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7 Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day Sep 28th, 2022

What does your daily or weekly routine look like? Are you staying physically active and feeling your best? We celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day the last Wednesday in September. This day is important in helping us all remember to focus on the importance of physical activity and encouraging...

Everything You Need to About Ovarian Cancer and Early Detection Sep 20th, 2022

More than 22,000 women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer annually in the United States. More than two-thirds of those women are diagnosed after menopause, but this does not mean cancer doesn’t start until women hit menopause.  Nearly 60% of women are not seeing their gynecologist regularly, which is often the...

PCOS at a Glance: The Facts You Need To Know Sep 13th, 2022

September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (or PCOS) Awareness Month. While you may not be familiar with PCOS, it’s pretty common among women and is present in nearly 4-20% of women.  PCOS is a metabolic syndrome characterized by elevated levels of androgens, menstrual irregularities, and potentially insulin resistance. It may start...

Do Men Have a Biological Clock that Impacts Their Fertility? Sep 7th, 2022

You may have heard that women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have, and that egg quality declines with age, but what about male fertility? Various things can impact male fertility, including medical issues or injuries, environmental and medical history factors, lifestyle choices, and last but not least,...

7 Tips for Optimizing Your Fertility Potential Through Nutrition Aug 30th, 2022

Whether you are trying naturally to get pregnant or working with a reproductive endocrinologist and going through assisted reproductive technology (ART) services like intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are complementary ways that you can increase your fertility potential.  One of the best ways to work towards...

Finding the Right Fertility Clinic for You Aug 23rd, 2022

The first step necessary when considering fertility treatment is finding the right fertility doctor for you. In many cases, this means seeking out a reproductive endocrinologist, who is someone specializing in diagnosing and treating infertility. No matter your reason for seeking a reproductive endocrinologist, you should feel comfortable and at...

Understanding and Coping With Miscarriage and Loss Aug 16th, 2022

Going through a miscarriage can be devastating and a difficult topic to discuss, especially if you are feeling confused or lonely during the process. You are not alone in this process, and it’s okay to grieve your loss. We are here to answer your questions about miscarriage and offer a...

The Journey To Becoming a Single Parent By Choice Aug 9th, 2022

In previous decades, the idea of becoming a single parent by choice was often very limited. Typically, the only option was to adopt, which was limited as many agencies preferred or required adopters to be married heterosexual couples.  Fast forward to 2022, and there are now many options for single...

Fertility Preservation: Taking Control Over Your Reproductive Future Aug 2nd, 2022

Earlier this year, Dr. Meera Shah took time to connect with the Stanford Cardiology Residents & Fellows. She led an engaging discussion with the group about fertility preservation and the importance of taking control of your reproductive future.  Whether you are a busy cardiology resident, a successful business manager, or...

From Louise Brown to Increased Success Rates - The Evolution of IVF Over the Decades Jul 24th, 2022

The first live birth resulting from IVF was back in 1978. Her name is Louise Brown, and she is often referred to as the first “test-tube baby.” We now celebrate National IVF Day on July 25th in honor of her (it’s her birthday). Since her birth, the world of assisted...

Dealing With Unexplained Infertility Jul 17th, 2022

One of the very first steps in determining a treatment plan to address your infertility is getting diagnostic testing done. The tests can vary, but often include bloodwork and a uterine ultrasound for women and a semen analysis for men. The bloodwork can help identify issues with hormones, vitamin D,...

Mental Health and the Cost of Fertility Treatment Jul 13th, 2022

Receiving an infertility diagnosis can be extremely stressful and put a damper on mental health, but adding in concerns about the cost of treatment shouldn’t have to be an extra burden you have to carry.  For those who have found themselves seeking fertility care at a reproductive endocrinologist's office, it...

Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month Jul 5th, 2022

Uterine fibroids are quite common, but not often talked about. By age 50, approximately 80% of all women will have developed fibroids in their life, yet we still don’t hear much about them or how they can impact women’s health.  Uterine fibroids can cause an array of symptoms and can...

Women’s Rights In the Fertility Community Jun 28th, 2022

Last Friday, we witnessed the historic overturning of Roe v Wade. This left many concerned and confused about the impact this could have on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Please be assured at this time that there is no impact on any available ART services in the State...

Dr. Schmidt Shares his Expertise on Plant Based Eating and More on the Plant Your Seed Podcast Jun 16th, 2022

Our own Dr. Richard Schmidt guests on the latest Plant Your Seed podcast—just in time for Father's Day. Dr. Schmidt spoke about his 25 years to delivering excellent patient-centered fertility care and his journey to becoming a vegan physician, having trained as a Food for Life instructor and as a...

Financial Planning For Your Future Family Amid Your Busy Career Apr 25th, 2022

Have you had time to plan for the family you dreamed of having, among your busy career? For many young professionals, investing in your future fertility can be an important decision to make early—and it doesn't have to break the bank. If you missed our complimentary live webinar during National...

5 Takeaways From The Olaplex Fertility Scare and What You Should Know About Chemicals and Fertility Apr 11th, 2022

There’s been a lot of conversations swirling around on social media recently about Olaplex No. 3 and its link to fertility issues. The real concern is over an ingredient called butyl phenyl methylpropionol also known as lilial.  This ingredient has recently been listed as a prohibited ingredient in all cosmetic...

What is NIPT? Should I Get Tested? Mar 21st, 2022

NIPT stands for non-invasive prenatal testing, a blood test performed during pregnancy to screen for genetic abnormalities, such as Down’s syndrome. It can be performed as early as nine weeks and the results usually take one to two weeks to return. NIPT was first introduced in 2011 and was developed...

Dr. Shah Shares Her Expertise on Ethnic Disparities in Reproductive Health and IVF Mar 7th, 2022

NOVA IVF's own Dr. Meera Shah was featured on The Egg Whisperer podcast and vlog to discuss ethnic disparities in reproductive health and IVF outcomes, including African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and South Asian communities. Whatever your own background, you may find these differences enlightening as you embark on your own...

Is There a Link Between Soy and Fertility? Mar 2nd, 2022

Fertility and soy, a perfect match? It is not easy to decipher the possible link between fertility and soy foods and whether there is a positive, negative, or no influence on the consumption of dietary soy and an individual's fertility health. There have been small studies and case reports to...

Focus On: Heart Health Feb 7th, 2022

Did you know that February is National American Heart Month? What better time than now to start taking charge of your heart health than when you're looking to build your family! You may find that many of our recommendations here help you along your path to parenthood, too. According to...

Happy National Women Physicians Day Feb 3rd, 2022

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5 Reasons to Consider In Vitro Fertilization Feb 1st, 2022

It used to be that if you were unable to conceive, your only option for family building was surrogacy or adoption.  On July 25, 1978, all of that changed when the first human birth was achieved through in vitro fertilization (IVF), which opened the doors for millions of people to...

The Latest on Omicron and Fertility Jan 31st, 2022

There's been a lot of talk the past few months about the latest strain of COVID-19, the Omicron variant. It has spread fast, but the worst may be behind us as Omicron cases are finally beginning to drop after unprecedented surges earlier at the start of 2022. The team at...

When to Consider Sperm Banking Dec 8th, 2021

For whatever reason, family-building is off the table at the moment, but you certainly want to preserve the option for down the road. For men who want to take part in fertility preservation, sperm banking is the best path forward. To help preserve your ability to father children in the...

All About Egg Donation Nov 1st, 2021

For women who are encountering certain fertility issues, donated eggs can provide the missing piece to the fertility puzzle. At NOVA IVF, we routinely handle both sides of the egg donation process — donating and receiving.  Under the expert guidance of fertility specialists Drs. Meera Shah and Richard Schmidt, our...

Interested in Freezing Your Eggs? Important Factors to Consider Oct 10th, 2021

You’re in the middle of a career that’s taking off, you haven’t found your ideal partner yet, or you’re undergoing an invasive treatment: These are just three of the reasons why women turn to egg freezing.  This type of fertility preservation can play an invaluable role in your family-building dreams,...

Giving Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What to Expect Sep 7th, 2021

When the vaccines were rolled out, everyone sighed with relief, but the coronavirus had other plans. With emerging strains, such as the delta variant, California is contemplating stricter mandates again in order to combat these new, highly contagious variants.  In the meantime, you’re worried about your pregnancy, the childbirth, and...

What Can You Learn From PGD Genetic Testing? Aug 5th, 2021

Most people who turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) have been trying, unsuccessfully, for years to have children. Through IVF, we can bypass many fertility issues to help you create the family of your dreams. And we want to make sure your efforts are rewarded with a healthy baby (or...

Diagnostic Procedures to Help Determine Your IVF Protocol Jul 19th, 2021

Whether you’ve been trying for years to get pregnant or you’re frustrated by early unsuccessful attempts, you’re now looking at in vitro fertilization (IVF) as the best path forward.  While you’ve undoubtedly been through considerable testing already to determine the cause of your fertility problems, there are a few more...

When to Consider a Surrogate Jun 16th, 2021

There are any number of reasons why you or your partner may not be able to physically bring a child into the world, but that doesn’t mean that your family-building dreams are over. Through surrogacy, we can help you create the family of your dreams. At NOVA IVF, our team...

Understanding Sperm Motility May 25th, 2021

Of every 100 couples, 10-15 encounter problems with fertility, which can develop for any number of reasons, including issues with low sperm count, sperm formation, and sperm motility, which refers to how the sperm move.  In fact, 2% of men worldwide exhibit suboptimal sperm parameters, which means that their sperm...

What to Expect From Your Egg Freezing Journey Apr 18th, 2021

There are many reasons women choose to freeze their eggs, but they all have one goal in common — to preserve their ability to get pregnant in the future.  While there are several steps you need to take to successfully safeguard your eggs, the last is arguably the most important...

Who Can Freeze Their Eggs? Mar 18th, 2021

Several years ago, Facebook and Apple took an extraordinary step in providing female employees $20,000 worth of medical coverage for egg freezing. This move underscored the important role that egg freezing can play by allowing women more freedom and peace of mind when it comes to achieving their family-building goals....

How Does COVID-19 Impact Pregnancy? Feb 16th, 2021

Until vaccination is more widespread, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a clear and present danger in the United States. While we’ve learned much during the past year, especially when it comes to at-risk demographics like the elderly, many women are wondering whether COVID-19 can affect pregnancy. Our fertility team...

When Should I Freeze My Eggs? Jan 19th, 2021

You’ve likely heard the old adage about a ticking biological clock, which can place pressure on you during a time when having children just isn’t ideal. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to delay having children but you’re worried about your future fertility, egg freezing can...

Is Genetic Testing on My Embryos Necessary? Dec 15th, 2020

If building the family of your dreams has presented some challenges, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a highly effective technique for bypassing certain hurdles to pregnancy.  The road to IVF has likely entailed years of frustration, so you, understandably, want to ensure that everything goes smoothly. That’s where preimplantation genetic...

Things That Can Go Wrong With Sperm That Cause Infertility Nov 12th, 2020

Infertility among couples is evenly spread out — a third of causes lie with the woman, one-third with the man, and the final third with both or for reasons unknown. If we find that male infertility is the problem, we first look to issues with your sperm. At NOVA IVF,...

Comparing IUI to IVF Treatment Oct 19th, 2020

If you’re among the 10-15% of couples facing issues with fertility, you’re greeted with a host of options that range from wait-and-see to procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).  Choosing which fertility treatment avenue is right for you depends on a host of factors, and we...

How Nutrition Affects Fertility Sep 17th, 2020

As the old adage, “You are what you eat,” correctly points out, the link between nutrition and your health is indisputable. Finding those exact links can often be easy — the effect of your diet on diabetes is direct and plainly evident.  The connection to issues like infertility is less...

IVF in the Age of COVID-19: Should We or Shouldn't We? Aug 20th, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck with fury in March, California was the first state to lock down in response. Our early actions paid off, but when we started to reopen in June, COVID-19 cases began to rise again. We now have more than half a million confirmed cases and counting....

Am I a Candidate for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? Jul 28th, 2020

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve already answered the first, and most important, question when it comes to whether you’re a candidate for in vitro fertilization (IVF): You’re willing to go the extra mile when it comes to building the family of your dreams.  IVF is an incredibly effective solution...

Reproductive Options for LGBTQ Couples Jun 29th, 2020

Starting or growing a family is an exciting time. For LGBTQ couples, with the excitement also comes challenges — and options. Fortunately, there are several options toward parenthood, each with their own set of considerations.  The number of LGBTQ families are growing. A Pew Research national survey found that 51%...

What’s the Best Age to Freeze Your Eggs? May 31st, 2020

If you dream of having a baby, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, nature isn’t always in sync with the timeline you have in mind for motherhood. And, a sickness or condition could get in the way before you’re able to have children. Fortunately, you can take steps to reset your biological...

Pregnancy and Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered Apr 6th, 2020

We live in uncertain times. We’re in the early stages of a global pandemic that appears to have started in China sometime in December 2019 and has, since then, traveled to more than 150 other countries. We’re told to practice social distancing, wash our hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and telecommute...