Becoming a surrogate is not an easy decision to make, but for some women, it’s an obvious choice—something they were called to do. At Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, we’ve seen many, many women become surrogates and give the priceless gift of a baby and endless joy to another family. But even if…

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Very often, we see patients who struggle with infertility but don’t necessarily know where to turn (beyond our office) for help and support. Sometimes, turning to friends and/or family isn’t always the simplest solution, especially when those loved ones aren’t sure exactly how to be supportive. Infertility is difficult in so many different ways—physically, emotionally,…

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  About 1 in 6 (heterosexual) couples in the U.S. struggle with fertility. Yet, despite how common infertility is, there is still a negative stigma against adults (particularly those in relationships) who do not have children. While some people choose to not have children, dealing with the stigma can be especially difficult for those who…

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Many times, when a woman or person with a uterus visits us at Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility after months of not getting pregnant, their fear is that the birth control they’ve used in the past has affected their fertility now. Sadly, there is a lot of lore and misconceptions out there that…

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  How long do I need to wait between cycles? Should I take a break? When can we start the next procedure? Do I need to wait? These are all questions Arizona Center for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility get asked quite frequently—and truthfully, the answers can vary. We know how stressful and heartbreaking it can…

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If you were finally celebrating a positive pregnancy test after months of battling infertility just a few weeks ago, we know how difficult—to say the least—it can be to now be coping with a sudden and unexpected miscarriage. Understandably, you may feel a range of emotions, maybe sad, disheartened, hopeless, and even angry or resentful….

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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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