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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…

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FAQs about Minimal Stimulation IVF

Your Questions Answered about Minimal Stimulation IVF An alternative to traditional in vitro fertilization, minimal IVF differs from IVF because requires women take less medication, is more affordable than IVF and does not need the time commitment required by the standard IVF procedure. Who are Good Candidates for Minimal Stimulation IVF? An ultrasound test is needed to ensure a woman’s reproductive system is structurally sound. Blood tests are helpful to determine if hormone levels are normal. Depending on a woman’s past medical history, your fertility doctor may want additional tests before determining if you are a good candidate for mini IVF. In some cases, your doctor may want you to…

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In-Vitro Fertilization Offers Hope, Even for Unexplained Fertility Issues

If you are not certain exactly why you have not become pregnant, despite trying to conceive naturally, IVF or in-vitro fertilization can help you. When you select a well-respected NY fertility doctor, like Dr. Gregory Zapantis at New York Reproductive Wellness, we can help you determine the cause of your fertility problems. Whether the fertility issues lie with a woman’s reproductive system or are due to male factors like low sperm count, IVF (an assisted reproductive technology) can offer the opportunity to conceive. Can IVF Help Me Overcome Infertility Issues? Typically, in-vitro fertilization is pursued after a few IUI (intrauterine insemination) cycles have proven unproductive. We have found that beginning treatment with IUI can…

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The Advantages of Minimal Stimulation IVF

Finding the right reproductive option is very important. Not only does that improve the success rate, but it can also help with peace of mind and make patients feel more comfortable about embarking on the journey to be parents. For couples who can conceive naturally this is not an issue, but many couples need a little help. With minimal stimulation IVF, patients have the opportunity to use a method that can work for them, and that can bring them the results they are looking for in an easier procedure than they may have previously been offered. Select the Right Doctor for Your Minimal Stimulation IVF Procedure When it is time…

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In-vitro Fertilization after a Tubal Ligation?

What is a Tubal Ligation? Many women have their “tubes tied” (tubal ligation) when they do not think they will want more children in the future. Considered a permanent method for preventing pregnancy, a tubal ligation procedure involves a surgeon clamping and blocking or severing and sealing the fallopian tubes so that a woman’s eggs cannot reach the uterus to achieve implantation.  Since no one can predict the future, just as many woman change their minds and regret their decision to have a tubal ligation. Fortunately, women who have had tubal ligations now have two options for getting pregnant again–in-vitro fertilization or tubal reversal surgery. Tubal reversal surgeries require a…

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Benefits of Minimal Stimulation IVF

Minimal stimulation IVF or also referred to as mini IVF, has been gaining much popularity these days. It’s a more natural and mild ovarian stimulation procedure that is often an alternative to standard IVF stimulation. It’s an easier, more cost-effective and beneficial IVF procedure to help your body produce higher quality eggs for your fertility needs. Benefits of Minimal Stimulation IVF This procedure is performed with the intent of recruiting just a few higher quality eggs in order to eliminate any hyperstimulation risks. It cuts back on the cost of medicines significantly and reduces how many injections you need. If you have been through a conventional IVF stimulation procedure and…

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Understanding Minimal Stimulation IVF

If you aren’t able to get pregnant on your own, or if you are a single woman who wants to conceive a child, you may benefit from minimal stimulation IVF. Below is some basic information about this procedure and its potential benefits. What is Minimal Stimulation In Vitro Fertilization?    All in-vitro fertilization procedures work by joining an egg and sperm outside of the body, allowing the resulting embryo to mature and then returning it to the uterus for implantation. Standard IVF procedures require the woman to take a significant amount of medication in the form of pills and/or injections. Minimal stimulation IVF, on the other hand, uses only a…

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Is In-Vitro Fertilization Right For You?

When conception proves difficult, some couples consider in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This complex series of procedures can assure conception outside of the body before the fertilized egg is implanted in a woman’s uterus. For residents of New York, New York Reproductive Wellness offers a wide variety of fertility evaluations and treatments, including IVF. Here’s what you need to know about IVF. About In-Vitro Fertilization   Fertility problems can be caused by a variety of conditions and may occur in either the male or female. IVF is used in women who have blocked or damaged fallopian tubes or who have had their fallopian tubes removed. If a woman has had her fallopian…