Category: Trying To Conceive


What is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI, is a twenty year old procedure originally designed to combat severe male factor infertility. Performed as part of an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) protocol, this fertility technique differs from traditional IVF in one unique way.

Dr. Lynn Davis from Seattle Reproductive Medicine discusses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).

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What is Recurrent Miscarriage?

One of the most heartbreaking experiences that many women will find themselves going through is recurrent pregnancy loss, or miscarriage. This is unfortunately, not an uncommon phenomena. Around twenty five percent of all pregnancies will end in this way, usually during the first trimester. While the cause of the miscarriage will not be discovered 50% of the time, it is important...

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Reproductive Options for Gay Women

For gay women, there are a number of viable routes to consider when achieving parenthood is the goal. Many women will explore the concept of at home insemination versus intrauterine insemination performed in a doctor's office, and others will find themselves pondering the benefits of reciprocal IVF. If you opt to create your family through a biological route as opposed...

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Out of the Dish

Talking to Children About Their IVF Origins In The Beginning

It's been nearly a quarter of a century since Louise Brown of Great Britain provoked global controversy simply by being born. Louise was a typically adorable, photogenic infant whose conception in a Petri dish made her the cover story of 1978, "The World's First Test Tube Baby."

How times have...

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Optimizing Your Health Prior to Pregnancy

This week is National Women's Health Week which is a great opportunity for patients to be reminded of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Although experiencing infertility can be one of the most stressful times in a woman's life, it provides a unique opportunity to optimize both partners' health and, therefore, the health of future pregnancies.

Placental and fetal...

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The Use of Psychiatric Medication During Conception Attempts

In my article last month, I discussed when to seek mental health support during attempts to conceive, particularly, during infertility treatment. As I stated then, the goal of mental health support is to help you maintain optimal functioning during a very difficult time. Good initial forms of support include self-help resources, support groups, telephone-coaching groups, family and friends, and counseling....

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Diagnosis and Treatment of PCOS

Diagnosis and Treatment of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 5-10% of the female population As such, it is the most common endocrine disorder affecting women - more common than diabetes. This is an important point, as women with PCOS can oftentimes feel very isolated.

How do you diagnosis PCOS and how does a women...

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Myth Busters on Egg Donation

Myths surrounding gamete donation, like urban legends, are told and retold as truths when, in fact, they have little or no basis in reality. Most of the time they are false but some of the time there is an element of truth which serves not only to scare and confuse intended parents but to fuel the myth. Gamete donation practices...

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