Category Archives: Fertility

AMH: The Little Hormone That Can (Help Predict IVF Outcomes & More!)

Written on September 2, 2014 at 4:00 am, by

Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a new biomarker that may be the most cost effective marker for women who are trying to get pregnant. AMH is a hormone produced by small ovarian preantral follicles. As the quantity of eggs in the ovary diminishes, AMH levels also fall. In the ovary, AMH directly affects ovarian follicle growth,  Continue Reading »

All About Egg Donation

Written on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

In vitro fertilization (IVF) was designed to help women with fallopian tube blockage or structural damage – known as tubal factor infertility – which accounts for as much as a 25-30% of all infertility cases. Corrective tubal surgery was not very successful if there was severe tubal damage from prior infections, endometriosis, or scar tissue  Continue Reading »

How Paternal Age Affects Fertility

Written on May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

Nowadays, many couples are delaying becoming parents until their mid 30s and beyond. This choice is not without conception consequences; data has been available for years about the adverse affect of advanced maternal age on childbearing. There is an increase in miscarriages and a decline in fertility rates, as well as increased incidences of chromosomal  Continue Reading »

Diminished Ovarian Reserve & How it Differs From Age-Related Infertility

Written on April 14, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

Diminished ovarian reserve and age related infertility are NOT the same. Mary Smith (not her real name) recently came to the office requesting egg freezing. She was thirty years old with regular menses but no lifetime partner, and she wanted to preserve her fertility. She had heard that in one month she could store up  Continue Reading »

How Age Affects Fertility

Written on March 17, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

It’s a well-known fact as your age increases, fertility significantly diminishes over time. Aging is also associated with higher miscarriage rates. Unfortunately these changes are intrinsic to the egg, and today’s fertility technologies can’t alter the egg’s integrity. The connection between age and fertility has been proved over and over again from data derived from  Continue Reading »

Love, Sex & Baby Making: The Sex Trifecta, Part II

Written on December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Sex is a miraculous and fantastic aspect of life, and as an OB/GYN, it never ceases to fascinate me as I watch the point of sexual engagement evolve from recreation to procreation. For women especially, our approach to sex, as well as our need for it, changes over time. For example, female-initiated sexual encounters peak  Continue Reading »

The Cons of Fertility Preservation

Written on June 24, 2013 at 8:34 am, by

In our last blog post we discussed the pros of fertility preservation. And there are many, as technology has finally caught up with women’s desire to have it all on their own terms and at their own pace. For many women, freezing their eggs when they are young can alleviate the anxiety and urgency related  Continue Reading »

The Pros of Fertility Preservation

Written on June 10, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Egg freezing is a boon for women, giving them the option to preserve their fertility until they are truly ready to have a child. The label “experimental” was recently lifted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) from the title of the procedure; however, it is still debatable how women will and should incorporate  Continue Reading »

Infertility Factors: Understanding is the 1st Step to Beat the Odds

Written on May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

Infertility is increasingly a problem in our country. Yet the public isn’t aware of how widespread fertility issues truly are. An estimated 7-15% of the population suffers from sub-fertility. As more and more couples delay childbearing, that number may continue to rise. Well over five million children worldwide have been conceived with the help of  Continue Reading »

In Honor of National Infertility Week: Lifting the Taboo from Infertility

Written on April 29, 2013 at 9:00 am, by

As a young doctor, I quickly learned that some medical conditions were considered taboo. Infertility is a one of those conditions, and couples often suffer in silence. Even though there are many online communities for chatting with others who share their diagnosis, this is often done from the privacy of their living room and under  Continue Reading »