On the morning of July 24, 2022, I cried in my car on the way to work, and I’m certain I am not the only one. I had just stepped out of my house when I heard the news notification pop up on my phone: “BREAKING: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade." I cried for the loss of reproductive rights, the loss of bodily autonomy, and for my teenage self who, in an abusive relationship and in the midst of a pregnancy scare, at the very least had the comfort of knowing that I had options...

Lindsey Williams •Jul 15, 2022

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has been used in the United States since 1981 to help individuals and couples grow their families. During the early years of IVF, success rates were relatively low – approximately a 10-15% live birth rate per egg retrieval. To make up for this, IVF clinics routinely transferred more than one embryo to try to increase the chance of success. In fact, it was not uncommon to transfer two to four embryos at a time, especially in patients in their late 30s and 40s. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then.  ...

Alan S. Berkeley, M.D. •Jul 12, 2022

Going through in vitro fertilization (IVF)  – or any infertility process – can feel like an endless cycle of waiting. You try unassisted – you’re waiting. Maybe next you try timed intercourse – you’re waiting. Next, perhaps you move to intrauterine insemination (IUI) – waiting. Next still, IVF – more waiting. Waiting for cycle day 1, waiting for the first scan, first injection, first blood draw.  If you’ve seen the movie Beetlejuice, you might start to identify with the souls in the waiting room of limbo: “Now calling number 9,998,383,750,000.” I know I did.  And then,...

Kristin Diversi •Jul 11, 2022

Whether you’re scrolling through TikTok or Instagram these days, you’re bound to come across the “mental health walk” trend. A time when people take a break from their everyday stressors to go on a walk for the mere pleasure of leaving behind their troubles, maybe connecting with others, but definitely stopping to smell the roses along the way. The best companion on these walks? Podcasts. While we may all have our favorite news or true crime podcasts, there’s also something to be said about those podcasts that help us feel less alone, while we take long,...

Vivian Nunez •Jul 7, 2022

By now many of you reading this have likely heard the buzz surrounding Netflix’s recent true crime documentary, Our Father. Released in May of 2022, this documentary was produced by Blumhouse. If that name sounds familiar to you, it may be because Blumhouse is the film and television company most widely known for producing spine-chilling horror movies such as Insidious, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge. However, when it comes to Our Father, the horrors within are all too real. So, who is this Netflix fertility doctor everyone is talking about? The documentary centers around Dr. Donald...

Lindsey Williams •Jul 4, 2022

We know what you’re probably thinking: I’ve been waiting to start IVF for how long? I’ve already put in so much time, money, and effort…I won’t make a mistake. But, we also know that we’re human, and things happen. With IVF, there are so many moving parts, and even the most Type-A fertility patient can make a mistake.  What are some common IVF medication errors? In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common errors fertility patients with their IVF medications, so that, hopefully, you can keep them in mind and prevent...

Brighid Flynn •Jun 29, 2022

I’m currently in the two-week wait following my fourth frozen embryo transfer, and honestly, it feels like the stakes couldn’t be any higher for us than they are right now. On one hand, I’m hopeful: we did a whole slew of testing following our last failed transfer, and my doctor changed up my protocol due to the results of my ERA (Endometrial Receptivity Analysis).  On the other hand, I’m terrified. In the past year, I have had an early miscarriage, moved forward with PGT-A testing, and grieved two failed transfers with euploid (normal) embryos. Since I’ve...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jun 27, 2022

For many, the right to an abortion is believed to be a black and white issue: you either support it, or you don’t. But for the millions of people globally who are faced with infertility, pregnancy loss, or the heartbreaking decision to terminate a pregnancy for medical reasons, there are many shades of gray when it comes to the topic of abortion. Even if there isn’t a medical necessity, the right to an abortion is a complex issue with lots of nuances.  On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court officially ruled to overturn Roe...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jun 24, 2022

Infertility has a funny way of making you experience dual but conflicting feelings: strong yet weak, excited yet entirely worn down, some days quite literally laughing and crying in the same beat. As someone who has long struggled with my body image in the past, one thing I was certainly not expecting out of IVF was gaining a deep admiration for my body and the strength and perseverance it displayed throughout the long road to pregnancy. During my teen years, my body image was not what I would call particularly healthy. Like many young women, I...

Lindsey Williams •Jun 24, 2022

What previous generations once believed to be an impossibility has officially come to pass. On June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that gave all Americans federal protection to the right to terminate a pregnancy. And as fertility advocates, we are both heartbroken and outraged.  Despite those on either side of the political aisle believing abortion to be a black and white issue, for the millions of people globally who are faced with infertility, pregnancy loss, or the heartbreaking decision to terminate a pregnancy for...

Charlotte Arthur •Jun 24, 2022
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