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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 [...]

How Many?

March 18th, 2009
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When people found out that we were about to try IVF we were asked many times if we were going to have multiple children, with more than one reference to us as Larry and Sheila plus 8. After my twins were born and a friend asked how we were doing, we honestly said that although [...]

Sperm Wash: Those Dizzy Swimmers

October 26th, 2007
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To me, the sperm wash was one of the most fascinating fertility procedures. The term “sperm wash” sounded like the doctor was going to take my husband’s sperm, give it a good bath, and then put it to work. I was surprised to learn that water was not even involved in a sperm wash. (No [...]

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Sperm Washing

July 10th, 2007
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Once we knew we were ovulating, we went in for our first intrauterine insemination (IUI). The first order of business was obtaining a semen sample, which we were blessedly able to do at home. See Reluctant Spouse and Semen Samples for more on both my husband’s and my reactions to semen samples. The nurse let [...]

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