Q&A With Our Fertility Experts

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Rebecca Matthews, PhD

Embryologist

Dr. Rebecca Matthews has a PhD in embryo implantation and currently works as an embryologist. 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. Her book, IVF: A Patient's Guide, can be found on Amazon.

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Will my embryos fall out?

Dr. Mark Trolice

Infertility Specialist & Author

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.

Dr. Cecilia Kitic

Exercise Physiologist

Dr. Kitic is an Exercise Physiologist with a Ph.D. in Exercise Immunology and over 20 years of research experience in understanding how exercise affects the body. She is also a Senior University Lecturer in Exercise Prescription. Dr. Kitic runs The IVF Project, a world-first online exercise prescription service for women and men undergoing fertility treatments. Having experienced infertility and multiple cycles of IVF, Dr. Kitic wanted everyone to have access to evidence-based clinical exercise prescription to improve their chance of conception.

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The lifespan of sperm inside a woman’s body depends on the sperm itself as well as the surrounding environmental factors.A healthy adult male releases around 60 to 100 million sperm in a single...
Answered by: Kelly Park
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Before we get on to the question, let’s run through what ovulation is and what ovulation predictor kits are.What is Ovulation?The process by which one egg (or more) is released from your ovary...
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When an egg is fertilized by sperm, an embryo is produced. This embryo travels to the uterus where it burrows into the uterine wall where it will receive nourishment from blood and oxygen. This...
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Before we get on to the answer, let's first understand what pre-ejaculatory fluid is and what its function is.What is pre-ejaculatory fluid?Pre-ejaculatory fluid is also known as pre-ejaculate,...
Answered by: Kelly Park
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Implantation refers to the process where a fertilized egg becomes embedded in the uterine wall. This is considered to be the starting point of a pregnancy.To get a good understanding about the time...
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Clomid remains in the body for a long period of time after taking the last dose. It takes five days for half of the drug to be eliminated. This is often referred to as the drug’s half-life or...
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Contributor
Clomiphene (Clomid) and letrozole (Femara) are both medications that help induce ovulation. Clomiphene has been around longer and has been developed specifically for fertility treatment. Clomiphene...
Answered by: Kelly Park
Contributor
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...
Because of age-related changes in fertility, the number of embryos transferred is directly related to the age of the mother or egg donor. There is a balance to strike between achieving a pregnancy...
Answered by: Rebecca Matthews, PhD
Embryologist
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...
Answered by: Kelly Park
Contributor
Hormonal testing that is part of a typical fertility evaluation includes screening for thyroid dysfunction. Overactive or underactive thyroid function can lead to issues with fertility and increased...
Answered by: Dr. Lora Shahine
Infertility and Miscarriage Specialist
These are my thoughts on the topic: There is still so much we need to learn about reproduction, and it can be so frustrating when all the testing is “normal,” but you are still not having...
Answered by: Dr. Lora Shahine
Infertility and Miscarriage Specialist
The Hysterosalpingogram or (HSG) is an essential tool for evaluating fertility. Hystero (uterus) salpingo (tube) gram (study) is a test to evaluate not only whether the fallopian tubes are blocked or...
Answered by: Dr. Lora Shahine
Infertility and Miscarriage Specialist
A common question asked is, “Will my embryos fall out?” The answer is no, they will not fall out.Perhaps you are thinking of textbook illustrations that show uterine cavities as big open...
Answered by: Rebecca Matthews, PhD
Embryologist
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 primary benefit of growing the embryos in the lab as long as...
Answered by: Rebecca Matthews, PhD
Embryologist
The easy answer to this question: the best embryos are chosen!There are a number of factors that determine which embryos are deemed best. On any given day of culture, the embryos are expected to have...
Answered by: Rebecca Matthews, PhD
Embryologist
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 quality ones, which will provide a higher implantation rate...
Answered by: Rebecca Matthews, PhD
Embryologist
Recurrent miscarriage is one of the most frustrating problems that I see in my practice. The chance of a miscarriage in women less than age 30 is about 10%, but it goes up to about one in three or up...
Answered by: Dr. Mark Trolice
Infertility Specialist & Author
It's common for patients to be confused whenever I talk about IUI or IVF. These are the alphabet soup terms in the field of reproductive endocrinology. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is when a...
Answered by: Dr. Mark Trolice
Infertility Specialist & Author
It is quite common for patients to ask if a frozen embryo transfer (FET) is likely to be more successful than a fresh embryo transfer.In medical literature, studies have shown that frozen embryo...
Answered by: Dr. Mark Trolice
Infertility Specialist & Author
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