I have been in the medical field for over 24 years. The last 15 of those years as an RN working everywhere from California to Alaska and Hawaii to the Virgin Islands. I had thought I had seen and done everything until I started working at La Jolla IVF one year ago. New to reproductive services I was and still am amazed at how science, technology and hope come together to ...Continue Reading →
March 11th, 2013 – by Ellen Dolgen
New Girl has got me thinking: Where have all the good eggs gone?
During a recent episode, Sadie, the show’s “friendly neighborhood gynecologist,” broke the news that a woman can lose up to 90 percent of her eggs by age 30. Jess (and I!) had a little more than a minor freak-out. Very funny, FOX. Isn’t this supposed to be a sitcom?
While I’m past my ...Continue Reading →
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It DOES make a difference which wins the race: Scientists scan 100 sperm from one man – and find huge DNA differences
The ‘race’ between human sperm to the eggs might just look like a bunch of wriggling tadpoles – but it makes a big difference which sperm wins, say Stanford researchers.
30 July 2012
Perhaps you are interested in becoming an egg donor, or maybe you’ve decided to use an egg donor for reproductive assistance. Egg donation is facilitated by a fertility specialist who extracts eggs from a donor’s ovaries and either freezes them for future use or fertilizes them immediately for implantation in a woman’s uterus in order to start a pregnancy.
Who Uses Donated Eggs?
There are a wide range of reasons a woman may choose to use an egg other than her ...Continue Reading →
After 3 years of not being back, Dr Smotrich was happy to return to the Bishop Asili Health Center in Luwero Uganda. Amazed by the positive energy and the vast changes that had taken place; he was delighted to being able to share these experiences with his son Ariel, who this time traveled with him.
Leaving Uganda in 2009 with the promise of funding the “Smotrich Resturant”, first ever hospital ...Continue Reading →
Surrogacy is a type of reproductive assistance in which a woman carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple who will go on to raise the child themselves. The surrogate mother may or may not be the biological mother of the baby she carries. The Latin word surrogare means “in place of” or “to substitute.”
In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother supplies the egg to be fertilized and is therefore the biological mother of the child. ...Continue Reading →
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries and delivers a child for another person or couple. The surrogate mother does not continue to fulfill the role of the child’s mother after the child is born. The surrogate mother may or may not be biologically related to the child she carries. The word “surrogate” comes from the Latin word surrogare meaning “to substitute or put in another’s place.”
Both single men and women or couples may choose to use a surrogate ...Continue Reading →
In vitro fertilization remains one of the most cutting-edge procedures for treating infertility. New discoveries provide opportunities to advance technologies and provide even better results to patients. Recent research regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) asks fertility specialists to rethink when they perform PGD—is it better to screen developing embryos on day 3 or day 5? You’d be surprised at the difference two days can make.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (or preimplantation genetic screening) is a standard biopsy procedure performed on ...Continue Reading →
La Jolla IVF, a San Diego fertility center recently received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP); this is recognition of the highest standards in IVF laboratories.
In vitro literally translates to “in glass,” referring to the glass laboratory containers in which an in vitro fertilization (IVF) occurs. Although babies fertilized in vitro are commonly called “test tube babies” (mind you, this isn’t the most politically correct terminology), in vitro fertilization actually take place in a petri dish.
Today, a procedure performed in vitro simply means outside the body or living organism. The blastocyst/embryo is implanted inside the uterus after fertilization occurs.
IVF requires three things for success: ...Continue Reading →