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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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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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