Since the Alabama Supreme Court released a decision on February 16, 2024, that assigns 'personhood' to frozen embryos, the ripple effects have been tangible, and — for the millions of people who need assisted reproductive technologies like IVF to build their families — it's personal.  Multiple clinics in Alabama have already paused IVF treatments, and as of writing, the state’s largest embryo shipping company has also halted business in the state. The decision’s downstream effect has been palpable, according to Dr. Jessica Ryniec, who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.  What could this mean for fertility patients?...

Vivian Nunez •Feb 26, 2024

Preparing for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can be a daunting process, even well before you step inside a doctor’s office. One of the first decisions that needs to be made is whether you’ll be undergoing a fresh embryo transfer or a frozen embryo transfer (FET). This is a choice that shouldn’t be made lightly, and certainly not without the advice of your medical provider. Your physician will help you decide which protocol is the right one for your body — and your wallet.  If you’ve decided to go the frozen embryo transfer route, however, here’s a quick primer on...

Sarene Leeds •Feb 18, 2024

If you’re trying to conceive, and you’ve made the decision to seek out a fertility clinic, where do you even start? There’s the overall patient experience to consider, as well as the clinic’s success rates. Given the rising costs of fertility treatments like in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and the toll infertility can take on your mental health, it’s imperative patients choose a clinic where they feel not only supported but confident their treatments will result in a healthy pregnancy. Sure, prospective patients can research clinics via online reviews and patient recommendations. But this type of information only...

Sarene Leeds •Feb 14, 2024

On a recent episode of her podcast, Let’s Be Clear With Shannen Doherty, the actress spoke about her experience undergoing IVF. Doherty, who has breast cancer, admitted that she once believed her IVF experience may have caused her cancer. “I believed that the reason why I got cancer was because I did IVF,” she said. “We needed IVF and I did a bunch of rounds of it.” Doherty added that other women she knew also were diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing IVF. “Through a lot of other women that I knew that did IVF that...

Zara Hanawalt •Feb 12, 2024

I am in the shower, and I'm letting the tears fall. Because in the shower, my son won't see my sadness. Because in the shower, I can sob without seeing the heartbreak on my husband's face. Because in the shower, I can collect my thoughts.  The stats were on our side. The embryo was normal. I had carried one healthy, beautiful baby to term not even two years ago. There was no reason to think that another embryo transfer wouldn't work. There was no reason to believe that it would fail.  And yet, here we are,...

Megan Minutillo •Feb 4, 2024

The world of assisted reproductive technology has seen remarkable advancements over the past few decades. From the inception of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the late 1970s to the beginning of preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) of embryos, the ability to detect genetic abnormalities before an embryo transfer has redefined the possibilities of human reproduction in more ways than one.  Now let’s dive into the science behind preimplantation genetic testing and how it became what it is today! The history of IVF In 1978, Louise Brown, the world's first "test-tube baby," was born in the United Kingdom....

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jan 14, 2024

If you’ve been struggling to start a family, are pursuing IVF, and have been diagnosed with endometriosis somewhere along the way, you may be left wondering what your best treatment option will be. Oftentimes, simply getting diagnosed with endo itself can be a long and treacherous road — one that leaves too many people feeling unheard, disbelieved, or wrestling with the medical trauma of having nobody to advocate for you but yourself. Once a patient has received an endometriosis diagnosis, it can feel like a breath of fresh air to just finally have an answer to your symptoms...

Lindsey Williams •Dec 31, 2023

If you’re on the IVF rollercoaster, the wait after an embryo transfer is a part of the journey that can feel like it’s months long, even though the time frame is technically shorter than a spontaneous pregnancy, since the implantation process is sped along with IVF. By a full week after your transfer, you might be jumping out of your skin and can’t wait any longer, and you may be tempted to take a pregnancy test as early as day 7.  Let’s say the home test reads “not pregnant” at that seven-day mark…does that mean the...

Mara Santilli •Dec 27, 2023

If you asked a group of people affected by infertility to describe what it feels like, I imagine the word “isolating” would come up…a lot.  Even in 2024, when we are so much more aware of fertility issues than we’ve ever been before, when so many people are candidly opening up their own experiences, when communities devoted to the “infertility club” are forming online and IRL, the experience can still feel so deeply lonely. Part of that is because, while there are universal elements at work, everyone’s journey is so, so different. There is no roadmap....

Zara Hanawalt •Dec 26, 2023

It’s natural to be curious about all the different realities you may encounter during your trying-to-conceive journey. The deeper you get into trying to grow your family, the more you end up learning. Should you be on that path for a year or longer, your next round of questions may all come back to a single umbrella question — what is female infertility, and what causes it?  Dr. Michael Guarnaccia, the Medical Director at Pinnacle Fertility of New York, answered some of our big questions about female infertility, including some of the lead causes and how...

The Rescripted Team •Dec 20, 2023