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Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogates: How They Differ

Maybe you’d hoped that you could carry a baby yourself to term, but now realize that you can’t. Or, perhaps, neither you nor your life partner has a uterus. No matter what your situation, you may need either a traditional or gestational surrogate.

Jul 1st, 2022
Does Artificial Insemination Cause Side Effects?

You’ve been having trouble getting pregnant and your doctor recommends artificial insemination (AI). A simple procedure, AI can help you achieve your dream of carrying and nurturing a child in your womb. But does AI have side effects?

May 1st, 2022
How Often Can I Donate Eggs or Sperm?

If you’re interested in egg or sperm donation, you may be motivated by the desire to help a childless couple build the family of their dreams. Or, you may simply need the money. Either way (or both) you may wonder how often you can donate.

Apr 3rd, 2022
How Age Affects Your Fertility

“You’re only as old as you feel,” except — unfortunately — when it comes to your fertility. A woman’s reproductive system continues to age even when she’s healthy, strong, and fit. If you want to become pregnant, here’s what you should know.

Mar 3rd, 2022
Helping a Loved One Through Fertility Issues

If someone you love has been diagnosed with infertility, they may be in a state of mourning, grief, and confusion. They may wonder if there’s any hope for them, or if fertility treatments really work. You can support them as they move forward.

Feb 1st, 2022
How Effective Are Fertility Treatments?

If you’re struggling to start or add to your family without success, or if you’re part of an LGBTQA+ couple, you may wonder if fertility treatments are the way to go. You know that they’re not guaranteed. But are they effective enough for you?

Jan 6th, 2022
Five Reasons to Donate Eggs

In this season of gift giving, you might consider giving the most amazing gift of all: donating your eggs to prospective parents in need. Whether you choose to give to someone you know or to a stranger, your gift literally offers them new life.

Dec 8th, 2021
Can PCOS Impact Your Weight?

Up to 20% of women around the world have a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Although most symptoms associated with PCOS relate to your period and your fertility, PCOS affects your metabolism — and your weight — too.

Nov 7th, 2021
Can I Get Pregnant if I Have Endometriosis?

If you have endometriosis, you may wonder if you’ll ever become pregnant. In fact, you may have been trying for a while and fear that you’re infertile. With treatment, though, you may soon have the baby you long for.

Oct 8th, 2021
Why Did I Have a Miscarriage?

When you ask, “Why did I have a miscarriage?” that may be the wrong question. You don’t actually “have” or cause a miscarriage. You didn’t “miscarry” the fetus or do anything improperly. A miscarriage usually starts in the embryo or fetus.

Sep 8th, 2021
What to Expect When You’re Getting a Sonogram

You know those cute black-and-white print-outs of your friend’s baby in the womb? Those are sonograms. But you don’t have to be pregnant to benefit from a sonogram. Why would you need one and what’s the ultrasound procedure like?

Aug 10th, 2021
Understanding the Different Types of Genetic Testing

Why is having a baby so complicated? Isn’t it supposed to be easy and natural? And why so many tests? Do you really need them? Does your baby? When is a genetic test a good idea? We can answer these questions.

Jul 14th, 2021
What Every Woman Should Know About Infertility

Infertility is on the rise, all around the world. Women wait longer to have children and choose to have fewer children than their ancestors did. But other factors — including environmental stressors and toxins — affect your fertility, too.

Jun 28th, 2021
Who Should Consider Freezing Their Eggs?

Your high-powered female friends are all doing it. Or, at least they’re talking about doing it. Freezing their eggs, that is. Is egg freezing overkill, or is it a type of fertility “insurance” that you may need one day?

Apr 13th, 2021
Can You Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?

After you suffer a miscarriage, you may worry that you won’t ever be able to have the family of your dreams. Miscarriage is common -- but so is getting pregnant again afterward. Here’s why.

Mar 9th, 2021
How Sonograms Have Changed Over the Years

What do ships and fetuses have in common? Not a lot. But a technology that was originally developed to detect flaws in naval vessels evolved into today’s sonograms, which let you peek at your developing baby.

Jan 14th, 2021
Is Surrogacy Right for You?

You’ve always dreamed of having a baby, but your body’s not cooperating. Whether you have a health condition, a hysterectomy, or are a gay or single person, gestational surrogacy may allow you to finally have a biological child.

Dec 13th, 2020
Tips for Navigating Your Winter Pregnancy

You’re pregnant! Congratulations! Just in time for the holidays, blustery weather, and a whole slew of other stressors. What’s the best way to keep yourself and your baby comfy and safe during the year’s most trying months? Here are a few tips.

Nov 10th, 2020
How to Become an Egg Donor

Maybe you want to help an infertile couple create their family. Maybe you want to earn extra money. Maybe you want both. Either way, becoming an egg donor can be an emotionally and financially rewarding experience. Here’s how to do it.

Oct 15th, 2020
Understanding Antiphospholipid Syndrome

You’re having trouble getting pregnant. You may have even had a miscarriage. Or two. Your doctor says you test positive for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). What is APS, and will it prevent you from having a baby?

Sep 11th, 2020
Common Causes of a Miscarriage

If you suffer the loss of a pregnancy, you may secretly wonder if it’s “your fault.” Was it because you kept up with your daily run, or had sex, or did something “wrong”? Most of the time, miscarriage is beyond your control.

Aug 14th, 2020
Fertility Care and COVID19: What You Should Know

You’re eager to start your family. With quarantines and shutdowns, you certainly have enough time on your hands. But is it safe to get fertility treatments when the coronavirus pandemic is raging? The answer depends on your unique situation.

Jul 21st, 2020
Unpleasant Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

You feel tired all the time, but you can’t fall asleep at night. Your periods are heavy and painful, and you keep gaining weight. Now your doctor says you may be infertile. Could unbalanced hormones be at the root of your symptoms?

Jun 25th, 2020
Infertility Testing from A to Z

When you discover you’re infertile, you want to know why. What tests do you need? Just a few or all of them? And will the test results give your doctor the information needed to help you get pregnant?

May 27th, 2020
Understanding Male Infertility

When you find out that you’re one of the reasons — or the main reason — why you and your partner haven’t been able to get pregnant, you might feel confused or angry. Why are you infertile? The answer can be complex.

Apr 17th, 2020
Why Would I Need a Sonogram?

Whether you’re trying to have a baby or you’re already pregnant, your OB/GYN may suggest that you get a sonogram to find out what’s going on inside your pelvis. What’s a sonogram, anyway, and why would you need one?

Mar 4th, 2020
5 Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

You’re confused: Should you suffer the “natural” symptoms of menopause and resign yourself to looking older, or sign up for hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? You’ve heard mixed things about HRT. Is bioidentical HRT better?

Feb 1st, 2020
Do I Qualify to Be a Sperm Donor?

Donating sperm may seem like an easy and fun way to make money, but it’s not for everyone. You have to be healthy and willing to undergo tests each time. You also have to think about the kids you help create.

Jan 1st, 2020
Myths and Facts About Miscarriages

Having a miscarriage is a tremendous loss that brings up a range of powerful and overwhelming emotions. You may blame yourself or wonder if you’ll ever have a baby. Getting the facts about miscarriage can help you focus on the future again.

Dec 1st, 2019
Your Guide to the Egg Donation Process

You’re thinking about becoming an egg donor, but you’re not sure. Is it painful? Does it take a long time? And is the process worth the money in addition to the reward of giving someone the gift of life?

Nov 1st, 2019
Will PCOS Affect My Pregnancy?

Your pregnancy test is finally positive and you’re overjoyed. But if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy comes with a few caveats. PCOS can affect the well-being of both you and your baby, so be sure to consult with your OB/GYN.

Oct 1st, 2019
Getting Pregnant Again After a Miscarriage

When the thrill of pregnancy is replaced by the terrible loss of a miscarriage, you may feel reluctant to try again. But most women who suffer a miscarriage go on to have healthy babies in the future. Here’s how to move on.

Sep 1st, 2019
5 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Surrogate

You loved giving birth to your own child. But your heart breaks when you realize that other people may never experience that joy. Should you help them by becoming a surrogate so they can have the family of their dreams?

Aug 1st, 2019
Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility?

You figured that all the pain you had with your periods was just a normal part of being a woman. Then you found out that you have endometriosis. What does that mean for your future? Will you be able to have a baby?

Jul 10th, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Clomid

You want a baby badly. But you want to be a healthy mom, too. Your OBGYN says you’re not ovulating regularly and that you should take Clomid. Is Clomid safe? What does it do?

Jun 21st, 2019
What is Unexplained Infertility?

You go to a fertility specialist to find out why you haven’t gotten pregnant after months of trying. But when the tests results come back, everything’s normal. Your doctor says you have “unexplained infertility.” What’s that, and what do you do next?

May 6th, 2019
Breaking These 8 Habits Can Increase Your Fertility

You’re ready to add to your family and let a new baby change your life forever. Making some positive lifestyle changes — by breaking some bad habits — can help you get to that joyful day even sooner.

Apr 5th, 2019
How to Know if You are a Good Candidate for Egg Donation

You’re not ready to be a mother yourself, but the idea of helping a couple who hasn’t been able to have a baby fills you with joy. You’d love to donate your eggs, but wonder if it’s the right time, or if you even qualify.

Mar 1st, 2019
Lifestyle Changes that Can Help with the Treatment of PCOS

If you’re among the one out of every 10 women in the United States who has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you may worry that you’ll never become pregnant naturally. But many cases of PCOS improve with easy-to-implement lifestyle changes.

Feb 1st, 2019
When Should I Consider Freezing My Eggs?

Your ovaries contained 1-2 million eggs when you were born, so you think they’ll be there when you’re ready to conceive. But by the time you hit puberty, the number’s down to 300,000, and it plummets from there.

Jan 9th, 2019
Tips for Holiday Travel with Fertility Meds

You’re in the middle of fertility treatments, but it’s time for holiday travel, too. No need to cancel your travel plans or postpone your treatments though. Use these tips to make traveling easier.

Dec 7th, 2018
Can You Get Pregnant with PCOS?

Women with PCOS often have trouble conceiving and successfully carrying a pregnancy to term. At Columbia Fertility Associates, we can help you get pregnant and manage the symptoms and complications of PCOS.

Oct 31st, 2018