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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 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…

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Do Fertility Herbs Really Work?

Enhancing Fertility with Alternative Medicine–Do Fertility Herbs Really Work? No valid, conclusive research results exist that supports the efficacy of fertility herbs for enhancing fertility. Fertility herbs such as stinging nettle, red raspberry leaves, red clover blossoms and black cohosh are typically marketed as plant-based or "natural" ways to improve a woman’s ability to conceive. However, most fertility herbs are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain unknown ingredients producing unpleasant or toxic side effects. Also, women or men with fertility problems should have a comprehensive fertility evaluation to determine the cause of infertility instead of taking unsafe fertility herbs. What Fertility Herbs Actually Do…

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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…

Fertility Treatment Options: Intrauterine Insemination

Even a decade ago, when patients faced infertility, the first option that came to mind was in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  Today, however, there are many fertility treatment options.  One of the most common is intrauterine insemination (IUI). What is Intrauterine Insemination? IUI is a processing of using artificial means to place sperm into the uterus.  According to the University of Minnesota, it is a less complex and less-invasive therapy than IVF or egg donation IVF.  In that regard, many women consider it a starter step for fertility treatment. The overall success rate of this procedure is 10 to 20 percent per cycle.  The percentage is based on multiple factors such as…

Lifestyle Choices & Natural Cycle IVF

Natural Cycle IVF and Lifestyle Choices There are many habits of daily life that can promote or decrease fertility. NY Reproductive Wellness recommends the following positive lifestyle choices to increase and preserve fertility, whether or not you are currently undergoing natural cycle IVF: Eat healthy foods and talk to your doctor about digestive problems. A daily diet including protein, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats will improve and maintain health, whether you’re trying to conceive or not. Certain specific digestive diseases, such as untreated celiac disease, can decrease fertility. See your physician regularly for checkups. This will help avoid or treat any emerging health issues that could cause infertility.…

The Effects of Vitamin D on Reproduction in Women and Men

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for a healthy body and strong bones. Some research has also shown that it can help fight off colds and battle depression. But did you know that vitamin D can also have an effect on fertility in both women and men? Vitamin D may hold the key for many women and men struggling with fertility issues. Research by Dr Merhi and others have shown that individuals with higher levels of vitamin D had increased fertility rates. That study indicated that without sufficient levels of vitamin D, reproductive tissues did not function at optimum levels. Increasing levels of vitamin D in women can positively affect…