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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.

Collecting a Semen Sample

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Collecting a semen sample for sperm analysis can be uncomfortable. By and large, men describe the experience as awkward and embarrassing. The conditions can be less than ideal: you’re performing “on demand,” most likely in an anonymous, sterile environment, with the clinic staff “knowing” that you’re doing something that’s normally private, and you’re handing it over once you’re done.

How Can We Assess a Woman’s Ability to Get Pregnant?

Dr. Jacqueline Gutmann with RMA at Jefferson discusses the ways in which doctors assess a woman's ability to get pregnant. There are different metrics and blood tests that are used to determine the woman's ability to conceive.

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How Do I Find a Fertility Clinic That Offers Minimal Stimulation IVF?

David Kreiner M.D. at Long Island IVF discusses how to find a fertility practice that offers minimal stimulation.

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From a New Member of 'Club Infertility'

a blog by Katie Landry, September 24, 2013

I'm still pretty new to this infertility club, but I got my initiation pretty quickly. My guess is that I was just as stunned as everyone else when I realized that I couldn't get pregnant when I decided I wanted to.

True, I was a late bloomer, not marrying until I was 36, but infertility was not even on my radar. I had always been healthy, I had not had any health issues - female-related or otherwise - I just figured that a baby would happen naturally. Like it seemed to happen for everyone else, right?

3 Things You Should Consider About Your Fertility Clinic

a blog by Claire, December 11, 2012

If you're trying to decide which fertility clinic is right for you, you may have to dig a little deeper than fertility treatment costs and success rates to find your perfect match. As technology advances and fertility doctors perform more intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles each year, the gap between clinic success rates closes. Many clinics offer financing plans, refund programs, and competitive pricing- so when it comes to setting clinics apart from one another, what's a girl to do? There are other things that factor into the equation for choosing the right fertility clinic. We've got 3 things you probably haven't considered about your fertility clinic, but definitely should!

TV Takes on Male Factor Infertility

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Show deals with subject in a real (and humorous) way

a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., January 10, 2010

I am a big fan of the show How I Met Your Mother and watched the most recent episode on Monday night. Two characters on the show, Lilly and Marshall, were trying to get pregnant but weren’t having much success.

The couple found a fertility doctor (reproductive endocrinologist), and Lilly went through a series of fertility tests. All of her fertility tests came back clear, so Marshall then had to go in for male fertility work-up. His experience at the fertility doctor's office was pretty accurate (with the exception of one of his friends posing as a doctor for a few minutes.) Marshall was given the specimen cup and told where to go to “deposit his specimen.”

Male Fertility: What Really Makes Sperm Swim?

A new study says it's a higher PH environment.

by Jennifer Redmond, Feb. 15, 2010

Until now, it wasn’t really clear what makes sperm swim. It turns out that the PH of the environment they’re in is key. According to Polina Lishko, PhD, a researcher at University of California, San Francisco, and lead author of a recent study published in the February 5, issue of Cell, PH is the issue.

The Male Fertility Workup

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Find out what's involved in getting a semen analysis.

Male infertility is a lot more common than many believe. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects men and women equally.

If your female partner is under the age of 35 and you have been trying to conceive for one year, or is she is over 35 and you have been trying to conceive for six months, you and your partner should see a physician for a fertility “workup.”

The Fertility Workup

Male Fertility: Collecting a Semen Sample

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Knowing what’s involved may make you feel less hesitant.

It’s okay to feel a bit uncomfortable about collecting a semen sample for sperm analysis. By and large, men describe the experience as awkward and embarrassing. The conditions can be less than ideal: you’re performing “on demand,” most likely in an anonymous, sterile environment, with the clinic staff “knowing” that you’re doing something that’s normally private, and you’re handing it over once you’re done.

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