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…)
I found this great article on how to choose an egg donor. I'm sharing it here. It is written by Gail Sexton Anderson from www.donorconcierge.com Do’s and Don’ts of Donor Selection Choosing an egg donor is one of the most challenging decisions you will ever make. Gail’s best advice—offered after over 12 years of experience—is to look for someone you like on a personal level, rather than someone who looks just like either intended parent. Look for someone to whom you feel drawn, someone who feels “familiar.” (more…)
When choosing an infertility treatment option, your doctor may decide that you should consider taking fertility shots. You can take fertility shots in preparation for an IUI (intrauterine insemination) or in preparation for IVF (in vitro fertilization). Depending on the type of treatment regimen you and your doctor choose, you could end up giving yourself over 120 shots! That's no fun. Good news is coming our way. It has already come to Europe. Elanova, is a new fertility drug (more…)
Patients are always asking me, “Can I continue to run everyday while undergoing infertility treatment?” It isn’t unusual for a patient to say, “My Mom thinks that the reason why I’m not getting pregnant is because I exercise too much, is she right?” This is what we know: Women who exercise most days of the week have been shown to be 3 times more likely to have fertility problems than inactive women. (more…)
If you’ve gone through an IVF cycle and didn’t get pregnant, this is what you should know. First of all, it’s not your fault. The fact that you didn’t get pregnant in an IVF cycle doesn’t mean that you weren’t meant to be a mother. It doesn’t mean that your uterus is a "hostile" environment. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t compatible with your partner. The truth is that much of what goes into whether you get pregnant or not from any given fertility treatment cycle, especially IVF, has to do with probability and chance. Depending on your age or situation, you may have a fifty percent chance of getting pregnant. This means that fifty percent of patients won’t get pregnant. This doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Paying for fertility treatments is not easy. There are some states that require employers to pay for up to 6 IVF cycles. You really get IVF for free in some States. Patients are more likely to do several cycles before getting pregnant when they have IVF coverage compared to those who don’t because patients with coverage don’t feel the financial strain on top of the emotional strain when they hear negative results....