Why Isn’t Your Wife Pregnant Yet? And are you paranoid that it’s all your fault?

Apr 20, 2010 | Fertility Care
by: Greg Williams Published in MSN.com Your testicles are outside your body for a reason, and the reason is this: It’s good for your sperm. Your swimmers develop best at temperatures two to three degrees cooler than the rest of your anatomy, hence the evolution of the unseemly bag of skin and muscle that you lug around all day with your Treo and iPod. Reptiles don’t have to do this, nor do birds, their reproductive organs being discreetly tucked away, like Murphy beds, inside their bodies. (more…)

Birth Rates Rise Among Women over 40

Many of us have seen the recent headlines regarding the drop in birth rates in 2008  among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties. What caught everyone's attention was that the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4 percent increase in birth rate. For those of us in the fertility world - this wasn't a surprise at all. My average patient is 39 years old. Most of my patients doing IVF are 39 and older. They are doing IVF because they don't have time to wait for the economy to pick-up. (more…)

Femara in the News

You may have seen the recent coverage regarding Femara – a commonly prescribed medication in the fertility world – it induces ovulation. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6384DN20100409 3 in 10 women take the drug femara to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Femara is a medication that is FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention. Like many drugs, it may cause birth defects when taken in pregnancy. When taken pre-pregnancy, it does not increase one’s risk of birth defects. It is not illegal for doctors to use medications “off-label.” I’ll give you an example of a medication that we use off-label (more…)

Mini-IVF: What does this mean?

Apr 16, 2010 | Fertility Care
Mini-IVF isn't anything new.  It is important for you to know what it means because it may be an option for you. When you go through an IVF cycle, your doctor will decide the best protocol for you based on your particular fertility challenge. You take a injectable fertility drugs. The shots go into the skin of your tummy. When you do a Mini-IVF cycle, you are put on less medications. By taking less medications, the cost of your IVF cycle will be less. When you take less medications, you go in to see your fertility doctor less so pay (more…)

Call in Your Baby: A Mindful Approach to Fertility

Apr 09, 2010 | Fertility Care
Call in Your Baby:  A Mindful Approach to Fertility April 27, 2010 Women's Health Center 1656 N California Blvd. Walnut Creek, CA 6:30 to 8pm Reservations Required Call 925.941.7900 Have you had difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full-term? Maybe your mind is sending your body in the wrong direction.  This workshop offers both the big picture and specifics on how to get mind and body on the same fertile page. Not to be missed if you're undergoing clinical fertility treatments. This workshop is led by Lucy Grace Yaldezian, CHT www.ahigherperspective.com

5 Things to Ask before IVF for Gender Selection

Apr 03, 2010 | Fertility Care
Requests for gender selection are not uncommon. What does this involve? It usually involves IVF. The embryos are then biopsied in order to determine whether the embryo is a girl embryo or a boy embryo (this procedure is called PGD or preimplantation genetic diagnosis). This is what you should ask yourself: What will you do if all of your embryos are boy embryos when you wanted a girl? Would you still go through with a transfer? Will you discard the embryos? Will you freeze your embryos? Will you consider donating your embryos? (more…)

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