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Advice Following Miscarriage

A blog by Megan Swanek, February 14, 2017
In my career as a school counselor, one of the main things I don't do is give advice. People generally don't follow advice that another person gives, plus we should never put ourselves in a position of presuming to know what is best for another person. But I have some advice to share if you or someone you know suffers a miscarriage. Just a few things that have helped me since that awful day almost a month ago, when I learned at a routine appointment that she had no heartbeat.

IVF # 3 - in Prague

IVF Procedures are upwards of $20,000 in the United States. But did you know that in Prague it is $4,000?

A blog by Megan Swanek, May 6, 2016

Right after our little girl was born, my husband booked our flights to Vienna, Prague and Budapest. He is amazing at the mileage game, and scored our business class tickets, valued around $7,000 each, for just $150. It was a huge leap of faith for first-time parents with a newborn to take, and we wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. We didn't yet know what a trip to the grocery store with a little one would entail, let alone spending three weeks trekking around three different cities.

The Viscious Cycle of Stress and Infertility

The study, led by Dr. Courtney Lynch, followed 501 couples for up to 12 months as they tried to conceive. The women’s saliva was tested for measures of stress biomarkers, and results showed that higher levels of stress are associated with a longer time to pregnancy and an increased risk of infertility.

Ovulation Explained

Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, January 29, 2016

Ovulation refers to the release of a mature egg from a follicle in the ovary. The process of ovulation is controlled by several key hormones, explains Dr. Sanaz Ghazal, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility in Fullerton, CA. The sequence is as follows:

A Fertility Doctor Answers Top Questions About Ovulation and Your Fertility

Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, January 29, 2016

FertilityAuthority asked Dr. Sanaz Ghazal, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility in Fullerton, CA, to answer seven of the most common questions we get about ovulation and fertility.

Four Questions to Ask About Egg Freezing

If you are considering egg freezing to preserve your fertility, but you’re still not sure it’s right for you, ask these four questions: Why freeze my eggs now?; How many eggs should I freeze?; Should I freeze my eggs or should I freeze embryos?; What if I don’t use all my frozen eggs?

Your First Appointment with a Fertility Doctor: The Fertility Workup

Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, October 13, 2015

An appointment with a fertility doctor can be empowering. It will provide you with answers and a plan of action for getting pregnant.

Dr. Jane Frederick, Medical Director of HRC Fertility in Newport Beach, CA, wants to demystify that first visit. “The first appointment can take one to two hours, meeting with the fertility doctor and a nurse coordinator. Both partners are encourage to attend. Spending one-on-one time allows us to get a very thorough medical history of both partners, as well as do some preliminary testing.”

Family Balancing Q&A

Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, August 19, 2015
Family balancing – choosing to have a child of the opposite gender of your child or children – is becoming more mainstream. By using preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), intended parents not only select the gender of their child but your physician can determine if an embryo contains the normal number of chromosomes. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can identify genetic diseases that a person may carry and help prevent transmission of a sex-linked genetic disease. PGS and PGD are done with IVF, and only the embryo of the desired sex is transferred. The technology is more than 99 percent accurate in predicting gender.

Q&A With an Egg Freezing Expert

Written in partnership with HRC Fertility, August 6, 2015

If you’re considering freezing your eggs, you probably have a lot of questions. Here’s your opportunity to get answers from Mickey S. Coffler, M.D., a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility, who has offices in Oceanside and Newport Beach, CA.

Five Tests to Identify the Cause of IVF Implantation Failure

Written in Partnership with HRC Fertility, July 23, 2015

Recurrent IVF failure is a real challenge for patients and their doctors. However, there are several tests that can help explain the nature of embryo implantation failure and lead to a successful pregnancy. According to Dr. Michael A. Feinman, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility, a uterine evaluation should be done prior to an IVF cycle, and it’s important to look into the other potential causes of implantation failure after two failed IVF cycles.

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