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Therapy for Fertility and the Mind

Dealing with fertility challenges can weigh on our emotional wellbeing and put strain on relationships. Fertility treatment with a medical clinic can help increase the chances of conception. Working with a mental health professional can help to relieve mental stressors that can come with treatment, as well as feelings of loss and grief when such medical treatment does fail. In fact, many fertility clinics do require intended parents to have a psychological evaluation prior to treatment, and some ...

Donor Nexus Shout Out on "Delivering Miracles" Podcast with Dr Parijat Deshpande

One of our favorite doctors, Dr Potter from HRC Fertility Newport Beach, recently talked with Dr. Parijat Deshpande on her podcast “Delivering Miracles”. Episode 18 titled “How a Fertility Specialist Can Help You Get Pregnant with Dr. Daniel Potter” is now live – he gives a shout out to Donor Nexus, so take a listen and let us know what you think!  ...

Listen Up!: It’s National Infertility Awareness Week!

April 23 - 29, 2017 is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). It is the time to bring awareness to the millions of individuals who suffer from infertility, and was made a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. Infertility can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, like ovary or uterine abnormalities, sperm abnormalities, a result of cancer treatment among many others. Infertility can affect men and women of a range of ages, religions, ...

The Possible Effects of Banning Anonymous Egg Donation

In the United States, most gamete donations are made anonymously. Recently, there has been some talk in the media about banning anonymous sperm donation. This would require the donors to be identifiable to the donor-conceived child after their 18th birthday so they could learn about possible predispositions to medical diseases inherited by their donor. If anonymous sperm donation becomes banned, would it be possible for anonymous egg donation to become banned as well? Would the pool of available ...

My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor L

I donated my eggs for the first time with Donor Nexus and I do not think I could have had a better experience. I am so grateful for Mackenzie, who is so sweet and makes the process so easy. She was with me the entire time, reminding me of my appointments and texting me after my appointments to make sure that I was okay. Also, the staff at HRC and the surgery center was all very nice and gentle with my blood draws and pelvic exams.  In regards to the process, the trickiest part was the ...

Technology and Male Fertility

Infertility is often thought of as a woman’s problem, yet men are just as likely to be a contributor. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the male partner is either the sole cause or contributing cause of infertility in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Could our relationship with technology be partially to blame for these statistics? Research is showing a possible link between laptops, cellphones, and a decline in sperm health. ...

Australian Intended Parents: A Recap of an Open Egg Donation Meeting

Recently, we had the privilege of facilitating another in-person meeting between a set of intended parents from Australia and their egg donor. The intended parents have had a tough road trying to conceive. After years of unsuccessful pregnancies, they realized that it was time to try to conceive via egg donation. ...

Could Your Job Be Affecting Your Fertility?

Could aspects of your job be affecting your fertility? A new study published in the BMJ Journals in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in February 2017 shows that there may be a link between a woman’s work-life and her fertility. They explored whether overnight work schedules or high physical demand were associated with a decline in ovarian reserve and responsiveness to IVF medications. ...

"You Should Consider Using Donor Eggs" - Now What?

When a patient finds out they need to use an egg donor in order to conceive, there are many emotions and overwhelming thoughts that goes through ones mind. Finding a starting point can be difficult when you’ve never travelled down this path before. Here are a few things we recommend when you find out you need an egg donor. ...

The 2016 Success Rates are in...and they ROCK!

The 2016 fertility success rates are in and we are proud to announce that once again our partner clinic, HRC Fertility Orange County, achieved donor egg success rates that rank among the top nationwide! The CDC reported in 2014 that HRC Fertility OC ranked #3 nationally for egg donation using fresh embryos. Of the top six best fertility clinics, HRC Fertility OC is the only clinic that offers shared egg donor cycles. Sharing a cycle with other recipients allows the cost of IVF to be cut in half ...

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Silent Infections That Can Cause Infertility

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two types of preventable bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that, if left untreated, can lead to infertility. Chlamydia is often a silent infection, showing no symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 10-15% of women with untreated chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Chlamydia is also responsible for over 40% of fallopian tube infections that may present with no symptoms. Gonorrhea can cause a painful or burning ...

How to Kickstart 2017 with Attainable New Year's Resolutions

As we enter 2017 it is time to think about your New Year’s resolutions. For those with infertility and have resolved to have a child by the end of the year, here are a list of possible resolutions to help achieve your dreams of building a family. Remember, setting intentions on short attainable goals are more likely to succeed than setting big picture goals. ...

Coping Strategies to Help You through the Holidays!

Winter means it is time to gather by the hearth with egg nog, fluffy blankets, and holiday tunes. Seeing as it is also the time for family gatherings where children run wild, this time of year is not typically full of cheer for those struggling with infertility. Below are a few strategies to get you through this holiday season. ...

My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor C

I originally found out about Donor Nexus from a close friend of mine who worked with them & absolutely loved it. Becoming an egg donor meant more to me than just the compensation. I think as women, it has always been a dream of ours to become mothers someday. Becoming an egg donor meant that I was going to be able to help someone achieve that dream and bring happiness into other’s lives. ...

Taking Birth Control Pills Before Your IVF Cycle? Find Out Why!

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An Attitude of Gratitude

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Needles

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My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor B

All my life I dreamt of becoming a mother. When I was about 7 months pregnant and loving every single moment of growing a beautiful life inside of me, I thought about women who could not experience this. I started to research what I could do to help and that’s when I came across egg donation. Right when I started reading about the whole process, I knew I wanted to do this and be a part of people’s dreams coming true. ...

Stress Management and Fertility Treatment

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Misconceptions of Fertility

If you feel stressed or anxious about your ability to conceive, you are not alone. According to a study by Fertility and Sterility in 2014, 40% of women of all ages were concerned about their fertility. In the same study, 40% of women were unaware of the ovulation cycle and one-third were unaware of how obesity, irregular menses, and aging can affect procreative success. Below are some common misconceptions about fertility: ...

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