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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jan 8th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

4 Ways to Make Progress On Your Fertility Journey From Home Apr 20th, 2020

A fertility journey can be stressful during the best of times, but the uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on your ability to create a family can be unbearable. While it may seem like your fertility journey is at a standstill, you can still make progress towards achieving your dreams...

Tips for Keeping Safe During Coronavirus | CRM Orlando Mar 25th, 2020

With the World Health Organization declaring the Coronavirus a pandemic and cities forcing many businesses to close, we know it can be a stressful and scary time. We also know that for many couples who are trying to conceive, time is of the essence, and delaying treatment can decrease your...

Choosing the Right Fertility Center: The CRM Difference Mar 3rd, 2020

Choosing the right fertility center is one of the most important decision you can make, whether you’re starting on your fertility journey or selecting a new center after a past one didn’t produce results. There are a variety of factors to take into consideration when choosing the right fertility center...

6 Ideas for a Fertility Friendly Valentine’s Day Feb 4th, 2020

Infertility has been known to put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. Between the stress, treatments, and frustrations couples face on their path to parenthood, keeping the romance alive during treatment can feel impossible. But taking a break from focusing on your fertility issues to reconnect with your...

5 Tips for Those Trying to Conceive in 2020 Jan 8th, 2020

Make the decision to start or grow your family can be a happy and exciting time for couples. But while many think achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy is as easy as just trying, certain things can stand in the way of success. Here, the fertility doctors of CRM Orlando's...

5 Fertility Support Tips for the Holidays & Beyond Dec 10th, 2019

The holidays are particularly tough for individuals struggling with infertility. Whether it’s dealing with uncomfortable questions from well-meaning relatives or being surrounded by children, the holidays can be an emotional minefield for those struggling with infertility. For those who have loved ones struggling with infertility, it can be difficult to...

Tips for Traveling with Fertility Medications [infographic] Nov 22nd, 2019

The holidays are here, which means plenty of time with friends, family, and loved ones. While this time of year can be full of joy, it can also be filled with stress. For those traveling during the holidays, hectic airports, train stations, and highways can leave them stressed to the...

Breast Cancer Treatment & Fertility: What to Know Oct 25th, 2019

Women facing a breast cancer diagnosis are already facing mountains of fear, uncertainty, and emotional pain. But for some women, breast cancer isn’t the only thing they are facing: depending on the type of lifesaving treatment required, they may also be facing infertility. While advances in detection and treatment for...

The Facts About Exercise and Fertility Aug 27th, 2019

Is there a link between exercise and fertility? Does engagnig in regular, rigorous exercise impact your ability to conceive? In their latest infographic, the fertility experts of CRM Orlando's fertility clinic in the greater Orlando area go over everything you need to know about exercise when you're trying to conceive. ...

What about Male Partners? Jul 18th, 2019

A recently published multicenter study of the association between total testosterone (TT) levels, semen analyses, and live birth rates in men with unexplained infertility, found that low TT (<264 ng/dl) in the male partner was associated with low sperm morphology (normal forms) and a lower live birth rate. The design...

Association of IVF with Childhood Cancer in the United States Jul 11th, 2019

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics considered the incidence of childhood cancers among children conceived in IVF relative to children conceived naturally. Dr. Logan Spector of the Division of Epidemiology/Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, was the lead author of the...

An Antibiotic May Treat Endometriosis Jul 2nd, 2019

Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that treatment with the antibiotic, Metronidazole, reduces the size of endometriotic lesions. The mechanism is thought to involve reduction of the gut microbes that may be causative of the disease. Although this study was performed in mice, the...

Follow-up Data of Children Born after Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Reassuring Jun 25th, 2019

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), an IVF-related technique used to select genetically competent embryos, has been much debated with respect to the health of the resulting children. A chief concern has been the safety of the embryo biopsy. When performed on the day 3 embryo (8 cells) just one cell is...

Deter Alzheimer's: Brush and Floss! Jun 20th, 2019

For the past twenty years various epidemiologic studies have shown that a potential link exists between periodontal disease (poor oral hygiene) and cardiovascular disease. Both processes, decades in the making, are associated with chronic inflammation. But good dental hygiene not only prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and perhaps atherosclerosis, recently...

Older Fathers May Affect the Health of their Partners and Children Jun 6th, 2019

Women have “biological clocks.” Men have “biological clocks.” A recent study from Rutgers University, published in the journal Maturitas, reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of the father’s age on fertility, pregnancy, and the health of resulting children. While it is generally well known and accepted that reproductive...

IVF: Choosing the Most Intelligent Embryo May 30th, 2019

Within the next 10 years couples undergoing IVF treatment could be given the chance to pick the “smartest” embryo, according to Dr. Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research at Michigan State University. Genetic screening advances mean that it may soon be feasible to reliably rank embryos according to potential...

Fertility to Futility: Treatment When Prognosis Is Very Poor, Or Worse May 16th, 2019

The great percentage of patients who present for fertility services have a chance of having a baby and their prognoses range from excellent to poor. Less commonly, the likelihood for success is very poor to almost zero. While most couples set limits (emotional, financial, age-related) to their treatments, others do...

What about Uterine “Receptivity”? May 9th, 2019

Much is being said and written about endometrial (uterine lining) receptivity in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) setting, and especially in the context of the failed IVF cycle. Endometrial receptivity is one of the critical aspects of the complex process of embryo attachment, invasion, and successful implantation. The endometrium is...

IVF in Poor Responders: Mild Versus Conventional Stimulation May 2nd, 2019

Relative to traditional treatments with higher dosages of hormonal medications, is mild stimulation of the ovaries for in vitro fertilization (IVF) better? Certainly, mild stimulation has potential advantages, including reduced cost per cycle, lower risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, and less physical and emotional demands on the patient. Based upon...

Ways to Improve Fertility Apr 18th, 2019

Oftentimes with respect to complex issues, even health-related, we like easy, self-help fixes. Just go to any online bookstore (or a bricks and mortar bookstore, if you can find one) and see a myriad of “DIY” titles such as “Three Steps to ______,” “Five Ways to ______,” “Seven Methods for...

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Letrozole or Clomiphene + Letrozole? Mar 28th, 2019

In the most recent edition of Fertility and Sterility is an intriguing pilot study on the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by the excellent reproductive medicine specialists at the University of Iowa (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2018.11.030). It is a randomized and controlled trial to evaluate whether a combination of letrozole and clomiphene...

Cannabis: What You Should Know Mar 21st, 2019

Marijuana and its sister, hemp, are suddenly everywhere. Both are cannabis species and contain a class of compounds called cannabinoids. In fact, there have been more than 100 different cannabinoids identified, but the two most abundant and notable are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana and hemp are very different...

Are Mosaic Embryos the Past and Future of IVF? Mar 14th, 2019

Not every embryo starts off containing 46 perfect chromosomes; some have “aneuploidy,” that is, too few or too many chromosome copies. Aneuploidy is common and affects as many as 80 percent of human embryos and because aneuploidy has been linked to decreased IVF success, miscarriage and certain genetic disorders, “mosaic”...

High BMI and Risks in IVF Feb 28th, 2019

With the increasing prevalence of obesity in the United States, and with the associations between obesity and infertility (ovulation dysfunction, insulin resistance, androgen excess), more and more patients with obesity are seeking infertility care. With the obesity epidemic in this country the question of “When do surgical risks outweigh benefits?”...

Folate for Fathers? The Effect of Paternal Folate Status and Embryonic Growth Feb 21st, 2019

It is well known that the folic acid status of the mother is of vital importance to normal embryonic and fetal growth, with folate deficiency resulting in neural tube and other defects of development. Although the association between maternal folate consumption and fetal growth has been amply studied, much less...

Children Born Following Assisted Reproduction: No Overall Increased Risk of Cancer Feb 14th, 2019

In a study of 47,690 children published February 4, 2019 in Human Reproduction, a highly-regarded reproductive medicine journal with world-wide circulation, children born after assisted reproductive technology (ART) do not appear to be at greater risk of developing cancer than other children. This is a landmark study because there has been...

Welcome Orilissa? Feb 7th, 2019

In 1977, Doctors Andrew Schally and Roger Guillemin shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH), the brain hormone that causes the pituitary release of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). FSH and LH lead to menstrual events, including ovulation, in the female, and...

Gene-swapping in Human Eggs and Sperm Can Increase Mutations in Children Jan 31st, 2019

When parents pass their genes down to the next generation, their children receive shuffled or remixed versions of their own chromosomes. According to a recent, high-precision study of the DNA of more than 150,000 people in Iceland, that reshuffling of the chromosomal deck can increase the chances that the child’s...

Acupuncture Does Not Improve IVF Birth Rates Jan 24th, 2019

Among the most frequent questions that our patients ask are those regarding the complementary, Traditional Chinese Medical techniques of acupuncture. Several previously published meta-analyses (quantitative statistical analyses of separate studies to test the pooled data for statistical significance) have shown no benefit of acupuncture in the IVF setting. Another such...

Eating a Diet Rich in Fiber and Whole Grains Is Associated with Reduced Risk of Various Diseases Jan 17th, 2019

In a study published in the prestigious British journal, The Lancet, earlier this month, nearly 40 years of data from observational studies and clinical trials revealed the health benefits of eating a high fiber diet (at least 25g to 29g or more of dietary fiber daily). The study was commissioned...

Endometrioma-related Infertility: Surgery or IVF? Jan 10th, 2019

Endometriosis, and perhaps especially intra-ovarian endometriosis, is associated with infertility. The classic endometrioma or “Chocolate cyst” represents a benign ovarian cyst lined with uterine lining-like cells which contains viscous, old blood. They occur in 20-40% of patients with endometriosis and tend to distort normal ovarian anatomy and induce a chronic...

Genetic Carrier Screening: What You Need to Know Jan 3rd, 2019

Our DNA contains two copies of each gene — one inherited from one’s mother, and one from one’s father. While these genes pass along family characteristics like hair- and eye color, they also may pass on inherited conditions. Such inherited conditions are caused by mutations, or changes in the genes,...

Endometriosis Treatment: Time for “Precision Medicine?” Dec 27th, 2018

Endometriosis – a condition where uterine lining tissue grows outside of the uterus – affects approximately 10% of reproductive-aged women, 45% of infertility patients, and 80% of women with chronic pelvic pain. The associated pain can be significant and even debilitating. The first-line treatment for women with endometriosis-related pain is...

Perhaps the Slipperiest Slope Dec 20th, 2018

Some years ago a patient and her husband, both Ivy League-educated professors at a local university, presented to my office stating that they desired a “male heir.” They wanted him to be a least six feet two inches tall, dark-haired with blue eyes, athletic, and highly intelligent. It was explained...

What about Vaccines? Dec 13th, 2018

Cold and flu season is once again upon us and some of the most frequent questions that we hear during the fall and winter months among our female infertility patients are “Should I get a flu shot?” and “Is the flu shot safe?” and “What about other immunizations?” It would...

Sons of Fathers Who Smoke Have 50 Percent Lower Sperm Counts Dec 6th, 2018

Although numerous studies have linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm counts in resulting sons, a recently published investigation from Sweden has shown that men whose fathers smoked at the time of pregnancy had half as many sperm as those with non-smoking fathers. This effect was found to be...

Follow-up of Children Born After Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Nov 28th, 2018

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) offers couples at risk for transmitting genetic diseases an alternative to prenatal diagnostic testing (chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis). Couples opting for PGD must first undergo IVF treatment to obtain embryos for genetic analysis. Typically the peripheral, placental-generating (trophectodermal) cells of blastocysts (day 5 embryos) are...

Stress Reduces Fertility Nov 21st, 2018

Although up to 25% of women and 21% of men of reproductive age in the US and Canada report daily psychological stress, few studies have investigated whether there is an association between stress and decreased fertility in the population at large. In a study recently published in the American Journal...

Consulting Dr. Google: What Fertility Patients Should Know Nov 15th, 2018

Infertility? “Hormonal problems”? Endometriosis? Miscarriage? … While it is certainly tempting to search the Internet for health-related questions, it must always be remembered that surfing the web, or consulting “Dr. Google” is never a substitute for actual medical care. It is obvious that a search engine cannot take the place...

Egg Freezing to Avoid “Panic Parenting” Nov 8th, 2018

A new study published in Human Fertility suggests that most single women who freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons (“social freezing”), are doing so to avoid “panic parenting,” that is, entering into unstable relationships to have their genetically-own children. Professor Lorraine Culley and Dr. Kylie Baldwin of the Centre for Reproduction Research...

In IVF Is Fresh or Frozen Embryo Transfer Better? Nov 1st, 2018

Although Louise Joy Brown, the first IVF baby, turned 40 years old this year, the science of IVF is still in its formative stages. Research questions continue to arise, and one current controversy is whether transferring a fresh versus a frozen-thawed embryo gives the a better chance for a healthy...

Caffeine, Alcohol, Smoking and IVF Success Oct 25th, 2018

Among infertility patients, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco are perceived as the top three modifiable lifestyle factors which may be detrimental to IVF success. A recent review from the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School summarized the available studies on these three factors with respect to reproductive outcomes...

Progesterone: Shots, Rings and Gels Oct 16th, 2018

Supplementing the second part of the IVF or FET cycle (luteal phase) with progesterone is a universal and beneficial practice. The gold standard option, against which all other routes of administration are compared, is intramuscular progesterone in oil. Previously, the Center for Reproductive Medicine was one of eight centers that...

Planning for Pregnancy Oct 11th, 2018

While most couples who are seen at Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) Orlando are in good to excellent health, this is certainly not always the case, and being in less than optimal health may have serious consequences for both mother and baby. At the initial visit to CRM there will...

Timing May Be Everything: A Study on Sperm Quality Suggests Diminished Period of Abstinence Oct 2nd, 2018

Recent clinical research from Doctors Da Li and XiuXia Wang of Shenyang Hospital, published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, shows both sperm quality and reproductive outcomes are improved when semen is provided after just 1-3 hours of abstinence. The prevailing conventional wisdom in reproductive medicine is that limiting...

In Brief: Boxers! Sep 25th, 2018

Although the link between the type of men’s underwear and fertility has been regarded by many as an old wives’ tale, folklore, or urban legend, the largest study to date has concluded that men who wear looser-fitting (boxer) shorts have higher sperm concentrations than men who wear tighter undergarments. The...

Are Pears Healthier than Apples? Sep 18th, 2018

According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers of Immunology by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, it's healthier to be a pear than an apple! As we age, we tend to accumulate fat: women experience fat build up around the hips, yielding a pear shape, and...

IVF Chances Increased with 18-20 Eggs Sep 11th, 2018

There has been a longstanding question in reproductive medicine: “How many eggs does it take to maximize IVF success?” There has been the desire to find the “sweet spot,” the appropriate balance between success and safety. A recent dissertation from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden showed that the likelihood of...

6 Tips for Making the 2 Week Wait Bearable Aug 13th, 2018

The two-week wait between ovulation and your expected period is often fraught with anxiety, impatience and so many “what-ifs.” These emotions can make it seem as if the two week wait goes on forever. Luckily, the fertility experts of CRM Orlando in Orlando, Florida are here to help! In our...

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel Jun 28th, 2018

When Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel joined CRM Orlando in 2008, both the city and our fertility clinic were very different. At the time, they were a team of just three infertility doctors who were unable to offer many of the advanced services available today. The city of Orlando was much...

Know the Facts: 4 Things to Know About Fertility Jun 21st, 2018

Is it ok to have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee when we are trying to have a baby? Should we have relations every day or every other day? Questions like these will get many different responses when asked to friends and family and create more confusion...

Fertility Diet: The Best Foods for Boosting Fertility [infographic] May 22nd, 2018

When it comes to achieving and maintaining a successful pregnancy, diet plays an important role. While eating certain foods and avoiding others won't guarantee that you'll be able to successfully achieve a pregnancy, the right diet can improve your chances. Here, the fertility experts of CRM Orlando in Orlando, Florida...

Diet and Fertility: Foods that Can Impact Chances of Fertility Issues May 8th, 2018

If you’re trying to conceive, chances are that you’ve read an article or two about a fertility superfood or supplement. While the majority of these claims have little to no scientific evidence to back up the results, eating a balanced and nutritious diet that avoids things like refined sugars, excessive...

All About Egg Freezing: Know the Facts [Infographic] Apr 10th, 2018

More women than ever before are looking to postpone pregancy to pursue their personal and professional goals. Luckily, scientific advancements in the freezing and thawing protocols for eggs have made elective egg freezing a viable option for women who would like to maintain their ability to have children later in...

4 Ways Sleep Impacts Fertility Mar 15th, 2018

Between work, family, and personal obligations, getting enough quality shuteye is difficult for over 30 percent of Americans. For couples struggling with infertility, the stress of undergoing fertility treatments can make getting enough sleep even more difficult. But for women trying to achieve a pregnancy, a lack of sleep could...

PGT: Everything You Need to Know Mar 6th, 2018

For couples going through fertility treatments, it can seem like you’re picking up a whole new vocabulary full of acronyms – IUI, FSH, AMH. If you and your partner are considering IVF, there’s likely another term you’ve heard: PGT, or pre-implantation genetic testing. But what is PGT? And when is...

Keeping the Romance Alive: Ideas for Couples #TTC Feb 13th, 2018

For couples struggling with infertility, it can be difficult to keep the romance alive. All of the stress, frustrations, and disappointments these couples face on their path to parenthood can take a toll on any relationship. But taking a break from focusing on your fertility issues to reconnect with your...

The Link Between Heart Disease & Infertility Feb 5th, 2018

If you’re undergoing treatments for infertility, chances are you’re aware of the links between diseases such as diabetes and STIs and infertility. But there is another chronic illness that has links to infertility that may not seem so obvious – Heart Disease. While there is no evidence that one causes...

Paying for Fertility Treatment: Options to Make it More Affordable Jan 29th, 2018

For couples diagnosed with infertility, one of the biggest issues they face is how to pay for treatment. Even though one in eight couples struggles with infertility, very few insurance plans cover the full cost of fertility treatment, leaving couples scrambling to figure out how to pay out of pocket...

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Fertility Journey Dec 21st, 2017

As we’re approaching the end of the year and the beginning of a new, you can breathe. You did it. You survived the holidays despite the emotional ups and downs that infertility can cause this time of year. And now, with the excitement of a new year, there are new...

Quiz: How Should You Make This a December to Remember? Dec 6th, 2017

De-stressing is key when you’re #TTC… but is that realistic during the holidays? You bet. Take our fun & quick quiz to identify the best chill-out tactics for you! How Should You Make This A #DecembertoRemember ? From love to wellness to fitness, how should you make this the December...

How to Have a Healthy Holiday While Trying to Conceive Nov 20th, 2017

It’s that time of year again for parties, parties, and more parties! This also means it’s time for lots of food, food, and more food (Oh, and don’t forget the drinks!). While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the festivities, it’s important to keep your normal, healthy lifestyle in check –...

Leading Orlando Fertility Center Announces the Grand Opening of a New Comprehensive State-Of-The-Art Nov 20th, 2017

ORLANDO, FLORIDA---NOVEMBER 20, 2017 – The Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) is proud to announce the opening of its new 16,000 square foot office in Central Florida at 1500 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789.  Committed to excellence, CRM has been treating patients throughout Florida for infertility-related issues since 1985 and...

Show Solidarity! Breast Cancer Awareness Events Near Orlando Oct 10th, 2017

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an important time of year that helps bring awareness to this devastating disease and emphasizes the importance of early detection.  Where there is pain, there is also hope, and there is so much we can do to contribute to this great cause. The...

The Center for Reproductive Medicine is moving! Oct 9th, 2017

After 25 years and multiplied thousands of babies conceived at our present location, we are relocating and doubling in size to serve the Central Florida area better. Although we will just be a hop, skip, and jump away from where we are now in Orlando, our new address (1500 South...

What is the Best Diet for PCOS? Sep 19th, 2017

“PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is an endocrine disorder that affects over 7 million women. That’s more than the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus combined.”  – Louise Chang, MD September marks PCOS Awareness Month and presents an opportunity to raise worldwide public awareness...

Dr. Sejal Patel Discusses IUI Aug 31st, 2017

What is an IUI? IUI is referred to as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and is a therapy where sperm can be placed past the cervix and into the women’s uterus around the time of ovulation. Naturally, sperm travels from the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus prior to traveling...

4 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive During IVF Treatments Aug 23rd, 2017

Sad but true, it should come as no surprise that couples going through fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), often struggle to keep the romance alive. However, never is it more important to have a connection with your partner on both a physical and emotional level. Here we offer...

Quiz: What Romantic Activities Fit Your Personality? Aug 9th, 2017

IVF treatments are super relaxing … said no one ever. Reduce stress and help redicover the romance throughout IVF treatments. August is Romance Awareness month! How should you celebrate? Take our quiz to find out…

The Role of Stress on Your Fertility Jul 28th, 2017

Going through infertility can be a very stressful journey, and stress in return plays a negative role with fertility.  There are many fun ways to cope with stress and anxiety during this time whether it’s doing something as a couple, with your family and friends or with your close girlfriends. Websites such a Groupon always have...

Relaxation for Fertility: Romantic Orlando Staycations Jul 24th, 2017

Did you know that psychological factors such as stress and anxiety play a huge role in fertility? While it’s a vicious cycle that is hard to overcome (um, you’re probably stressed because you’re trying to get pregnant), it is so important to remain positive, try your hardest to relax, and...

Infertility: Staying Supportive of Each Other Through It All Jun 26th, 2017

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher Couples struggling with infertility not only have to deal with the stress of doctor appointments, procedures, and worst of all – timed intercourse, but...

Dr. Randall A. Loy Discusses IVF and the Chances of Having a Baby Jun 22nd, 2017

IVF: What Are the Chances of Having A Baby?  Prior to the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, in 1978, there were few effective treatments for infertility. During the past thirty years, due to various improvements in ovarian stimulation regimens and innovations of the technique (e.g., intracytoplasmic sperm...

Who Should Consider Egg Freezing May 25th, 2017

Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, is a process in which a woman’s eggs (oocytes) are extracted, frozen, and stored as a method to preserve reproductive potential in women of reproductive age. It is a procedure that has been around since 1986, but has been growing in popularity over the past...

Advanced Paternal Age May 24th, 2017

A woman who is trying to conceive and is older than 35 years old is considered "advance maternal age" due to the increased risk of pregnancy and the increased risk of abnormal eggs. But what about the male partner? Is there an advanced paternal age that matters?  The answer is yes. ...

Dr. Albert Asante Discusses PCOS Apr 26th, 2017

Is it possible you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? If you have menstrual irregularity, infertility due to lack of ovulation, and/or progressive hirsutism (abnormal hair growth) since puberty, you should be evaluated for PCOS. So, what is PCOS? PCOS is a hormone imbalance disorder that affects 5% –10% of women...

The History of Society and Infertility Throughout the Decades Apr 24th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one in every eight couples struggles to conceive. And while those odds may not bode well for reproduction, they should, at the very least, provide a kind of safety in numbers for those dealing with infertility related issues. Or do...

National Infertility Awareness Week 2017 Apr 10th, 2017

National Infertility Awareness Week starts April 23rd and throughout the week you will see us promoting infertility awareness through social media and at our Orlando area fertility clinics. The goal of NIAW is to bring awareness to a disease that affects over 7 million women worldwide. The CDC tells us that is...

Dr. Patel Discusses Oocyte Donation Jan 24th, 2017

Let’s talk about oocyte donation! Oocyte donation is one of the most successful ways to start or complete a family. Over the last 10-15 years, the number of women who are using donated oocytes has increased to over 1000 thawed donor egg cycles in 2012. For whom is donor oocyte...

Quiz: How to Best Relieve Stress Jan 23rd, 2017

We all know that for ultimate fertility we should stress less – but how? Enjoy this fun & informative quiz to help uncover your unique ultimate chilling technique.

New Insights into Endometriosis Related Infertility Dec 7th, 2016

Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting 8-10% of women in the general population and approximately 40% of infertility patients. This enigmatic disease is associated with pain with menstrual periods, intercourse, bowel movements, urination and ovulation as well as with chronic pelvic pain and infertility.  While it has been known...

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle During the Holiday Season Dec 5th, 2016

The holidays are here, and you know what that means – lots and lots of delicious, irresistible foods and drinks to enjoy! While it’s tempting, it’s important to maintain a normal, healthy lifestyle – especially if you or partner are trying to get pregnant (Guys, this goes for you too!)....

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Egg Freezing & Fertility Preservation Options Prior to Cance Oct 25th, 2016

Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women? Or that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? The statistics are startling, but where there is...

Fertility Preservation: Elective Egg Freezing Jul 14th, 2016

You never know where life is going to take you, or perhaps the road you’re currently traveling doesn’t include the immediate desire to start a family, at least not quite yet. Whatever the reason, more and more women are choosing to stop the biological clock and are opting for elective...

Men’s Health Month: A Closer Look at Male Infertility Jun 16th, 2016

June is Men’s Health Month and is celebrated across the country to bring awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. This month gives us a great opportunity to spotlight a condition that affects millions of men around the world and one of...

10 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health May 31st, 2016

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month and an opportunity to educate millions of people about mental health through the media, local events, and screenings. As part of the “big picture” when dealing with fertility issues and treatments, mental health is just as...

#HaveAHeart During National Infertility Awareness Week Apr 27th, 2016

April 24 - 30 is National Infertility Awareness Week which aims to spotlight a disease that affects over 7 million women worldwide. NIAW allows for anyone affected with infertility the opportunity to communicate a message of hope and understanding. Infertility is a personal journey that that could affect anyone at any...

Endometriosis: What You Need To Know Mar 30th, 2016

You’ve probably heard of endometriosis, but do you know the signs and symptoms? The reproductive specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) in Orlando outline what you need to know about this condition. Endometriosis happens when part of the uterine lining, or endometrium, attach to tissues outside of the...

Dr. Frank Riggall Discusses Ovulation Induction (OI) Jan 29th, 2016

The Center for Reproductive Medicine offers a host of treatments for fertility patients. Orlando’s own Dr. Frank Riggall discusses ovulation induction (OI) in the video below. This procedure stimulates the production of mature eggs to help women conceive naturally before more invasive procedures are tested. OI is used to treat...

Fertility Struggles During the Holiday Season Dec 15th, 2015

With the holiday’s right around the corner, the physicians at the Center for Reproductive Medicine realize that for many infertility patients, it is a stressful time attending numerous holiday gatherings that include children and being asked questions regarding growing their family. In light of this, we would like to share...

Smoking and Infertility Nov 25th, 2015

Did you know smoking could cause fertility issues? The Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando shares important stats about smoking and infertility.

Cancer Patients Should Consider Fertility Preservation Oct 16th, 2015

The Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) wants to help cancer patients achieve their dreams of expanding their families. Possible side effects of cancer therapies include infertility, which is why the physicians at CRM provide expedited consultation appointments to those affected by cancer prior to treatment. Chemotherapy, age, and dosage of...

What You Need To Know About PCOS Sep 21st, 2015

In honor of PCOS awareness month, the reproductive specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) want to share some important facts. PCOS is a common hormonal condition. It affects about 5-10% of women. There are many possible symptoms. You may notice acne, irregular periods, excessive hair growth, and weight...

4 Things To Know About Egg Freezing Aug 31st, 2015

Want to preserve your fertility for when the timing is right? Advances in technology and research now make egg freezing a viable option to delay starting a family! Recently, Time researched egg freezing and uncovered the following: 1. In 2009, 500 women elected to freeze their eggs. In 2013, this...

Attain IVF Flex Plans Offers Patient Discounts Aug 17th, 2015

Did you know that it may take more than one IVF cycle to achieve a pregnancy and take home a baby? At the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, we understand and offer a special discounted plan to help! Attain® IVF Flex Plans provides patients with multiple IVF cycles for a...

Facts about Infertility Jul 27th, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has found that at least one in seven couples have fertility problems. The reproductive specialists at CRM in Orlando, Florida share these common issues that can trigger infertility. Infertility affects about 11% of the reproductive age population – that is approximately 6.7milllion women!...

Male Fertility Myths Jun 18th, 2015

In honor of Male Fertility Month, the reproductive specialists at the Center for Reproductive Medicine debunk common myths about male infertility. We’re sure you’ve heard them all, so we want to set the record straight to keep you focused on the things that actually will affect your fertility. Infertility is...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month May 20th, 2015

Infertility affects both men and women mentally, physically, and emotionally. The ups and downs of the process can lead to high levels of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, marital problems, sexual dysfunction, and social isolation. These unfortunate side effects make the process that much more difficult, however it’s important to get...

National Infertility Awareness Week Apr 15th, 2015

Infertility affects millions, 7.4 million women to be more exact, and leaves many feeling isolated and alone. That is why RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, has chosen the simple, yet powerful message “You are not alone” as this year’s theme for National Infertility Awareness Week, set to kick off April...

All I Want for Christmas is a B-A-B-Y: 7 Tips for Coping with the Holidays Dec 22nd, 2014

How to answer the awkward questions, "When are you going to start a family?" OR " Why aren't you pregnant yet?" OR "When are you going to make me a Grandma?" -- you know, THOSE questions!

Donor Egg Programs: The Center for Reproductive Medicine vs. Donor Agencies Dec 17th, 2014

Several weeks ago a 44-year-old new patient from the North Florida who was interested in donor egg IVF asked, “Could you explain the differences between using your Center and using an donor egg agency? Are there any advantages in using an agency?” The second question was quicker. The answer was...

Does Lifestyle Affect the Outcome of Infertility Treatment? Nov 20th, 2014

Infertility is estimated to affect up to 15% of American couples and is a diagnosis that is often not covered by third party reimbursement. It is therefore especially important to understand the available and current information that certain lifestyle habits may adversely impact fertility, including the success of IVF/ICSI treatments....

The Maternal Age Effect: The Risks of Old Eggs Nov 17th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy considers pregnancy in women of advanced reproductive age.

Donor Egg IVF (Ova Easy) Nov 5th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses donor oocyte IVF and a VERY generous donor!

IVF : Testing the Embryos (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) Oct 28th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy sheds light on the diagnostic testing and genetic screening of embryos.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption is Associated with Reduced Sperm Quality Oct 23rd, 2014

In the first study among healthy young men with detailed information on alcohol intake, modest regular drinking of alcohol could be playing a major role in the abnormal semen analyses reported. In a study published in the British Medical Journal on October 2, 2014, Professor Tina Jensen and colleagues reported...

IVF : Risks vs. Benefits (Baby!) Oct 21st, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses the risks of IVF procedures and IVF pregnancies

Factors in IVF Success and Failure Oct 17th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses reviews the various factors that contribute to a positive or negative pregnancy test result in IVF.

First Baby Born after Transplantation of Uterus Oct 16th, 2014

The world’s first baby has been born after transplantation of a uterus. This remarkable research, carried out at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg, was reported on October 5, 2014 in the British journalLancet and was headed by Mats Brännström, M.D., Ph.D. Until this report, eleven human uterus transplantation (UTx) attempts had been...

The Vitrification Evolution - Revolution Oct 9th, 2014

Vitrification, or the quick freezing of cells and tissue, has been available for almost two decades but its relatively recent application to human eggs and embryos has revolutionized the world of IVF. “Vitrification” from the Latin vitreumfor “glass” is the cryobiology technique that instantaneously turns a solution into a solid without...

IVF: Now in Four Flavors Oct 7th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses various forms of IVF treatments.

Third Party Reproduction: Many Ways to Make a Baby Oct 3rd, 2014

In the 1975 solo hit Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon’s lyric reads “There must be fifty ways…” and the chorus begins to enumerate the ways. With respect to third party reproduction, there are at least half that many ways to make a baby. The following is an...

An Overview of IVF - Thirty Years of Test Tube Babies Oct 1st, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy reflects on the history and the steps of the IVF process.

Online Dating - Chemistry through Genetics. Can Gene Testing Result in the Best Match? Sep 26th, 2014

Is there just one perfect match on the face of the earth for each of us? Are the matching parameters of the most popular online dating services enough or is it time to go to the ultimately personal level of DNA? Could a particular gene or group of genes and...

Robotic Surgery: Robots in the OR?!? Sep 24th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses the role of robotic laparoscopic surgery in infertility.

Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) participates in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Sep 22nd, 2014

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) participates in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k and walks to show their support and to help raise money to fight for a cure. This year’s walk is on Saturday, October 25th at Lake Eola...

Hysteroscopy Surgery Without Incisions Sep 19th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy explores hysteroscopy -- minimally invasive, intrauterine surgery.

Emotional Aspects of Infertility Sep 17th, 2014

Infertility can be such a stressful journey for a couple. From the initial diagnosis to a long pathway of oftentimes empiric therapy, infertility can create a significant amount of stress on a patient and her partner’s physical and emotional well being. Stress So what is stress? Stress is a challenge...

Endometriosis: A Life-Changing Disease Sep 15th, 2014

Could you have endometriosis? Do you have pelvic pain or are you experiencing difficulty in achieving pregnancy? If so, do not delay in seeking medical attention and go to a specialist who is well-versed in comprehensive endometriosis management. Carefully document your symptoms (e.g., pain location, quality, timing, activities affected, things...

Minimizing the Risk of Multiple Pregnancy Sep 11th, 2014

The risks of multiple pregnancies are well known and include intense nausea and vomiting, pre-term labor and delivery with the associated risks to the babies (e.g. cerebral palsy), low birth weight, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, increased bleeding risks and cesarean delivery. Despite greater awareness of these and other...

Laparoscopy: Of Belly Buttons and Band-Aids Sep 9th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy considers laparoscopy -- a minimally invasive surgical procedure to diagnose and treat certain infertility conditions.

How Exercise and Weight Impact Fertility - Size DOES Matter Sep 5th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses the right "zones" for exercise and weight to maximize conception success.

Fresh or Frozen: Which Embryos Should Be Transferred? Sep 3rd, 2014

The IVF world is approaching a great fork in the road. Since the first IVF baby was born thirty-six years ago, there have been a number of such branch points along the way, including the means of stimulating follicles, egg retrieval techniques, culture media types, to ICSI or not to...

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Aug 28th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy reviews the various aspects of therapeutic insemination.

Vitamin D Levels and IVF Success Aug 26th, 2014

Vitamin D may play various roles in human reproduction and several recently published studies indicate that vitamin D levels are predictive of implantation and ongoing pregnancy rates in in vitro fertilization (IVF). Vitamin D is really not a “vitamin” but a small family of steroid hormones that increase the absorption of calcium, magnesium, phosphate,...

Could Exposure to Plastics Today Affect Your Great Grandchildren? Aug 25th, 2014

If you are having a difficult time becoming pregnant, some very common household plastics may be playing a role. Three plastics (phthalates) were found to increase time to pregnancy by 20% in couples in which the male partners had high urinary concentrations of monomethyl phthalate, monobenzyl phthalate and monobutyl phthalate....

The Conception Diet Aug 20th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses the foods to eat to increase your chances of having a baby.

Binding “Mr. Right”: How Sperm Get into the Egg Aug 18th, 2014

How do swimming sperm cells and ovulated egg cells recognize each other and bind together? Despite substantial research, this question has been somewhat of a mystery for the past thirty plus years. The answer, just in, may be a certain protein in the egg shell or zona pellucida. The zona...

The Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) Aug 15th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy discusses the hysterosalpingogram and what not to do when the lights go out!

Career Now, Baby Later - Freezing Your Eggs Aug 13th, 2014

There comes a time in a woman's lifetime -- most commonly in her mid 30s – when the biological clock alarm begins ringing and ringing loudly. The average age of our patients at the Center for Reproductive Medicine is 34 years, which means, of course, that many patients are in...

Laboratory Testing: The Usual Suspects Aug 7th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy of the Center for Reproductive Medicine reviews the most common laboratory tests in reproductive medicine and the difference between a "Pheromonologist" and an Endocrinologist.

Semen Analysis - Boyz Under the Hood Jul 30th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy considers the first test in the infertility diagnostic evaluation: the Semen Analysis (as well as ways not to provide a specimen!).

What to Expect at the First Visit with an Infertility Specialist Jul 22nd, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy of the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Florida discusses the first appointment with an Infertility Specialist (and one life-threatening question!)

CDC Releases National Action Plan for Infertility Jul 18th, 2014

Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility. It is a primer on infertility definitions and statistics as well as a white paper on "where do we go...

What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist? The Tale of Two Brothers Jul 17th, 2014

Dr. Randall A. Loy of the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Florida explores how an infertility specialist differs from an OB/GYN and how to choose the right doctor.

Fertility Drugs Not Tied to Long Term Breast, Ovarian, and Uterine Cancer Risks Jul 15th, 2014

The results of a large and 30 year-long follow up study presented on June 30, 2014 at the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) suggested that there is "little evidence" that the use of fertility medications used for stimulation of the ovaries increases the...

Coping with Infertility on Mother's Day May 9th, 2014

With Mother's Day 2014 nearly upon us, the fertility specialists at Center for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando want to remind you that this is a time to celebrate and hope for the new life yet to come, and not a time for despair. Faced with a day that is particularly difficult to...

How to Deal with Unexplained Infertility Mar 4th, 2013

A negative pregnancy test again. My aunt went into the bathroom and cried for six hours. After every IVF cycle, we all grieved her loss of implantation; we grieved over her social isolation, and her depressed spirit. There was no happiness, only hopefulness after the transfer until the first spot...

Dealing with Infertility and Holiday Stress Nov 15th, 2012

The holidays are all about family gatherings, religious observances, shopping, parties, entertaining, familiar traditions and high expectations but the "hopes and fears of all the years" inevitably bring stress. The other family members with babies and friends with their children and the not infrequent, painful question "When are you two...