Is In Vitro Fertilization for Me?

In its most basic sense, In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a type of fertility treatment where eggs and sperm are combined. The process is done in a laboratory. The embryos that result are then placed into a woman’s uterus and then a baby begins to grow. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2013 report, even though assisted reproductive technology (ART) is still a fairly uncommon practice, around 1.5 percent of babies born in the US are the result of this procedure. Is In Vitro Fertilization Right for You?    IVF can help with pregnancy if you are having issues with egg quality, ovulation, and endometriosis or have blocked…

Treatment Options for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

One of the common endocrine disorders in women who are of reproductive age is polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly called PCOS.  Getting pregnant is sometimes difficult for these patients.  However, a fertility clinic can offer a number of treatment options. What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? Women who suffer from this disorder normally develop it soon after they begin having menstrual periods, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Although PCOS has many signs, physicians look for a least two of these: Irregular menstrual periods Excessive androgen levels Polycystic ovaries (many sacs with fluid surround eggs) Although researchers are not sure exactly what causes PCOS, patients with a mother or a sister who…

Fertility Treatment Options: Intrauterine Insemination

Even a decade ago, when patients faced infertility, the first option that came to mind was in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  Today, however, there are many fertility treatment options.  One of the most common is intrauterine insemination (IUI). What is Intrauterine Insemination? IUI is a processing of using artificial means to place sperm into the uterus.  According to the University of Minnesota, it is a less complex and less-invasive therapy than IVF or egg donation IVF.  In that regard, many women consider it a starter step for fertility treatment. The overall success rate of this procedure is 10 to 20 percent per cycle.  The percentage is based on multiple factors such as…

Lifestyle Choices & Natural Cycle IVF

Natural Cycle IVF and Lifestyle Choices There are many habits of daily life that can promote or decrease fertility. NY Reproductive Wellness recommends the following positive lifestyle choices to increase and preserve fertility, whether or not you are currently undergoing natural cycle IVF: Eat healthy foods and talk to your doctor about digestive problems. A daily diet including protein, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats will improve and maintain health, whether you’re trying to conceive or not. Certain specific digestive diseases, such as untreated celiac disease, can decrease fertility. See your physician regularly for checkups. This will help avoid or treat any emerging health issues that could cause infertility.…