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Understanding Antiphospholipid Syndrome Sep 11th, 2020

Antiphosopholipid syndrome (APS) is a rare autoimmune disorder. Normally, your immune system only attacks pathogens that invade your body, like bacteria and viruses. If you have APS, however, your body erroneously produces antibodies that attack the phospholipids (a type of fat) in your cells, causing blood clots and potentially life-threatening...

Common Causes of a Miscarriage Aug 14th, 2020

Miscarriage, also known as spontaneous abortion, is a common outcome of pregnancy. But no matter how many other women experience miscarriage, when it happens to you, you may feel devastated, sad, and even ashamed or guilty.  It may help to know that miscarriage isn’t just common, it’s actually normal. Miscarriages...

Fertility Care and COVID19: What You Should Know Jul 21st, 2020

On June 8, 2020, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) released an updated set of guidelines for fertility treatments during the current health crisis. Because we’re in the midst of a pandemic the size of which the world hasn’t seen in more than a century, nobody is yet certain...

Unpleasant Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance Jun 25th, 2020

When you think about unbalanced hormones, you probably think about older women who are going through perimenopause or menopause. But your hormones can shift out of balance during any stage of your life. Because your hormones control so many of your body’s functions — including reproduction — too much or...

Infertility Testing from A to Z May 27th, 2020

About 11% of women and 9% of men in the United States experience fertility problems in their reproductive years. You’re considered to be an infertile couple if the woman is under 35 and you’ve tried to get pregnant through unprotected intercourse for at least a year, or if the woman...

Understanding Male Infertility Apr 17th, 2020

Up to 15% of all couples are affected by infertility, which is the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected, regular sex if the woman is under 35, and after six months if she’s over 35. Problems with the male reproductive system affect 40–50% of those couples.  Although...

Why Would I Need a Sonogram? Mar 4th, 2020

If you’ve seen a photo of a baby in the womb, you’ve seen a sonogram. A sonogram is a print-out or digital image created by ultrasound, which is a type of high-frequency sound wave that your doctor or technician bounces off your inner organs. Even though most people are familiar...

5 Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Feb 1st, 2020

Every year, about 1.3 million women in the United States enter their post-reproductive phase of life, known as menopause. Menopause brings many benefits, but also a range of symptoms that you may find uncomfortable, due to a drop in essential hormones, such as: Estrogen Testosterone  Progesterone  These hormones were responsible...

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

If you’ve seen the movie “The Kids Are All Right,” you know that anonymous sperm donation might not stay anonymous once the children reach majority age. This is more true than ever, thanks to websites like 23andMe® that find your biological relatives through a DNA sample. When you become a...

Myths and Facts About Miscarriages Dec 1st, 2019

Even though up to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, most people aren’t comfortable talking about them. In a 2018 article for the British publication, The Telegraph, Michelle Obama opened up about her own miscarriage, her belief that she’d somehow “failed,” and how she didn’t realize at the time...

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

When you read that up to 12% of women are infertile, and think of same-sex couples who long for a baby of their own but can’t have one themselves, you wonder if you’re ready to donate your eggs to make their dreams come true.  But egg donation isn’t as simple...

Will PCOS Affect My Pregnancy? Oct 1st, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects about 10 million women worldwide. If you have PCOS, your androgens (male hormones) are higher than they are in women without PCOS.  You may also have higher levels of the hormone insulin, which affects blood sugar and stimulates the production...

Getting Pregnant Again After a Miscarriage Sep 1st, 2019

Somewhere between 8-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. That figure doesn’t account for the instances in which the woman miscarried so early in the pregnancy that she didn’t realize she was pregnant or had any symptoms of a miscarriage.  But when your own pregnancy ends in miscarriage, knowing...

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

You’re at least 21 years old, have given birth to at least one child, and now you're thinking about becoming a surrogate to help someone you know create a family. But you’re not quite sure you’re ready to do it.   You may be considering traditional surrogacy, in which one of...

Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Jul 10th, 2019

Painful periods, heavy bleeding, and cramping could be signs that you have a gynecological condition called endometriosis that affects 1 in 10 women and girls in the United States. The endometrium is a special mucus-rich tissue that lines your uterus. Before your period, the endometrium grows new blood vessels and...

Everything You Need to Know About Clomid Jun 21st, 2019

If your ovulation is irregular and you want to have a baby, your doctor may recommend that you take clomiphene citrate, an oral medication more commonly known by its original brand name, Clomid. Clomid is a nonsteroidal ovulatory stimulant that helps you produce healthy eggs. At Columbia Fertility Associates —...

What is Unexplained Infertility? May 6th, 2019

If you’re under 35 and have been trying to have a baby for at least a year, or over 35 and have been trying for at least six months, you’re officially considered to be infertile. Learning that either you, your partner, or both of you may have a reproductive disorder...

Breaking These 8 Habits Can Increase Your Fertility Apr 5th, 2019

When you and your partner are ready to have a baby, you want to see a “yes” on the pregnancy test as soon as possible. Healthy women who are under 35 should be able to conceive within a year of having regular, unprotected sex. If you’re older and don’t conceive...

How to Know if You are a Good Candidate for Egg Donation Mar 1st, 2019

Women who can’t get pregnant because they have too few eggs or other issues, such as poor egg quality or a genetic disease they don’t want to pass on to their offspring, may need to rely on donor eggs to conceive and carry a healthy child. Such women and their...

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

When your doctor diagnosed you with PCOS, it probably wasn’t the happiest day of your life. Though you were glad to finally find out why you experienced symptoms, such as missed periods and heavy bleeding, knowing that your hormones were out of balance made you wonder if you’d ever be...

When Should I Consider Freezing My Eggs? Jan 9th, 2019

Life today is busier than ever, with more opportunities (and distractions) than our grandparents ever imagined. So one of the major life events that used to occur relatively early — getting pregnant and having children — increasingly gets pushed back. After all, with all of the advanced fertility options available...

Tips for Holiday Travel with Fertility Meds Dec 7th, 2018

Whether you’re driving or training across country or flying around the world, traveling when you’re in the middle of fertility treatments requires planning and preparation. Start your prep by talking to your expert OB/GYN at Columbia Fertility Associates to find out where you are in your cycle and which medications...

4 Drug-free, Surgery-free Remedies for Baby Boomers’ Aging Joints Nov 21st, 2018

If you’ve reached the conclusion that painful joints are just part of aging, you may want to reconsider. Here at the Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Spiegel offers several treatments that don’t involve drugs or surgery that can help baby boomers enjoy less painful days. Massage therapy You may think...

How Being Underweight or Overweight Can Affect Your Fertility Nov 20th, 2018

Getting ready to have a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’ve started taking your prenatal vitamins and you’ve upped your intake of fruits and vegetables. But when your doctor tells you you’re not at a healthy weight, and that this might affect your fertility,...

Can You Get Pregnant with PCOS? Oct 31st, 2018

Infertility affects about 10% of all women in the United States, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, and the leading cause of female infertility is PCOS.  As a premier fertility center in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, the specialists at Columbia Fertility Associates are dedicated to helping...

How Common is Male Infertility, and What are My Treatment Options? Sep 5th, 2018

There are seldom any warning signs that you’re infertile. Most men only find out there’s a problem when their partner doesn’t get pregnant, a difficult challenge that faces 15% of all couples who try to have a baby.Men and women who come to us at Columbia Fertility Associates are surprised...