AMH: The Best Predictor of Current Female Fertility

over the past year, studies have emerged, and our own experience has confirmed, that anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) testing is the best and most accurate predictor of a woman’s remaining ovarian reserve (the number of eggs remaining in the ovaries). As a result, the anti-Müllerian hormone test has become a standard of care at Shady Grove […]
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The Significance of Monitoring During Infertility Treatment

For many couples who pursue fertility treatments, especially for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), a common ritual becomes visits for morning monitoring during your treatment cycle. The goals of these sometimes frequent appointments are to make necessary mid-course adjustments to your treatment protocol and to determine the best timing for ovulation or egg retrieval by […]
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How Early Can You Take a Pregnancy Test?

Sometimes it seems like trying to get pregnant is all about waiting. You’re waiting for your ovulation predictor kit to tell you it’s time to have sex. You’re waiting for the first possible day you can take a pregnancy test. Then, you’re waiting on the edge of your seats for the results. Most women trying […]
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2-Week Wait

FAQ: 2-WEEK WAIT Shady Grove Fertility nurses Karen Calabrese, R.N. and Elizabeth Zapp, R.N. discuss some of the common questions patients ask about the 2-week wait. The 2-week wait before you have your beta (pregnancy test) can seem like an eternity. Each day seems longer than the last, and the question “Am I pregnant?” goes […]
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Taking the Next Step: Transitioning Treatment

At Shady Grove Fertility, we believe in a stepped care approach to treatment, starting with the simplest, most affordable treatment options first and move up to more advanced treatments only if needed. More than half of all the treatment cycles we do are considered low-tech, and were successful for nearly a thousand patients in 2013. For many […]
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IVF Process

STEP ONE: GETTING STARTED WITH IVF For nearly 40 years, in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment has helped millions of couples worldwide overcome a wide variety of infertility diagnoses and enabled them to realize their dreams of becoming parents. IVF helps infertile couples become pregnant by joining the egg and sperm together in an embryology laboratory […]
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Anesthesia

FAQ: ANESTHESIA Why do I need an anesthetic and what will it be?Egg retrievals would be quite uncomfortable without an anesthetic of some kind. For several years, Shady Grove Fertility has been using what is called light general anesthesia, “unconscious” sedation, heavy sedation, or total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA)—all the same thing. It is a quick […]
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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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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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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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