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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…

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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…