The Doctor Is In!

Women & Couples of Color in Regard to Infertility

The Doctor Is In! Dr. Karenne Fru, MD, PhD Reproductive Endocrinologist Answers questions about women and couples of color in regard to infertility Dr. Fru what is Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG) Fertility For Colored Girls is a national support group that was established by Rev. Dr. Stacey Edwards Dunn to provide a way for women of color to meet…

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Dr. John Frederick Payne, MD Discusses BMI and IVF

Q & A with Dr. John Frederick Payne, MD Reproductive Endocrinologist & PREG Partner Discusses BMI and IVF Why is BMI so important in terms of getting pregnant via IVF? The prevalence of obesity is a worldwide epidemic. In the U.S. almost ⅔ of women and ¾’s of men are overweight or obese. And nearly 50% of women of reproductive…

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The Doctor Is In! – Dr. Cookingham Discusses Getting A Second Opinion

Lisa Marii Cookingham, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist Columbia PREG Facility Why does PREG offer second opinions? We offer free second opinions for any patient who has been to another infertility practice and wants another perspective or perhaps a different point of view. Sometimes patients come to us because they have unanswered questions or concerns, or maybe they didn’t feel like the…

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The Doctor Is In! – Dr. Nichols answers questions about “Egg Retrieval During IVF”

Dr. John E. Nichols, Jr., MD Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist PREG Founder Medical & Laboratory Director Dr. Nichols answers questions about “Egg Retrieval During IVF” What is egg retrieval in IVF? The process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which is an aggressive and thankfully very successful fertility treatment, is comprised of several steps. One of the first steps we…

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Dr. Cookingham discusses Traditional & Minimal IVF

The Doctor Is In! Dr. Cookingham discusses Traditional & Minimal IVF Lisa Marii Cookingham, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist Columbia PREG Facility What is traditional IVF in a nutshell? Traditional IVF is what most people think of as the gold standard for treating patients with fertility issues. We stimulate the ovaries with fertility medications to try to get a large number of…

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The Doctor Is In! Dr. Payne on Simply IVF

The Doctor Is In! Q & A with Dr. John Frederick Payne, MD Reproductive Endocrinologist & PREG Partner Discusses Simply IVF What is Simply IVF? Simply IVF is PREG’s term for IVF using the INVOcell device. It is a revolutionary assisted reproductive treatment that allows our fertility specialists to provide in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at approximately half the cost and similar…

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ICSI and other advances in the Embryology Lab

The Doctor Is In! Q & A with Dr. John Frederick Payne, MD Reproductive Endocrinologist & PREG Partner ICSI and other advances in the Embryology Lab How Does the Embryology Lab Work in Fertility Treatment? Obviously, before we get to the lab and they do their part we have to do the in-vitro fertilization or embryo transfer so that we…

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The Doctor Is In! – Get to know our newest physician, Dr. Lisa Cookingham PREG/Columbia

Lisa Marii Cookingham, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist Tell us About Yourself I grew up in a military family and the majority of my childhood years were spent living around the country and also overseas. Before practicing medicine, I was in the fine arts industry appearing in theatre and stage work in Chicago, NY, Boston, etc. In 1999, I moved to Phoenix,…

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