Are You a Candidate for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

One of the most common types of treatment for some types of infertility is intrauterine insemination, commonly called IUI.  Physicians use this procedure to place sperm directly into the uterus.  This shortens the trip to reach a Fallopian tube and boosts the number of sperm that will be able to get close to an egg and result in conception.  There are a number of reasons why an individual might be a candidate for this type of treatment at fertility clinics in New York City. Who is a Good Candidate? The Mayo Clinic reports that IUI is most helpful in these circumstances: Use of donor sperm.  IUI is the most common…

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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…

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IVF Study: Multiple Treatments Increases Chances of Conception

IVF (in vitro fertilization) can help many couples who are facing fertility problems finally conceive, but the success rates of IVF, especially with limited attempts at conception, are far from perfect. For years, medical researchers have looked for ways to improve the success rates of IVF, which average from 20 percent to 35 percent according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. IVF Study: More than 60 Percent Success Now, a new study from researchers in the UK has found prolonging IVF treatment can significantly boost a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant using the technique with her own eggs. The findings are especially important because most women give up on IVF treatment…

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Causes and Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

If you have infrequent, prolonged, or irregular periods, polycystic ovaries, or elevated levels of androgen (male hormones), you might have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 20’s and 30’s, but can be identified later than that or even as early as the teenage years. Women who this polycystic ovarian condition have enlarged ovaries containing small follicles of fluid. With PCOS, mature eggs are not released by the ovaries. Rather, they remain within the ovaries, where a small amount of fluid collects around them. These egg release problems can interfere with fertility. Women with this common endocrine system disorder may have excessive hair…

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Are ‘Spermbots’ on the Horizon at Your New York Fertility Clinic

In more than half of couples who struggle to conceive a baby, the male partner plays a role in the need to visit a fertility clinic. Now, thanks to micro-robotic technology, a European research team may have devised a way to help men’s sperm reach an egg more quickly and efficiently. It may sound like a page out of a science fiction novel, but German scientists have created a “motor” of sorts to help sperm swim to an egg for fertilization. How does spermbot technology work? Dubbed “spermbots,” the micrometal helixes can wrap around the tail of a sperm cell and assist it as it swims to reach an egg. When…

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Fertility Treatment Options Won’t Cause Development Delays

Couples who choose fertility treatment options like intrauterine insemination, egg donation or IVF don’t have to worry about their child having developmental delays, thanks to a study by the National Institutes of Health. The study was published in January 2016 in the online journal JAMA Pediatrics, and was conducted by researchers at the NIH, the New York State Department of Health and other institutions. The findings refute longstanding beliefs among some that fertility treatment can affect embryos at a sensitive stage which causes in development delays or disabilities in children. “When we began our study, there was little research on the potential effects of conception via fertility treatments on U.S. children,” said Edwina Yeung, Ph.D.,…

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Success Rates for Minimal Stimulation IVF Will be Released in 2016

To this point, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) hasn’t broken out the success rate for minimal stimulation IVF compared with the traditional method of in-vitro fertilization. But this year, when the society releases its 2014 statistics compiled from member clinics, mini IVF figures will be extrapolated so couples can determine just how successful the milder method of IVF really is. Nationally, IVF has a success rate (meaning a normal weight singleton birth occurred) of about 30 percent when using fresh embryos. The national success rate for frozen embryos is about 24 percent. Those are 2013 success rates, the latest year for which data is available. The stats combine data from 190,773 cycles reported by the 467…

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In Vitro Fertilization via Blastocyst Culture

For women suffering recurrent pregnancy loss, a blastocyst culture and transfer procedure is capable of maximizing their chances of becoming pregnant while minimizing the risk of having a multiple pregnancy. A blastocyst culture and transfer differs from other in vitro methods because of the length of time embryos are cultured before being implanted into the uterus. In addition, embryologists can be more selective regarding their choice of advanced-stage embryos. This raises the potential for a successful implantation during transfer. What is a Blastocyst Culture? Blastocysts are developed embryos that have divided repeatedly and are almost ready for implantation onto the uterine wall. An advanced blastocyst culture offers high rates of…

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When Gestational Surrogacy is Necessary

When another woman’s uterus is “borrowed” for the purpose of carrying an embryo and delivering a baby for another woman or couple, this procedure is called a gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy, or simply surrogacy, primarily utilizes in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination techniques, depending on health circumstances surrounding those involved with the surrogacy. Who Should Consider Surrogacy? Surrogacy is considered a viable option if: You still have your ovaries to provide eggs but have had your uterus removed You have a medical condition that puts your health at risk if you were to become pregnant (polycystic ovary syndrome, autoimmune diseases, being over 35) You and your partner have suffered repeated…

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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…

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