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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…

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How to Increase Chances of Getting Pregnant After 35

Getting pregnant after the age of 35 is usually more difficult than trying to conceive in your 20s or early 30s. However, it isn’t impossible. Older women trying to conceive have several options to improve their chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Below is some basic information about getting pregnant over the age of 35 and what you can do to make success more likely.  Why Is It Hard to Get Pregnant after 35? As you get older, the number of eggs in your ovaries decreases. The quality of the remaining eggs also declines. Both of these factors make it harder for you to conceive in the first place. In…

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Can Acupuncture Help Fertility PCOS?

Is Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility a Viable Alternative to IVF? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting women with fertility problems. PCOS causes the ovaries to enlarge abnormally and develop small cysts containing immature eggs. In addition, PCOS stimulates excess production of androgens (male hormones) that are eventually converted into estrogen. Higher than normal levels of male hormones interfere with the release and development of healthy eggs (ovulation). Missed or irregular periods, infertility, weight gain and mood swings are some symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Most women discover they have PCOS during a fertility evaluation or medical exam given by their primary…

Symptoms of Premature Ovarian Failure

With premature menopause, periods cease before the age of 40, and you are unable to become pregnant. The causes of premature menopause includes chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, certain disease, or natural. On the other hand, women who have premature ovarian failure, or POF, still have occasional periods. While women who have POF may be able to get pregnant on their own, most are unable to get pregnant naturally, and require fertility treatments. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, approximately one percent of women are estimated to be affected by POF. Women who have a family member who have had POF, are at an increased risk of developing the condition…

Using an Ovulation Calendar to Get Pregnant

Many women use an ovulation calendar, sometimes referred to an ovulation calculator, in order to get pregnant or prevent pregnancy. This helpful tool assists you in figuring out when you are ovulating; in other words, it lets you know when you are most fertile. Using the Ovulation Calendar in Conjunction with Physical Signs While the ovulation calculation is a great tool to assist you in becoming pregnant, it is not the only fertility tool in the toolbox. Some women are able to identify physical signs that also help them to predict their ovulation. These include: Noticing a change in your cervical mucus. Many women notice that a few days prior…