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  • Sperm Donation

    Some patients in our clinic require the use of a sperm donor. There are a variety of scenarios when a sperm donor is used (i.e., heterosexual couples, lesbian couples and single women). However, for this post, I’m going to keep the focus centered ...

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  • Sperm Samples at Home

    My colleagues and I occasionally field questions from patients about whether they can collect a sperm sample at home. This is an interesting topic and my colleague at Pacific Fertility Center, Joe Conaghan, PhD, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory...

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  • Metformin & PCOS Treatment

    Occasionally, my patients express some confusion over the drug Metformin (brand name: Glucophage). They've heard it is a fertility drug but are thrown off by the fact that it is an FDA-approved drug for type 2 diabetes. Indeed, metformin is used a...

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  • Endometrial Lining and Post-Transfer Bed Rest

    I recently saw a patient in my practice, Pacific Fertility Center, who had recently undergone a retrieval and she inquired about a couple matters that I get asked about all the time. For starters, she inquired as to what is the optimal endometrial...

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  • Egg Freezing

    One of the hot topics in the fertility field is Egg Freezing, and, once perfected this technology could revolutionize the field of reproductive medicine. It could allow a woman to freeze her eggs and, at a later date, those eggs would be thawed, f...

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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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  • Intracervical Insemination vs. Intrauterine Insemination

    Patients periodically inquire as to whether they can use washed sperm for both an intrauterine insemination (IUI) as well as an intracervical insemination (ICI). For an intrauterine insemination (IUI), one would already be using washed sperm. ...

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

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