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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This Weeks' Best of Health Matters
The Health Matters HealthBlog Network consists of a dozen independent and unfiltered medical professionals blogging about the topics that matter to you. Each week, Healthline's Editors select the three top posts from the network to share with all ...
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...