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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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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  • Allergic to Sperm?

    My colleagues and I occasionally field questions from patients who have concerns about sperm “allergies”. This is a fascinating topic and my colleague at Pacific Fertility Center, Isabelle Ryan, MD, has been kind enough to share her expertise on t...

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  • 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...

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  • Infertility FAQs

    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...

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

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