Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH): A Reliable Predictor of Ovarian Reserve

AMH is an early and reliable predictor of ovarian reserve and a decrease in AMH levels may indicate that there is an egg issue before FSH levels begin to rise (another test for ovarian reserve).  Since AMH adds valuable information as a predictor of ovarian reserve, the testing is now part of our standard fertility […]
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Meet Dr. Emily Barnard, the Newest Physician to Join the Washington, D.C. and Towson Care Teams

Dr. Barnard, who will begin seeing patients in April 2021, will provide a full range of state-of-the-art, in-house diagnostic and treatment options for female and male infertility, elective egg freezing, LGBTQ family building, and fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment. Dr. Barnard is here today as a reproductive endocrinologist because of one ultrasound she saw […]
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Maryland Mandate Opens New Door for Single Mothers by Choice

When single mother by choice, Dr. Deborah Brooks, first embarked on her family-building journey in 2018, she found it discriminatory that she did not qualify for the same access to fertility treatment benefits that married couples did. Until January 1, 2021, the Maryland Mandate infertility insurance law did not offer unwed women in vitro fertilization […]
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Can Birth Control Cause Infertility?

Some women diagnosed with infertility look back at the years they spent preventing pregnancy with hormonal birth control and question, “Can birth control cause infertility?” Can birth control cause infertility? Contrary to a popular myth, the pill has no negative impact on fertility. However, it is easy to understand why there are myths about birth […]
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Clomid for Infertility: What You Need to Know

For over 50 years, clomiphene citrate (also known as clomiphene, Clomid, or Serophene) has been used to help treat infertility. Clomid is an oral medication prescribed for infertility, but unlike more advanced fertility technologies, pregnancy rates with Clomid have not changed over time. Many people are aware of Clomid as a low-tech, lower-cost option than […]
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Why More Women are Turning to Egg Freezing during the Pandemic

Elizabeth McQueen’s demanding career as an engineer drastically changed from weekly travels to steps from her living room to kitchen as the COVID-19 pandemic paused life as we know it. Egg freezing was always an attractive option to McQueen, who first visited Shady Grove Fertility physician, Dr. Naveed Khan, several years earlier. Yet, the required […]
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Seven SGF Physicians Honored as Top Docs in 2021 by Northern Virginia Magazine

Helping patients overcome infertility is not simply a job, it is a mission for Shady Grove Fertility physicians. With compassion and dedication at the forefront of patient care, seven SGF physicians have earned their place on Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2021 Top Doctors for infertility list. Local physicians throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. earn their […]
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Tubal Reversal vs. IVF?

Many women who have had a tubal ligation, commonly referred to as “having your tubes tied,” find themselves wanting another child due to life changes. But can a woman get pregnant if she’s had a procedure that is considered a permanent form of birth control? Yes, and talking to a reproductive endocrinologist is the first […]
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Dispelling the HSG Myths

If you’ve begun the process to evaluate the cause of your infertility, no doubt you are concerned about the testing that will be required. In particular, the HSG may be the test you are most dreading. Possibly, well-intended friends and family have shared their experiences in crisp detail. You’ve gone to Google for reassurance only […]
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The Most Common Cause of Female Infertility: Problems with Ovulation

The leading cause of female infertility—affecting nearly 25 percent of infertile couples—is a problem with ovulation, also known as an ovulatory disorder. When a woman has problems with ovulation, she may ovulate irregularly, infrequently or even not at all. The most common cause of ovulation dysfunction is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). But why does a problem […]
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