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What is an Embryologist?

by Nicole Burns and Melissa Nanidzhanyan, Embryologists, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on August 8, 2017

If you or a loved one is having difficulty conceiving, you may have researched in vitro fertilization options. In vitro fertilization, which is commonly referred to as IVF, is a process that begins with ovulation induction to stimulate a woman’s ovaries. Next, the eggs are harvested through an ultrasound-guided technique. Once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilized and grown in a laboratory for three to five days before the embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus or frozen for implantation at a later date.
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Beating the Biological Clock

by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director; Dehan Chen, M.D., Associate Clinical Director; and Keri L. Greenseid, M.D.; The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on March 9, 2015

For a variety of reasons, many women choose to postpone childbearing until they are in their 30s or even 40s.  But the difficult truth is that the biological clock waits for no one, and fertility declines with age.  Increasingly, young women are turning to a procedure that allows them to freeze their eggs while they are fertile and store them until a pregnancy is desired.
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Having Problems Becoming Pregnant? It May Be More than Bad Timing

by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on October 14, 2014

As a physician specializing in the treatment of infertility, one of the first questions I ask couples seeking to become pregnant is how long they have been having unprotected intercourse. The answer is usually a in the form of “for about ….months, but really trying for only… months”.  What most couples do not realize is that they should not have to “try” to achieve a pregnancy.  
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Is it Time to Consult a Fertility Specialist?

by Ali Nasseri, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center

Posted on April 20, 2014

If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you're not alone. Infertility issues affect an estimated 1 in 10 couples in the United States; but this rate increases with increased maternal age. Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained.  
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