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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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  • President's Council Takes on the Ethics of ART

    Many physicians working in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) braced for the release of the latest and fifth report by the President's Council on Bioethics, which takes an in-depth look at the practices and results of ART in the...

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  • Shedding Holiday Pounds

    The Holiday Season is upon us. As many of us know all too well, Holidays and weight gain can go hand-in-hand. While exercising away those extra pounds is typically the right thing to do, for those who are conceiving, exercise habits need to be tem...

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  • Assisted Hatching

    A human blastocyst (left side of picture) hatching from its shell (right side)The human egg is surrounded by a protein shell called the "zona pellucida". This shell has several important functions. Most importantly, it allows only one sperm throug...

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  • Therapy and Infertility

    It is hard to imagine an experience as stressful as battling infertility. To address the emotional aspects of infertility, some fertility clinics (including ours), offer an in-house marriage and family therapist who is available to discuss the key...

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  • The Best of the Medical Blogosphere

    If you are familiar with blogs you know that many bloggers link to other bloggers. I wanted to give a note of thanks to the host of this week's “Grand Rounds" - an online forum that gathers interesting posts from other healthcare bloggers - for in...

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  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, is the most common endocrinologic disorder in women of reproductive age. Approximately 5-10% of reproductive age women have PCOS. This syndrome can have many symptoms. However...

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  • Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test

    There are a variety of diagnostic tests for infertility. One that you might have heard of is the clomiphene citrate challenge test (CCCT), also referred to as the Clomid challenge test. It is a method of assessing the age-related decline in ferti...

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  • When to See a Fertility Specialist

    Patients are often confused about when the appropriate time is to see a specialist. There are many factors to consider before making the decision to see a specialist. Some factors to consider are age, tubal disease, a very low sperm count, and ob...

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  • AFRAID of IVF?

    You’re not alone. Many couples, when faced with the possibility of needing to undergo fertility treatments, much less in vitro fertilization, react with disbelief and fear. Most of what we know about fertility treatments are the unpleasant things ...

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

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