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This is CNN My folks won't bank online, use the Facebook account I created for them, and often still call me to see if I have received an email they just sent. Some of this behavior is silly but some of it is justified paranoia. I am getting a bit paranoid about the Web too. These days when I check CNN, every...
Autism We are in a time of unprecedented scientific power. We can test embryos and eliminate disease before pregnancy even occurs. We can control when and how babies are born and how many are born at once. Since the start of the science explosion in the 1960s, we've gained a lot of knowledge and technical...
waiting room Fertility clinic waiting rooms are often anxiety-filled places. That's why our front receptionist, Tracy, does her best to make the place feel like her living room. She is the warmest, kindest face a clinic could have. She is exactly who I would want to greet when I go to a fertility clinic's...
ectopic pregnancy I sometimes wonder how people ever get pregnant naturally. Successful pregnancy has so many prerequites: good sperm that can swim to the Fallopian tube, a good egg that makes it from the ovary down the tube, a tube(s) that can move eggs and sperm properly, normal embryo creation and development,...
who can provide fertility treatment? The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society just released a statement suggesting that only Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility specialitists (REIs) should be prescribing fertility medications such as gonadotropins (injections of FSH and/or LH) and performing IVF. Is this protectionism?...
Be wary We see ads in magazines or read product labels at the pharmacy. Lots of things claim to help us conceive but buyer beware! For example, lubricants do not help you conceive, unless you can't have intercourse without them. Though there is no lubricant that actually helps you, some are less toxic to...
Tell me Perhaps I could blame today's tear-fest on my hormones. Whatever the explanation, today I cried while talking to a patient who has low egg count and repeated IVF cycles without success. I also cried when I called my patients to tell them they are pregnant and when I read this post called "20 Things...
Ethics and PGD When one thinks of controversial topics in fertility treatment, one often thinks of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). PGD involves testing embryos to determine if they carry a particular gene. If they do carry the gene, they are typically discarded and only embryos NOT carrying the gene are...