as 15 eggs retrieved. The greater the number of eggs retrieved, the greater a woman’s risk of OHSS.

IVF or Tubal Reversal: Which Should You Choose?

January 8, 2013

A tubal ligation, or tubectomy, is a laparoscopic surgery in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are surgically altered to prevent an ovulated egg from reaching the uterus for fertilization. Typically, couples who feel their family is complete and no longer wish to conceive without assistance will opt for a tubal ligation for the female or vasectomy for the male. Tubal ligation is commonly referred to as “having one’s tubes tied”.

Raleigh, NC

With four fertility clinics located in Raleigh and additional clinics throughout North Carolina, you have many options from which to choose.

Raleigh, NC, Videos

In order to analyze the sperm, a sperm analysis can be done several times to ensure accuracy of the test results. If there is a reproductive issue with the male, time is a dependent factor on prospective treatment for the couple, explains Dr. Seth Levrant who participates in the clinic Partners in Reproductive Health in Munster, IN and Tinley Park, IL.

Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility doctor with USC Fertility in Los Angeles explains how the hormones estrogen and progesterone can prepare the uterine lining for implantation of an embryo, even in women who have had ovarian failure or in menopause.

UCSF's Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin discusses the role of egg freezing today.

Raleigh, NC, in The News

N.C. Senate Approves Abortion Rules

Charlotte Observer,  June 16, 2011
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A N.C. measure that requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound, counseling and then wait 24 hours now moves on to Gov. Beverly Perdue. The N.C. Senate voted 29-20 late Wednesday to approve the measure, which now heads to Perdue, who will decide whether to accept or veto it. Perdue has hinted at a possible veto.

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N.C. Couple Conceives Quadruplets with No Fertility Drugs

The Daily Mail,  Mar 1, 2011
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They defy odds of one in 729,000

A North Carolina couple has defied odds of one in 729,000 to naturally conceive quadruplets without the help of fertility treatments. New parents Megan and Justin Masencup were shocked when they went to her very first ultrasound last month, and the nurse told them they were expecting two sets of identical twins.

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Raleigh Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance

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Family law attorneys in Raleigh, N.C.

Over the past few years, the field of assisted reproduction has experienced many exciting developments that have allowed countless couples to achieve their family-building dreams. Many of these assisted reproduction techniques involve third parties, such as sperm donors, egg donors, and surrogates.

North Carolina Infertility Support

Finding an infertility therapist in Raleigh, N.C.

If you are struggling with infertility, you may feel uncomfortable bringing up your feelings with others. It is common for people with infertility to want to hide their struggles, feeling ashamed or embarrassed, or thinking others won’t understand. However, keeping these feelings hidden can increase your stress.

North Carolina Fertility Insurance

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There's no infertility insurance mandate in place

Your road to family building through assisted reproduction can be a trying process, physically, emotionally, and financially. You may find costs add up quickly, especially since it is likely more than one course of fertility medications or more than one IVF cycle may be necessary.


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