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Children conceived using IVF have the same neurodevelopment of those children who are conceived naturally.



Hi, this is Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility, with some good news to those parents who have children from in vitro fertilization. A new article, just released from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, revealed a study that showed that children conceived…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 18, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Fried Food and Your Fertility

Fried Food and Your Fertility

During the holidays, we enjoyed being with our families, and of course, cooking and EATING. If your post-holiday plans include fitting fertility treatment into your calendar during the new year, and you…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 17, 2017 at 9:25pm — No Comments

New Year, Resolutions, Exercise, & Your Fertility



Happy Holidays!

This is the time to indulge in decadent family recipes and feast on thousands of calories. In addition, I recently checked, and not surprisingly, my gym limited its hours for the holidays. My favorite exercise classes won’t even resume until January. Here I am desperately trying to…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 11, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Frozen Embryo Transfers: High success rates and cost savings

Hi! This is Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director of Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia.

"Our goal at Dominion Fertility is to get the highest pregnancy rates possible for our patients, at the least cost"

Our goal at Dominion Fertility is to get the highest…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 10, 2017 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Can I exercise?

One of the recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states: “Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy.”

The majority of our patients…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 10, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Natural Cycle IVF Medications

Natural Cycle IVF Medications





If you are supposed to be doing NATURAL Cycle IVF, why is it that one day a whole box of medications (including a SHOT) show up on your front door step??? When planning to do NC IVF, part of the beauty is that…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on January 3, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dominion Fertility's 10TH year offering Natural Cycle IVF.

 

Hi! This is Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia. Next month will be the start of our 10th year of Natural Cycle IVF. We are the largest Natural Cycle IVF center in the United States and have produced more babies…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on December 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Fertility Trigger Shot

Giving yourself these HCG trigger shots are not that scary!

During almost every type of fertility cycle we do, we have you take a HCG trigger shot. Yep. This is the one that goes in the butt with what looks like a needle long enough to reach your toes – yikes!

Don't stare at the…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on December 21, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Time lapsed video of embryos allow us to watch them grow!

Added by Dominion Fertility on December 20, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Understanding the insurance authorization process for fertility treatment specialty medications

Often as nurses, we are called upon to engage in sometimes lengthy, spirited debates with insurance companies in order to obtain prior authorization for medications commonly used during treatment cycles. We thought it would be helpful to review what the process on our end is.

When we call to obtain prior authorization, we have to complete several forms for the insurance…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on December 14, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Advantages of PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening) means more healthy pregnancies

Hi! Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Today, I would like to speak with you about the many advantages of a technique called PGS (preimplantation genetic screening), in layman’s…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on December 10, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The ABC’s of IUI, IVF & FET’s

Texting has become its own language – LOL… It’s amazing how we have created so many shortcuts to communication. I was reading a fertility post and saw another whole new language, one that is only familiar to a special kind of person – a fertility…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on December 7, 2016 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Persistence is the Single Most Important Denominator in Success

Hi! This is Dr. Michael DiMattina, Medical Director at Dominion Fertility. You know, persistence pays off often. It is the single most important denominator in success of my patients over the many years that I have been…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Genetic conditions can be tested for.

Added by Dominion Fertility on November 28, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Egg freezing, Is it for me?

Egg freezing, Is it for me?



image from ARC Fertility

The average age of menopause in the US is 51.4. Unfortunately, there are serious medical conditions that lower many of our patients’ age of menopause by up to 10 to 20 years. At Dominion Fertility we have been helping our patients with these conditions such as fragile X premutation and mosaicism for monosomy X that predispose them to primary ovarian…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 21, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Healthy lifestyle leads to higher pregnancy rates

In this day and age, maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult. Unfortunately, infertility is more prevalent among obese couples. Both obesity and infertility cause psychological stress in couples. As fertility specialists, we routinely offer counseling on weight loss as part of…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

When you should consider undergoing IVF treatment

Hello. Dr. Michael DiMattina, medical director at Dominion Fertility. The question today is when you should consider undergoing IVF treatment.

When should you consider…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 15, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

She was 28 years old but her ovaries were acting over 40 years old: Now pregnant after her first IVF treatment.

28 year old had the ovaries of a woman in her 40’s.

Hello everyone. Dr. DiMattina here to share an incredible story about a 28 year- old patient of mine who had never been pregnant after trying for over one year. She did not know it but her ovaries had prematurely aged…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Benefit of TEAM Nursing

"Will you be my nurse?”

My answer is to that is

“Yes.. And so will Beth, Amy, Erin, Jana, Nichol, Stephanie, and Latoya."

Often times when I meet…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 11, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Zika virus and planning pregnancy

CDC updated recommendations regarding Zika transmission.

On September 30, 2016, CDC updated its recommendations about pregnancy timing for couples who want to get pregnant, and updated recommendations regarding prevention of Zika virus transmission through sexual contact.

If you are planning a pregnancy utilizing…

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Added by Dominion Fertility on November 8, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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