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Why Infertility Treatments are Important

When a couple is trying to get pregnant, excitement and anticipation over the prospect of conception can lead to unhappiness when infertility is a problem. The emotional aspects of infertility can be very difficult to deal with, as both partners grieve the loss. Infertility treatment can help about half of all those couples achieve a pregnancy. Treatment may also be important for other reasons, according to New York Reproductive Wellness. The Problem of Infertility Approximately 1.3 million patients in the US receive infertility treatment each year, according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Fertility problems can occur in both women and men; sometimes it is a joint problem. In other…

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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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Are You a good candidate for Ovulation Induction?

Infertility is often caused by disorders interfering with the ability of a woman to ovulate. Polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, stress and hormone imbalance are common causes of anovulation. Following a fertility evaluation, women found to have problems ovulating may be prescribed ovulation induction medications for enhancing fertility by stimulating the production of viable eggs. In some cases, a fertility doctor may complement ovulation induction with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) to further improve a woman’s chance of conceiving. Who are Good Candidates for Ovulation Induction? Women with infrequent ovulation, anovulation or unexplained infertility even though they ovulate regularly benefit the most from ovulation induction. Women with the…

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Can IUI be used after tubal ligation?

A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure meant to permanently prevent pregnancy in women who do not want children. Also referred to as having your "tubes tied", tubal ligations involve a surgeon sealing or clamping shut the fallopian tubes so eggs cannot enter the uterus for the purpose of implantation. Since this surgery stops fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterine wall, intrauterine insemination would not work for women who have had a tubal ligation. Can In Vitro Fertilization Be Used After a Tubal Ligation? IVF therapy involves your doctor prescribing hormone-stimulating drugs to induce ovulation and then removing eggs from your ovaries. Eggs are placed in a lab dish…

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Six things you should know if you are considering freezing your eggs

Egg freezing is a procedure chosen by women who want to wait to delay childbearing that involves "freezing" her eggs until she is ready to have children. This egg-freezing process (vitrification) is a type of rapid freezing technique capable of preserving eggs without harming them. Following freezing of eggs in special solutions containing medical-grade anti-freeze, eggs are then stored in cryogenic freezers until they are removed, thawed and fertilized using in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Traditional IVF cannot be used due to the freezing process hardening the outer membrane of stored eggs. Six Things to Know About Egg Freezing 1. Egg Retrieval Prior to your fertility doctor…

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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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Are PCOS symptoms reversible?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is diagnosed in about seven percent of women with irregular menstrual periods and problems conceiving. Other symptoms of PCOS include excessive facial hair growth, acne outbreaks, migraines, insulin resistance and weight gain. Doctors believe PCOS is caused by hormone imbalances involving follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormone, two hormones involved in ovulation. Women with PCOS may also suffer from ovarian cysts resulting from eggs that fail to mature enough for completing the ovulation process. Because PCOS increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, infertility and uterine cancer, women diagnosed with PCOS should seek treatment through ovulation induction and hormone-balancing medications. Are Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Reversible?…

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What Happens After Egg Freezing?

Freezing their eggs gives women the opportunity to postpone becoming a parent until they feel it is the right time.  When considering the egg freezing experience, many patients want an overview of the medical process, including what happens once eggs are frozen. Why Freeze Your Eggs? Freezing a woman’s eggs is a way to preserve her fertility.  The eggs present when a female is born are the entire amount she will ever produce. Most individuals weighing fertility preservation consider a pregnancy currently inconvenient or medically unwise.  Treatments such as chemotherapy can eliminate pregnancy as a possibility.  Eggs a woman releases during her 20s or 30s typically represent a better quality…

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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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What is the best age to freeze your eggs?

Egg freezing, which is also known as oocyte cryopreservation, is a strategy some women use to preserve their fertility. You can freeze your eggs at any point during your childbearing years. However, some ages may be better than others when it comes to egg freezing. What Is Egg Freezing? Egg freezing is a procedure that involves stimulating the ovaries to produce multiple mature eggs. Once the eggs have matured, the doctor harvests them, freezes them and stores them until they are needed. About Age and Fertility A woman’s fertility is strongly linked to her age. The quality and quantity of eggs begin to decline when a woman is around the…

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