Egg Freezing

How Does Egg Freezing Work?

Egg freezing is a high-tech, yet natural, option to extend fertility. Also called OCV (oocyte cryopreservation vitrification), the procedure allows women to have children at an older age, using the highest quality eggs produced during their younger, most-fertile years. By preserving eggs produced in a woman’s twenties or thirties, egg freezing lets women enlarge their family at a time of their choosing. The egg vitrification process greatly increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and producing a healthy newborn. How to Stop the Ticking Clock of Fertility with Egg Freezing Women produce healthier ova (eggs) in their earlier years, in their twenties or thirties, but this is not always the best time…

IVF

How Does IVF Work?

Infertility is the inability for a woman to get pregnant after 12 months of having unprotected sexual intercourse. Fortunately, a wide variety of effective fertility treatments exist that can either stimulate ovulation, introduce sperm into the uterus to facilitate fertilization (intrauterine insemination or IUI) or develop an embryo outside the womb that can then be placed inside a woman’s uterus. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a commonly performed assisted reproductive technology procedure involving fertilization of the egg by sperm in a special, laboratory container.  IVF is completed in four steps: Stimulation of the Ovaries Before an IVF procedure, women receive a series of hormone injections to trigger ovaries into producing…

Fertility Doctor

When To See a Doctor About Infertility

When you decide that you want to get pregnant, it is natural to feel impatient. However, most couples will be able to conceive on their own within a few months. Unfortunately, for some couples, conception takes longer. If you have been trying to conceive without any luck, you may wonder when you should consider consulting a fertility doctor.  Understanding Infertility You may be diagnosed with infertility if you are unable to get pregnant within a specific amount of time, or if you are able to get pregnant but suffer from recurrent miscarriages. Infertility may result from a number of different causes. In some cases, a couple is infertile because of…

Ovulation Induction

Ovulation Induction vs. IVF

If your fertility evaluation shows you are having problems conceiving due to abnormal hormone levels or other reproductive issues, your doctor may recommend ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) as ways of enhancing fertility. During a fertility evaluation, your doctor will ask about menstrual period irregularities, how long you have been trying to get pregnant and test your blood to determine if hormonal imbalances exist. A pelvic exam may be needed so your doctor can accurately diagnose the cause of infertility. What is Ovulation Induction? When egg development and ovulation is impeded by abnormal hormone levels, your doctor may suggest ovulation induction, or hormonal therapy, to…

PCOS

How is PCOS Diagnosed?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects women suffering hormonal imbalances involving lutenizing hormone, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone and several other hormones. The primary consequence of PCOS is ovarian dysfunction that interferes with development and release of eggs during ovulation. This often causes infertility which sends many women to their doctor for a fertility evaluation. In addition to infertility, symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth on the body, acne outbreaks, weight gain and development of skin tags. Diagnosing PCOS No specific test is available to diagnose the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Instead, your doctor will ask about your health history, weight issues and regularity of your menstrual periods. Additionally, your…