What is Ovarian Reserve?

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD Ovarian Reserve Testing Ovarian reserve refers to the number and quality of eggs you have. Before initiating ovarian stimulation for IUI or IVF, your fertility specialist will want to predict the quantity of eggs your body will produce. Assessing ovarian reserve will allow prediction of the response to medication within […]

Back to School: Part 2 – The Basics of IVF

The backstory: a brief history lesson In vitro fertilization (IVF) as a fertility treatment in humans is possible only because scientists have studied natural processes in great depth. Using what they knew about animals systems, the pioneers in human reproduction were initially animal reproductive biologists. Robert Edwards, Ph.D., began his work at Cambridge with experiments […]

Back to School: Part 1 – The basics of biology for patients having IVF

Ovulation in nature In the days just prior to a monthly period, the pituitary gland at the base of the brain releases follicle-stimulating hormone, or FSH. From the thousands of follicles in the ovaries, a small group is recruited to grow while the vast majority, with their very immature eggs, simply remain at rest, awaiting […]

Ovulation prediction: A tool for the couple trying to conceive

Since few couples have intercourse every day, it is useful to know the best time to promote conception. A fertility app can estimate the “fertility window” based on your history of recent cycles. Basal temperature charting can help narrow down what to expect, but is out of vogue thanks to the widespread use of ovulation […]

Gestational Carriers for Men Aspiring to be Parents

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD In honor of Pride Month, we’re addressing the possibility for men to have a child or children through a gestational carrier, whether they’re partnered, married, or unpartnered. Egg donation All fertility clinics have access to eggs from a wide choice of egg donors. Often these eggs are frozen, and they […]

6 Things to Know about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Fertility

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD 1. Know what PCOS is Polycystic ovary syndrome is a classification for women who have a variety of symptoms related to menstrual disorders linked to lack of ovulation and resulting failed efforts trying to conceive (TTC). The syndrome revolves around excessive male hormones, known as androgens, being secreted by multiple […]

Everything you need to know about Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) in 2021

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD Are you struggling with infertility? We’ve compiled everything you need to know about intrauterine insemination, commonly known as IUI, which is the first line of treatment for many people who are trying to conceive. Figure 1 Intrauterine Insemination What is IUI? IUI is a fertility treatment that uses drugs to […]

Monitoring Cycles in IVF

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD You’ve had your new patient consult, been thoroughly evaluated, and made the decision to do in vitro fertilization (IVF). You’ve discussed your insurance and financial investment with your financial counselor at your IVF clinic. Your medication protocol has been determined, you’ve received your medication, and you understand how to use […]

Unexplained Infertility

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD What is Unexplained Infertility? Unexplained infertility can be a very frustrating diagnosis to hear from your doctor. A diagnosis is considered “unexplained infertility” when a couple has been trying to conceive without success for six months (woman is over 35) or one year (younger than 35) and has been through […]

The Cost of IVF

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD For those who have been trying to conceive without success, in vitro fertilization (IVF) can be a miraculous treatment. There are a variety of other reasons people need to go through IVF, including special medical situations or being in a same-sex relationship. IVF has been refined over the past four decades to […]