July 2009 Blog Posts (10)

"How is it going?" A Patient's Perspective

This post was written by a patient who successfully conceived two boys through IVF.

"How is it going?"

That is a question that can be the hardest to answer for someone going through infertility testing and treatment. At times, I felt like all I wanted to do was have someone to talk to about the difficulty and struggles I was having with my infertility. Other days, I swore that if another person asked me, “How is it going?” I would lose my mind. And so it is with… Continue

Added by Dominion Fertility on July 29, 2009 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

What is ICSI and how does it work? The mechanics with a patient’s story.

ICSI (pronounced ick-see) is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or in layman’s terms, the injection of a single sperm into a single egg in an attempt to fertilize the egg in IVF cases when fertilization might not otherwise occur. Doctors often recommend this procedure when there is a male factor infertility issue, or when, like in the case of Natural Cycle IVF, there is only one egg collected for IVF. While the scientific name might make it sound a bit complicated, it is actually… Continue

Added by Dominion Fertility on July 28, 2009 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Practical Tips from the Nurses: A Smooth Start for a New Cycle

It is normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information presented to you throughout the treatment process. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking to begin a new treatment cycle, whether it is an IUI or IVF.

• Make sure your checklist is completed regarding pre-cycle testing. You will need to have the ordered blood work completed, along with any other testing that your doctor may have ordered for you (i.e.: cervical cultures, hysteroscopy, mock embryo… Continue

Added by Dominion Fertility on July 24, 2009 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

Tips to Optimize Your Insurance Benefits

Managing insurance claims for infertility services may seem at times as difficult and time consuming as the treatments themselves. Here are some practical suggestions from our financial experts at Dominion Fertility that can help you along the way:

• Be sure to make yourself an insurance folder. Make copies of paperwork for all medical services that you may have to submit to your insurance company on your own behalf.

• Call your insurance carrier (the number is on the back of… Continue

Added by Dominion Fertility on July 23, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

My story

Just wanted to share my story for those that may be uncertain. I have four children, two conceived the good old fashion way and twins through IVF, after having my tubes tied. I felt so blessed to be able to conceive that I wanted to help others. I decided to be a egg donor and then a surrogate. My dad was dying with cancer so I wanted to help couples who couldn't carry because of Uterine cancer. (They used their own eggs.) I was able to help four couples and in total had 7 surrogate babies. Dr.… Continue

Added by Mary Lucian on July 20, 2009 at 9:29am — No Comments

IVF Hope

At the risk of sounding like all we do is Natural Cycle IVF, I wanted to point out an interesting patient with diminished ovarian reserve who is now pregnant after Natural Cycle IVF as part of our Hope IVF program. The entire story can be found below in the RSS feed from my blog but the story in a nutshell is that of a patient with a low AMH, a low AFC and a high FSH who wished to avoid multiples given a previous experience at another fertility clinic.

The moral of the story is that… Continue

Added by John David Gordon MD on July 13, 2009 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Last Chance?

As we embark on our third attempt at natural cycle IVF, I’m feeling optimistic and cautiously excited about the possibility that it could actually work.

Increasingly, I have struggled with bitterness and anger over not being able to conceive naturally and have never liked the idea of having to seek assistance. On one hand, I figure “what will be will be,” but on the other, do not want to look back and regret someday that I wasn’t willing to try everything we could. After multiple… Continue

Added by ADM on July 10, 2009 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Dr.DiMattina Welcomes You to Fertile Grounds

Hi Everyone!

We just launched Fertile Grounds 2 weeks ago and I love to see this activity already. Please be assured that we put a lot of time and thought into developing this forum and we want it to be the very best for ALL patients and interested parties. We will continue to place up to date info on all sorts of topics of interest to you and patient stories. I have always desired to provide our patients will ultra cutting edge treatments and as important, the highest level of… Continue

Added by Dominion Fertility on July 10, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

For you God!

Poem- "Pink or Blue"

Pink Or Blue

God, pink or blue, I do not care

Its sex is neither here nor there.

I pray you see my longing heart,

And in motherhood, let me take part.

I ask this out of selfishness,

But pray you grant it none the less.

I will do my best to raise them right,

To ignite in them Your holy light.

And if it not be, Comfort me please.

Mend my heart and give me peace.

And help me to see and… Continue

Added by Ines Delgado on July 9, 2009 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Birth Control Pills and IVF

Birth control pills or, more correctly, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) can be used as a part of the IVF stimulation protocol in several different settings. First, in patients who are known or suspected to be high responders, OCPs may help mitigate the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

Second, in patients without predictable regular menstrual cycles, OCPs can be used in combination with Lupron to initiate an IVF cycle. In our practice, we usually start OCPs in such cases… Continue

Added by John David Gordon MD on July 1, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

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