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Zika Virus: What should infertility patients do?

January 31, 2016Carole 2 Comments »

NEW UPDATE FROM ASRM REGARDING ZIKA VIRUS AND REPRODUCTION (as of 4/6/2016): Open pdf from this link: https://www.asrm.org/uploadedFiles/ASRM_Content/News_and_Publications/News_and_Research/ASRM_Bulletins/2016-04/Zika%20Guidance%2004-06-16%20%282%29.pdf The guidance  in the pdf is for providers but I think patients should be aware of the recommendations that professional societies are giving to medical providers so that they can be sure they are getting the best […]

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ASRM 2013 Update: Patient Communication Poster from Reader’s Feedback

October 18, 2013Carole 3 Comments »

Some of you may have participated in my call-out post for patient feedback on your communication experience with your doctors, nurses and lab staff. I incorporated many of your comments and data from my blog usage statistics (Google Analytics) in my analysis of which topics seem to be of most interest to patients in order […]

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Want to add your voice to the Fertility Lab Insider 2013 ASRM poster?

June 21, 2013Carole 10 Comments »

An essential part of healthcare is how information is communicated with the patient. As a patient, you have the responsibility of clearly making your symptoms, problems and concerns known to your doctor, nurse and lab director. Likewise, your health care team needs to communicate effectively with you so that you understand your diagnosis, your treatment […]

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Scientific Advance: Human cloning for therapeutic use

May 16, 2013Carole No Comments »

The big news item yesterday was the announcement that Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a reproductive biology specialist at the Oregon Health and Science University and his colleagues produced embryonic stem cells from a human clone they produced. Their study, Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, was published in Cell. How they made a […]

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Is your doctor/embryologist/nurse a good communicator? Why or why not?

May 3, 2013Carole 5 Comments »

So today (May 3, 2013) marks 3 years since my first post  and the beginning of Fertility Lab Insider- my 3 year Blogaversary if you will 🙂  My blog started out slowly–I didn’t advertise or promote it– and for the longest time, I was sure that I was blogging only for myself. But at the […]

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IVF Pioneer Robert Edwards died today (April 10, 2013).

April 10, 2013Carole No Comments »

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, pioneer in IVF died today. Sir Robert Edwards died in his sleep today after a long illness. He was 87 years old. Here is a BBC article announcing his death.  This article about his early academic life which led, ultimately, to the clinical offering of IVF and […]

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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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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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