When my husband and I decided to grow our family and try to have another child, we didn’t expect to have any trouble. Our first pregnancy was relatively normal. We didn’t have any major hiccups and we gave birth to a happy and healthy baby girl. Six years later, we weren’t having as much luck, […]
Unfortunately, many women and men struggling with infertility can become overwhelmed from time to time as they try to achieve pregnancy. They can be upset by other people’s insensitivity, hurt by criticism from their families, tired of treatment, frustrated by limited options and resentful of their “fishbowl” existence. These couples realize that there are no […]
While most women are aware of the immediate need to quit smoking and/or drinking alcohol upon becoming pregnant, not all are conscious of the fact that smoking and drinking may be harming their fertility prior to pregnancy. Believe it or not, the same can be true for males as well.
At ART Fertility, we see a number of couples on a daily basis who long to have a baby of their very own. They go through all kinds of tests and treatments to determine the cause(s) of their infertility issues with our doctors. Unfortunately, in some of these cases, the couple may not have the […]
Oocyte storage is the storage of a woman’s frozen oocytes (mature eggs) for future use. To collect oocytes, women are often administered fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries into producing more eggs. The eggs can then be used in one of many different types of fertilization methods, or frozen and stored for future treatment cycles […]
Testicular Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (TESA) is one of the most successful and rewarding state-of-the-art technologies provided by the ART Fertility Program of Alabama. TESA at the ART Fertility Program was pioneered by Dr. Cecil A. Long who, in 1996, trained at the London Gynecology and Fertility Centre to learn the techniques for this procedure. The […]
An interview with Susan Collins To read part one click here. Q: How do you know if a sperm donor has achieved a pregnancy before? A: When you visit the Cryobanks and are looking at the donors, one of the questions the donors must answer is: has the donor achieved a pregnancy before? If they […]
An interview with Susan Collins Q: What is donor sperm? A: Donor Sperm is sperm that has been donated by fertile men for patients who cannot have a pregnancy with their own sperm. There are Cryobanks set up across the United States for men to donate sperm, just as people donate blood.
(Brad & Celeste’s Success Story) Our journey to finally bringing home our precious baby girl was not an easy one. It was a 6+ year roller-coaster that ultimately uncovered strength, faith, and courage that Brad and I didn’t even know we had. It included 4 surgeries, 2 pregnancy losses, countless procedures and trips to the […]
Someone who is overweight or obese is more likely to have problems getting pregnant than someone of a healthy weight. Many are still surprised that obesity can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby. Being underweight can also reduce a woman’s fertility. But the truth is that obese and underweight […]