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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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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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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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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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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What Every Woman Over the Age of 35 Should Know about Having Children Later in Life

Dr. Lauren Roth, who sees patients in SGF’s Frederick, MD, Rockville, MD, and Silver Spring, MD locations, shares her best recommendations for women who are planning on starting a family later on in life. Dr. Roth also answered questions such as the following: Does stress really affect fertility? Can weight and lifestyle choices affect your ability to get pregnant? What […]
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Fertility Testing at Home: Should you take at-home fertility tests?

WARNING: Before you waste money on OTC test, you can get comprehensive answers from a fertility specialist—often at no cost. In recent years, several at-home versions of common fertility diagnostic tests have been made available over-the-counter. These tests offer patients an affordable and convenient means to check their fertility at home. While there are some […]
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COVID-19 and Infertility: Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Contribution: Eric A. Widra, M.D. March 19, 2021 Dear Valued Patient, Shady Grove Fertility continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations in response to COVID-19. Practice leaders examine the implications of all recommendations with a […]
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What Does Your Menstrual Cycle Say About Your Fertility?

One of the most common questions OB/GYN’s have for their patients is “When was the first day of your last period?”. The answer to this question may feel like part of the usual routine at your annual OB/GYN appointment. If you have been trying to conceive without success, the answer could provide important insight into factors […]
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