Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Fertility

PCOS? What’s that? And what does it have to do with fertility? The answer to that last question is, “a lot.” PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, and it affects fertility in about 10 to 15 percent of women of childbearing age, according to the PCOS Foundation. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we know that a PCOS evaluation is one of the important parts of a fertility evaluation. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Hormones Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder. It can cause high testosterone levels. Women normally produce small amounts of testosterone, but with PCOS, their levels are much higher than normal. The excess testosterone can prevent ovulation, which…

When You Want a Baby – Artificial Insemination as an Option

For some women, having babies is as easy as pie. Others struggle to conceive. Artificial insemination is one of the infertility techniques developed to solve this problem. Often shortened to AI, artificial insemination techniques in humans were derived from similar work in livestock. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we offer a number of treatments to help couples and women conceive. Why Use Artificial Insemination? Artificial insemination is used in several different situations. When the male partner of a couple is infertile, AI offers the couple the chance to have a baby with donated sperm. Men who are impotent might still be able to donate their own sperm. It may also…

The Basic Steps Involved in IVF (In vitro fertilization)

The IVF (In vitro fertilization) procedure is where a woman’s egg is joined in a laboratory dish with a man’s sperm. This is usually performed in a fertility clinic. Vitro refers to ‘outside the body’ and fertilization is where the sperm attaches to and enters the egg. Five Basic Steps to IVF (In vitro fertilization) 1. Your Menstrual Cycle In many cases, you (the woman) will be administered oral contraceptives once you begin your period to help precisely regulate your hormone levels and limit potential cysts at the same time that can compromise fertilization. You take these contraceptives for around 2 to 4 weeks as well as receive daily Lupron…

Fertility Treatment Options: How Egg Freezing Works

Women seek fertility treatment options for a number of reasons.  Among those who suffer from cancer or premature ovarian insufficiency, egg freezing has become more common in recent years.  It is also useful for those who wish to align a pregnancy with professional or personal concerns. Overview of Egg Freezing Physicians often associate early infertility with cancer treatments like surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.  They also sometimes link it to autoimmune conditions such as lupus and genetic disorders like Turner syndrome, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin.   Doctors sometimes recommend egg freezing when vitro fertilization (IVF) alone fails. Patients have options for retrieving eggs to be frozen when they visit…