Are you taking a vitamin D supplement? It might be time to start.
Among women of reproductive age, more than 40 percent are insufficient in vitamin D. Recent research claims that Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to infertility. According to the The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, women with sufficient vitamin D intake are more likely to become pregnant and/or produce high quality embryos if undergoing in vitro fertilization. This is not a big surprise to us here at Center for Reproductive Health, as we tell many of our patients to make sure they are getting sufficient vitamin D and many other nutrients. We obtain vitamin D when we consume milk products or fortified orange juice, but even daily consumption does […]
Face-to-Face with Secondary Infertility
Couples can struggle with infertility, even after having a biological child without any medical intervention. We call this ‘Secondary Infertility.’ In fact, estimates by the National Center for Health Statistics suggest that more than 3 million women in the U.S. have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying another child to term. While infertility has slowly gained public recognition, secondary infertility has remained in the shadows, leaving many of the women who face it feeling isolated and confused. Why does this happen? We cannot point our finger at one specific cause of secondary infertility. We do know that age is a significant factor and a common concern for couples struggling to have […]
Fertility After Miscarriage
Amidst the excitement of a new pregnancy, miscarriage can be a daunting fear — even more so for those who have experienced a miscarriage before. Dr. Edwin Robins from Center for Reproductive Health in Spokane, Washington, shares answers to the two most common fertility questions from those who have experienced a miscarriage. 1. “WILL THIS KEEP HAPPENING?” Unfortunately, miscarriages are common. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriages. Fortunately, an early pregnancy loss (within the first 20 weeks) is unlikely to create issues with the uterus. Having a miscarriage, or even two, does not make you less fertile. But having several miscarriages consecutively may […]
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age. Polycystic ovaries contain many small cysts just below the surface of the ovaries. PCOS can have several different manifestations, but most women experience irregular, unreliable ovulation and menstrual periods. This condition often leads to trouble getting pregnant. A PCOS diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never have a baby of your own. There are ways to manage symptoms, boost ovulation and maximize chances of conception. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle. By staying active and eating properly, your body can regulate hormones and insulin levels. A healthy lifestyle typically leads to a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI), […]
Join the top fertility care team in the Inland Northwest! The Center for Reproductive Health is looking to expand our team. We are currently seeking talented, motivated and compassionate people in Spokane, Washington. The Center for Reproductive Health helps patients from across Washington, Idaho and Montana realize their dreams of becoming parents. Our work is rewarding, challenging and fun. The following positions are currently available. We look forward to hearing from you! REGISTERED NURSE This full-time position works closely with the Physician, Embryologist, Nurse Coordinators, Medical Assistants, and Front Office to ensure a positive patient experience. Nursing duties include, but are not limited to: educating patients about cycles and medications, […]