Whether you're trying to conceive at home or preparing for an egg retrieval, ensuring that you’re nourishing your body with the proper nutrients — and the right amounts of them — is essential to promoting egg quality while also supporting healthy ovarian function. Since the vast majority of us don't get what we need from diet alone, fertility supplements can be especially useful. Some of the top nutrients to consider include folate, vitamin B12, vitamins C, D, and E, zinc, selenium, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can typically be found in prenatal multivitamin supplements. But...

Brighid Flynn • Jul 12, 2024

These days, it’s pretty easy to find articles online that walk you through numerous fertility protocols, from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to egg freezing. But what about all the questions that pop up for each step of those protocols? Like, say, what’s it like to take Ganirelix — a hormone medication administered during ovarian stimulation? Can you really be sure you’re getting correct, medically informed answers from the internet? Unfortunately, it’s just as easy to stumble upon articles that contain misinformation, especially if you’re asking Dr. Google. Enter Roon, a free platform comprised of short-form video content providing accurate...

Sarene Leeds • Jul 2, 2024
General Infertility

Can You Transfer a Mosaic Embryo?

If you’re familiar with preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), you might have heard the terms “euploid” for genetically normal embryos and “aneuploid” for those with the incorrect number of chromosomes. Those with a mix of normal and abnormal cells are called “mosaic” embryos.  Deciding whether to transfer a mosaic embryo can be challenging, as it involves considering a complex mix of factors. To help you make an informed decision, we spoke to Dr. Robert Straub, a reproductive endocrinologist who’s been with Reproductive Biology Associates in Georgia since 2003. Dr. Straub specializes in ovulation induction and IVF, management...

Alexa Davidson • Jun 21, 2024

If you’ve perused TikTok recently, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a video suggesting that matcha can lead to infertility. Take, for example, the trend of women recording themselves drinking matcha lattes alongside text saying that they heard matcha can cause infertility. These videos are all in good fun, a way for creators to tell their audiences they are actively avoiding pregnancy in a tongue-in-cheek way. But, as always, we need to be careful of the kind of information we create and consume online. As we all know by now, social media can be a...

Zara Hanawalt • Jun 16, 2024

Anyone who has been through fertility treatments knows that it’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait. Hurry up: Make the appointment, contact your provider, pay that bill, and order the medication. Wait: Your body isn’t ready, you ovulated too early, I’m sorry there’s no heartbeat, and it’s still not your turn.  I recently had a friend vent to me about the stress she was feeling around starting to try to get pregnant. I thought to myself, “Do I tell her?” but ultimately decided against it. In my experience, whether it was an embryo transfer that didn’t “stick”...

Kristyn Hodgdon • May 27, 2024

If you ask “the interwebs” if ovarian cysts cause infertility, you’ll be led down a windy, confusing road of Yes…No…Maybe? Truthfully, it is impossible to answer this question with a simple yes or no because the definition of “cyst” is so broad. A cyst is a fluid-filled sack. Some are completely benign and don't cause any negative symptoms, while others can be problematic due to their size, impact on hormones, or even malignancy.  To help us understand the different types of cysts and how they can affect fertility, we spoke to Levica H. Narine, MD,...

Johanna Modak • May 14, 2024
General Infertility

How To Choose the Ideal Egg Donor

No one's journey to becoming a parent is the same. For some people, it may involve IVF, and part of that might mean using an egg donor in order to conceive and then either carrying the pregnancy or working with a gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy. But how do you even begin this process?  It can be daunting to choose the right egg donor. You’re making a pivotal decision in your future child’s life, and it’s nothing to take lightly. If you need a little bit of guidance in the process, we’ve got you....

Mara Santilli • Apr 28, 2024

For patients undergoing “traditional” fertility treatments, the protocol for, say, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), is relatively straightforward: A routine egg retrieval cycle consists of ovarian stimulation — where the ovaries are injected with hormones to increase the number of mature eggs available for fertilization — on the second or third day of the patient’s menstrual cycle (soon after the period begins). This process continues for about 12-14 days. After the egg retrieval, a fresh embryo transfer can take place within two to five days, or the embryos can be frozen. There is another option, however. It’s called a “back-to-back” egg...

Sarene Leeds • Apr 27, 2024

I always swore growing up that I would never drive a minivan. I hated them. Despite having grown up with them to be able to travel with my siblings and parents in my large family, I always imagined a much cooler way to get around.  Ironically, I always envisioned having a large family myself — three, maybe four children and a partner to raise them with. I just always envisioned driving something, anything else. Of all the things I knew for certain about my future, being a mother was and is the most important to...

Amanda Whalen O’Connor • Apr 26, 2024

It’s crazy to think that ten years ago, infertility and pregnancy loss were rarely discussed. Today, social media and IRL conversations about these topics feel fairly mainstream. I’d argue that many people (at least people who are in the age group where their friends are beginning to think about growing their own families) have at least some awareness of the many hurdles families face in this regard. People are finally grasping the reality that fertility issues and pregnancy loss are common…and with that awareness comes greater sensitivity. Today, we’re finally seeing some of that sensitivity...

Zara Hanawalt • Apr 25, 2024