A History of IVF Around the World

One summer day in 1978, a historic event occurred: a baby girl was born in England. But this was not just any baby girl — Louise Brown’s birth marked the first successful baby conceived via in vitro fertilization. Commonly known as IVF, this relatively new...

Fertility Treatments and Insurance Coverage

Infertility is one of the most difficult battles many couples can face. Advances in fertility treatments offer an excellent chance of overcoming this challenge and achieving their dreams of becoming parents. Yet, insurance coverage, in many cases, is spotty at best....

Can Stress Affect Your Infertility?

If you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to have a baby for some time, you may be tired of hearing advice like, “Just relax! It’ll happen when you least expect it.” For those who have been trying for months or years, this well-meaning advice can...

How Does Sleep Affect Your Fertility?

Sleep is vitally important. Anyone with difficulties sleeping can tell you that. Yet, a good night’s rest eludes nearly one-third of men and women in the United States. There are a whole slew of health concerns associated with lack of sleep, and if you are...

Pausing Embryo Transfers in Response to COVID-19

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued a set of recommendations for reproductive medicine professionals and practices. One of the ASRM’s recommendations for practices during the coronavirus...

Maternity Leave as a Surrogate

If you’re a potential surrogate, you may be wondering about the topic of maternity leave. This time off work is intended to give new mothers a chance to adjust, heal and bond with their newborn. You may not be bringing a baby home with you, but there is still a...

Age Women Have Babies

While age is just a number, it’s an important factor to consider when you decide to have a baby. Age and pregnancy are closely linked, and women who wait longer may find it more difficult to have children. Understanding how age is related to pregnancy is an...

How Does Drinking Affect Your Fertility?

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, but haven’t had success so far, it’s completely natural to want to find ways you can improve your chances of conception. Maybe your doctor has suggested that you cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Or, maybe...

Conceiving as a Single Woman

At Western Fertility Institute, we understand that families come in all shapes and sizes. Just as many couples choose not to have children, many single people decide to start families on their own. Ultimately, having a baby is a personal choice — and we think...
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