Dr. Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews is originally from England and went to Manchester University where she got her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her PhD studying embryo implantation.

After graduation, Rebecca started her career as an embryologist in Leeds, Yorkshire and was quickly offered an opportunity to work in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Rebecca has been working in Portland at Oregon Reproductive Medicine since 2000 with a 3 year hiatus as an embryologist in Australia.

Her 16 years of experience over 3 continents has helped thousands of babies into the world.

Rebecca is passionate about her work and about educating and empowering people to take control of their own healthcare decisions. With this in mind, she has written an IVF guidebook to help patients understand the processes and options involved in fertility treatments. This book can be found on Amazon and is titled "IVF: A Patient's Guide"

Articles by Dr. Rebecca Matthews


What you need to know about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome  (OHSS) What you need to know about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome  (OHSS) What you need to know about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome  (OHSS) What you need to know about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome  (OHSS)


Anyone undergoing ovarian stimulation is at risk of developing OHSS.

IVF Stimulation Protocols IVF Stimulation Protocols IVF Stimulation Protocols IVF Stimulation Protocols


During an IVF cycle, different drugs are used to allow doctors to have more control over the treatment cycle. Here we break down what an...

Varicocele: Symptoms, Treatment, and Future Fertility Varicocele: Symptoms, Treatment, and Future Fertility Varicocele: Symptoms, Treatment, and Future Fertility Varicocele: Symptoms, Treatment, and Future Fertility


How varicocele can impact male fertility and what treatment means for future fertility.

An Intro to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)  Process An Intro to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)  Process An Intro to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)  Process An Intro to the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)  Process


A step-by-step introduction detailing what you might experience as part of the IVF process.

An Intro to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) An Intro to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) An Intro to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) An Intro to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)


There are two ways to fertilize eggs for IVF. Is ICSI the right method for you?

An Intro to Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) An Intro to Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) An Intro to Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) An Intro to Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)


PGS can be an informative procedure, but it is important to know the risks and weigh the pros and cons for your own situation. Discover...

Understanding Male Infertility Understanding Male Infertility Understanding Male Infertility Understanding Male Infertility


It takes two: an overview of male infertility.

Embryo Development - 6 Days in the IVF Lab Embryo Development - 6 Days in the IVF Lab Embryo Development - 6 Days in the IVF Lab Embryo Development - 6 Days in the IVF Lab


From egg retrieval to blastocyst freezing - Find out what happens in the IVF lab to get embryos ready to transfer.

How Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Works How Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Works How Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Works How Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Works


We cover process and success rates for IUI medicated and natural cycles.

Fertility Tests for Women Fertility Tests for Women Fertility Tests for Women Fertility Tests for Women


Tests that can explain or provide a clue as to why you aren’t getting pregnant.

Embryo and Blastocyst Grading - How Does it Work? Embryo and Blastocyst Grading - How Does it Work? Embryo and Blastocyst Grading - How Does it Work? Embryo and Blastocyst Grading - How Does it Work?


An embryologist explains the process of embryo and blastocyst grading.

A Guide to At-Home Insemination A Guide to At-Home Insemination A Guide to At-Home Insemination A Guide to At-Home Insemination


With home insemination the right timing - and the right equipment - are crucial.

Fertility Preservation Through Egg Freezing Fertility Preservation Through Egg Freezing Fertility Preservation Through Egg Freezing Fertility Preservation Through Egg Freezing


How egg freezing works and the impact vitrification has on IVF success rates.

Q&A by Dr. Rebecca Matthews


What are the pros and cons of a day 5 embryo transfer? What are the pros and cons of a day 5 embryo transfer? What are the pros and cons of a day 5 embryo transfer? What are the pros and cons of a day 5 embryo transfer?


Pros of a Day 5 Blastocyst TransferBy leaving the embryos in the lab until Day 5, the embryologist is better able to choose the better...

How are embryos selected for transfer during an IVF cycle? How are embryos selected for transfer during an IVF cycle? How are embryos selected for transfer during an IVF cycle? How are embryos selected for transfer during an IVF cycle?


The easy answer to this question: the best embryos are chosen!There are a number of factors that determine which embryos are deemed best....

Why are embryos transferred at different times? Why are embryos transferred at different times? Why are embryos transferred at different times? Why are embryos transferred at different times?


Embryo transfer can be carried out on any day of development, although most clinics do so on either day 3 or day 5 of development. The...

Will my embryos fall out? Will my embryos fall out? Will my embryos fall out? Will my embryos fall out?


A common question asked is, “Will my embryos fall out?” The answer is no; they will not fall out.Perhaps you are thinking of...

What happens after embryo transfer? What happens after embryo transfer? What happens after embryo transfer? What happens after embryo transfer?


After the embryo transfer, you receive instructions before leaving the clinic. These instructions include what medication to take, when...

What can you do to improve your sperm count? What can you do to improve your sperm count? What can you do to improve your sperm count? What can you do to improve your sperm count?


If you are found to have a low sperm count, usually no specific treatment or cure is available (unless surgery is required, for example,...

Can supplements improve egg quality for IVF? Can supplements improve egg quality for IVF? Can supplements improve egg quality for IVF? Can supplements improve egg quality for IVF?


Several studies have shown that certain supplements may improve egg quality in older women or those with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR)....

Why did my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle fail? Why did my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle fail? Why did my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle fail? Why did my in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle fail?


Not all patients conceive with their first IVF procedure, which can be a devastating blow, both emotionally and financially. Couples...

How do I know if my partners sperm count is low? How do I know if my partners sperm count is low? How do I know if my partners sperm count is low? How do I know if my partners sperm count is low?


When you go and see the doctor at the beginning of your fertility assessment, a semen analysis is one of the most important diagnostic...

How do I know if I've ovulated? How do I know if I've ovulated? How do I know if I've ovulated? How do I know if I've ovulated?


Knowing the exact time to have sex when you are trying to get pregnant can sometimes be a mystery, especially if your cycles aren't regular...

Will lying on my back with my legs in the air after intercourse help me get pregnant? Will lying on my back with my legs in the air after intercourse help me get pregnant? Will lying on my back with my legs in the air after intercourse help me get pregnant? Will lying on my back with my legs in the air after intercourse help me get pregnant?


There’s no strong evidence to suggest that lying on your back or tilting your hips for 20 minutes after intercourse improves the chance of...

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