These are things I hear every day from my patients: “I have never felt this sad and anxious," “If I see another pregnancy announcement on social media, I will scream," "Why doesn’t anyone including my partner seem to get it?" “What did I do to cause this?," “I feel that I have to attend this baby shower, but I just don’t want to go,” and “Infertility is all I ever think about; I can’t get it out of my mind." If you recognize any or even all of these thoughts, my guess is that you are...

Alice D. Domar, PhD •Aug 30, 2021

It took my husband Brad and me two years to get on the same page when it came to our fertility treatment. Again…it took TWO YEARS to get alignment between two people. That’s the equivalent of having a hung jury for 730 consecutive days. Every day we would debate and discuss the individual costs, risks, merits, and advantages of IUIs versus IVF versus adoption versus living child-free. And every day, our feelings would subtly shift like tectonic plates. Today, three years after we started trying to conceive, I can say we are 100% aligned with our...

Elyse Ash •Aug 11, 2021

The day I began miscarrying was the hardest day of my life. Yes, I say ‘began’ because most miscarriages take multiple days to pass. The millions of women globally who have miscarried know this all too well. Our vibrant and supportive fertility community constantly reminds us that miscarriages are not our fault. My miscarriage, on the other hand, was my fault, and, as much as my family and friends tell me to not think of it that way, I always will. Our IUI failed days before my 32nd birthday. Having been diagnosed with severe male factor...

Abby Mercado •Aug 3, 2021

The science of making babies started back in the 1930s, and the first reproductive endocrinology practice was founded in 1939 at Johns Hopkins. While the field continues to advance, many individuals find themselves without answers or new technologies to help them conceive.  When I first started working in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility back in 2013, PGS testing was relatively new, and not many patients went with this option when pursuing IVF. By the time I left the clinic in 2016, ERA cycles were coming out. Since then, PGS, ERA cycles, mini IVF and...

Suzie Welsh, RN, MSN •Aug 1, 2021

Infertility is not just a women’s issue. In fact, infertility affects men and women equally. In couples experiencing infertility, approximately 35% is due to male factors, 35% is due to female factors, 20% of cases have a combination of both male and female factors, and the last 10% are unexplained causes. So what causes male fertility issues? Male infertility can be due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices, and other factors may also contribute to male infertility. In some...

Kristyn Hodgdon •Jun 30, 2021

Male factor infertility is not something I ever thought I would experience. I’m young, healthy, and no one else in my family has had infertility issues, so why would I? I felt broken, like less of a man and husband. I was embarrassed. What will people think? The shame and secrecy around the topic of male infertility leave every newly diagnosed man feeling emasculated and alone, a sad reality considering that nearly 50% of all infertility diagnoses are at least partially due to male factors. Having children has always been a given for me, something I...

Alex of Pursuing Fatherhood •Jun 1, 2021

If you’ve met with a fertility specialist or you’re going through treatments, you may feel like you’ve had every test in the book. But the one test that you may not have completed may potentially be among the most important, especially for couples with male-factor or unexplained infertility: sperm DNA fragmentation analysis, an evaluation of the genetic health of sperm. According to Dr. Ramy Abou Ghadya, urologist and chief medical officer at Legacy, “Most experts consider the DNA fragmentation index to be one of the missing pieces of the male infertility puzzle. This data is...

Legacy •Mar 2, 2021

Let’s face it: shopping for a prenatal vitamin can be overwhelming. There are a ton of different brands on the market, each one claiming to have a superior formula than the last. So how do you know if you’re making the right choice to support a healthy environment for conception and pregnancy? The truth is, most people don’t. That’s why I’m here to tell you exactly which ingredients to look for--and which ones to skip--when shopping for a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive or pregnant. While many physicians will advise their patients to go...

Brooke Boskovich, MS, RD, LDN •Feb 22, 2021

Infertility affects 1 out of 8 couples in the U.S. alone. Roughly 10% of men and women face infertility challenges based on separate factors. Below are 7 of the most common infertility conditions for men and women. After reading through each definition, go through the checklist and mark which symptoms you notice in your own body. For women, the most common reason for infertility comes from hormone imbalances that disrupt normal ovulation patterns. The same hormone fluctuations can negatively impact men, causing major issues with sperm production and quality.  Aside from hormonal issues, there are several other conditions that men...

Laurel Fertility Care •Jan 14, 2021

You probably know that male fertility issues, also known as “male-factor” infertility, contribute to at least 30% of diagnosed infertility cases. But did you know that there are some simple lifestyle changes you or your partner can make to significantly improve sperm health and fertility? Here, we’ll give you an overview of sperm health and some evidence-backed tips from the medical advisory team at Legacy, an at-home sperm testing and freezing kit. Understanding male fertility Male fertility can be measured with a few metrics: Sperm count/concentration: The total number of sperm (sperm count) and/or how closely...

Legacy •Oct 27, 2020
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