At ART Fertility Program of Alabama, we’ve been doing the IVF with ICSI procedure for almost two decades. The ICSI procedure began at ART in 1996 with the first pregnancy and birth in 1997. Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a form of assisted fertilization using micromanipulation. By using a micro-needle a single sperm is injected […]

We all know sleep affects our bodies in multiple ways; from our memory, to our skin, even affecting our weight. But can sleep play a role in the outcome of in vitro fertilization?

A group of researchers recently set out to study the affects of psychological distress on infertile couples undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). While it’s clear that couples are stressed while going through fertility treatments, there’s still much to learn about the cause-effect relationship. So the question is; does psychological distress have an affect on a […]

While there is no definite answer, many believe women with endometriosis typically have a harder time becoming pregnant. There may be several causes that affect different women,  but remember that having the condition does not automatically mean you will never have children, just that it may be more difficult and assisted reproductive technologies, such as […]

Have you noticed that sound tick-tick-ticking away in the back of your mind? If you’re a woman in your late 20s or early 30s, it might just be your biological clock warning you that your fertility won’t last forever. But it’s not a sound you have to fear, or just accept – and ART Fertility […]

PCOS is a common diagnosis among women, but one that can be filled with misinformation and discouragement. ART Fertility Specialist Dr. Chris Allemand helps us understand PCOS, what it means to your fertility, and why there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about your pregnancy journey after a PCOS diagnosis.   What is PCOS? […]

Editor’s Note: Dr. Virginia Houserman is a fertility specialist at ART Fertility. She brings a unique perspective to her work and patients by having first-hand knowledge of the difficulties facing couples with infertility. I got married in August of 1987. I was 33 at the time, and thought that left plenty of time for me […]

Most women have probably heard all sorts of recommendations about caffeine consumption during pregnancy, but what about the effects of caffeine on women trying to conceive? New research from Denmark shows that higher levels of caffeine consumption – the equivalent of five or more cups of coffee a day – may reduce the success rates […]

We’re nearing the end of the IVF process. If you’ve been going through it, it probably feels like it’s been a lifetime, but there is light at the end of the tunnel after egg retrieval and sperm collection have been done. The next step is culture and fertilization. Our embryologist examines the culture at regular […]

Nicole Kidman was 41 when she had her little girl 3 years ago.  Nancy Grace was 48 when she had her twins.  And Halle Berry was 41 when she gave birth to baby Nahla.  It is true that all of these celebrity births where the mothers are over 40 give the rest of us a […]