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  • Sperm Samples at Home

    My colleagues and I occasionally field questions from patients about whether they can collect a sperm sample at home. This is an interesting topic and my colleague at Pacific Fertility Center, Joe Conaghan, PhD, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory...

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  • Metformin & PCOS Treatment

    Occasionally, my patients express some confusion over the drug Metformin (brand name: Glucophage). They've heard it is a fertility drug but are thrown off by the fact that it is an FDA-approved drug for type 2 diabetes. Indeed, metformin is used a...

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  • Embryo, day three transfer versus Blastocyst, day five transfer

    Transferring embryos at the blastocyst stage may be an option for patients in an IVF cycle. As background, a blastocyst is an embryo that has undergone multiple cellular divisions with the formation of a cavity within it. A fertilized egg reaches ...

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  • Embryo Adoption

    One of the joys of being in assisted reproductive technology is the benefit we provide to those who might not been able to otherwise have a family. One of the wonderful programs that, we, as well as other fertility clinics provide is an embryo ado...

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  • 3D Ultrasound Enhances Diagnosis

    For some women, infertility is caused or exacerbated by having a uterus with congenital abnormalities that cause it to be misshapened. These uterine anomalies can lead to greater difficulty with embryo implantation and/or cause higher rates of mis...

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  • An Overview of Fertilization

    Since this is a fertility blog, I think it only makes since to provide a brief overview of the dynamics of the fertilization process in an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Once a sperm is inside the egg, the head of the sperm swells to for...

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  • Approaching IVF Treatment Options

    There are only a few causes of infertility for which In Vitro Fertilization is the only treatment option. These causes are the following: blockage of, or severely damaged fallopian tubes and extremely low sperm count or no sperm in the ejaculate. ...

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  • Intracervical Insemination vs. Intrauterine Insemination

    Patients periodically inquire as to whether they can use washed sperm for both an intrauterine insemination (IUI) as well as an intracervical insemination (ICI). For an intrauterine insemination (IUI), one would already be using washed sperm. ...

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  • FSH Test Kits

    (Contribution from Carolyn Givens, M.D. )Periodically, patients in my practice have questions about FSH urine tests, as they have noticed that there are FSH urine test kits for sale over-the-counter to help women confirm the onset of menopause. Ad...

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  • Tubal Problems

    The fallopian tubes are the pathway to fertility. Sperm travel upward through the fallopian tubes to find an egg. After fertilization, the embryo travels back through the tube to the uterus. The fallopian tubes are a two-way path that allows the s...

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Dr. Herbert is a fertility expert and an innovator in the field.

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