IVF

Right now, infertility is more common than it's ever been. According to the CDC, one in five heterosexual women aged 15-49 with no prior...

Zara Hanawalt •Oct 4, 2022

IVF

Whether it’s one, two, three, or more, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often one of the first steps for those considering Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)...

Kristin Diversi •Oct 3, 2022

The IVF process can be a time filled with difficult decisions, and trying to work with your doctor to figure out the “right” next...

Brighid Flynn •Sep 27, 2022

With data from the CDC showing that 1 in 5 couples face infertility, it’s no surprise that there are famous faces among them. Infertility...

Lindsey Williams •Sep 26, 2022

The often staggering cost of IVF is one of the largest barriers to entry for many people when it comes to growing their family, leaving many potential patients feeling major sticker shock. The average cost of one IVF cycle including a patient’s initial testing, labs, medications, and treatment ranges anywhere from $15,000 - $30,000. Fertility treatments should be more accessible, and yet in the U.S. there are still only 14 states which have laws in place requiring insurance policies to include coverage for IVF.  In a better world, reproductive healthcare costs would not be the wall...

Lindsey Williams •Sep 23, 2022

Contrary to the common misconception of those lucky enough to not live in the world of fertility treatments, an IVF cycle is not a guarantee of pregnancy by any means. IVF success rates vary depending upon a variety of factors such as age, ovarian reserve, egg and sperm quality, and chromosomal abnormalities.  Data collected from The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology shows that for patients under 35, the percentage of live births following one IVF cycle is 51%. At 35-37, one IVF cycle leads to success in 38.3% of IVF cycles, and 25.1% at ages 38-40....

Lindsey Williams •Sep 19, 2022

The fertility process involves many choices—choices you probably didn’t anticipate making about things you didn’t ever really consider. It certainly opened my eyes to a new, vast education I had never thought about, let alone been made vaguely aware of at any point during Sex Ed. With in vitro fertilization (IVF), some of the processes begin more or less the same way: You, or a donor, start with a medication protocol, you, or a surrogate, receive an embryo for transfer, and you, or a surrogate, hopefully, have a live birth.  Along the way, of course, there...

Kristin Diversi •Sep 14, 2022

The aftermath of miscarriage is a part of the recovery that is often overlooked. Women are told to expect a heavy period and to bleed for a few weeks, but often they are not given the tools necessary for coping with the fact that they have lost a child. When my reproductive endocrinologist told me that I was miscarrying our first pregnancy, all he said was that I should expect to have a really bad day and that I could try again after my first period. There was no advice on how to get through the...

Arden Cartrette •Sep 5, 2022

Congratulations, you’ve made it! You’ve done all the necessary preliminary testing, you’ve gone through stims and egg retrieval or the process of selecting a donor, you’ve worked your way through your pre-embryo transfer protocol calendar, and your transfer day has finally arrived.  After the procedure, you’re sent home with instructions from your provider, and a strong recommendation to avoid taking an at-home pregnancy test. Instead, you’re directed to wait until your next appointment – an hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) blood test – to find out if your embryo has settled in for the long haul.  Understandably,...

Lindsey Williams •Aug 9, 2022

Big feelings abound whenever the “maybe, next month” turns into conversations with doctors and an official diagnosis you maybe weren’t expecting. While any person or couple navigating infertility is far from alone — Resolve, the National Infertility Association, shares that 1 in 8 couples struggle with getting pregnant or bringing a pregnancy to full term —  it’s true that each person’s journey with infertility is unique.  The mental health strain of navigating infertility, for instance, can present differently from couple to couple or even within the same relationship.   According to the MGH Center for Women’s Mental...

Vivian Nunez •Aug 8, 2022
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