By: Ashley Wong, MS, Clinical Embryologist | IVF Laboratory Supervisor & Lead Embryologist
An intrauterine pregnancy (IUP) occurs when a fertilized egg implants and starts to develop within the uterus, where it is supposed to be. The uterus is the only place where a pregnancy can develop and progress to full term.An ultrasound finding of an intrauterine pregnancy means that the pregnancy...
A dominant follicle is a fluid-filled structure in the ovary that grows big enough to release a mature egg around day 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle or around a week prior to the midpoint of a cycle through the process of ovulation.A dominant follicle is also called a Graafian follicle.
Normozoospermia is the presence of normal sperm in semen upon semen analysis. For a semen sample to be labeled as normozoospermic, there has to be an adequate concentration of sperm that is normal in appearance and function.During the evaluation of a couple for infertility, if sperm testing of the...
While it is possible to detect a pregnancy as soon as eight days after ovulation or fertilization, testing is most effective after day 14.
There are so many unique factors in each IVF journey that there is no single recipe for success.
During IVF it is normal to see a continual drop in numbers in embryo development, which, hopefully, leads to the few best embryos that will give you your baby.
It is not unusual for a patient at her last obstetrics ultrasound visit to ask me when she can come back for another baby.My answer is to make this pregnancy and this baby your priority for at least one year. Once you are done breastfeeding (if that is part of the plan) and have completely weaned...
Experiencing infertility or loss is hard enough without the reminders and triggers that seem to exist everywhere.If Facebook is pretty sure that you want to see endless parenting-related ads and it's not what you want, you can adjust your ad settings. This isn't a perfect solution &mdash...
Exercising before your in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment can help to improve your chance of conception. During your treatment though, there may be times you need to modify your physical activity to give yourself the best chance of success. For some women, this will mean doing less, but for...
Decreasing the emotional burden of infertility is what really matters.
By: Dr. Alice Domar | Psychologist
A progressive drop in numbers is normal.
By: Kristen Jones | Accredited Embryologist
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By: Katy Huie Harrison, PhD | Founder
Getting pregnant doesn't erase the trauma of infertility.
By: Erin Bulcao | Blogger & Advocate
Kelly Park is the founder and editor-in-chief of FertilitySmarts. She is passionate about fertility education and shining light on the many ways people can become parents. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Education degree in Educational Policy from the University of Alberta. She is a firm believer in the FertilitySmarts mission to help people get smart about their fertility.
Lora Shahine, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist currently practicing at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists in Seattle. Dr. Shahine is an accomplished author of many blogs and articles as well as three books.
Dr. Mark Trolice is double board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) as well as OB/GYN. He maintains annual recertification in these specialties and has been awarded the prestigious American Medical Association’s “Physicians’ Recognition Award” annually for many years now. He is the director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center in Orlando, FL, as well as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he is involved in the teaching of OB/GYN residents and medical students. He is also the Lead Surgeon and Egg Donor Bank Medical Director for Cryos International. He is the voice behind The Fertility Health Podcast and the author of The Fertility Doctor's Guide to Overcoming Infertility.