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INVOcell: Is it Right For You?

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Fifteen years ago, the concept was devised but the technology was not there to support it. INVOcell is a gas permeable plastic capsule made in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory and contains a mixture of eggs and sperm. The eggs and sperm are collected in a manner similar to IVF; however, the eggs and sperm […]

What You Need To Know When Trying to Get Pregnant

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

There are many myths concerning the best ways to become pregnant. To begin, it is important to know that there are three tiers of advice that fertility doctors in Raleigh and around the nation rely upon during preconception counseling. The primary tier is to encourage a foundation of good health and wellness by taking care […]

How to Choose a Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility Specialist (REI)

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

According to Dr. Walmer, PhD., M.D., when choosing a physician to guide a patient through reproductive services, whether generalized obstetrics and gynecologic care or evaluation of infertility issues, it is important to look for a number of different characteristics. First, look for a fertility doctor who is trained to deal with the infertility specialty and […]

5 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Affect Infertility In Women

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Are you planning to expand your family soon? Did you know that infertility in women can be affected by diet and lifestyle?  Making a few simple lifestyle changes now may boost your chances of conceiving. Take a look at five simple ways you can improve your fertility and your health. Eat Healthier Foods Making good […]

INVOcell: A New Potentially Cost Saving Option for Fertility Patients

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The cost of fertility treatment can be a barrier between patients and their plans for a family.  The INVOcell, a recently FDA approved gas permeable vaginal culture device, allows women to incubate eggs and sperm themselves, decreasing the cost of and increasing access to fertility treatment.  Atlantic Reproductive is happy to be the first practice […]

Types of Fertility Treatments

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Everyone has heard the expression “biological clock” but there is a science behind this phrase. As a woman ages, her chances of conceiving a healthy child decrease. If you are 35 years of age or younger, there are numerous fertility treatments that fertility specialists can recommend to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy. After the […]

What Does a Fertility Specialist Do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Women often begin their journey to building a family with an obstetrician (OB). Obstetricians are physicians who specialize in managing pregnancy, labor and post-childbirth. A woman often has a close relationship with her OB. Therefore, if the couple has been trying to get pregnant for at least six months, the OB may recommend a fertility […]

Why Preconception Counseling Is So Important

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

If you’re considering having a baby in the near future, you may already be thinking about baby names and nursery themes. Although choosing just the perfect name is an important part of the planning process, discussing your plans for pregnancy with a professional is something that you should consider before you even start trying.  Pregnancy is one […]

How Does Ectopic Pregnancy Affect Fertility?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

An ectopic pregnancy occurs whenever an embryo attaches outside of a woman’s uterine cavity. Although difficult to estimate accurately, it has been reported that as many as 2 percent of pregnancies land in ectopic locations and 98 percent of ectopic pregnancies are tubal pregnancies. Tubal pregnancies result when a fertilized egg does not complete its […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Learn Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month has played a key role in making women aware of the importance of early detection and treatment. In 2016, more than 240,000 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis, according to BreastCancer.org. Although this remains a devastating diagnosis, death rates are dropping due to treatment advances. Cancer […]

Pregnancy and the Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Friday, April 15th, 2016

If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, the recent news coverage of the Zika virus — and its link to birth defects in infants born to mothers who have the virus — may be a concern for you. While there’s currently no vaccine to prevent the virus, there are some precautions you can integrate into your […]

Fertility Treatment and Time to Pregnancy

Friday, November 14th, 2014

When choosing a fertility treatment pathway, there are many factors to consider including the head, the heart, the body, and the pocket book. While each individual person has different feelings and level of comfort with each treatment, knowing the success of each treatment option can help you make informed decisions. Success of the different treatments […]

The Role of CoQ10 in Your Fertility Treatment

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that is naturally made in the cells of the body. Used for cellular energy production, CoQ10 supplementation has been investigated for many and varied medical conditions, including recent studies supporting the potential to help with fertility. What Makes CoQ10 So Valuable? A possible role for CoQ10 in fertility makes sense […]

Egg Donation and Retrieval: A Guide for Donors

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

When people have difficulty conceiving, they turn to Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists (ARMS) for help. There are many reasons someone might have trouble getting pregnant, including low egg number and low egg quality. In some cases, we help people conceive by using donor eggs during in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other procedures. If you want […]

All About Working with a Gestational Carrier

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

If you are unable to carry a pregnancy to term, working with a gestational carrier may be an option for your family. If you choose to try this, the embryos implanted in your carrier’s uterus can be formed by combining your eggs and your partner’s sperm. It is also possible to work with donor eggs or donor […]

What You Need to Know About the HSG Test

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The hysterosalpingogram, often called the HSG test, is a useful tool because it allows a reproductive endocrinologist to see the inside of the uterus and Fallopian tubes. Because fertilization occurs in the Fallopian tubes, it is very important that they are open and normal in size and shape. If you have an HSG test early […]

When Do You Need a Sperm Analysis, and How Does It Work?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

When you finally decide it’s time to try to figure out why pregnancy isn’t happening, one of the first steps your doctor may ask for is a sperm analysis. This procedure is typically part of a fertility investigation for couples who have not been able to conceive. In addition, patients interested in evaluating their own […]

3 Things to Consider Before Visiting an Egg Donation Clinic

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an option for women who have trouble conceiving due to advanced age, ovulation problems, or problems with the fallopian tubes or uterus. During this process, a sperm and egg are united in a laboratory. Once the egg is fertilized, the resulting embryo is placed in a woman’s uterus. If the […]

4 Surprising Ways the Biological Clock Affects Women’s Fertility

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

One of the gender differences in human reproduction is that men make new sperm continuously throughout their lives and women make all of their eggs before they are born.  Men are capable of conceiving children late in life while women usually exhaust their supply of eggs by their early fifties.  In addition, the quality of […]

IVF with Egg Donors: A Step-by-Step Guide

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you have decided to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive a child, you can use your own eggs or the eggs of a donor. Because egg quality declines as you age, using donor eggs is especially helpful for older women with low egg number, women who are not getting pregnant with their own […]

5 Tips for Preserving Fertility in Young Adults

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Even if you are not ready to have a baby right now, you may want to consider beginning the planning process now. Although age is one of the biggest factors determining whether you will be able to conceive a child, there are a number of things that you can do now to preserve your fertility. […]

Ovulation Predictor Tests: How to Identify the Right Time to Conceive

Monday, October 14th, 2013

If you are a woman with regular monthly menstrual cycles, an ovulation predictor test can give you an idea of when you are likely to be most fertile.  If you have infrequent periods, or have not had any periods at all for an extended period of time, you are experiencing more significant problems with ovulation. […]

Preserving Fertility Until YOU’RE Ready for a Family

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Age-related infertility may seem far-off, but preserving fertility is something that you should think about when you’re young, whether or not you have definite plans to have children. The age-related decline in fertility is a natural part of a woman’s life cycle that often catches both men and women by surprise. What steps can you […]

Egg Donation: How Aging Affects Your Fertility

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Deciding when to have a family is an important personal decision, and more women today are waiting until later in life to begin their families. One consequence of waiting is the normal age-related decline in the number and quality of eggs available in a woman’s ovaries. This decline in fertility with increasing age may cause […]

What is the Rate of Success with IVF and Egg Donation?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Embarking on fertility treatment using IVF and egg donation is a big step for anyone wanting to become a parent. When you undertake the process you need to know what your chances are for success, because this makes it slightly less intimidating and gives you more reason for hope. Many people first try IVF with […]

The Pros and Cons of Becoming an Egg Donor

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Donating eggs or oocytes so others can become parents is a life-changing gift of life and it is decision that only a few healthy, fertile women ages 21 to 31  have the opportunity make every day. Whether you are motivated to help a struggling couple or are attracted by the monetary compensation of donating, you need […]

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