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  • Insurance Policies - Part 1 (Overview)

    The insurance aspect of infertility treatment can be confusing. Below you will find information in an effort to help clarify the basic categories and coverage available to many patients. These categories of coverage pertain to IVF as well as other...

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • Tubal Ligation

    Periodically, patients in my practice have undergone a tubal ligation. These patients have the following treatment options at this time: One would be to have a tubal ligation reversal. The other option is do In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). A tubal r...

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  • FSH Test Kits

    (Contribution from Carolyn Givens, M.D. )Periodically, patients in my practice have questions about FSH urine tests, as they have noticed that there are FSH urine test kits for sale over-the-counter to help women confirm the onset of menopause. Ad...

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  • Tubal Problems

    The fallopian tubes are the pathway to fertility. Sperm travel upward through the fallopian tubes to find an egg. After fertilization, the embryo travels back through the tube to the uterus. The fallopian tubes are a two-way path that allows the s...

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  • Ovarian Reserve and FSH

    FSH Levels One of the most important indicators of a women's ovarian reserve (egg quality/quantity) or reproductive potential is the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). It is not, however, a perfect screening for egg quality and/or quantity.FSH, a...

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

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