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The HRC Fertility Blog is a resource for patients and those seeking infertility related issues and articles. Check back often or subscribe to this blog as it is changed weekly by the HRC staff.

Deciding to Become a Choice Dad

Deciding to Become a Choice Dad
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Men also hear their biological clocks ticking

Their numbers are small, but a growing movement of men are opting to become single biological parents by using assisted reproductive technologies. Like their single ‘choice mom’ counterparts, prospective single dads want to parent on their terms and have an equally strong desire to parent.   

Reasons why single men become choice dads

On the surface, it may seem easier and more culturally and socially acceptable for single heterosexual men to find female partners with whom they can have children, including as they age. However, this scenario has not worked for many single dads. Many have not had the time to find the right woman to marry because of busy careers. They may feel the opportunity to become an active father is slipping away from them.

Single gay men too can be stymied by both biology and the lack of a loving partner with whom to parent.

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Embryo Donation - It can be a win-win for both donors and recipients

Embryo Donation - It can be a win-win for both donors and recipients
Embryo Adoption - Dr. Sanaz Ghazal

One of the most challenging issues facing in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients is deciding what to do with their remaining frozen embryos once treatment is over. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 600,000 frozen embryos in storage in U.S. fertility clinics and storage centers.

The majority of patients will use their embryos to try to have more children. But for individuals who have decided their family building days are over, they have several choices to make. They can:

Store their embryos indefinitely or until they make a decision and pay storage fees.Donate them to research.Undergo a ‘compassionate’ embryo transfer during the time of the month when the woman is unlikely to get pregnant.Thaw the embryos.Donate their embryos to another couple or individual.

Is embryo donation right for you as a donor?

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Infertility: The Two Week Wait

Infertility: The Two Week Wait
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The Waiting Game

The most nerve-wracking part of the infertility journey

Whether you are undergoing intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), an infertility treatment cycle consists of many steps. Everyone involved in the process – doctors, nurses, embryologists, and patients – does their part to ensure the cycle will be as successful as possible. Then the waiting begins, euphemistically known in the ‘trying to conceive’ world as the tortuous two-week wait.

At HRC Fertility, we try to support our patients and their partners as much as possible during this emotionally turbulent time. The emotional roller coaster does not necessarily end with the announcement of the first test results and often continues throughout the several months before we discharge patients to their obstetricians.

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Sperm: Can They Take the Heat?

Sperm: Can They Take the Heat?
Can sperm take the heat?

The testicles are located in an ideal spot in a man's body, external to the rest of the male reproductive system. Sperm, created inside these organs, need a cool environment for reproduction, and the temperature of the testes should be lower than a man's core body temperature to function effectively.

Often our patients have questions about the effects of various heat sources on the male reproductive organs. For many, it can be confusing to separate the myths from the reality. But one thing is certain: don't overheat your testicles!

Boxers or Briefs: Does it Make a Difference?

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The Vicious Cycle of Stress and Infertility

The Vicious Cycle of Stress and Infertility

‘Relax and it will happen’ is advice most infertility patients hate to hear. For many, it implies getting pregnant may be their fault. This, in turn, only makes them feel more stressed, leading to a vicious cycle of self-blame. This statement can be especially hurtful for couples with a diagnosis of male fertility, blocked fallopian tubes or another condition where they will not get pregnant without a doctor’s help, regardless of their stress level.

One of the most perplexing issues confronting the infertility field is the true relationship between stress and infertility and stress and IVF success rates. Even a review of the peer-reviewed literature on the subject does not yield a conclusive answer. While it is unclear about the role of stress, we know alleviating stress levels and learning coping techniques can help patients feel more in control and better about themselves, their bodies and their treatment plan. It is also beneficial to your overall health, including blood pressure and heart rate.

Your Stress is Real

Groundbreaking research from Dr. Alice Domar*, a world-renowned psychologist in the infertility field, has shown that the stress of infertility is comparable to the stress experienced by cancer patients and those with other serious illnesses.

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Enrich Your Chances of IVF Success with Vitamin D

Enrich Your Chances of IVF Success with Vitamin D
vitamin D and infertility success

What if there was an easy and inexpensive way to improve your fertility, overall health, and perhaps, improve your chances of IVF success? You would probably jump at the chance to use it.

No, there isn’t a magic pill with guaranteed success, but infertility specialists, including our physicians at HRC Fertility, have recognized the importance of Vitamin D in both your reproductive and general health. So here are some facts about this vital vitamin, as well as suggestions for either maintaining or replenishing a healthy Vitamin D level.

Vitamins all around us

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