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How Successful is Natural Cycle IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a common approach for individuals dealing with fertility issues. There are multiple forms of IVF, including conventional IVF and natural cycle IVF. Both involve the fertilization of an egg in the laboratory before insertion into the uterus. Understanding the success rate of natural cycle IVF can help you make the most informed choice the fertility treatment that maximizes the likelihood that you will get pregnant. What Is Natural Cycle IVF? Conventional IVF involves the administration of fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce excess eggs. Multiple eggs are typically harvested, and the healthiest are chosen to undergo in vitro fertilization. Once fertilized, one…

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What to Expect From an IUI

Fertility problems affect approximately 6% of couples in the United States. Couples who have had months of unprotected sex without getting pregnant may benefit from a comprehensive fertility evaluation. One common fertility treatment is intrauterine insemination, also known as IUI. Learn what to expect from an IUI to prepare for your appointment. What Is IUI? Intrauterine insemination is a form of artificial insemination that is commonly used to treat infertility. The procedure involves placement of sperm directly into the uterus. The procedure is timed to match the window in which your ovary releases one or multiple eggs to be fertilized. The IUI procedure allows sperm to enter the fallopian tube,…

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What Causes Infertility?

One of the most stressful events a couple can experience is infertility.  Understanding the potential causes of their failure to achieve conception helps them realize that they are not alone and that individualized care is the foundation of their journey to parenthood. Overview Many individuals planning to have children but who have not achieved conception are surprised to learn how common their problem is.  Around 20 percent of U.S. couples seek medical care to achieve a pregnancy, according to Stanford University. Only about half of those trying to get pregnant conceive easily.  Around 10 percent of couples who are of reproductive age prove involuntarily infertile.  Physicians identify an infertile male…

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How Does Ovulation Induction Work?

A number of factors can cause infertility.  One of the most common for women is ovulation that occurs infrequently or is absent.  One type of therapy used to treat these problems and to improve pregnancy rates is ovulation induction.  Enhancing Fertility with Induction Treatments for missing or infrequent ovulation include hormone therapy such as levothyroxine and fertility drugs.  The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center cites clomiphene citrate, typically sold as Seraphene® and Clomid®, as a common fertility medication.  It tricks the body into perceiving low levels of estrogen.  This causes the manufacture of additional follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).  The result is superovulation, or releasing multiple eggs during a…