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44 Year Old Trying IVF For A Baby For The First Time: Can I Use My Own Eggs?

Dear Dr. Ramirez, WOW!!!! I am so glad I found your blog “Women’s Health & Fertility“. You have given lots of great information that is very straight forward. Thank you for that. There are many sites out there and the […]
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Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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State Of The Art Semen Analysis

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, […]
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Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Pregnancy at 48–Natural or Donor Eggs?

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 […]
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Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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A Holiday Note Of Hope

We know that the holidays can be stressful, surrounded with so many expectations. There is pressure from family, friends and yourself to celebrate and to enjoy when unfortunately, for the person experiencing infertility, it can be very difficult to do so. […]
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Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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What Is A Frozen Embryo Cycle “FET” And Why Should I Consider It?

At Monterey Bay IVF, we routinely have patients who undergo a Frozen Embryo Cycle or FET. How this happens and why: For example, while undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a predetermined number of quality embryos are normally transferred directly to […]
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Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Egg Maturity and HCG Trigger: Why Do I Have Immature Eggs?

QUESTION: I’m 39 years old and have done 3 IVFs. During the first two IVFs, half of my eggs were immature. I had 25 retrieved (age 37) the first time, and 16 retrieved (age 38) the next time with 50 […]
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016
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Ovulation Induction and Exercise

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 […]
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
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Dr. Ramirez’ Medical Mission In The Dominican Republic

352nd Combat Support Hospital in the DR
Dr. Ramirez is currently serving with his Army Reserve unit, 352nd Combat Support Hospital, in the Dominican Republic as Chief Medical Officer. As a Lt. Colonel in the reserve medical corps, he is an integral part of the U.S. Southern Command […]
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Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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Can I get pregnant again at 46?

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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, […]
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Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2016
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How to survive the holidays when you have infertility….

An excellent article, “Coping with the Holidays…again.” was published by Resolve back in 2009. Written by Linda Cimarusti, it still rings true… Coping with the Holidays — Again By Linda J. Cimarusti, PhD Published in Resolve, for the journey and […]
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Posted on Sunday, December 27th, 2015
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