Egg Freezing & Fertility Preservation
Recent advances in technology in the field of cryobiology now allows us to freeze (cryopreserve) human eggs (oocytes). While the pregnancy rates are slightly less when using cryopreserved oocytes, this advancement creates an option for women who may wish to cryopreserve their eggs due to disease or for social reasons. There are many circumstances where […]
UPDATES: Uterine Septum: To cut or not to cut
The May issue of Human Reproduction contained the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of resection of a uterine septum. The journal issue also contained an editorial commenting on the study. The practice of removing a septum has undergone considerable controversy. The issue highlights one of the more vexing problems when trying to evaluate the usefulness […]
The varicocele dilemma: Solutions or Hype?
Varicoceles have been associated with male factor infertility for years. The term “varicocele “was first reported in 1843. Yet even today, there continues to be considerable controversy about varicoceles and what to do about them as well as associated male factor infertility. There are a large number of couples having difficulty conceiving where a varicocele […]
A Fertility Hat Trick – From loss to pandemic to baby makes 5!
Emily Delgado and her husband Rick are used to taking the road less travelled, but creating their family of 5 has led them through an epic journey. Married for just over 10 years, Emily, 34 and Rick (35) were having problems creating the family of their dreams. Just shortly after being married, Emily was diagnosed […]
Does increased weight reduce a woman’s chance of conceiving?
Weight seems to have a negative influence on fertility. There certainly are women who are overweight, achieve a pregnancy easily, and have children. But if a woman is having problems conceiving and she is overweight, she may want to consider that her weight is part of the problem. Does increased weight reduce a woman’s chance […]
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Pregnancy Loss: Whether Public or Not, the Loss of a Pregnancy Is Very Real
Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, suffered an experience too well known by many women: a pregnancy loss. Their response was a heartfelt show of grief on social media. While this gets significant attention due to the couple’s celebrity status, it brought to light that too often, the pain from a pregnancy loss is trivialized. Many will say […]
Data, data everywhere: how to separate “fake news” from useful information
Somewhere around 1980 the internet was born, and the digital revolution began. One result of this technological advancement, for all the positives, is that we are drowning in data. But having a ton of data does not equate to a ton of information. In fact, most data has precious little information. If you google data […]
Why it’s hard to choose the best embryo.
Let’s think of an illustration for one of the smaller species! If you were to look at mouse embryos, you would see they all look alike at the blastocyst stage and only < 2% have the wrong number of chromosomes (aneuploid). Look at blastocyst human embryos and no two look alike. Furthermore, over two-thirds of […]
More Questions On Pregnancy & Fertility During COVID-19
In order to keep you informed as to current information on COVID-19, I am sharing the following answers to frequently asked questions on the impact of this novel coronavirus on fertility and pregnancy. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that we just don’t have a lot of data, and it may take quite a while to actually figure out […]
Fertility Nurses Take on COVID-19
From the ‘other half’ of the Rinehart medical team!Lisa Rinehart, RN, BSN, JD and co-author of Getting Pregnant for Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2020) will be part of a new series entitled Fertility Nurses Take on COVID-19, a weekly webinar to support nurses during this unprecedented time. The onslaught from COVID-19 that we are all experiencing is a harrowing […]