How Do I Buy Sperm?
My colleagues and I occasionally field questions from patients about purchasing a sperm sample. This is an interesting topic and my colleague at Pacific Fertility Center, Joe Conaghan, PhD, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD) has b...
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...
This Weeks' Best of Health Matters
The Health Matters HealthBlog Network consists of a dozen independent and unfiltered medical professionals blogging about the topics that matter to you. Each week, Healthline's Editors select the three top posts from the network to share with all ...
Infertility Stress Reduction Tips
For most, if not all, infertility is a time of enormous stress and struggle. During this time many of us put off taking a new job, going back to school or any of a myriad of other decisions that get relegated to the back burner while pursuing preg...
How are embryos frozen?
Embryo freezing has shown to be an effective technique for allowing fertility patients to store excess embryos for later use. The technology involved in freezing embryos is quite fascinating and merits discussion on this blog. Embryos can be froz...
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...
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...
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...
When to Consider Egg Donation
In my recent post, “The Biological Clock Keeps Ticking”I suggested that as a female patient gets older, she needs to be more aggressive in seeking help from a fertility specialist. However, there becomes a point where the chances of a female conce...
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!