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The Infertility Evaluation: Basic Testing with a Reproductive Endocrinologist By INCIID Advisors

African American husband and wife with doctor
Couple sitting with a reproductive endocrinologist
Ovary
Vaginal Ultrasound Probe in right hand
Sperm sample cup

An article about what to expect with your first visit to a reproductive endocrinologist (a true fertility specialist).

Tips on Progesterone Use for IVF

IVF cycle

Learn about Progesterone in Oil shots including tips on making them less painful.

Welcome. The goal of this module is to provide information and tips for making progesterone in oil injections easier and less painful. This tutorial is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace treatment plans provided by your physician.  You should always consult your doctor with questions about your treatment.

Miracles and Memories Pins

Miracles and Memories Pin

Help support the infertility community with the Miracles and Memories Pins. Read about the three colored lapel pin representing all aspects of family-building.

THE PAIN OF THE "PARENTING HOLIDAYS" FOR THE PRE-PARENT by Helen Adrienne, LCSW, BCD

Reproduction is germane to being alive, human or otherwise. It sometimes seems that you are surrounded by babies: birds, bees, dogs, sloths, and more galling than anything, your friends or neighbors who aren't sure that they want a baby but find themselves pregnant by accident. That is, everyone and everything reproduces but you. Helen Adrienne gives insight into the emotional plight for those affected by infertility.

Join us December 16th at 7:30 for a Webinar: Coping with the Holidays with Helen Adrienne

Prolactin Levels

Pituitary Gland Image

A basic work-up by a reproductive endocrinologist will likely include a variety of blood tests including prolactin levels. Prolactin is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland sits below the hypothalamus at the base of the brain.

Dealing with the Stress of the Holidays

The stress of the holidays is a topic that has appeared with regularity in articles and newsletters since 1979 when I began working as a psychotherapist with infertility patients. Rightfully so. Infertility is demanding and stressful. The Holidays are demanding and stressful. And in this case, one plus one equals way more than 2.

2015 Online Angel Award

We live in a truly digital age. It's nearly impossible to do anything or go anywhere without a smartphone or computerized or generated something.  The early nineties was a time when for all practical purposes – the Internet as we know it today was in its infancy.  Today there are all kinds of digital scams, hackers lurking around every cyber corner and a lot of cyber bullying. But there are also many acts of kindness, paying it forward and lots of interactive success stories (more)

Testing Anti-Mullerian Hormone to Determine Egg Reserves by Scott Roseff, MD

Golden egg sitting amoung ordinary white eggs

Golden egg sitting amoung ordinary white eggsEGG QUALITY starts declining when a woman is in her mid-20's!

There is a slow decline in quality from about age 24 to age 30, followed by a fairly quick decline between age 30 and age 35, with a rapid decrease between ages 35 and 40. And, over age 40, egg quality is generally quite poor. All of this may make it difficult to get pregnant...

Clomid Use and Abuse by Gary S. Berger, M.D.

Some women can't get pregnant because they don't secrete enough LH and FSH at the right time during the cycle and, as a result, they don't ovulate.

Children First: Making the Paradigm Shift from Infertility to Adoption By Patricia Irwin Johnston, MS

Making the adjustment from medical procedures to adoption is complex. Pat Johnston loans her expertise to what those who want to adopt after infertility need to know in order to be successful

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