Fertility Support and Family Planning Counseling Blog

Fertility Problems After Cesarean

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Aug 22, 2018 8:08:05 AM

The majority of women should have no problem getting pregnant after having a cesarean compared to other fertility issues, but there are definitely some risks to consider. WebMD did a survey that concluded approximately 2% of mothers who had a C-section experienced problems with getting pregnant again.

If you have had a cesarean birth and are planning to have more children in the future, it’s imperative that you and your partner are as informed as possible. Let’s take a look at how C-sections may affect future fertility and what you can do about it. 

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Topics: Blog, infertility awareness, infertility support, News

6 Common Types of Surgeries for Fertility Problems

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Aug 2, 2018 10:56:00 AM


Considering surgery as a part of your fertility journey can seem daunting. But when you're ready to become a parent, you discover a new community of fertility experts and resources that help to demystify many topics that may initially give you pause.

With the right information in-hand, you might consider surgery as a solution to conditions you face that have made it more difficult for you to conceive. 

The types of surgeries for fertility problems below are just a few of the most common procedures that can help your family grow. Let's explore why (and how) each of them might be right for you.

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Topics: Blog, infertility awareness, infertility support, IVF, News

What Are The Most Common Fertility Problems For Men?

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jul 23, 2018 8:17:00 AM

Having a child should be an exciting time for you and your partner. Starting a family can bring joy and fulfillment into your lives in many ways, but on the other hand, the journey itself can be difficult if infertility becomes an issue.

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Topics: Blog, infertility awareness, infertility support, male infertility, fatherhood

Join Us at an Upcoming Seminar!

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jul 11, 2018 8:17:00 AM

If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you probably have a lot of questions. How long should you try before seeking help? What types of treatment options are there? What is the cause of your infertility? You’ve probably already done some research on your fertility questions, but sometimes it is easier to get answers when you can ask an expert. That’s why we’re excited to announce our ongoing seminar series in Fresno, Modesto, and San Francisco!

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What is the Role of an Embryologist at a Fertility Clinic

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jul 9, 2018 7:48:00 AM

Embryology: the branch of biology dealing with embryos and their development

There are some roles in a fertility clinic that are obvious - the nurses you see at each visit, the fertility doctor in charge of your care - but there is an important part of many types of fertility treatment that works more behind the scenes: the embryologist. If in vitro fertilization is a part of your fertility care, an embryologist will play a key role.

Giving Your Embryos the Best Chance Possible

An embryologist is a fertility specialist that helps to create viable embryos to either be used in IVF right away or to be frozen for later use. Embryologists aren't MDs, but they are highly trained medical professionals, usually holding a Masters degree or a PhD due to the specialized nature of their work. They are responsible for the careful maintenance and management of the genetic material used in creating embryos - the collected sperm and eggs - as well as monitoring those embryos as they develop.

For women, creating embryos through in vitro fertilization begins with controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. This process causes the ovaries to mature more than one egg so that multiple can be collected at once. During the egg retrieval procedure, the physician uses a needle to puncture the matured follicle and collect the fluid within. The embryologist then takes this fluid, examines it under a microscope, and identifies and separates any eggs contained within.

For men, the process is simpler. A semen sample is collected and then sent to the embryologist for washing. Sperm washing is the process of removing all seminal fluid, which leaves only the most mobile and healthy sperm.

Once the eggs are collected and the sperm is washed and prepared, the embryologist gets to work. They will combine the sperm and eggs to hopefully create a number of embryos. They will then carefully monitor the development of those embryos. In some cases, the embryologist will use intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) - a more intensive IVF process that involves injecting a single healthy sperm cell into each mature egg - to increase the chances of fertilization. 

An Opportunity for PGD or PGS

There is an optional, but often recommended, step that is possible when creating embryos outside of the body: genetic testing. There are two categories of genetic testing that can be done to embryos before they are implanted. One is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for patients with identifiable genetic defects - like cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, or sickle cell disease - or pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) which may allow us to identify embryos with the right number of chromosomes. Both processes require a biopsy - a process where a few cells are collected from the developing embryo - for testing. This process is extremely delicate, but identifying the healthiest and chromosomally normal embryos increases the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. 

A Key Member of Your Fertility Team

Success in fertility care hinges on successful collaboration between fertility doctors, a clinic’s nurses, and the embryologists. You may not spend much face-to-face time with your embryologist team, but know that they are working hard in the lab to ensure the healthy development of your embryos. Learn more about our expert embryologists (as well as the rest of our team), and then when you’re ready, schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation to begin your journey to parenthood. Contact us today!

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What to Expect at Your First Fertility Appointment

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jul 6, 2018 3:02:00 PM

Starting fertility treatments can feel mysterious. What will the treatments be like? How do you choose a doctor or a clinic? When is the right time to start seeking help? If you’ve ever had any of these questions, know that you’re not alone. Many families delay the start of their fertility treatments for longer than necessary because they are not sure exactly how or when to begin. Deciding to visit a fertility clinic to help build your dream family can feel stressful enough, so we want to demystify what your initial appointment will be like.

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How Old is Too Old to Have a Baby?

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jun 28, 2018 5:01:00 PM

Most people have heard about the decline in women’s fertility after a certain age. Depending on who you ask, you may be told you’re too old to have a baby anywhere from age 30 to age 50 - women in this age group who do get pregnant are said to be of "advanced maternal age." Fortunately for anyone that has decided to delay their family building until later in life, advances in reproductive technology and medicine, as well as more proactive family planning, has increased the window that a woman can safely carry a pregnancy. Whatever you are planning - and whatever age you are now - it is important to understand the relationship between fertility and age.

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Your Preconception Planning Checklist

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on Jun 12, 2018 10:03:00 AM

When you’re struggling to get pregnant it can feel overwhelming to consider all of the possible causes and treatments. It may feel like everyone has advice for every stage, and it’s hard to know what to believe. Whether you’re already seeing a fertility specialist or are just doing research for a future pregnancy, we wanted to make it easier to navigate through all of the things you should and shouldn’t do when you’re trying to get pregnant. We have collected 10 important but simple steps to follow as you start your journey to growing your family.

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What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on May 24, 2018 2:31:00 PM

Not every couple has a partner that is able to carry a pregnancy. Women in some heterosexual relationships can’t physically carry a pregnancy because of illness, injury, or for unexplained reasons. Couples with two male partners that wish to have a genetically related child need to use a surrogate to achieve their goals. There are also circumstances where a woman simply chooses to not carry her own pregnancy, for either personal or professional reasons.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Infertility

Posted by Laurel Fertility Care on May 9, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Polycystic ovary syndrome - or PCOS - is fairly common yet under-diagnosed condition affecting, by some estimates, up to 4 - 18% of women of reproductive age. Part of what makes PCOS so difficult to dianose and understand is the symptoms of PCOS can take many forms. Some women with PCOS will have heavy and prolonged periods, while others will have only irregular periods, and some won’t menstruate at all.

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