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By: Kathryn C. Calhoun, MD, ACRM I'm over 35 and I want to have a baby … now what? Mother Nature's challenge … a finite number of eggs. The effect of aging on female fertility is well-known. Women begin with 6-7 million eggs before they are even born! The egg number drops to 1-2 million at birth, and by puberty, only 50,000 eggs remain. Approximately 300-500 eggs will be ovulated over her reproductive lifetime before the menopause occurs (~1000 eggs remain, age 51-52.) Fertility is affected well before the menopause, and more women are delaying childbearing into their mid/late 30s.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at ACRM
By: Robin H. Fogle, MD, ACRM For members of the LGBT community, starting a family is not quite as easy as it is for heterosexual couples. Luckily, the technology and expertise exists to aid LGBT patients in their pursuit of building a family. There are multiple options for LGBT family planning. Getting Started with Lesbian Parenting For lesbian women, the easiest and most frequently utilized method of conceiving is through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) using donor sperm. Sperm can be obtained from a known donor, typically a friend or family member, or it can be purchased from one of the many... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at ACRM
National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is a movement that began in 1989. The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at ACRM
By: David L. Keenan, MD, ACRM ICSI is an acronym for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection. Other names include microinsemination or direct egg injection. The ICSI procedure is performed by directly injecting one sperm into one mature egg during in vitro fertilization (IVF). ICSI is a major step in fertilization helping to assure egg fertilization in cases where sperm count or sperm motility are low and insufficient for fertilization on their own. ICSI can also be required when there is a blockage in the male reproductive system or in men where testicular biopsy is required for sperm retrieval like following vasectomy. ICSI... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at ACRM
Reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialists (REIs) are subspecialists in the general specialty of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). In addition to undergoing the 4 year Ob/Gyn residency training, they complete three years of fellowship training focusing just on REI issues. Such issues can be divided into two general categories, just as the name implies: reproductive endocrinology issues, and fertility issues. There is, of course, a significant bit of overlap between these two areas, such that reproductive endocrinology problems can result in subfertility. But they also see many patients who are not attempting pregnancy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at ACRM
Uterine fibroids are common, benign tumors of the uterine muscle. Fibroids grow slowly, over several years, in response to the hormones estrogen and progesterone. All women cycle in response to estrogen and progesterone. Physicians are not certain why some women develop fibroids and others do not. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at ACRM
Trying to conceive, and undergoing fertility evaluation and treatments, can be stressful and expensive. There are many ways to ensure that you are optimizing your fertility outside of the fertility doctor’s office. This will help to secure the maximum benefit from your treatment cycles. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at ACRM
By: Tracey Singh, RD, LD, CDE, MPH, ACRM Diet and exercise can have a huge impact on reducing the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular or absent menstrual cycles, acne, hair loss, insulin resistance, facial hair growth, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, intense food cravings, and depression. Research has shown that just by changing the composition of what you are eating and improving your nutrition, you can improve these PCOS symptoms. If you are overweight, strive to lose 5-10% of your body weight. Of course, let’s not forget exercise. In some studies, exercise was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at ACRM
By: Robin Fogle, MD, FACOG, ACRM The medical world communicates via acronyms: EKG, ECHO, CT, MRI. . .The field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility is no different. We've got FSH, LH, HSG, SIS and SA, just to name a few. But one of the newest, and possibly most important, acronyms is AMH (Anti-mullerian Hormone). These three little letters tell us almost everything we need to know about the number of eggs a woman has left in her ovaries. And, in many cases, those three little letters, AMH, lead to three other (dreaded) little letters. . . DOR (Diminished ovarian reserve).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at ACRM
“Remember when having sex was fun?” You might be surprised to hear someone say this, but for couples trying to conceive, this may be exactly how they feel. Getting pregnant is all about timing. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at ACRM
Endometriosis has 2 classic symptoms – pain and infertility. Other less characteristic symptoms have also been described. Prolonged premenstrual spotting is commonly seen in women who have endometriosis. The most confusing aspect of this disease however is that the symptoms are highly variable. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at ACRM
Trying to conceive but nothing's working? Considering fertility treatment but afraid of the needles? Calm your nerves with the advice from a top Atlanta Fertility Clinic Nurse. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at ACRM
One of the best ways to be certain that there are no surprises with your infertility insurance coverage and payments is to be sure to ask a lot of questions to your insurance company, and to ask the right questions. Here’s a guide for you in talking with your insurance company about your fertility treatment coverage. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at ACRM
Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM), answering strong demand for its fertility treatments today announced plans to expand in Marietta, GA by opening its 4th office to be located at 711 Canton Road, Suite 410, Marietta, GA 30060 to best serve patients in the northwest Atlanta area, its surrounding communities, and northwest quadrant of the state. The warm and comfortable office will offer patients full diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including on site Andrology lab service and state-of-the-art In Vitro Fertilization techniques. The office is scheduled to open in January 2014 and will join existing locations in Atlanta-Perimeter, Atlanta –... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at ACRM
One of the most common infertility tests is the HSG or hysterosalpinogram. It is a test to be sure that the inside of the uterus (or uterine cavity) is normal in size and shape and to determine if the fallopian tubes are open or closed. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at ACRM
Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM) is proud to offer advanced care and infertility support with a warm personal touch. We recognize that the journey towards family building may be difficult and at times very emotional. All of the services at ACRM are offered in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere with individual treatment plans. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at ACRM
A diagnosis of cancer is a life-altering event. It comes as a shock, particularly to patients in their reproductive years, and there are often a number of urgent decisions to make. As a patient prepares for cancer treatment, it can be appropriate to consider whether your future fertility is likely to be affected. If so, there are new options for fertility preservation that may be worth considering. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at ACRM
When we meet someone who has been having trouble trying to conceive, a frequent question we get asked is what can she do to improve her odds of success. We can summarize the answer to that question by asking the patient to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at ACRM
ACRM's Third Party Coordinator lists the characteristics they are looking for in egg donors as well as explaining the initial process. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at ACRM
It is important to have a full understanding of the specifics of your insurance policy as they relate to your infertility coverage. Here is a list of questions to ask your insurance company in order to help you fully understand the extent of your coverage. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at ACRM
The Holidays are upon us, made evident by the store decorations, commercials and invitations; any of our unresolved issues of childlessness can become bigger and more pronounced. Individuals experiencing infertility are not only being challenged by the "normal" holiday stresses, they are also challenged by the grieving process that is built in to coping with infertility and the treatment journey. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at ACRM
How to pursue pregnancy after tubal ligation. Learn about your options including tubal reversal or IVF treatment. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at ACRM
By: Mirrin Reagan, RN, CNS, WHNP-BC, MSN, ACRM "Is it crazy to see a fertility specialist when we've only been trying for 8 months?" "I have no idea when I ovulate - my periods are so unpredictable since I stopped the pill. Should we see a specialist just to help with timing???" "We haven't even started trying yet, but I'm turning 40 next month and I'm worried about our chances." Nearly all subfertile couples will worry about these issues when deciding when to seek help from an fertility specialist. Believe it or not – there are some simple answers. If... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at ACRM
Had your tubes tied and now want to get pregnant? ACRM in Atlanta offers two options to help you get pregnant: 1) put the tubes back together, called tubal reanastamosis or 2) in vitro fertilization (IVF). Learn more about your choices. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at ACRM
Take charge of your reproductive health with a fertility diet and exercise plan! In addition to reducing stress, there are a lot of ways to increase fertility and improve your chance of getting pregnant. There is a lot to be said for following a fertility nutrition plan (or fertility diet), staying active and maintaining a healthy body weight. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at ACRM