When was the last time you really thought about the menstrual cycle? Our guess is high school sex ed or health class—at least until fertility became a struggle. The fact is, the menstrual cycle, which is far more than just a monthly period, plays an important part in fertility for people with uteruses. Understanding the…

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You may have heard of the ‘rhythm method’ in regards to birth control, but it can be used to promote fertility as well. In fact, as birth control, it’s highly ineffective for preventing pregnancy, but when the principles are reversed—to determine your fertile window, or peak fertility days—it can be very helpful. When couples or…

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For the most part, the conversations and imagery about fertility and starting a family revolve around cisgender women and couples. It can become a challenge for transgender, gender-queer, and nonbinary (TGNB) individuals who are hoping to have children to find themselves represented. On top of that, it can be difficult for them to talk to their doctor, health care provider, or a fertility…

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The concept of a ticking fertility clock is a somewhat modern one, but it’s pretty pervasive in our society. So, let’s talk about the idea of a ‘biological clock.’  The concept revolves around the fact that people with uteruses have a limited amount of time to get pregnant. Because of this, many of the cautions about running out of time are aimed at career women,…

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When couples (or people with ovaries) go though in vitro fertilization, many have additional embryos they choose to freeze to use for future attempts—either because the first cycle was unsuccessful or because they want to continue growing their family at a later date.  This process involves freezing embryos to be able to complete a frozen embryo transfer (FET) at some point…

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When you choose to donate eggs to a woman or couple struggling with infertility, you begin an incredible journey. Imagine the joy you will bring into someone’s life by giving them the chance to have a baby they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Egg donation is a selfless way to help someone else achieve their dreams of becoming a parent.  For people with ovaries who don’t have…

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These days, we use apps to manage just about every aspect of our lives—from scheduling appointments and ordering food to connecting with distant friends and online shopping. So, it figures that fertility and ovulation-tracking apps would, at the very least, seem intriguing to those trying to have a baby. In fact, there are currently over 1,000 fertility and cycle-tracking apps available on…

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Dealing with infertility and going through treatments can be exhausting—both mentally and physically. From hormone injections, to doctor appointments, to emotional roller coasters, infertility isn’t an easy situation to manage.    At Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we understand that coping with infertility is a very difficult part of your journey. Our team is here to support you in any way possible;…

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Meet the Team: Heather Regan

At Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we have an incredibly caring team—every aspect of your journey with us it met with a smiling face and shoulder to lean on, should you need it. Heather Regan is one of the amazing people you’ll meet when you visit us.   Heather has been with us for more than six years…

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The heartbreak that comes from suffering a miscarriage is immense, especially for women who have been trying to conceive for a while. It can be feel terribly isolating, but the experience is not all uncommon; according to the American Pregnancy Association, about 10-25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. Although pregnancy loss…

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