Blog Archive

Should I Be Concerned? Apr 26th, 2018

The most significant predictor of a woman’s ability to conceive is her age. While societal trends continue to demonstrate delayed child-bearing, reproductive biology has not changed.  Peak fertility in women occurs around age 22, and by age 32 studies have shown a gradual but significant decline in fertility. A more...

Its The Most Wonderful (yet painful) Time Of The Year : Infertility During the Holidays Dec 4th, 2017

The Holidays and BeyondWhy is it that once you are diagnosed with a fertility issue, the invitations suddenly start to show up? And why is it that you stress out over an event that you know in your heart of hearts you really should pass up? This was Cindy’s predicament.It...

Testing Your Fertility Oct 30th, 2017

The vast majority of fertility clinic patients only seek out fertility testing when they begin to suspect that something is wrong, usually after a long period of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant.It’s a natural assumption to think that we’ll be able to conceive when we want to, but with the...

How to Improve Your Uterine Lining to Prepare for IVF Aug 23rd, 2017

The lining of a woman’s uterus, also called the endometrium, is where a developing embryo implants in the first days of a pregnancy. For women undergoing IVF, the thickness of this lining is very important. The fertility doctor will measure the thickness of the lining before the embryo transfer, to ensure...

Fertility Preservation Option for Cancer Patients Aug 7th, 2017

Fertility preservation for cancer patients is an important subject in the world of reproductive medicine. Young women who have been diagnosed with cancer may be suddenly confronted with the possibility that their fertility is likely to be compromised by the life-saving treatment they need.While cancer treatment and recovery must be...

Opposite Ends of The Couch Jul 14th, 2017

Written by: S. Fenella Das Gupta, PhDAt the Therapist’s office: Jack and Jill enter and sit as far apart from each other as they can.  Jill fiddles with her wedding ring anad Jack looks on nervously, wondering who’s going to start the conversation.  Jill begins, “We are going through infertility...

Let's Talk About Sex Jul 6th, 2017

I remember watching All My Children as a young girl in my great-grandmother’s house. It was a small black and white television, but on it was a couple trying to get pregnant. After having sex, the woman spent the rest of the episode lying on a bed with her hips...

Keeping The Love Alive In The Midst of Fertility Treatment May 25th, 2017

When sex goes from being fun to being work, it can play havoc with your relationship. Infertility treatment is often experienced as an emotional rollercoaster, typically becoming an ordeal that either makes or breaks a couple. How can you support and deepen your love for one another in the face...

The Beginner’s Guide to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Mar 30th, 2017

The Basics of IVF from an Acclaimed Boutique Fertility ClinicIn vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex modern medical procedure and one of the most innovative fertility treatments in practice today. If you face severe fertility challenges on your journey to create a family, IVF may be your key to overcoming...

Egg Freezing, Embryo Banking, and Your Future Family Mar 23rd, 2017

Cryopreservation Ushers in a New Era of Fertility PreservationIn our age of modern science and advanced fertility treatment, there are options for women and families that were inconceivable just a decade ago. In vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates improve every year. We can now digitally track ovulation for improved chances...

A New Age of Fertility Treatment Mar 16th, 2017

Cutting-Edge Reproductive Science Offers Options for all Women Since 1978, when the very first “test-tube” baby was born, words like IVF, donor sperm and egg donation have become part of our everyday vocabulary. No longer does the traditional family need to consist of 2.5 children with a mother and father...

10 Things to Know Before Choosing a Sperm Donor Mar 9th, 2017

Be Informed, then Make the Right Decisions for Your FamilyChoosing a sperm donor is a critically important decision, one that’s not to be taken lightly. This choice will affect the rest of your life, your family, and your happiness. Before you even decide to take this ever-important step, there are...

Antihistamines and Your Fertility Mar 2nd, 2017

Do Antihistamines Affect Fertility Treatment and Your Ability to Become Pregnant?Allergy season will quickly be upon us, and those with severe reactions often rely on the use of antihistamines for much-needed relief. Understandably, those undergoing fertility treatment or trying to conceive naturally need to know how these medications will affect...

Fertility Challenges: When to Begin Family Planning Feb 24th, 2017

One of the most common questions we receive at Lane Fertility Institute involves when to begin family planning during childbearing years. Understanding your fertility and reproductive health is critically important to plan your dream family of the future. To begin, the most significant predictor of a woman’s ability to conceive...

Finding the right Acupuncturist for Your Fertility Care Feb 22nd, 2017

The ancient healing art of acupuncture has been used for centuries to improve fertility. Research has recently demonstrated the effectiveness of using acupuncture in conjunction with modern medical fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Acupuncture can increase the chance of a successful outcome, alleviate some...

Alternatives to the AMH Fertility Test Feb 9th, 2017

We recently wrote an educational article on the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Fertility Test, explaining why a woman trying to conceive should take it. While cutting-edge fertility treatments, advanced embryology, and cryopreservation (egg freezing) can provide women with the ability to control their reproductive destiny, fertility does not last forever. Despite amazing...

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Fertility Test Feb 2nd, 2017

Why You should be Asking for the AMH Test when Trying to ConceiveWomen are delaying pregnancy for a variety of reasons in the modern age. The cutting-edge fertility treatments that allow us to defer motherhood is a wonderful privilege. However, when should a woman start to be concerned about her...

How To Lose Weight After the Holidays Jan 26th, 2017

Optimize Your Body Mass Index (BMI) for Your Health and FertilityFor many families, it begins right on November 1st – the day after Halloween. Armed with fistfuls of candy, people all across the country slowly begin the plunge into a massive holiday eating binge. Over the next few months, weight...

Minimal Stimulation In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Jan 19th, 2017

Finding Greater IVF Success for LessThe term “In Vitro Fertilization” conjures up many connotations and feelings. For many women, it is a reproductive medical process that reflects excess hormones, tremendous cost, vigorous financial debates with their spouse and no guarantee of pregnancy. Yet in many cases, IVF has been the...

The Do’s and Dont’s of Timed Intercourse Jan 12th, 2017

The Art of Having Sex for Achieving PregnancyTimed intercourse, pregnancy calendars, ovulation windows. When did having sex for getting pregnant get so complicated? Trying to do the right thing can make couples go crazy with all the advice available from friends, family, and online sources. Some propose a holistic approach...

Welcoming Dr. Lillian Marie Swiersz Jan 6th, 2017

San Francisco, California (January 6, 2017) – Dr. Lillian Marie Swiersz, a renowned Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist, has brought her valuable expertise and unparalleled reputation to Lane Fertility Institute."We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Swiersz to our practice," said Dr. Lane. "Her expertise in IVF and egg freezing, coupled with...

Thyroid Disease: What it Means for Your Fertility Dec 30th, 2016

Thyroid disease is the second most common endocrine disease affecting women of reproductive age, with a prevalence as high as 7-8%. Many people have known a friend or a family member with thyroid dysfunction affecting their fertility. Many have Thyroid Disease themselves. In addition, with increased awareness of our bodies...

The Yin, Yang, and Qi of Fertility Dec 22nd, 2016

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can Assist Your Fertility JourneyPaige was 37 and had been trying to conceive for over 6 months. She had tried timed intercourse, ovulation predictor kits, and basal body temperature. She had been to see a fertility specialist but was leery of jumping into treatment.  Her lab...

How to Choose a Pediatrician Nov 18th, 2016

Choosing a Pediatric Physician: A First Step in Your Child’s HealthcareChoosing a family pediatrician is an exciting (and sometimes daunting) milestone as a new parent. It can be difficult enough to find a doctor for yourself, but deciding on a pediatric physician for your new baby is monumental. It’s one...

The Fertility Diet: Natural Foods for Pregnancy Nov 9th, 2016

Eating to Increase Fertility when You’re Trying to ConceiveIt’s no secret that what you eat plays a critical role in your health, and it’s especially important to have an optimized fertility diet when you’re trying to become pregnant.  Just as natural, healthy foods can support your heart and fight against...

Welcoming Salesforce Employees to the Progyny Fertility Family Oct 31st, 2016

Lane Fertility Institute Provides Progyny-Covered Fertility Care to Employees of Facebook, Google, and Starting January 2017, SalesForceSan Francisco, California (October 28, 2016) – Lane Fertility Institute, a leading provider of advanced fertility treatment services to Facebook and Google employees with Progyny healthcare coverage, will begin serving patients from SalesForce in...

Fertility Success Stories & Real-Life Reviews from our Patients Oct 28th, 2016

IVF Success, Egg Freezing, and Heartfelt Gratitude Lane Fertility Institute has served the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area since 2009 with attentive care, advanced medical technology, and a genuine desire to help those in need start a family. We use the latest treatment techniques to help our patients...

Our Pregnancy & Live Birth Rates: A Stellar Year for Family Oct 14th, 2016

Lane Fertility Institute Success Rates “Excellent” in 2015From our entire team, we would like to send heartfelt congratulations to the Lane Fertility Institute patients of 2015! We faced fertility challenges together, overcame hardships, and walked with you on your path to motherhood. We recently received our final IVF success rates...

International Fertility Tourism for Families Everywhere Oct 6th, 2016

Why International Patients Cross Borders for Advanced Reproductive Care Infertility knows no political or geographical boundaries, and the need for proper fertility care crosses all borders. Unfortunately cultural norms, local laws, and high treatment cost limits access to cutting-edge fertility techniques in many countries around the world. Fortunately, prospective parents...

Egg Freezing & Millennial Family Planning Sep 30th, 2016

Cryopreservation Helps Young Female Professionals Control their Reproductive DestinyMillennials are planning their families at an earlier age without sacrificing their careers thanks to a safe, less invasive cryopreservation (egg freezing) process called Oocyte Vitrification. Many young, professional women in the United States have grown up with the idea that they...

Preconception & Pregnancy Self-Care: Who’s Taking Care of You? Sep 22nd, 2016

Healthy Selfcare Activities when Pregnant or Trying to ConceiveWhether you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, you must raise your selfcare to the highest level to be healthy during this exciting and special time. The word “self-care” might conjure up images of the lovely things you could ideally...

10 Important Health Insurance Terms & Definitions Sep 7th, 2016

Understanding Your Medical Insurance Plan & Company Health BenefitsAn updated glossary of essential health insurance terms based on the article “Understanding Your Health Insurance Plan” by Financial Specialist David Jaramillo in the February 2015 issue of Lane Fertility Magazine.So you landed a thrilling new job with a thriving business, earned...

Online Health Research and Medical Advice: A Field Guide Aug 25th, 2016

How to Avoid Harmful, Deceptive Fertility Information OnlineIt’s common knowledge that it’s best to consult a certified professional when faced with medical issues, but online health research has become the norm in the age of the Internet. Demonstrated by a recent Pew survey, researchers found that “72% of internet users...

A 10-Step Checklist for Pre-Pregnancy Planning Aug 17th, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Conceiving Successfully & Preparing for PregnancyWell-informed preconception planning reduces risks to you and your future child, increasing your chances of conception for a healthy pregnancy.  Creating a pre-pregnancy plan can be exciting yet nerve-wracking, sometimes causing anxiety in hopeful mothers and couples who are attempting to...

5 Amazing Benefits of Freezing Your Eggs Aug 10th, 2016

Egg Freezing is Affordable, Beneficial, & Easier than everLet’s imagine an egg freezing scenario for millennials in the modern age. You have an awesome, satisfying job at Google, Facebook, Apple or some other forward-thinking tech company in Silicon Valley.  Weekdays are fast-paced and busy with commuting, attending meetings, and meeting deadlines....

3 Keys to Navigating IVF & Fertility Treatment Together Aug 4th, 2016

Managing the Effects of the IVF Process on RelationshipsThis is an updated article based on Dr. Danielle Lane’s fantastic “Let’s Get Started” series in the March 2015 Issue of Lane Fertility Magazine.Considering your loving relationship as an integral aspect of your fertility journey is extremely important, even vital to its...

Top 10 FAQ’s about IVF Pregnancy Aug 3rd, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions for our New Moms after Fertility TreatmentWelcome to the new Lane Fertility Institute blog for infertility education, pregnancy information, and the latest news to help you conceive successfully! Our team of fertility experts wants to make sure you have the most up-to-date facts, expert advice, and accurate...

Is IVF Safe for My Baby? Jun 13th, 2016

Frequently patients ask me about the risks associated with IVF and associated techniques including Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGS), assisted hatching.  A recent article was presented in our society journal, Fertility and Sterility, that reviewed the safety findings associated with these processes.  The studies compared children born...

The Girlfriends Guide To Surviving IVF Jun 13th, 2016

Let's face it, IVF can be taxing.  It uses emotional and financial resource - often more than we expect.  Most women enter the process having been successful at controlling their lives - careers, relationships and health. However, with IVF you lose the ability to control the outcome.  With a proactive plan and...

Insurance Pearls Jun 13th, 2016

Summer has come…in a blink it will be early fall and that means…open enrollment!  But before open enrollment, employers re-negotiate their benefits packages with their carriers.  Around the Bay Area, competitive benefits packages are a way of life.  The better the package the more attractive the company is to work...