Archive for December, 2012

You asked for ways to support Fertility Lab Insider…introducing the PayPal Button

December 29, 2012Carole No Comments »

Hello Dear Readers, Hundreds of you have emailed me privately or via a comment box over the past year with embryology lab questions regarding your IVF cycles. Many of you have expressed your appreciation for my answers which means a lot to me. I especially enjoy hearing from those of you who have been able […]

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Advice to young embryologists

December 20, 2012Carole 16 Comments »

From time to time, I am contacted by scientists –usually biologists- who want to know how they can become working embryologists or lab directors. Most of my professional life has been a crazy zig-zag of changes in direction, not because I am particularly adventuresome or easily bored, but due to changes and events beyond my […]

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GenePeeks Donor Bank Survey

December 19, 2012Carole No Comments »

POST UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming influx of survey respondents, GenePeeks has suspended the $10 gift card incentive for participation at this time. You can still use the link to contribute your feedback so that GenePeeks can create a better sperm bank, but respondents will not receive gift cards. GenePeeks is especially looking for feedback […]

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Creation of “virtual” children identifies risky sperm donor genomes for recipients

December 17, 2012Carole 7 Comments »

What characteristics  do you want in your sperm donor? Blue eyes? Brown hair? Would you like a six-foot two medical student who loves to play the saxophone or a five foot seven blonde tennis player? Or perhaps you’d like to find a sperm donor whose characteristics are a good match for your husband? Being able […]

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Is your fertility doctor a predatory lender?

December 13, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

Although the trend has been toward more insurance companies offering coverage for infertility, most patients still have little or no insurance coverage for infertility treatments which can be very expensive, especially if high tech in vitro fertilization lab work is involved. To pay for these treatments, patients sometimes take out personal loans through a bank […]

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Most Common IVF Questions From Readers—with some answers

December 4, 2012Carole No Comments »

I get lots of questions from my readers, either in the comment box beneath the posts or via my contact email. I thought it might be helpful to  cross reference the most common questions with posts that address these topics. I do have a search box to find specific posts and posts are broadly arranged […]

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Update on post: Embryo Donation Registry: An idea whose time has come?

December 1, 2012Carole 4 Comments »

Anyone with a compassionate heart understands why couples want to have children and start families. Sometimes these couples need help from ART to conceive. Some of these couples may even need donated  gametes (eggs and/or sperm)  or embryos from non-related donors to establish a family.  The immediate focus for both ART providers and patients is […]

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