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If You’ve Had Miscarriages Before, Don’t Skip PGD Testing Jul 26th, 2019

Miscarriage, or the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week of gestation, is a heartbreaking reality for many couples. Although the experience can be painful, traumatic, or even isolating, it’s not uncommon.  An estimated 10-15% of known pregnancies — and by one estimate, as many as half of...

What to Consider Before Becoming a Surrogate Jun 20th, 2019

When fertility problems, health issues, or gender make it difficult or impossible for a couple (or individual) to have a baby, a surrogate can provide the greatest possible gift — a way to welcome a much-desired child into the world.   For a surrogate, making the choice to carry and...

Infertility and Your Mental Health May 6th, 2019

The average couple doesn’t expect their path to parenthood to be lined with arbitrary twists, turns, pitfalls, and roadblocks, but infertility is a surprisingly common problem that impacts as many as 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age. Some couples are affected by primary infertility, which is the inability to...

5 Reasons Why Genetic Carrier Testing is Highly Recommended by Your Doctor Apr 17th, 2019

If you and your partner are like most aspiring parents, deciding to start a family has you both occupied with all the ways you can improve your lifestyle and overall well-being to boost your chances of having a normal pregnancy that leads to a healthy baby. Achieving optimal preconception health...

Understanding How PGS/PGT Works Mar 7th, 2019

Undergoing fertility treatments can be a long process of wait and see, with many peaks and valleys of emotions. When you finally get the news that your eggs have been successfully fertilized outside your body, thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF), you may wish to transfer the embryo as soon...

How Long Will My Eggs Last if I Choose to Freeze Them? Feb 1st, 2019

Hollywood celebrities like Olivia Munn have been very public about their decisions to freeze their eggs for future pregnancies. And, let’s face it, your eggs won’t last forever if you just leave them in your ovaries either. In fact, by the time you hit your late 30s, the two million...

Why a Fertility Evaluation Is a Good Place to Start If You’re Having Trouble Conceiving Jan 7th, 2019

If you’ve had unprotected sex for at least six months (if you’re over 35) or a year (if you’re under 35) and still haven’t gotten pregnant, you’re among the 10% of couples in the United States who are officially considered to be infertile. While that may not be the best...

How Effective Is PGD Testing? Dec 6th, 2018

The news that your eggs have been successfully fertilized during IVF and that you now have viable embryos makes you eager to move on to implantation as soon as possible. However, your fertility doctor recommends PGD testing to determine if your fetus has chromosomal disorders or genetic defects. You’ve waited...

How Age Affects Fertility Nov 20th, 2018

Growing up, forging an identity, and building a life in a world that’s increasingly complex and fast-moving was enough of a challenge. You didn’t want to complicate that early journey with children you weren’t emotionally and financially able to care for in the ways you knew they deserved. But now...

What Makes ICSI More Successful ThanOther Types of Fertilization? Oct 26th, 2018

Intracytoplasmic sperminjection, or ICSI, is a technique sometimes used in the in vitro fertilization process. This technique is often more successful than other types of fertilization, making it an ideal choice for many couples that want to increase their chances of conception. About ICSI During ICSI, the male's spermis injected...

5 Common Causes of Infertility Sep 14th, 2018

For many couples trying to get pregnant, the reality of infertility can cause a significant amount of frustration. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that nearly 7 million women in the United States are struggling to get pregnant.Most couples achieve pregnancy within a year of...

What to Know About Being a Surrogate Aug 10th, 2018

Being a surrogate is an extremely fulfilling experience. When you become a surrogate, you help people bring their child into the world who could not otherwise become parents. As a surrogate, you’re giving the gift of life that also enables the intended parents to experience the incredible journey of pregnancy...

When Should You Consider Freezing Your Eggs? Jul 26th, 2018

Over six million women in America have trouble getting pregnant. At the same time, the number of women over 30 who can get pregnant -- but are choosing to wait -- has risen nearly 30% over the past 15 years. This makes egg-freezing services a valuable tool for couples to...

ICSI 101: How It Can Help You Conceive Jun 20th, 2018

ICSI stands for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a procedure used to help couples struggling with fertility increase their chances of conceiving. It works in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Fertilization of an egg can only happen when a sperm penetrates the egg. With conventional IVF, many sperm and an egg...

Egg Donor Checklist: Do You Check Out? May 16th, 2018

Donor eggs make it possible for women to conceive who are unable to get pregnant using their own eggs. While wanting to donate your eggs is an extremely generous decision, not every woman is eligible to donate. The first step to egg donation is to review the basic requirements, learn...

When Surrogacy Is the Best Option Apr 26th, 2018

When a pregnancy uses a surrogate, a woman agrees to carry and deliver your child. There are several reasons to use a surrogate during a pregnancy. Some women face insurmountable reproductive problems or have medical conditions that prevent them from having a healthy pregnancy. Surrogacy also helps single parents and...

How Common is Male Infertility? Mar 29th, 2018

Male infertility is more common than you think. A diagnosis of infertility is typically made if a couple has been trying to conceive for one year (12 months or more) by having frequent and unprotected sex. If a couple is over the age of 30, a diagnosis of infertility may...

Tips for Managing IVF Stress Mar 16th, 2018

When it comes to in vitro fertilization, or IVF, we can throw a lot of statistics your way. For example, approximately 10% of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44 have problems getting pregnant, and 5% of these women turn to in vitro fertilization for...

Unexplained Infertility Jan 29th, 2018

What is Unexplained Infertility?It can be frustrating for a couple when they’re trying to conceive and it’s just not happening. If you’re not having any luck at getting pregnant, call Dr. Vicken Sepilian for a consultation. Dr. Sepilian is passionate about helping his patients and their partners fulfill their dreams...

What You Need to Know About Traveling With Fertility Medications Jan 2nd, 2018

The more you can avoid travel while under a cycle of fertility medications, the better. But, if your treatment falls on the holidays or you have a work trip that’s unavoidable, make plans so as not to compromise your medications or forget any supplies when you are on the road....

Are You Interested in Being an Egg Donor? Dec 4th, 2017

Why does anyone give of themselves when they don’t need to? This is a heavy philosophical question almost impossible to cover in a limited space, but one good answer is “compassion.” Many of us feel the need to provide help to those in need, though this need can take on...

What You Should Know About Egg Freezing and Embryo Cryopreservation Nov 1st, 2017

What You Should Know About Egg Freezing and Embryo CryopreservationWhen it comes to starting a family, no two situations are alike. This is especially true if you find yourself in a situation where you’re seeking out a fertility specialist. The topic of fertility usually revolves around difficulty getting pregnant. Many...

Why Intrauterine Insemination Could Be the Solution for You Oct 1st, 2017

It can be overwhelming trying to navigate the world of fertility treatments, especially in light of the emotional toll it can take just coming to terms with having fertility problems. To be sure, you shouldn’t lose hope. Chances are good there is a solution out there for you that will...

Why Couples Can Benefit from PGD Testing Jun 6th, 2017

When talking about starting a family, the one thing most couples want is certainty. Going through the process of getting pregnant, experiencing the pregnancy, and then taking care of the baby in those early days is both joyful and anxiety inducing. That’s the reality for every couple, even if they...

Having Trouble Conceiving? A Fertility Evaluation Can Help Apr 27th, 2017

It’s safe to say that the majority of people hope to one day have children and start a family of their own. When they want to do this and with whom will vary, of course, but that fundamental desire to bring a new life into the world is there. Unfortunately,...

Is Egg Freezing the Right Option for You? Apr 3rd, 2017

We live in increasingly complicated times. What used to be the assumed traditional path of starting a family isn’t so clear anymore. For many reasons, women are choosing to delay having children. And in some cases, it isn’t a choice so much as a necessity. More women are having children...

Is IVF Right for You? Learn the Facts Mar 7th, 2017

We are lucky to live in a time where there are many fertility services available to help couples and individuals who are ready to begin a family but may have complications or difficulties. In the past, a wide variety of illnesses or conditions (including the simple fact that we get...