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Why Infertility Treatments are Important

When a couple is trying to get pregnant, excitement and anticipation over the prospect of conception can lead to unhappiness when infertility is a problem. The emotional aspects of infertility can be very difficult to deal with, as both partners grieve the loss. Infertility treatment can help about half of all those couples achieve a pregnancy. Treatment may also be important for other reasons, according to New York Reproductive Wellness. The Problem of Infertility Approximately 1.3 million patients in the US receive infertility treatment each year, according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Fertility problems can occur in both women and men; sometimes it is a joint problem. In other…

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Can IVF be done without genetic testing?

Although genetic testing is controversial to some women, it is a practical step to take for women over 35 with a history of repeated miscarriages. Whether trying to get pregnant using IVF (in vitro fertilization) or IUI (intrauterine insemination) methods, women electing to undergo genetic testing have higher pregnancy success rates than women who chose to forego genetic testing. Since many miscarriages and failed implantations occur due to embryonic genetic abnormalities, genetic testing may be necessary to help women increase their chances of having a child. IVF Can Be Done Without Genetic Testing It is a woman’s choice whether she wants genetic testing following conception via an IVF or IUI…

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Are You a good candidate for Ovulation Induction?

Infertility is often caused by disorders interfering with the ability of a woman to ovulate. Polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, stress and hormone imbalance are common causes of anovulation. Following a fertility evaluation, women found to have problems ovulating may be prescribed ovulation induction medications for enhancing fertility by stimulating the production of viable eggs. In some cases, a fertility doctor may complement ovulation induction with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) to further improve a woman’s chance of conceiving. Who are Good Candidates for Ovulation Induction? Women with infrequent ovulation, anovulation or unexplained infertility even though they ovulate regularly benefit the most from ovulation induction. Women with the…

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Can IUI be used after tubal ligation?

A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure meant to permanently prevent pregnancy in women who do not want children. Also referred to as having your "tubes tied", tubal ligations involve a surgeon sealing or clamping shut the fallopian tubes so eggs cannot enter the uterus for the purpose of implantation. Since this surgery stops fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterine wall, intrauterine insemination would not work for women who have had a tubal ligation. Can In Vitro Fertilization Be Used After a Tubal Ligation? IVF therapy involves your doctor prescribing hormone-stimulating drugs to induce ovulation and then removing eggs from your ovaries. Eggs are placed in a lab dish…