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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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Can Alcohol Affect Fertility in Men and Women?

Women, Alcohol and Fertility Studies show that estrogen levels in women and testosterone levels in men who drink moderate amounts of alcohol could be reduced enough to cause fertility problems. In addition, women who drink more than two drinks per day may experience missed periods and abnormal bleeding, two events indicating that ovulation is probably not occurring. Moderate to heavy alcohol drinking in women is also associated with lack of ovulation due to pituitary/ovarian/hypothalamic dysfunction (ethanol-related), absence of menstrual cycles because of abnormalities in the uterine endometrial lining and fluctuating levels of progesterone and estrogen which can impact fertility. Men, Alcohol and Fertility    Excessive alcohol consumption may decrease levels…

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Fertility Treatment Options for Trying to Conceive

These days, more women are waiting until their late 20s or 30s to get pregnant so they can go back to school, get a good career or achieve other life goals. In some cases, even at an early age, some women find it difficult to become pregnant. In fact, around 12 percent of American women who are between the ages of 15 through 44 years old find it difficult to either get pregnant or carry their pregnancy full term, according to the CDC. Infertility is not always the fault of women either. Men can also contribute to infertility. Fertility Treatment Options Because of this, couples who are struggling with infertility…

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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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When Should a Woman Decide to Have an Artificial Insemination Procedure?

When a woman meets the medical definition of infertility, i.e., the inability to conceive after one year of having unprotected sex, they might consider artificial insemination as a viable way to become pregnant. Artificial insemination (AI) is an umbrella term describing several assisted reproductive technologies involving placement of sperm into the female reproductive tract using specialized tools and protocols. Intracervical insemination and intrauterine insemination are the two most commonly implemented types of ARTs. Sperm used to complete most ARTs are washed before they are introduced into the cervix. Washing improves sperm viability by removing dead, sluggish sperm, prostaglandins and white blood cells that may interfere with fertilization. How Long Should…

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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…

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FAQs about Intrauterine Insemination

FAQs about Intrauterine Insemination Performed by injecting washed sperm into the uterus using a flexible, very narrow catheter, intrauterine insemination (IUI) takes less than 10 minutes to complete and offers success rates as high as 20 percent/cycle. Factors influencing the success of an IUI procedure include a woman’s age, reasons for infertility and use of fertility drugs. When Should You Have IUI? The ideal time for an IUI is within six hours before ovulation or within six hours after ovulation.  If the timing of an IUI depends on hCG injections, the procedure is typically done about 24 to 48 hours later. Your doctor will discuss your best options during a consultation…

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Can an Ovulation Calendar Help You Get Pregnant?

What is an Ovulation Calendar? During normal menstruation, ovulation occurs when an ovary releases one mature egg. That egg must then travel down a fallopian tube and be fertilized by sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus is shed during menstruation.  Most women in their 20s and 30s have a menstrual cycle length of 28 to about 32 days, which can be interrupted by a variety of factors–illness, extreme weight gain or weight loss, stress or disease. During times of normal cycles, the ability for a woman to ovulate takes place somewhere in the middle of their cycle, usually between day 11 and day 21.…

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Acupuncture as an Alternative Fertility Treatment Option

Infertility often occurs due to ovulatory disorders involving hormonal problems (too much luteinizing hormone and not enough follicle-stimulating hormone), failure of the hypothalamus to signal the pituitary gland and malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. Both glands are responsible for manufacturing and releasing hormones vital to providing a woman with mature eggs capable of being fertilized in the fallopian tubes. Treating Infertility–East v. West Western medications prescribed for treating infertility include Clomid® (increases FSH levels); hMG (human menopausal gonadotropins) and follicle-stimulating hormone injections. All three may cause side effects in some women such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, mood swings and occasionally, development of ovarian cysts. Synthesized drugs are used to…

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