How Embryos Make the Grade
Where I practice, many patients are curious as to how we evaluate the quality of an embryo. My colleagues Carolyn Givens, MD and Joe Conaghan, PhD, HCLD, where kind enough to share their insights on this topic: Patients are often awestruck when t...
Insurance Policies - Part 2 (Overview)
Be your own insurance advocate:You may need pre-certification or predetermination or preauthorization. At Pacific Fertility Center, we have financial consultants who will assist you by providing insurance-specific codes for the services to be rend...
Halloween Grand Rounds
I want to thank Dr. Hebert for including my post on embryo adoption in his Halloween Grand Rounds. It takes creative genius to integrate so many different topics with such wit. Keep it up Dr. Hebert!
Treatment: Donor Insemination (DI)
Donor insemination (DI) is the process of inseminating a woman with sperm obtained from a sperm donor. The sperm is usually obtained as a frozen specimen from a sperm bank or may come from a known sperm donor. Most women seeking donor insemination...
Avoiding Mix-Ups in the IVF Lab
It is difficult to imagine a circumstance where a mix-up in a medical situation could have a more damaging effect than in an IVF laboratory. For this reason, at my practice, we take this issue very seriously and devote considerable time and effort...
Quite often discussions surrounding infertility can get a little complicated. Therefore, I decided to shift gears with this post and keep things simple by discussing some of the frequently asked questions that my colleagues and I receive at Pacifi...
How Often Should I Have Intercourse?
(Contribution from Carolyn Givens, M.D.)One of the common questions that fertility patients ask is: “How often should they have intercourse?” Some patients intuitively take a “more is more” point of view and want to have intercourse daily. But tha...
Sperm Quality and Age
My colleagues and I occasionally field questions from patients about age having an impact on sperm quality. This is an interesting topic and my colleague at Pacific Fertility Center, Joe Conaghan, PhD, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director ...
A hydrosalpinx is a fallopian tube that is filled with fluid. Injury to the end of the fallopian tube, the ampulla, and its delicate fingers, the fimbria, causes the end of the tube to close. Glands within the tube produce a watery fluid that coll...
The IVF Dilemma: Optimizing Pregnancy Rates, Minimizing Multiples
One of the challenges in reproductive medicine is giving patients the best chance of conceiving while avoiding multiple births. After all, it is our experience that singleton births are the healthiest for both baby and mother. However, with an IVF...