Blog Archive

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 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...