IVF vs. Artificial Insemination: Which is the Best Fertility Treatment Option?

When you’re considering fertility treatments to get pregnant, you may wonder which makes the most sense for you: IVF vs. Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a type of Artificial Insemination and a typical starting point for women seeking fertility treatment. It is a natural method that can save money if successful—so it’s a recommended beginning for many of our patients at New York Reproductive Wellness. What is IUI Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine artificial insemination) is the most common type of artificial Insemination. It offers an economical, relatively uncomplicated, technique to get pregnant for women with unexplained infertility issues or other fertility problems. After ovulation induction and fertility evaluation, we use  your natural cycles (or…

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How IUI Works in for Conception with PCOS

  IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a natural and straightforward starting point to achieve fertility for women with PCOS. In some cases, we need to move on to IVF (in vitro fertilization) for successful conception. Starting with IUI makes sense, however, because it is a natural, fairly uncomplicated fertility option that can work and can also decrease the expense of your fertility treatments. We often recommend IUI fertility treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, and for cases of idiopathic (unexplained) infertility, male infertility and more. The place to begin is with a thorough fertility evaluation at our NY clinic.  What is PCOS? The exact origin of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown but…

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How is Infertility Tested?

Female Infertility According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women trying to get pregnant for at least 12 months without success may be diagnosed with infertility problems by their physician. Fertility specialists also take other factors into consideration when making this diagnosis, such as prior miscarriages, number of previous pregnancies, menstrual period irregularities and whether the woman has a history of vaginal bleeding or pelvic infections. Initial screenings for infertility or conception problems also include physical exams, Pap tests, pelvic ultrasounds/exams and possibly blood tests to determine if hormone abnormalities exist. Blood tests taken between day 22 and day 23 of a woman’s menstrual cycle measures progesterone (a hormone primary…

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How Long Does Ovulation Induction Take

Infertility is a challenging journey, and it can be confusing to sift through the array of possible treatment options. One of the first treatments recommended by many fertility doctors is ovulation induction. This procedure involves taking medication to tell your ovaries to produce an egg. It can be an effective intervention for women who have difficulty conceiving. Read more about how long ovulation induction takes and the timeline for undergoing this fertility treatment. What Is Ovulation Induction? Ovulation is the process by which the ovaries release an egg, providing a window of opportunity for fertilization to occur. In healthy women, ovulation occurs once per menstrual cycle. For women struggling with…

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How Successful is Ovulation Induction?

Ovulation induction can be very successful for properly selected patients. In fact, ovulation induction can help a woman achieve normal rates of fertility. The key to success is choosing a NY fertility specialist and clinic. The best fertility clinics will first conduct a detailed exam and testing to ensure you are a good candidate for this particular type of fertility treatment. If this particular treatment is not ideal for you, we have other methods of enhancing fertility. The Crucial First Step to Fertility: Expert Fertility Evaluation Before recommending the best fertility treatment to help you add to your family, your fertility doctor should conduct a comprehensive fertility evaluation. Top fertility…

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What to Expect After an IUI Procedure

Getting pregnant is difficult to come couple. An intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one the possible fertility treatments that can help. It may be used for either male or female infertility. Compared to some other fertility treatments, IUI is less invasive. Here’s what to expect after an IUI procedure, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. IUI Basics Before moving on to treatments like IUI, you and your partner should have a fertility evaluation. Conception problems can occur with either the man or woman in a couple. Sometimes it is a combination of both that causes difficulties, as when a woman’s body has a negative reaction – like an allergy – to…

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Who is IVF Suitable For?

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven highly effective as a way to treat certain types of infertility problems.  Understanding who is an acceptable candidate for this therapy can help patients who want to get pregnant form realistic expectations about their fertility treatment options. Exactly What Does IVF Involve? The Mayo Clinic notes that among the various types of assisted reproductive technology, in-vitro fertilization is the most effective option.  This fertility treatment is a multi-step process that involves collecting eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory setting and implanting the fertilized egg or multiples in her uterus.  Each cycle lasts approximately two weeks. The success of this…

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What Causes Infertility in Males?

For many couples, reproduction is a natural and simple process. Some couples though find it difficult to achieve. While female infertility can be the cause of a couple not being able to get pregnant, about 30 percent of infertility problems are a result of male infertility. Sperm Quality and Count Poor sperm quality and low sperm counts account for over 90 percent of the cases of male infertility. If the number of sperm a man ejaculates is of poor quality or low in sperm count, it can be challenging,  and sometimes not possible, for him to do his part in creating a pregnancy after ovulation induction. In order to produce…

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How Successful is Natural Cycle IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a common approach for individuals dealing with fertility issues. There are multiple forms of IVF, including conventional IVF and natural cycle IVF. Both involve the fertilization of an egg in the laboratory before insertion into the uterus. Understanding the success rate of natural cycle IVF can help you make the most informed choice the fertility treatment that maximizes the likelihood that you will get pregnant. What Is Natural Cycle IVF? Conventional IVF involves the administration of fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce excess eggs. Multiple eggs are typically harvested, and the healthiest are chosen to undergo in vitro fertilization. Once fertilized, one…

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What to Expect From an IUI

Fertility problems affect approximately 6% of couples in the United States. Couples who have had months of unprotected sex without getting pregnant may benefit from a comprehensive fertility evaluation. One common fertility treatment is intrauterine insemination, also known as IUI. Learn what to expect from an IUI to prepare for your appointment. What Is IUI? Intrauterine insemination is a form of artificial insemination that is commonly used to treat infertility. The procedure involves placement of sperm directly into the uterus. The procedure is timed to match the window in which your ovary releases one or multiple eggs to be fertilized. The IUI procedure allows sperm to enter the fallopian tube,…