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  • Beta hCG Levels During Pregnancy

    Upon conception, a woman's body starts to produce a "pregnancy hormone" called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, commonly referred to as hCG. hCG production begins approximately 8-10 days after conception when the embryo starts to implant itself into the uterine lining (implantation). It is this hormone that is measured by Home Pregnancy Tests (HPTs), and if present, return a positive result. An hCG Beta Blood test is much more sensitive than an HPT, and can detect pregnancy as early as 10 days after fertilization.

  • Good News for Infertile Couples Seeking Fertility Treatments - New Breakthrough for IVF Success Rate

    If you are one of the thousands of infertile couples, searching for a solution, there is good news! A new breakthrough in IVF procedures can dramatically improve the IVF success rate of having a baby through artificial reproduction.

  • Tips for Conceiving in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

    Only you and your partner know when the best time is to start a family but you need to remember that your chances of getting pregnant naturally drop significantly as you get older. You are more likely to get pregnant in your 20s than you are in your 40s, but there are certain things you can do to increase your fertility rate at any age. Dr. James W. Douglas of the IVF Plano, Texas clinic shares some of the pros and cons of trying to conceive at various ages with us below. Educating yourself on the different factors that can affect your ability to conceive can help you make the right lifestyle choices and help you get pregnant at a time that is most appropriate for you.

  • New LocateADoc Advisory Board Member: Joseph S. Sanfilippo, M.D.

    Joseph S. Sanfilippo, M.D., Infertility Doctor at Magee Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sanfilippo graduated with a medical degree at Chicago Medical School. He has served as the President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Dr. Sanfilippo also oversees an ongoing post-graduate training program in cooperation with the ASRM and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. This allows provision of the latest surgical techniques in the specialty of Advance Minimally Invasive Surgery.

  • Laser Acupuncture Improves the Chance of Success in IVF

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used medical procedures in the world. Using very thin needles or, more recently, laser technology, acupuncturists work to reduce pain and improve health by targeting certain points on the body. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania recently completed one of the largest randomized clinical trials ever conducted to measure the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in IVF. The results indicate that treatment with laser acupuncture could increase pregnancy rates in IVF procedures.

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