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Intrauterine Insemination Facts: What is ‘Sperm Washing?’

If you’ve researched intrauterine insemination (IUI), you’ve probably know the sperm sample is washed before being delivered to the uterus. You may wonder why this process is conducted. Is the sperm dirty? Does it need to be “clean” to fertilize an egg? While “sperm washing” may sound strange, it actually increases the chances of fertilization. By using a sample that contains only the strongest, healthiest sperm, you significantly increase your chances of conception. Here’s how it works. What is Sperm Washing? Sperm washing separates sperm cells from semen, removes dead or slow-moving sperm, white blood cells, mucous and prostaglandins that may impede fertilization or endanger the woman’s health. What are Prostaglandins? Prostaglandins are…

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Law Makes Fertility Treatment Options Available to Wounded Veterans

Veterans’ advocacy groups estimate that military service has left some 2,000 former service members unable to have children naturally. And while these vets are likely candidates for fertility treatment options like IVF, the cost may dissuade them from pursuing infertility treatment. That has changed now, thanks to a law passed by Congress last October. Veterans can pursue fertility treatment using their veterans’ medical benefits. “We all say when someone serves their country, we are there for them when they come home,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who has fought the ban since 2012. “Certainly allowing them to fulfill their dream of having a family ought to be part of what’s there…

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Is Egg Freezing a Good Option?

There’s no question that women are most fertile when younger. In the modern world, that can create problems, as the 20s and 30s are when many women are finishing their education or starting careers. Some women deliberately delay marriage and childbearing for that reason. However, waiting too long can create biological clock problems, and it can be more difficult for a woman to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term when she is older. Egg freezing is one option for these women and may also provide a solution to a women who wants children but has been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s some basic information about egg freezing from New York…

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How to Use an Ovulation Calendar

Some women seem to be able to conceive a pregnancy without really trying, while others have to work at it. If you are in the latter category, an ovulation calendar is one of the tools you may find helpful. The window for an egg to become fertilized is relatively narrow and an ovulation calendar can help pinpoint the best times for intercourse. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we recommend the use of ovulation calendars. How Ovulation Works    Ovulation is a normal part of the healthy menstrual cycle. Once a mature egg is released from the ovary it travels down the fallopian tubes into the uterus. In most cases, only…

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What are the Types of Artificial Insemination?

Artifical insemination is an extremely common fertility treatment. The procedure is less invasive and less expensive than some other types of treatment. Many couples who are having trouble conceiving try it before moving on to IVF. While intrauterine insemination is the most common type of artificial insemination, there are other options for couples who are struggling with unique fertility challenges. Intrauterine Insemination By far, the most common type is intrauterine insemination. In this procedure, a deposit of the male partner’s sperm is deposited into the female’s uterus using a long, thin tube called a catheter. The goal is to get the sperm as close to the egg as possible to…

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Do You Have Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

One of the most frequently occurring hormonal disorders in women of childbearing age is polycystic ovarian syndrome, more commonly called PCOS.  Unlike other medical problems that impact only fertility, it sometimes affects sufferers in multiple ways.  Recognizing the symptoms is often the trigger for seeking a diagnosis and treatment. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Overview PCOS is a disorder of the endocrine system.  The University of Chicago Medicine reports that this condition affects 5 to 10 percent of women during their reproductive years.  According to the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA), more than 7 million women suffer from this disorder, more than the number of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and…

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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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