Attain Fertility Blog

In this section, Trying to Get Pregnant, we explain the science behind ovulation and conception and share a wide variety of fertility tips, including the best time of the month to have sex for pregnancy. If you have been trying to conceive for at least six months or for more than a year, we encourage you to run - don't walk - to a fertility specialist. In this section, we give you tips to help you find the best fertility specialist and clinic for you.


  • Should I See a Fertility Specialist?

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    Perhaps you’ve been under a lot of stress lately. Or, maybe your partner is always traveling during “the right time”. If you hear yourself making excuses month after month for seemingly unexplained infertility, then it might be time to sit down with a fertility specialist to uncover the root cause of the problem.

    “What many men and women don’t realize is that early diagnosis is key,” according to Dr. Sgarlata, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Integrative Medicine Consultant. “Many times, if a problem is diagnosed, it can take months to treat and suddenly there you are, almost a year later, starting to try all over again”. 

    The solution? Don’t wait. Here, we’ve narrowed down 4 signs that it’s time to pick up the phone – or hop online - to make an appointment for a fertility consultation asap. But as a general rule, if you are even asking yourself this question, the answer is yes.

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  • 21 Days of TLC

    Forget those auld acquaintances-the New Year has arrived! Along with it? A bevy of email blasts and Facebooks posts piling on the pressure for you to be perfect in 2016: “Don’t drink” “Don’t smoke” “Don’t eat processed foods”. Now, don’t get us wrong, we are completely 100% on board with this advice but it just always seems to be all about the “don’ts”.


    If you’ve been minding your fertility health, you’ve already (fingers crossed) dropped the butts, kicked the bottle and started working more leafy greens into your diet. Stress, however, is a grossly underestimated, major player in the trying-to-conceive game. So, this year, why not resolve to focus on the de-stressing “do’s” in life and pick up some new healthy habits too instead of just dropping the bad ones?


    Here, we present “21 Days of TLC”–a string of new, healthy habits for you to pick up, day-by-day, that offer little old you some big time tender loving care. Research has shown that it takes a minimum of 21 days to adjust to a new behavior. So sit back, relax and spend the next 3 weeks taking care of yourself. Let’s get started:

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  • IVF and Embryo Grading

    Sperm, eggs and embryos all undergo a grading system during IVF. This grading is a complex process that begins at the time of the egg retrieval and continues throughout early embryo development. Your doctor should review the embryo quality with you on the day of 

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  • Pregnancy After Infertility: Treatments for Nausea

    By Dr. Mary Hinckley

    In one minute and with one phone call from a doctor to tell you that you are pregnant, your life can change. For many of those dealing with infertility, this is the long awaited news that they will be parents! But it also may be the start of the countdown until the nausea kicks in.

    Most people will start to notice nausea and vomiting about two weeks after a positive pregnancy test. If this happens to you, there are several ways to cope with nausea during pregnancy.

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  • Pregnancy After Infertility: Dealing with Morning Sickness

    By Dr. Mary Hinckley

    It is a great blessing to become pregnant after infertility treatment. Every pregnant mother does not experience morning sickness and nausea, but many do. As I sit down to perform the first ultrasound on an expectant mother I am usually greeted with one of two different comments:

    "I don't have any morning sickness, is that a problem?"

    Or

    "I feel as sick as a dog, I hope that is a good sign."

    I respond that I have seen healthy pregnancies without a single sign of morning sickness and unhealthy pregnancies with extreme nausea and ... (more...)