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Understanding Ovulation & Fertility

Understanding your menstrual and ovulation cycle can help you improve your chances of getting pregnant. That does not mean only understanding the regularity of it, but understanding what happens during each phase. The first phase begins on the first day of your period. Your body releases hormones that make the eggs inside your ovaries grow.…. read more

How Chemotherapy Can Affect Therapy in Women

Cancer, or more often cancer treatments, can interfere with some parts of your body’s processes and affect your ability to have children. Different types of treatments can have different effects. Talk with your doctor about fertility before treatment, as there may be ways to save or protect your fertility before and perhaps during treatment. Options…. read more

Boosting Male Fertility & Increasing Sperm Count

Infertility may not always be treatable, but it can sometimes be improved by a healthy diet, supplements, and other lifestyle strategies. Male fertility usually depends on the quality of his sperm cells. A man’s infertility may depend on genetics, general health, fitness, diseases, and dietary contaminants. Some aspects of sexual function and semen quality that…. read more

Habits To Keep & Avoid During Preconception

When trying to get pregnant, there are things that must be avoided to achieve the best results. Preconception is an important part of your pregnancy journey, not just the nine months of carrying your baby! The first few weeks are vital to the development of the baby, but you should go ahead and cut out…. read more

When/Why Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Many people hear women say they want to freeze their eggs simply because they are getting older and have not had children yet, or are not currently in a relationship. Or maybe they are just not quite ready yet but might be in the future. Some women may have careers that do not allow them…. read more

How Does Hormonal Replacement Therapy Help Menopause?

Is menopause taking a toll on you? Did you know that some of the symptoms you may be feeling are signs of low testosterone? You may be thinking that testosterone is strictly a male hormone, but this is not true. Women have testosterone too, and when women have a low testosterone level, they may suffer…. read more

How Does Alcohol Affect Fertility?

If you and your significant other are trying for a baby, it is time to cut alcohol out of your diet. Heavy drinking can increase the time it takes to get pregnant and can affect a developing baby’s health. Alcohol has a big impact on your liver, which plays a role in hormone function. This…. read more

Minimal Stimulation IVF vs. Conventional IVF

You may have heard of in vitro fertilization (IVF) already, but are you familiar with minimal stimulation IVF? Also known as “Mini IVF,” “Soft IVF,” or “Micro IVF,” minimal stimulation IVF is an alternative IVF treatment protocol that may reduce ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, multiple pregnancy rates, and cost while retaining high live birth rates. In…. read more

Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

There are many genetic and environmental factors that can affect fertility in men and women. If you are struggling with infertility, the North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM) is the premier center for reproductive health in North Carolina and the East Coast. Our team specializes in fertility testing, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility conditions.…. read more

Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy

Are you considering becoming a surrogate or selecting a surrogate to carry your child? At NCCRM, we only do gestational surrogacy, but it is important to know the difference between the two. Gestational Surrogacy Gestational surrogacy is indicated when a woman can produce viable embryos, but cannot carry a pregnancy. It involves the production of…. read more


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