Diagnosing and Overcoming Male Factor Infertility

Overcoming male factor infertility is possible through the right diagnostic testing and appropriate treatment protocols. While the infertility conversation often revolves around the female partner, the male partner’s role is just as important. Infertility is often seen as a female problem, but surprisingly, 40 percent of cases are attributed to the male partner, with an additional […]
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The Lifecycle of Sperm: Sperm Development

The Sperm Development Cycle Takes about 74 Days Most people probably don’t give much thought to sperm development until perhaps conception appears that it’s taking longer than it should. The good news, there are some very tangible lifestyle changes that men can make to improve their sperm health and overall fertility. It is generally known […]
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Coming Soon: SGF Jones Institute, Preserving the Legacy of Innovation and Excellence in Fertility Care

Did you hear? We’re making the Hampton Roads region home to our latest full-service location, SGF Jones Institute, with Dr. Tarita Pakrashi, on July 7, 2021. We are proud to extend care to our new Norfolk neighbors with comprehensive fertility services and an embryology lab while enduring the Jones Institute legacy as leaders in fertility medicine.   Our new space may be familiar to locals as the Eastern Virginia Medical School Jones Institute for Reproductive […]
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IVF Process: Pregnancy Test

STEP SIX: PREGNANCY TEST The pregnancy test occurs around 18 days after the egg retrieval. All pregnancy tests are assessing whether human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is present. However, unlike a home pregnancy test, Shady Grove Fertility will perform a blood test to determine the exact level of hCG present. When a positive pregnancy is determined, […]
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IVF Process: Embryo Transfer

STEP FIVE: EMBRYO TRANSFER The embryo transfer is a simple procedure that takes about 5 minutes to complete. There’s no anesthesia or recovery time needed following an embryo transfer. This experience will be similar to the mock embryo transfer performed prior to starting the cycle. When your embryo transfer is scheduled, your nurse will notify […]
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IVF Process: Fertilization and Embryo Development

STEP FOUR: FERTILIZATION Prior to embryo development, fertilization must first occur. Once the eggs and sperm are collected, sorted, and prepared, Shady Grove Fertility’s specially trained embryology team begins the fertilization process. There are two methods used for fertilization: Conventional fertilizationConventional fertilization is a standard form of fertilization used during the IVF process and frequently […]
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IVF Process: Egg Retrieval

STEP THREE: THE TRIGGER SHOT AND EGG RETRIEVAL The stimulation phase ends with a trigger shot. The trigger shot provides final maturation to the developing follicles and sets ovulation in motion. Timing is crucial in this phase because the egg retrieval must be performed prior to the expected time of ovulation. The doctor decides when […]
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IVF Process: Ovarian Stimulation

STEP TWO: OVARIAN STIMULATION n a normal ovulation cycle, one egg matures per month. In an IVF cycle, the goal is to have several eggs mature, as this will increase your chances of success with treatment. In the ovarian stimulation phase of the IVF cycle, injectable medications are used for approximately 8 to 14 days […]
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Tax Deductions May Help Ease Cost of Fertility Treatment

FIVE TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES *NOTE: Each patient’s circumstances are unique. Please consult with your personal tax advisor to determine how these deductibility rules may apply specifically to you. At Shady Grove Fertility, we are dedicated to helping each patient feel confident about their ability to grow […]
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Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) Explained

About 40 percent of patients who undergo IVF have an additional embryo(s) that they choose to cryopreserve (freeze) to use for another attempt, should their first cycle be unsuccessful, or to continue to build their family at a later date. This process is called a frozen embryo transfer (FET). But what goes into a frozen embryo transfer process, […]
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