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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Complimentary Medicine - Herbs and Fertility

    Many people seeking treatment at the clinic where I practice are also interested in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)such as herbs. In the past, studies with fuzzy scientific designs supported anecdotal reports on complimentary or alter...

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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 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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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

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