• Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

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  • Infertility and Stress

    Infertility and Stress

    For couples struggling with infertility, “just relax” may be the most aggravating two-word phrase in the English language. “Those are fighting words,” says infertility expert Sandra Berga, MD, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Couples don’t need or appreciate any suggestion that infertility is “all in their head,”

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  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

    Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) revolutionized treatment for male infertility. The procedure, introduced in 1992, involves taking single motile sperm and directly injecting the sperm into the egg to initiate the fertilization process. ICSI necessarily requires the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process to directly manipulate sperm and eggs. ICSI boasts a fertilization rate of 50 to

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  • Lifestyle and Fertility

    Lifestyle and Fertility

    Humans are closely tuned to their surroundings – especially when it comes to making babies. Just as bears and elk wait for the right season to sire offspring, our bodies reach the peak of fertility only when conditions seem right for raising babies. If there’s any sign of illness, malnourishment, or an unhealthy environment, our

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  • Top Infertility Myths

    Top Infertility Myths

    For as long as people have been having children, they’ve been trying to understand the mystery of fertility. We’ve come a long way, but many misconceptions remain. Here’s a look at the top modern infertility myths: Myth 1: Infertility is almost always a woman’s problem. Fact: When there’s an identifiable cause of infertility, about half

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