Three Questions to Ask Yourself About Affordable Fertility Treatment

One of the top priorities of individuals and couples seeking to grow their families through assisted reproductive technology is managing the costs of fertility care. Affordable fertility treatment is possible, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Remember, everyone’s financial situation is different, so it’s important for patients to consider their expectations […]

What Patients Should Know About the Real Costs of IUI

Intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is one of the most common forms of fertility treatment. It is often used as a first-step treatment for couples who are facing male or female fertility issues. It is also used to assist same-sex female couples and single women who are using donor sperm to build […]

How to Afford Fertility Care

Undergoing fertility care is inherently complex for multiple reasons. There’s the medical aspect, which includes appointments, medications, testing, procedures, and more, all of which can be time-intensive and/or overwhelming. On top of all that, there’s also the financial side of fertility care, which can take those who are new to the fertility community aback. For […]

3 Relationship Tips For Those Struggling with Infertility

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  It’s no surprise that infertility takes a toll on relationships, not only the relationship with your partner (if you have one) but the relationship you have with friends and family. As much as you love them, there are times that you won’t want to share all points of your fertility journey and you certainly […]

5 Things to Keep in Mind When You Start IVF

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  Infertility is no walk in the park, especially if you’ve been trying to conceive for months or even years. However, it’s incredibly common—and modern medicine can help. IVF, also known as in vitro fertilization, is one option that might suit your fertility needs as you look to grow your family. Here are five things […]

ICSI- the exquisite tool in IVF

History of IVF with ICSI for Infertility By Dr. Joe Massey, MD The early years In the early years of IVF treatment, eggs often failed to fertilize when mixed with sperm from men with low sperm counts. In some cases, all went well. But in others, the sperm were not only low in number, but […]

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

By Dr. Joe Massey, MD 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 […]