A guide to the hysterosalpingogram procedure One common fertility evaluation test is called a hysterosalpingogram, or HSG. The HSG procedure assesses the uterus and fallopian tubes to see if there are any blockages or anatomic abnormalities that might impact...
Does Smoking Cause Infertility?
Most people know that smoking increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health risks. But fewer people wonder, does smoking cause infertility? The truth is, smoking cigarettes can significantly affect fertility and pregnancy. Male and female smokers...
Semen Analysis: What Is It, and What Does it Mean?
Semen analysis is an important tool for identifying and treating possible causes of infertility. In fact, up to 50% of all couples struggling with infertility have some form of male factor infertility present. A semen analysis can help pinpoint potential challenges...
Gay Men and Fertility: How to Get Started
First steps for gay male couples to have biological kids If you’ve been looking into the options for gay men and fertility, the process can seem overwhelming. While there are some extra considerations for male couples who want biological kids, your path can be...
How Alcohol Affects Your Fertility
Can alcohol cause infertility? How much alcohol can I drink while trying to conceive? Many of our patients ask how alcohol affects your fertility. When you’re trying to conceive, especially when going through fertility treatment, it’s common to want to examine every...
How to Get Pregnant with PCOS
While PCOS can make pregnancy challenging, it’s possible to get pregnant with PCOS. Here are ways to improve your pregnancy chances.
What Is Shared IVF?
A guide to shared IVF/co-IVF/reciprocal IVF/shared maternity “Shared IVF” (also called reciprocal IVF, co-IVF, or shared maternity) is a meaningful way for two people born with ovaries and uteruses to participate together in biological family building. How Does...
Gestational vs. Traditional Surrogacy
One often-misunderstood fertility topic is gestational vs. traditional surrogacy. Some patients are confused by what exactly “surrogacy” means when it comes to genetic, legal, and logistical details. In this article, we’ll go over the differences between gestational and traditional surrogacy, including which is more common and recommended by fertility experts.
Post-Embryo Transfer Tips
So you’ve had your embryo transfer, and you’re looking for post-embryo transfer tips to improve chances of a successful implantation. First of all, congratulations! The embryo transfer is a huge milestone in your fertility journey, and you can be proud of yourself for making it this far. It’s important to remember there is no magic secret that guarantees success. And despite what the internet may tell you, there also isn’t a laundry list of things to avoid at all costs! Here are some simple tips we’ve learned over our decades of experience transferring embryos to help you focus on this exciting time and maximize your success.
Pre-Embryo Transfer Tips
Many intended parents ask for pre-embryo transfer tips to maximize chances for success. We have found that the best things patients can do before their embryo transfer are to follow directions and feel confident and comfortable with the process. That’s it! There is no secret formula to guaranteeing success. Here are three general tips we have learned in our decades of experience that can maximize your success and as you prepare for this exciting culmination of your fertility journey.