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What Causes Infertility in Males?

For many couples, reproduction is a natural and simple process. Some couples though find it difficult to achieve. While female infertility can be the cause of a couple not being able to get pregnant, about 30 percent of infertility problems are a result of male infertility. Sperm Quality and Count Poor sperm quality and low sperm counts account for over 90 percent of the cases of male infertility. If the number of sperm a man ejaculates is of poor quality or low in sperm count, it can be challenging,  and sometimes not possible, for him to do his part in creating a pregnancy after ovulation induction. In order to produce…

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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Why Can It Interfere with Fertility?

Women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are suffering reproductive hormone imbalances that prevent eggs from being released while the woman is ovulating. PCOS may also cause eggs to develop abnormally. PCOS is common reason for irregular or missed menstrual periods and for development of microscopic cystic structures within the ovaries. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between five and 10 percent of women (15 to 44 years old) have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Most women do not discover they have PCOS until they visit their doctor after trying to to conceive and failing to get pregnant. Possible Causes of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Although doctors haven’t pinpointed…

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Artificial Insemination: Less Invasive, More Affordable Fertility Treatment

Artificial insemination is a popular method to help infertile women or couples to add to their family. Determining whether artificial insemination is the right fertility solution for you, or opting for another fertility treatment entirely, requires expert advice. Your fertility specialist can perform this procedure by inserting sperm into the uterus (called IUI, or intrauterine insemination), which is the most common form of artificial insemination. Here are the basics to help you make a wise fertility treatment choice. Who Can Benefit from Artificial Insemination in NY? Any of the following fertility issues can prevent conception and females may respond well to being artificially inseminated:  Men with low sperm count. Men with low sperm motility (movement). Women with abnormal reproductive anatomy.…

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Semen Analysis for Artificial Insemination

Infertility is not only the result of a problem with a woman’s reproductive system. Men also contribute to a couple’s infertility, which leads to many couples seeking reproductive help, including artificial insemination.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, 18 percent of men were diagnosed with a male-related infertility issues, that involved semen or sperm problems. Causes of Infertility in Men Many factors can play a role in male-related infertility, including having: Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking, illicit drug use, drinking alcohol heavily, supplementing with testosterone, stress, and anabolic steroid use. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, testicular…

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What are the Types of Artificial Insemination?

Artifical insemination is an extremely common fertility treatment. The procedure is less invasive and less expensive than some other types of treatment. Many couples who are having trouble conceiving try it before moving on to IVF. While intrauterine insemination is the most common type of artificial insemination, there are other options for couples who are struggling with unique fertility challenges. Intrauterine Insemination By far, the most common type is intrauterine insemination. In this procedure, a deposit of the male partner’s sperm is deposited into the female’s uterus using a long, thin tube called a catheter. The goal is to get the sperm as close to the egg as possible to…

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When Should a Woman Decide to Have an Artificial Insemination Procedure?

When a woman meets the medical definition of infertility, i.e., the inability to conceive after one year of having unprotected sex, they might consider artificial insemination as a viable way to become pregnant. Artificial insemination (AI) is an umbrella term describing several assisted reproductive technologies involving placement of sperm into the female reproductive tract using specialized tools and protocols. Intracervical insemination and intrauterine insemination are the two most commonly implemented types of ARTs. Sperm used to complete most ARTs are washed before they are introduced into the cervix. Washing improves sperm viability by removing dead, sluggish sperm, prostaglandins and white blood cells that may interfere with fertilization. How Long Should…

Study Shows Bed Rest May Not Improve Pregnancy Rate Following IUI

A European study has found that the practice of keeping women immobilized following intrauterine insemination has no bearing on pregnancy rates. Study results were presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in June. In fact, one researcher said keeping women on bed rest following the procedure may actually harm the chances of becoming pregnant. “Indeed, it even tends to the opposite, said researcher Dr. Joukje van Rijswijk from the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam.   The study looked at 479 patients who were randomly assigned to 15 minutes of inactivity immediately following intrauterine insemination or to immediate mobilization following the procedure. The patients had several…

What to Expect with an Artificial Insemination Procedure

Artificial insemination (AI) is a procedure that involves the sperm being inserted into the women’s cervix to increase the chances of conception. It is frequently used as a way to treat infertility when couples are not able to conceive naturally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately six percent of women between 15 and 44 years of age can’t get pregnant with their spouse on their own within one year of having unprotected sex. If you are having difficulty, here are some things to know about the AI procedure. Exam and Monitoring    The first part of artificial insemination, also referred to as occurs when your New…

When Should I Try Artificial Insemination?

Artificial insemination, which may also be referred to as “IUI,” is one of the most common fertility treatments available to women and couples trying to conceive. However, this treatment option isn’t the right choice for every patient. To determine whether artificial insemination is appropriate for you, consult the information below. What is Artificial Insemination? Artificial insemination is a procedure used to increase the chances of pregnancy by injecting sperm directly into the uterine cavity near the time of ovulation. Because the sperm doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the egg when this procedure is used, the likelihood of successful conception is greater. This procedure is ideal for women who…

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…