Fertility Blogs and Resources

Using Essential Oils When Trying To Conceive and for IVF

Since before the time of Cleopatra, people have been using plant resins and flower oils for adornment, to balance emotions, and to enhance health. Using essential oils for IVF or to support other fertility treatments is becoming increasingly popular. The practice of aromatherapy is based on many traditional uses of natural plant oils and plant […]

Getting Pregnant in Your 40s or 50s

Getting Pregnant In Your 40s or 50s Women today have more choices than ever before. Some may choose to spend their 20s and 30s traveling, earning an education, or building a business. Others might use this time to bond with their friends or figure out what they want to do with the rest of their […]

The Complete Guide To Surrogate Pregnancy Nutrition

Let’s face it, ladies—the pregnant body is, well, different. Sore nipples, mood swings, strange cravings (pickles and peanut butter, anyone?), plus itching, sweating, and swelling—these are just some of the many side effects that come with growing a tiny human from scratch. Your body is going through a lot, and as you’re facing these many […]

My Egg Donation Journey

The choice to give someone the gift of building a family through egg donation is a personal one. Although the process that egg donors go through to donate eggs is similar, if not the same, most of the time, no two egg donation journeys will be the same. Here at Santa Monica Fertility, we treat […]

How To Choose An Egg Donor

How to choose an Egg Donor You have decided that egg donation is the right path to parenthood for you; no doubt, it was already a journey to get to this point, right? Now, onto the most exciting part of the process – choosing an egg donor (well, maybe second most exciting: right after witnessing […]

Donor Eggs Epigenetics: Will The Baby Look Like Me?

Donor Eggs Epigenetics and Birth Mother Do birth mothers using donor eggs have a significant impact on the development and future health of their babies? The resounding answer is yes. Because the baby’s DNA will only come from the egg donor and the sperm provider, many women using egg donation worry that they will not […]

What You Need to Know About Egg Donation Compensation

Becoming an egg donor is a big decision, and there are many various reasons why a person might choose to go through this process. Many women are drawn to egg donation because it allows them to give another family a life-changing gift. Other women do it as an empowering way to use their fertility without […]

Couples & Fertility Help: Valentine’s Day Survival Tips

As a day associated with passionate love and romance, Valentine’s Day often sparks stress in couples who are trying to conceive or seeking fertility help. Couples undergoing fertility treatment often see expectant couples at this time of year and cringe, wondering and hoping. Worse yet, they wonder, how can I feel romantic this Valentine’s Day […]

My Personal Story with Becoming a Surrogate

I have been a Surrogate twice now; trust me when I say this… Contrary to what some may believe there are a whole lot of people out there who take great pleasure in helping others in many different ways. In my case, I wanted to give something to another that brought me the most joy. […]

Frozen or Fresh Donor Eggs: The True Story

Have you been considering using donor eggs for an IVF cycle but you just don’t know where to start? It can feel daunting to know what next best step to take without understanding all of your options. At Santa Monica Fertility, we are experienced in a range of options and we love to counsel our […]

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