Fertility Articles

Egg Freezing

All About Egg Freezing

Since 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) no longer considers egg freezing to be an experimental procedure, but there are still a number of important caveats to consider.

The Different Methods of Egg Freezing

Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a technique that involves extracting the eggs, freezing and storing them.

Frozen Eggs: What's the Controversy?

A current trend is for all IVF patients to use frozen eggs versus live eggs. There is a debate about this controversial issue.

Preserving Fertility in Women with Cancer

With recent advances in oncology and the treatment of cancer, options are increasing to maintain the reproductive process for both men and women.

See More Articles About Egg Freezing

Fertility Basics

Infertility Causes

Conceiving and bringing a baby to term is a complicated process, and many things have to happen in concert.

Health Insurance Coverage

A handful of states have enacted laws requiring that infertility insurance coverage be either offered or provided. Most states however have no such laws.

What is an Infertility Specialist?

Upon achieving a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology, a specialist seeks Board certification, a multi-step process. To become Board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology, the physician must first obtain Board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Generally, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman's ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman's body or donating them to another woman.

See More Articles About Fertility Basics

Infertility Treatments

Intra Cytoplastmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure used with in vitro fertilization (IVF) in which a single sperm is injected directly into a mature egg.

Intrauterine Insemination - IUI Procedure

Compared to other infertility treatments, intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, is a relatively simple and affordable procedure.

Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)

Doctors can extract sperm from the male reproductive track through a variety of different methods, with the choice dependent on a number of factors, including your preference, your surgeons skill and the cause behind the lack of sperm in the semen.

All About Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT)

The ZIFT procedure includes ovarian stimulation and monitoring, egg retrieval and sperm collection, IVF, and then implantation via laparoscopy. Total time for the procedure is four to eight weeks.

See More Articles About Infertility Treatments

Lab Techniques

All About Assisted Hatching

Sometimes, embryos have a difficult time hatching out of their protective layer. In this case, your doctor artificially weakens the zona pellicuda by creating a tiny opening.

All About Embryo Grading

Embryo quality, is an important component in the success of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Assigning a grade to an embryo is one way doctors and embryologists identify the best quality embryos for transfer.

PGD

Similar to prenatal diagnostic testing (such as amniocentesis), PGD allows your doctor to spot the possibility of genetic disorders.

All About Embryo Freezing

In vitro fertilization (IVF) often results in extra embryos, or fertilized eggs, that your doctor does not transfer to you in your first IVF attempt.

See More Articles About Lab Techniques

Paths to Parenthood

Sperm Donation

Donated sperm is most commonly used in artificial insemination and may also be used in a variety of other Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) procedures.

All About Tubal Reversal

As much as twenty-five percent of women who have undergone tubal ligation choose to have it reversed it at some point in their lives.

All About Vasectomy Reversal

A vasectomy, though thought to be a permanent form of birth control, can be reversed. Unexpected events in men?s lives can lead them to change their mind.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is one form of third party reproduction involving a woman carrying and giving birth to another woman or couple?s baby.

See More Articles About Paths to Parenthood

Suggested Doctors