Coastal Fertility Blog

We at Coastal Fertility are excited to share the latest news and updates happening in the world of fertility medicine as well as interesting articles that may affect you. 

Why do Chromosomally Normal Embryos Not Implant in the Uterus?

Posted: 11/7/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: infertility

Many couples who struggle with infertility are often frustrated and confused when a seemingly perfect embryo refuses to implant. In this month’s blog, Dr. Michael Slowey explains why this happens and what fertility experts are doing to increase the odds of success.


Are All Labs Created Equal?

Posted: 8/4/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: embryology, infertility, IVF, lab, retrieval

In the world of infertility, the smallest details matter, especially when it comes to the Embryology lab. Coastal Fertility Specialists knows this first hand and therefore has created one of the best labs in the nation. This month Dr. John Schnorr gives patients an inside look at what sets Coastal’s lab apart from others.

Fertility Options for Same Sex Couples

Posted: 6/2/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: couple, fertility, IVF, LGBT, same, sex

Many couples struggle with infertility and need the help of clinics like Coastal Fertility. Now more than ever, same sex couples are also seeking the reproductive services that will allow them to have the family of their dreams. Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. Heather Cook takes a look at the many options now available to these couples.

Coastal Fertility Specialists Honors Their Patients During National Infertility Awareness Week

Posted: 4/24/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

This year National Infertility Awareness Week® is April 23-29. During this week and all year long, our goal at Coastal Fertility Specialists is to share our knowledge and unwavering support to our patients and all those suffering from Infertility. 

Endometriosis and Infertility

Posted: 2/27/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

Endometriosis is a number one cause of infertility in women, and for the most part, the painful condition is incurable. Fortunately, doctors have found a way to help women suffering from the disease to conceive at reasonable high rates. Reproductive Endocrinologist at Coastal Fertility Specialists, Dr. John Schnorr explains.

Fertility Drugs and Cancer: Is There a Link?

Posted: 12/13/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: cancer, infertility, IVF

Women receiving fertility treatment often wonder if the medications used to help make eggs increase the risk of long-term disorders like breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer.  Coastal Fertility Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Heather Cook has the answer.

Secrets to a Successful Lab

Posted: 10/5/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: embryology, infertility, IVF

One of the most important parts of your fertility treatment takes place in the embryology lab. At Coastal Fertility, our lab is not only state-of-the-art, we also have Harvard-trained embryologists, and have won awards for our for excellence in egg freezing.  Today our Laboratory Director Thomas O'Leary, Ph.D, HCLD  gives you an inside look at what it takes to run such an exceptional lab.

Optimizing Natural Fertility: How to Utilize Evidence-Based Medicine

Posted: 9/2/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

Blog written by Dr. John Schnorr
Clinicians are frequently asked to provide advice to patients concerning their underlying fertility.  Patients, unfortunately, frequently go to “Dr. Google” and find what I would consider less than evidence-based approaches towards their fertility.  For example, I am frequently asked by patients whether or not they should put egg whites in their vagina to augment their cervical mucus? Other common questions relate to basal body temperature charts, and LH kits which frequently do not show ovulation despite regular menstrual cycles.  I half-kiddingly tell patients that if I were the President of the United States, I would abolish ovulation predictor kits altogether...

The Stress of Infertility: Treating Patients with Compassion

Posted: 6/22/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: Coastal, Fertility, infertility, IVF, Specialists, stress

It is widely recognized that couples undergoing fertility treatment not only endure the physical aspect of the treatments, but also face emotional, social, and financial struggles as well.

General Health and Its Effects on Infertility in Women

Posted: 5/27/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: health, infertility, IVF

At Coastal Fertility, our job isn’t just to look at the endocrine and reproductive systems of a woman, we must also take into consideration her overall health. In the forthcoming blog, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Coastal Fertility, Dr. Michael Slowey, discusses some medical issues which may have major repercussions for a woman and her unborn child.

Why Can't I Get Pregnant?

Posted: 4/21/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: infertility

Couples experiencing infertility often ask the question “why us?”. There are many reasons and it’s not always the woman’s “fault” as many often speculate. What matters most is that you seek help when it’s needed. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year, but have been unsuccessful or have been having miscarriages, you need to see your doctor. If you are over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months unsuccessfully, that’s the time to get help.

The Impact of Obesity on Fertility

Posted: 3/29/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: Coastal, Fertility, infertility, obesity

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States with over 2/3 of us being at least   overweight. This has a profound impact from a medical, economic and social standpoint.

Zika Virus Precautions for Those Who Are Pregnant or Trying to Get Pregnant

Posted: 2/23/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: infertility, IVF, pregnancy, Zika

The Zika Virus, which has been linked to birth defects in babies, continues to make headlines around the world. We want to make sure our patients stay abreast of the latest information and precautions in regards to this disease. Please take a moment to read vital information published by our Integramed affiliate partner, Shady Grove Fertility. 

Fertility Preservation Options for Females is Expanding

Posted: 1/20/2016 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: egg, freezing, infertility, IVF, preservation

Women and girls undergoing cancer therapies or other medical treatments are often faced with the possibility that these invasive procedures could render them infertile. Now science is coming up with new ways to preserve fertility for patients facing medical treatments, and also young women who simply want to preserve their fertility for the future.

Holiday Blues: Ways to Cope with Infertility During the Holidays

Posted: 11/5/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy and fun, but for those going through infertility treatments, the season can be a depressing time. However, there are some things you can do to get through it with a smile on your face.

Great Ways to Boost Sperm Quality!

Posted: 9/4/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

Many people don’t realize the woman is not always to blame when a couple can’t get pregnant. In fact, a third of all cases of infertility have direct links to a man’s sperm or lack thereof. Check out some really easy ways to get a man’s sperm into tip top shape!

Are IVF Babies Normal?

Posted: 8/3/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

Many of you may be currently going through IVF treatments and wondering if your child will be “normal” or experience complications because of the treatment. Dr. Michael Slowey explains about what research currently tells us.

The Power of D: The Role of Vitamin D in Fertility

Posted: 6/1/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: Coastal, Cook, D, Dr., Fertility, Heather, infertility, Vitamin

So you’ve been trying to get pregnant for months with no success, at this point you may be asking yourself, what’s going on here?

Have you ever considered that your lack of Vitamin D might be to blame? Dr. Heather Cook from Coastal Fertility Specialists explains.

Could You be Suffering from "Secondary Infertility"?

Posted: 5/4/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

You got pregnant easily with your first child...some time passes and you're ready for a second but you can’t get pregnant. What’s really going on? Is it time to see a fertility specialist?

Scientists May Have Found Another Way to Circumvent Infertility

Posted: 4/3/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: eggs, infertility, IVF, mitochondria

By using healthy cells in a woman’s own body, doctors claim they can make a woman's eggs healthy again. Here’s how….

How Losing Weight and Cancer Drugs Can 'Boost Sperm'

Posted: 3/4/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: factor, infertility, IVF, male, sperm

We mostly hear about women being to blame for infertility, but actually over 30% of the time, it’s the man who is hindering the process. In the past, there’s been very little doctors could do to boost a man’s sperm count, however, two encouraging approaches have been presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. 

What Does it Mean to Have "Unexplained Infertility"?

Posted: 2/2/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

So, you have had a full infertility evaluation and your doctor diagnoses you with "Unexplained Infertility". But wait, isn't that why you went to a specialist?

Could Common Household Products Cause Infertility?

Posted: 1/1/2015 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

Coastal Fertility Specialists is currently conducting a groundbreaking study on the impact common environmental contaminants have on the female reproductive system. 

Why a Hysterosalpingogram?

Posted: 12/1/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is used to detect blockages of the fallopian tubes and structural problems or disorders within the uterus. 

Hair, Skin and Infertility

Posted: 11/3/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: coastal, fertility, infertility, PCOS

Signs and symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) linked to infertility.

Pregnant Over 40?

Posted: 10/4/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: donor, egg, infertility, IVF

Many celebrities over the age of 40 are taking advantage of donor egg technologies.

Is There a Fertility Diet?

Posted: 9/1/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: coastal, diet, fertility, infertility, nutrition

New findings from Harvard on a fertility diet show that lifestyle and diet changes may help your chances to conceive.

100% Guarantee for a Baby?

Posted: 8/3/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: Attain, coastal, fertility, infertility, IVF

Couples struggling with infertility and their budget now have hope in becoming parents through a new IVF refund program.

CFS Spotlight: Andrologist Delphine Dor

Posted: 7/9/2014 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
Filed under: andrology, coastal, endocrine, fertility

Specializing in the study of sperm requires both background and back bone.