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How stuff works: Gender selection with IVF

Fans of John Legend may agree that the singer “deserves a little girl.” His partner Chrissy Teigen told People Magazine that she chose to pursue PGS with gender selection in mind. Among the tweets that she received after the “It’s a Girl!” announcement, this one prompted our Manhattan Beach fertility center to blog about the […]

Pregnancy after 40? Have We Got a Project for You!

Are you at what is sometimes referred to as “advanced maternal age” — that period beginning in the mid-30s when getting pregnant becomes even more of a challenge? If you are already pregnant, do you sometimes feel as if no one can truly understand what you’re going through? Advance toward Motherhood with the Advanced Maternal […]

A Father’s Day Message from Innovative Fertility Center

As a man diagnosed with infertility, do you feel a twinge when you see Father’s Day approaching? If you and your spouse are struggling with infertility, it’s certainly understandable that you might experience some unpleasant emotions on this particular holiday. But your attitude toward the challenge can make a tremendous difference. Here are some items […]

Does an Unexplained Infertility Diagnosis Really Mean “I Don’t Know?”

Your reproductive endocrinologist chose his or her fertility sub-specialty to help find the causes of male infertility and female infertility, and resolve the issues. When your fertility specialist classifies your case as unexplained infertility, does that mean: “I give up?” Dr. Mark Rispler at Innovative Fertility Center strongly believes that unexplained infertility is simply a […]

Secondary Infertility: How to Respond to Annoying Questions

You have heard about infertility, a disease that impacts 1 in 7 couples. You may even have friends or family members that grapple with it. But not you. You have gotten pregnant and had a baby before. Once fertile, always fertile. Right? There are so many painful aspects of infertility, but Dr. Mark Rispler frequently […]

Isn’t Every Week Infertility Awareness Week?

At Innovative Fertility Center, we know it’s hard not to feel acutely aware of infertility when you count down to ovulation each month, and anticipate/dread revelation day. “Am I pregnant? Will it turn blue? Did my fertility treatment work?” Fertility Awareness Week is not for people like you, living in a constant cycle of reproductive […]

Fibroids and Fertility Surgery: Dr. Rispler Cuts to the Chase

Do fibroids cause infertility and, if so, will fertility surgery help increase my chances for getting pregnant? Dr. Mark Rispler with Innovative Fertility Center says, like real estate, location matters. He recommends fertility surgery after evaluating a fibroid tumor’s size and location in the uterus. With fibroids, you will likely need fertility treatment to address: […]

Family Balancing: What Are My Options?

Family balancing used to involve old wives tales and advice on positions, diet and timing, but now fertility doctors can determine the sex of your baby with nearly 100 percent accuracy. Breakthroughs in genetic testing make it possible to analyze embryos in the lab. (An egg fertilized by sperm will develop into an embryo.) At […]

Endometriosis Awareness Month: Know the Facts to Overcome the Obstacle

Endometriosis impacts 10 percent of women and up to 50% of women experiencing infertility. It makes sense, then, that Dr. Mark Rispler frequently sees patients worried that endometriosis will ruin their chances for getting pregnant. It’s true that endometriosis can build up and block fallopian tubes, or affect an embryo’s ability to implant. The truth, […]

Donor Sperm Screening Ensures You Know “Who’s Your Daddy.”

Donor sperm screening is practiced at all reputable sperm banks, particularly those accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Dr. Mark Rispler reassures women or couples deciding on donor sperm that standard donor sperm screening is rigorous, incredibly thorough and regulated by the FDA. Innovative Fertility Center provides an in-house donor egg program, […]