Male Factor Infertility
More often than not, discussions of fertility treatments are centered around the woman…and for good reason. In the majority of IVF cases treated at my practice, it is typically the female partner who has the infertility diagnosis. In fact, accordi...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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...