Blog Archive

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...