What is a Biochemical Pregnancy?

By Taraneh Nazem, MD and Alan B Copperman, MD

A biochemical pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants in the uterine lining and starts to make hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that can be detected in the blood or urine, but does not continue to grow enough to be seen on ultrasound, or to develop into a healthy, ongoing pregnancy. Biochemical pregnancies...

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The Roads from Infertility to Adoption

How does a couple or individual take the leap from fertility treatment to adoption? I used to think the process unfolded predictably: A couple tried for a biological child until the options or the money ran out. They mourned the biological child they might have had, then looked to adoption. Sounds so simple. If only it were!

I was not...

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Moxibustion for Fertility: Warming The Channels

By Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D., Dipl.C.H.

The Chinese medical therapy called moxibustion warms regions of the body, and can penetrate to the muscles, tendons and bones. Moxibustion helps to relieve pain, stimulate blood circulation, relax muscles, and induce a healthier flow of chi, or energy. By warming and opening the channels and collaterals,...

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Bonding and Biology: When One Parent Has a Link, and One Doesn’t

Will my child think of me as her parent? Can I bond with him if my partner has the only genetic tie to our child? These are questions that many hopeful parents ponder, when considering use of a donor gamete (sperm, or egg) in order to create their family. This question may be especially anxiety provoking for couples, when only...

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