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How Can I Get Pregnant With Twins?

Couples are waiting longer than ever before to have children. However, this can present challenges when couples desire more than one child and the window for biologically optimal childbearing is waning. Getting pregnant with multiples can be a solution to growing a family with less time available. Although IVF, or in vitro fertilization, doesn’t guarantee multiples, there’s evidence that indicates multiple births are more likely with IVF. Ovulation induction and IUI, or intrauterine insemination, are other potential solutions for couples wishing to conceive multiples.  IVF and Multiples  In vitro fertilization is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves a couple’s chances of conception. By placing an already fertilized embryo within…

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What are the chances of IVF working?

When you are trying to get pregnant, it seems like time stands still. Impatience is a natural response, and many couples find themselves feeling frustrated quickly. For most couples, pregnancy will occur naturally within a few months of trying. However, in other cases, getting pregnant can be more difficult. If you are unable to get pregnant on your own and less invasive methods like IUI are not effective, your doctor may recommend in-vitro fertilization or IVF.  What Is IVF? IVF works by joining the sperm and the egg outside the body to form an embryo, allowing it to develop for a few days and then transferring it back to the uterus…

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IUI Versus IVF: Fertility Treatment Pros and Cons

As a woman dealing with fertility problems, it’s good to have a variety of advanced medical options to help you get pregnant. However, there is a downside to having many options: the confusion and stress that comes from trying to choose the right path for you. That’s why it’s crucial to have an expert fertility doctor at your side to guide you to your best solution to treat infertility. IVF or IUI can both work with minor male factor infertility and/or female infertility due to unknown causes. Both can work with donated sperm and/or eggs, and for LGBTQ couples. Here’s how IUI and IVF work, how they differ, and when each is best. Understanding IUI Infertility Treatment Often the first-line treatment for…

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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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Does the IVF Process Hurt?

One of the most popular assisted reproductive technologies used by women with fertility issues is in vitro fertilization (IVF). By extracting a woman’s eggs and combining eggs with sperm in a lab dish, fertility doctors can create an embryo which can then be transferred to a woman’s uterus. IVF is used to treat fertility issues due to damaged/blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, low sperm motility/count in men or unexplained infertility. Does It Hurt to Undergo In Vitro Fertilization? Several steps are involved in the IVF process. Women will initially need injections of fertility medications to stimulate the production of eggs. Women who are sensitive to insertion of needles…

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What are the chances of getting pregnant with IVF?

In-vitro fertilization, which is also known as IVF, is a procedure offered to couples who aren’t able to conceive on their own or using less invasive techniques. Thanks to advances in technology, the chances of getting pregnant with IVF are quite high. However, your individual chances of conceiving with IVF depend on the specifics of your situation. What Is In-Vitro? In-vitro fertilization is a procedure in which the egg and sperm are joined outside of the body, allowed to mature for a while and then placed back in the uterus for implantation. IVF is often recommended when other options, such as ovulation induction and/or intrauterine insemination, have not worked. Some…

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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…

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Who is IVF Suitable For?

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven highly effective as a way to treat certain types of infertility problems.  Understanding who is an acceptable candidate for this therapy can help patients who want to get pregnant form realistic expectations about their fertility treatment options. Exactly What Does IVF Involve? The Mayo Clinic notes that among the various types of assisted reproductive technology, in-vitro fertilization is the most effective option.  This fertility treatment is a multi-step process that involves collecting eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory setting and implanting the fertilized egg or multiples in her uterus.  Each cycle lasts approximately two weeks. The success of this…

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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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What Affects the Results of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

For a number of fertility issues, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven a very successful type of treatment.  Understanding the factors that contribute to the results IVF produces is important in determining expectations from this therapy. Expected IVF Outcomes IVF is one type of assisted reproductive technology.  It joins a female egg and male sperm in a lab dish.  The term in-vitro means “outside the body”.  IVF includes five steps: Stimulation to foster egg production Retrieval of eggs Insemination and fertilization Embryo culturing Transfer of embryo Fertility clinics customize treatment plans according to each patient’s needs.  According to Medline Plus, while statistics vary among facilities, the overall chances of delivering a…