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How Can I Get Pregnant With Twins?

Couples are waiting longer than ever before to have children. However, this can present challenges when couples desire more than one child and the window for biologically optimal childbearing is waning. Getting pregnant with multiples can be a solution to growing a family with less time available. Although IVF, or in vitro fertilization, doesn’t guarantee multiples, there’s evidence that indicates multiple births are more likely with IVF. Ovulation induction and IUI, or intrauterine insemination, are other potential solutions for couples wishing to conceive multiples.  IVF and Multiples  In vitro fertilization is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves a couple’s chances of conception. By placing an already fertilized embryo within…

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What are the chances of IVF working?

When you are trying to get pregnant, it seems like time stands still. Impatience is a natural response, and many couples find themselves feeling frustrated quickly. For most couples, pregnancy will occur naturally within a few months of trying. However, in other cases, getting pregnant can be more difficult. If you are unable to get pregnant on your own and less invasive methods like IUI are not effective, your doctor may recommend in-vitro fertilization or IVF.  What Is IVF? IVF works by joining the sperm and the egg outside the body to form an embryo, allowing it to develop for a few days and then transferring it back to the uterus…

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How Long Does It Take to Ovulate After an HCG Injection?

HCG injections are a widely used for enhancing fertility. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a naturally occurring hormone that supports the development of an egg while inside the ovary and triggers the release of the egg when it is ready. Women also produce HCG when they are pregnant and it is the hormone that pregnancy tests check for.  When a woman struggles to become pregnant on her own, HCG injections can help stimulate ovulation. This is a process known as ovulation induction.  What Is Ovulation Induction?  Ovulation induction with HCG can help a woman to ovulate more than once during a single menstrual cycle by stimulating the growth and…

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How Do You Know If You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

The common hormonal disorder polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects many women of reproductive age. It occurs when the woman’s adrenal glands or ovaries produce more-than-normal male hormones and can lead to a small cyst forming in the ovary, disrupting hormonal balance. Women with PCOS have a hormonal balance and problems with their metabolism. Of women of childbearing years, one in every 10 women are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome. Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Symptoms of PCOS include: Excessive body or facial hair Irregular menstrual periods (they occur infrequently or last a long time) Absent or infrequent adolescent menstruation Male-pattern baldness Unexplained weight gain or obesity Acne Pregnancy-related issues like…