Treat Anxiety Before Coming to Fertility Clinic

A Swedish study has found that depression and anxiety in the months leading up to an IVF cycle are associated with lower pregnancy and live birth rates. The large register study from Karolinksa Instituete were published in the Feb. 23 issue of the journal Fertility & Sterility. The study is the largest to date to document the association between depression, anxiety,antidepressants and the outcome of IVF. Researchers used Swedish data from 2007 to present. Information on depression, anxiety and antidepressant use was linked to the outcome of IVF treatment at a fertility clinic. Researchers compared the pregnancy rates, lives births and miscarriages among women who were either diagnosed with depression or anxiety in the two years prior…

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Fertility

PCOS? What’s that? And what does it have to do with fertility? The answer to that last question is, “a lot.” PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, and it affects fertility in about 10 to 15 percent of women of childbearing age, according to the PCOS Foundation. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we know that a PCOS evaluation is one of the important parts of a fertility evaluation. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Hormones Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder. It can cause high testosterone levels. Women normally produce small amounts of testosterone, but with PCOS, their levels are much higher than normal. The excess testosterone can prevent ovulation, which…

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When You Want a Baby – Artificial Insemination as an Option

For some women, having babies is as easy as pie. Others struggle to conceive. Artificial insemination is one of the infertility techniques developed to solve this problem. Often shortened to AI, artificial insemination techniques in humans were derived from similar work in livestock. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we offer a number of treatments to help couples and women conceive. Why Use Artificial Insemination? Artificial insemination is used in several different situations. When the male partner of a couple is infertile, AI offers the couple the chance to have a baby with donated sperm. Men who are impotent might still be able to donate their own sperm. It may also…

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The Basic Steps Involved in IVF (In vitro fertilization)

The IVF (In vitro fertilization) procedure is where a woman’s egg is joined in a laboratory dish with a man’s sperm. This is usually performed in a fertility clinic. Vitro refers to ‘outside the body’ and fertilization is where the sperm attaches to and enters the egg. Five Basic Steps to IVF (In vitro fertilization) 1. Your Menstrual Cycle In many cases, you (the woman) will be administered oral contraceptives once you begin your period to help precisely regulate your hormone levels and limit potential cysts at the same time that can compromise fertilization. You take these contraceptives for around 2 to 4 weeks as well as receive daily Lupron…

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Fertility Treatment Options: How Egg Freezing Works

Women seek fertility treatment options for a number of reasons.  Among those who suffer from cancer or premature ovarian insufficiency, egg freezing has become more common in recent years.  It is also useful for those who wish to align a pregnancy with professional or personal concerns. Overview of Egg Freezing Physicians often associate early infertility with cancer treatments like surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.  They also sometimes link it to autoimmune conditions such as lupus and genetic disorders like Turner syndrome, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin.   Doctors sometimes recommend egg freezing when vitro fertilization (IVF) alone fails. Patients have options for retrieving eggs to be frozen when they visit…

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What are the Benefits and Risks of Minimal Stimulation IVF?

If you are struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may offer your best chance of getting pregnant. While highly successful, IVF does have some drawbacks. For example, IVF usually requires you to take fertility drugs that come with unpleasant side effects. And traditional IVF can result in multiple pregnancies. One way to avoid these potential issues is through minimal stimulation IVF offered at our New York fertility clinic. You’ll receive a lower dose of fertility medications and we are better able to craft an individualized plan for your body. The result is a high success rate paired with a better experience for you. What are the benefits of minimal…

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How to Use an Ovulation Calendar

According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who have a 28 to 32 day menstrual cycle generally experience ovulation between day 11 and day 21 of their cycle. When you are ovulating, an ovarian follicle will discharge an ovum (egg). The ovum then travels down a fallopian tube where, if healthy sperm is present in that fallopian tube, the egg can be fertilized. The hypothalamus regulates ovulation by “telling” the pituitary gland and the brain’s anterior lobe to begin secreting follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH is need to initiate egg development and increase estrogen levels. LH assists in egg maturation and also triggers ovulation as well as…

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Egg Freezing: Should I Freeze My Eggs?

The right time to have a baby is an especially personal decision that is unique to every woman or couple. For many, it takes significant thought and attention. Various factors may play a role in the decision to have a baby now or postpone having a child. Factors like careers or a medical condition certainly weigh in the decision. With today’s modern technology though, many women and couples find that the opportunity to freeze their eggs help to make the decision making process easier. Reasons to Freeze Eggs As a woman or couple still deciding on the best time to have a baby, you may choose to freeze your eggs…

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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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