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COVID-19 Update and Measures Taken

Posted On: March 27, 2020 8:07 am

Dear patients, As of March 19, 2020, our center remains open and we are proceeding with our upcoming IVF cycles as planned. We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health agencies for the latest developments related to COVID-19 and following the guidance of government and public health officials. We recognize that the COVID-19 virus has required all of us to be more mindful as we go through our regular activities. Please be assured that we are utilizing these health and safety recommendations within our clinic. We are screening [...]

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State Of The Art Semen Analysis

Posted On: February 24, 2017 1:53 pm

Severe male factor infertility, once a barrier to parenthood, has virtually ceased to exist due to breakthroughs in the field of fertility medicine. One of those is ICSI, a procedure done during the in vitro process by our embryologist. The other, though, comes at the very beginning of an infertility evaluation, “semen analysis”. We are proud to announce our new, state of the art SQA-VISION, the ultimate automated semen analyzer for reproductive centers, offered at Monterey Bay IVF. An accurate diagnosis of male factor infertility can be made quickly in our laboratory. We know that the most common cause of male factor infertility is low sperm [...]

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Pregnancy at 48–Natural or Donor Eggs?

Posted On: January 11, 2017 1:20 pm

Question: This question is actually about my mother and not me. My mom is 48 years old. She has 2 grown up children but she wants to have another child. She knows that her chances of getting pregnant naturally are extremely remote and she knows that egg donation is her only real option. If she uses donor eggs, what are the odds of success? Also are there any medical reasons that she shouldn’t try to get pregnant? I would describe my mom as a healthy person. Thank you! M. from the U.K. Answer: Hello M. from the U.K. Your Mom’s [...]

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Ovulation Induction and Exercise

Posted On: August 3, 2016 10:34 am

Question: Hi Dr. Ramirez, My husband and I are currently having Ovulation Induction (OI) because I have secondary amenorrhea and don’t ovulate by myself. We’ve just been through our third cycle, which (like the other two) resulted in ovulation but no baby! I go for long brisk walks every day (5 miles), but that’s pretty much it: I don’t do any other exercise other than those brisk walks. At first, the doctors didn’t seem to think that would affect my chances of getting pregnant: they advise against strenuous exercise, but they thought brisk walking every morning would be fine. Now [...]

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Can I get pregnant again at 46?

Posted On: May 2, 2016 8:23 am

Hi Doctor, I recently visited a reproductive endocrinologist because I was having issues with my period (heavy clotty periods).  They did an sonohysterogram and found a 2 cm uterine polyp.  I am due to have that removed in May.  However, they also did blood work to determine how far away from menopause I am.  I had an FSH test done actually 3 years ago and it was a 7.6 .  The current FSH level they did was an 8 and my estradiol was 94.  Doc says I’m pretty far from menopause. She also says that the polyp was acting like [...]

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Is There Any Way To Improve Egg Quality?

Posted On: November 4, 2015 2:00 pm

Hello Dr Ramirez. I am writing to you from Nebraska.  I have had 2 fresh IVF cycles and 2 FET cycles.  Only one pregnancy  – from the first IVF 5 years ago.  We have been trying to have a baby through various methods for over 14 years – with only one successful pregnancy.  I am 36 and have had a laproscopy and been diagnosed with endometriosis.  Other than that it was explained infertility until recently.  After my last IVF my RE said that she feels our issue is egg quality – as only one out of 12 embryos made it [...]

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Woman From India TTC Has Blighted Ovum and Recurrant Pregnancy Loss

Posted On: December 27, 2013 11:11 pm

Hello Doctor, I am from India and have been TTC (trying to conceive) for last 5 years. I am 29 years old right now. My first miscarriage was when I was 24 years old. It was blighted ovum and was detected on first ultrasound at 8 weeks and d&c (dilatation and curettage) was done. 2nd miscarriage was one year later and same things happened and d&c was done. All investigations were done but nothing came up. After that i had trouble conceiving and conceived through IUI after 2 and half years. My periods were irregular and doctor told me i have [...]

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Spaniard Has Questions About IVF Medication Protocol

Posted On: August 14, 2013 6:08 pm

Question: Hello Doctor Ramirez, I´m  almost 34 years old, from Spain but living in Mexico City for 8 years now.  I´ve been reading you a lot your blog and you´re questions and answers here. First of all thank you for taking your time, and beeing so patient. We´ve been TTC for over 5 years now. First naturally for 2 and a half year. Then i had a cloded tube, got it fixed and continue trying. At that time my husbands sperm exams where perfect. Then did 6 months of Clomid with no success at all. Then we went with a [...]

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Woman Has Salpingectomy Of Left Tube: Trying To Conceive Again

Posted On: November 29, 2012 5:51 pm

Question: Hi, My name is Lindsay; I’m from Atlanta, Ga. I recently underwent emergency surgery to remove my left Fallopian tube that had ruptured due to an ectopic pregnancy. I lost a severe amount of blood, resulting in receiving 5 blood transfusions. My husband and I have a 20 month old daughter, and we are/were trying to conceive again. My question is: The doctor that performed the surgery stated that my right ( intact) tube ” looks great”. I explained this to my normal doctor (works in same practice) and I was told that we really don’t know what the [...]

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