Do Not Take on an Empty Stomach

February 13th, 2013
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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a repeat saline HSG and HIV/hepatitis blood panel.  Thank God, my favorite phlebotomist was there to draw my blood, and that part was uneventful.  The saline HSG was not pleasant, but even so, only two short sharp cramp-like pains later, I was done. And then, trying to be proactively [...]

Categories: Blood Work, Diagnostics, HSG

Color Me Fertile!

June 14th, 2010
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I love modern medical technology. It always amazes me the things that doctors and specialists can do for people. When a friend of mine told me that she was having a hysterosalpingogram (or commonly referred to as a HSG) this upcoming week I became excited for her. As embarrassing as this test can be (But [...]

Categories: Diagnostics, HSG

New On The Market – DuoFertility

October 13th, 2009
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Monitoring your fertility by taking basal body temperature, using ovulation kits, or tracking cervical mucus can contribute to making you feel even more stressed. It brings fertility issues to the forefront on a daily basis and makes infertility an issue not to be ignored, if for no other reason than you can’t and still monitor [...]

Fertility Testing for Women

April 28th, 2009
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Just as there are some basic initial tests for men; most women also typically endure the same first tests. Actually, the very first thing most women do after they encounter trouble conceiving is begin to track ovulation – either through ovulation prediction at-home tests or charting basal body temperature. If a woman finds that she [...]

Fertility Testing for Men

April 27th, 2009
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Even before my husband and I began to try to have children I knew that I could have fertility issues. I annually (at first) saw a gynecologist and had times when I turned to him for consult regarding one female issue or another. I was aware that I had irregular periods, heavy bleeding and painful [...]

Financing Fertility Treatments

April 20th, 2009
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When we began our IVF journey the list of things to stress about was very lengthy. At the top of the list was finances and trying to determine just how to pay for the treatments, none of which would be covered by insurance. If you live in a mandated state that requires insurance to cover [...]

The Initial Consultation

April 4th, 2009
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The decision to visit a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE)is a big one. Once you take the step to delve deeper into your fertility issues by researching treatments and more advanced therapy and seeking the help of a fertility specialist, then you have had to come to the point of admitting to yourself that you may be [...]


March 31st, 2009
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There is a dirty little secret that a lot of infertile people keep – sometimes we want someone else to blame. Unless you know from the outset that one or the other of you has reproductive issues, there always comes that time when you begin testing to determine whose “fault” it is that you are [...]

HCG Levels

March 19th, 2009
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Visit any message board for infertility patients and you are sure to find questions and laments about hcg levels. The posted inquiries run the gamut from “is my beta too low,” to “do you think my number is high enough to indicate twins?” After my initial beta I was one of the many searching out [...]

Early Fertility Concerns: Could I Be Infertile?

January 9th, 2008
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I did not wake up one morning and have a “lightning bolt” moment in which I realized that I was infertile. Instead, the fear that I might be infertile slow crept over me as several months passed without my conceiving a baby. I was not too concerned after the first two months without a pregnancy, [...]

Categories: Diagnostics