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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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  • 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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  • A Guide to Infertility Insurance

    I am often asked which insurance company has the most favorable coverage for infertility treatment. Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. The package of insurance coverage for infertility treatment is not up to the insurance company, per s...

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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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  • 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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  • Reproductive Medicine in the Gay & Lesbian Community

    One of the wonderful aspects of reproductive medicine is that it creates family building opportunities to a wide patient population—extending beyond just those with an infertility diagnosis. The gay and lesbian community is a primary beneficiary o...

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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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  • Getting Started with a Fertility Specialist

    When a patient receives an infertility diagnosis – and requires the care of an infertility specialist – acting quickly is important. However, one shouldn’t move so fast that they overlook the basic essentials of:1) Undergoing an initial workup2) V...

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

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