InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Sperm morphology and IUI pregnancy rates

    I often get questions from patients with low sperm morphology (shape) during semen analysis. A typical question is “My sperm morphology is only 3% normal forms; what can I do?” or “What is the best treatment in this situation?” "Do I need in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?" It seems intuitive that if 97% of the sperm have abnormal shape, then the...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 week ago

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  • National Infertility Awareness Week: April 23-29, 2017

    National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is April 23 – 29, 2017.  NIAW is sponsored by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.  This year, RESOLVE wants you to “Listen Up!” when it comes to issues around infertility and family building. This public awareness campaign is created so anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel empowered to do something that makes a ...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 week ago

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  • How accurate is a home pregnancy test with IVF?

    10 days!? 12 days!? I have to wait how long to find out if I’m pregnant or not!? While patients engaged in IVF are scheduled as early as possible for their serum (blood) hCG level (pregnancy test), many women cannot resist the urge to "cheat" and take a home pregnancy test with IVF. Although in most cases this can be an accurate measurement of whether you are pregnant or not, it is no...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and age

    Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) is a useful measure of the follicular supply in a woman. It is generally accepted that as a woman ages, the follicular supply decreases and AMH levels decrease. Blood (serum) AMH levels correlate to antral follicle count (AFC) and are more accurate than age and other routinely used blood tests (FSH, Estradiol, inhibin B) in predicting the ovarian response t...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Embryo Transfer: A Critical Step in the IVF Process

    Embryo transfer is arguably the most critical step in the IVF process. On the surface, it seems like a relatively simple procedure. The embryos are loaded in a catheter and the physician deposits them through the cervical canal into the uterine cavity. It takes only a few minutes and is usually done with the patient wide awake, often with the partner right next to her.

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 2 weeks ago

InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Symptoms after IVF Embryo Transfer - The Two-Week Wait

    After months or years of having trouble getting pregnant, all the action and the excitement of taking injections, going for scans, monitoring your blood test results and admiring your embryos is now over. Your doctor has put your embryos back into your uterus, and now all you can do is wait for the final outcome, in order to find out whether the embryos have implanted or not. This w...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Impact of stress reduction on IVF outcome

    Infertility is a profoundly stressful experience, physically and psychologically, write Dr Alice Domar and Lauren Prince in their recent study in Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause. The study sheds light on the impact of stress reduction on IVF outcomes for women who are having trouble getting pregnant.

InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Does the IVF Process Hurt?

    As a nurse doing consultations before IVF treatment, I'm often asked, "Does it hurt?" The IVF process can be intimidating, and many patients naturally have a fear of the unknown. To help ease this anxiety, in this blog I'll review key parts of the IVF cycle and discuss how patients typically experience them in terms of physical sensation.

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Can Endometriosis Cause Cancer?

    While many people understand why and how endometriosis causes infertility, fewer know whether endometriosis can cause cancer. This is one of the key questions addressed by a group of experts from The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). The ESHRE Guideline Development Group recently published guidelines for management of endometriosis in patients, and this is ...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Getting Pregnant at 44: What are the Chances and Options?

    A reader recently posted this question on a previous blog: I am 44 years old healthy non-smoker yoga practitioner, AMH 1.45 and FSH 9, high prolactin (25) but all else normal/good. Cycle regular with variation b/t 28-31 days ... married recently and trying for 6 months. My husband’s sperm is very good, he is 45. What are our chances for conceiving naturally? About to see rep. endocrin...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

InVia Fertility Specialists

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  • Using Androgel or DHEA for infertility

    If you are having trouble getting pregnant and are a poor ovarian responder, you may have heard that ovarian response can be increased with testosterone during IVF. The possibility of using testosterone supplements such as Androgel or DHEA for infertility raises many questions, including:

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Endometriosis and IVF or Laparoscopy? 4 Steps for Choosing

    Patients with endometriosis who are infertile are often very confused. They don't know which doctor they should go to? Gynecologist? Infertility specialist? What treatment they should take? The first point of consultation is usually their gynecologist - and most gynecologists usually advise doing a laparoscopy. This is usually a knee-jerk reflex - for many reasons. The importance of m...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • What is a Good First hCG Level after Embryo Transfer?

    You've seen a fertility specialist, started IVF, and gotten through the first embryo transfer. You've spent a long time waiting for good news. And finally you get it! The results of your pregnancy test, which measures hCG level, are positive. Congratulations! Almost before you can celebrate, however, you start wondering, “Is my hCG level good?” Is the pregnancy going to progress norm...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • What Are Follicles? Not Eggs!

    We often talk about follicles (affectionately called "follies) during the IVF process. But IVF patients often don’t understand the difference between follicles and eggs. If eggs aren't follicles, what are follicles, anyway?

  • Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

    Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining (endometrium) is found outside the uterus. It is a common, chronic disease that typically presents with pelvic pain, infertility or an ovarian cyst. Classical studies suggested that 25% to 50% of infertile women have endometriosis and that 30% to 50% of women with endometriosis are infertile. Infertile women are 6 to 8 times more l...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Top 10 Questions About Endometriosis

    Endometriosis affects one in ten women in the United States, and can cause fertility problems. At InVia Fertility, we have treated many women who have this condition over the years. Here are the top ten most common questions we've received about it:

  • Why Does a Thin Endometrium Lower Embryo Implantation?

    For successful implantation to occur, an embryo needs a “receptive” uterine lining (endometrium). A thin endometrium can result in lower implantation of the embryo. In previous blogs, Katie Koss and Janet Chiarmonte have discussed the various pathologies that can prevent implantation and the three common techniques used to evaluate the uterine cavity. In this blog, the thickness of the...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • No Fertilization? Why Eggs Don’t Fertilize, and What We Can Do

    One of the hardest parts of being an embryologist is having to tell a patient that, after all their hard work getting their eggs ready for retrieval, there is nothing good to report the next morning when we check the eggs for fertilization. Hopefully this never happens to you.  But  there are times when we have to make that unfortunate call to patients waiting to hear about fertilizat...

  • Ten quick tips about endometrial thickness

    Good eggs and a healthy embryo aren't enough to assure pregnancy during IVF. A receptive uterine lining (endometrium) is also critical for successful implantation after embryo transfer. A commonly used parameter for assessing the endometrium is to measure its thickness (endometrial thickness, EMT). During the stimulation phase of IVF, EMT usually increases in response to estrogen rele...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Top 5 Things You Should Know about Egg Quality and IVF

    When undergoing an IVF cycle you have a lot on your mind. If you are like most people, egg quality is typically not first on the list. However, egg quality is one of the single most important aspects of a successful IVF cycle. With high egg quality, IVF is more likely to succeed. Good quality embryos come from good quality eggs.

  • What Can Be Done When Sperm Motility is Zero?

    The treatment of male factor infertility was revolutionized in 1992 when Palermo and co-workers introduced intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). With ICSI, embryologists use a micromanipulator to inject sperm directly into the egg (that has been retrieved as part of an IVF cycle). It was now possible for men with severe male factor infertility to father a child. ICSI can be used eve...

  • Implantation Failure in IVF - Why Does It Happen?

    “My doctor said that my embryos looked picture-perfect, yet they failed to implant – why did this happen?”  This is the question in the minds of women who undergo IVF failure, and this becomes a particularly nagging doubt when they face multiple IVF failures. Many women naturally think that their uterus is defective or their body is not good enough to accept the embryo-- that their ut...

  • Trouble getting pregnant with low AMH level?

    One of the commonest questions I get is from women with low AMH (anti mullerian hormone) levels who are having trouble getting pregnant. These women are often frantic and worried that they will never be able to get pregnant. They often feel that having a low AMH level is the end of the world and it makes pregnancy impossible. Not necessarily true! Read on.

  • Testing for Pregnancy After IVF Embryo Transfer

    While all IVF patients understand that not every IVF cycle results in success, in their heart of hearts, every patient wants to get pregnant every cycle. After months or years of having trouble getting pregnant, the two weeks after the embryo transfer can seem like an eternity and can be very nerve-wracking.   Am I pregnant or not? Have the embryos implanted or not? The suspense can...

InVia Fertility Specialists

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Top 5 things you should know about egg quality and IVF

    When undergoing an IVF cycle you have a lot on your mind. If you are like most people, egg quality is typically not first on the list. However, egg quality is one of the single most important aspects of a successful IVF cycle. With high egg quality IVF is more likely to succeed. Good quality embryos come from good quality eggs.

InVia Fertility Specialists

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Does Pre-Treatment Weight Loss Improve Fertility Outcomes for PCOS Patients?

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)is the most common cause of infertility in women. PCOS is often associated with obesity. Obesity, however, is NOT a diagnostic criteria for PCOS, as it can also occur in normal weight women.  At InVia Fertility Specialists, we often encourage our patients who are overweight for their height to lose weight prior to proceeding with fertility treatment. T...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • Fertility Injections and IUI: RIP?

      Fertility drugs have been routinely used for ovulation induction for many years now.  Many women do not ovulate or ovulate infrequently.  In these women, fertility drugs are used to make them ovulate regularly.  Another group of patients from whom fertility drugs are used are those with unexplained infertility, mild male factor or endometriosis.  In these patients, fertility drugs a...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • Seven Ways Obesity Affects IVF Success

    There is an obesity epidemic in America today. More than four in ten women of reproductive age are overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol problems, heart disease, breathing problems, joint problems, and cancer, and of dying early.  (I have discussed the definition and grading of obesity in previous po...

InVia Fertility Specialists

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • Do Fertility Drugs Cause Cancer?

      Fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple follicles.  Their use is associated with multiple ovulations and often with high estrogen levels.  It would therefore be reasonable to ask, “Do fertility drugs cause cancer?”  This is an important issue as there are approximately one million IVF cycles reported per year worldwide. In addition, there are an unknow...

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