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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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When You Have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome – usually called PCOS in the medical world – is one of the most significant causes of infertility in women. The PCOS Foundation reports that as many as 15 percent of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS. Here’s what you need to know about PCOS, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a Hormonal Problem PCOS has a strong effect on many hormones in a woman’s body. In addition to the primary female sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone – women also produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. Two other hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and pituitary hormone luteinizing hormone (LH),…

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Should I Consider Egg Freezing?

Fact: women are most fertile in their younger years. That’s also the time women are finishing their education and starting careers; in many cases, they also delay marriage or may not have a partner. Those are reasons to consider egg freezing. Egg freezing may also be a consideration if a woman is diagnosed with cancer. If you’re considering egg freezing, here’s what New York Reproductive Wellness thinks you should know. Egg Freezing: Younger is Better Although people often speak of the biological clock when discussing women’s fertility, it’s really more of a biological curve. Shortly after puberty, a woman’s fertility gradually begins to increase to a peak in the early…

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Fertility Treatment Options to Help You Grow Your Family

Fertility Treatment Options to Help You Grow Your Family If you have been unable to become pregnant after a year of trying, you are not alone. About 15 percent of couples cannot get pregnant, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Fortunately, there are now a large number of fertility treatment options to help you conceive a baby and grow your family. Doctors trace infertility to the woman in about a third of all cases and to the man in about one-third of cases. In the remaining cases, doctors trace infertility to both parents or cannot find a cause at all. Fertility treatment options are specifically for men or…

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Study Shows Bed Rest May Not Improve Pregnancy Rate Following IUI

A European study has found that the practice of keeping women immobilized following intrauterine insemination has no bearing on pregnancy rates. Study results were presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in June. In fact, one researcher said keeping women on bed rest following the procedure may actually harm the chances of becoming pregnant. “Indeed, it even tends to the opposite, said researcher Dr. Joukje van Rijswijk from the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam.   The study looked at 479 patients who were randomly assigned to 15 minutes of inactivity immediately following intrauterine insemination or to immediate mobilization following the procedure. The patients had several…

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Myths and Facts About Infertility

There’s a lot of misinformation about infertility out there these days. Here are some common myths and facts to help you better understand the facts surrounding infertility and fertility treatments. Myth: Infertility is rare Fact: Infertility happens much more than you may realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.3 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 44 will have trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. Myth: Your only fertility treatment options include IVF and blastocyst culture. Fact: You may think treatments at a New York fertility clinic are your only chance to become pregnant. In truth, the majority of infertility cases are treated with conventional therapies like drug treatment or…

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Understanding the Egg Freezing Process

Egg freezing is the process of preserving a woman’s eggs until she is ready to go through an IUI or IVF procedure to get pregnant. A woman’s egg supply when she is born is all she will ever have. It might be a million when she is born, but by the time she reaches an age where she is sexually active, there could only be 300,000 left. A woman’s egg supply keeps reducing every month, which diminishes a woman’s chances of conceiving naturally. There is where egg freezing can be beneficial. Here are some things to know about egg freezing, the procedure, and why it is performed. Why Egg Freezing…

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Understanding the Ovulation Calendar Cycles

If you are trying to get pregnant, you will need to become familiar with your ovulation cycle as part of your fertility evaluation. You can do this by tracking ovulation and your fertile days each month with an ovulation calendar. Each month, you have about six fertile days in what is called your fertile window.  These are the days leading up to ovulation. Unfortunately, women often try to conceive based on a standard cycle, but if you ovulate early or late, you might miss it. In fact, only about 30 percent of women have their fertile window according to the clinical guidelines. This is why tracking your ovulation has become…

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Benefits of Visiting a Fertility Center

If you are attempting to conceive a child without success, or if you are interested in having your fertility evaluated for a different reason, you may decide to visit a fertility center. Visiting such a facility can provide you with a number of different benefits, including: 1. Fertility evaluation from an expert. When you visit a fertility treatment center, a physician who has the training and experience necessary to provide you with an accurate diagnosis will evaluate your fertility. Depending on the circumstances, your partner’s fertility may be evaluated as well. In most cases, this will lead to a deeper understanding of the challenges you face when trying to conceive.…

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