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Can an Ovulation Calendar Help You Get Pregnant?

What is an Ovulation Calendar? During normal menstruation, ovulation occurs when an ovary releases one mature egg. That egg must then travel down a fallopian tube and be fertilized by sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus is shed during menstruation.  Most women in their 20s and 30s have a menstrual cycle length of 28 to about 32 days, which can be interrupted by a variety of factors–illness, extreme weight gain or weight loss, stress or disease. During times of normal cycles, the ability for a woman to ovulate takes place somewhere in the middle of their cycle, usually between day 11 and day 21.…

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Acupuncture as an Alternative Fertility Treatment Option

Infertility often occurs due to ovulatory disorders involving hormonal problems (too much luteinizing hormone and not enough follicle-stimulating hormone), failure of the hypothalamus to signal the pituitary gland and malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. Both glands are responsible for manufacturing and releasing hormones vital to providing a woman with mature eggs capable of being fertilized in the fallopian tubes. Treating Infertility–East v. West Western medications prescribed for treating infertility include Clomid® (increases FSH levels); hMG (human menopausal gonadotropins) and follicle-stimulating hormone injections. All three may cause side effects in some women such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, mood swings and occasionally, development of ovarian cysts. Synthesized drugs are used to…

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When You Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome – usually called PCOS in the medical world – is one of the most significant causes of infertility in women. The PCOS Foundation reports that as many as 15 percent of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS. Here’s what you need to know about PCOS, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a Hormonal Problem PCOS has a strong effect on many hormones in a woman’s body. In addition to the primary female sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone – women also produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. Two other hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and pituitary hormone luteinizing hormone (LH),…

Should I Consider Egg Freezing?

Fact: women are most fertile in their younger years. That’s also the time women are finishing their education and starting careers; in many cases, they also delay marriage or may not have a partner. Those are reasons to consider egg freezing. Egg freezing may also be a consideration if a woman is diagnosed with cancer. If you’re considering egg freezing, here’s what New York Reproductive Wellness thinks you should know. Egg Freezing: Younger is Better Although people often speak of the biological clock when discussing women’s fertility, it’s really more of a biological curve. Shortly after puberty, a woman’s fertility gradually begins to increase to a peak in the early…