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Why is infertility so common?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  six percent of married women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 are infertile (have tried to get pregnant for at least one year). However, infertility in couples is not always due to the woman having a medical issue. Nearly 35 percent of couples experiencing infertility are traced to male factors (low sperm count, for example) combined with female factors (polycystic ovarian syndrome, diminished ovarian reserve, irregular periods). Only about eight out of every 100 couples with fertility problems discover the cause lies exclusively with the man. What is causing rising infertility rates involving ovulation and conception? Experts point…

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How many eggs do they implant with IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common assisted reproductive technologies chosen by women who want to get pregnant following at least a year of trying to conceive. Following ovulation, a woman’s eggs are retrieved through a minimally invasive procedure and then placed in a laboratory dish to be fertilized. When it is time to transfer the embryo to the uterus, the doctor inserts a catheter-like device into the uterus through which the embryo is then gently transported into the uterus. Two weeks after the IVF procedure, the patient is given a pregnancy test. How Many Eggs are Implanted Using IVF? Although transferring embryos from lab dishes to…

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Can you get pregnant naturally at 43?

Female fetuses have over six million eggs in their ovaries while still inside their mother’s uterus. When a fetus is about five months old, her eggs start disintegrating. At birth, girls typically have about two million eggs in their ovaries. Atrophy of eggs continues throughout puberty, leaving women of reproductive age with around 300,000 eggs. During the final years of perimenopause (between 45 and 50), many of a woman’s remaining eggs cannot be fertilized because they are not viable. In addition, some of these last few eggs have begun atrophying. That’s why the chance of miscarriage or having a child with a chromosomal disorder increases significantly for women in their…

PCOS

Why Can’t I Get Pregnant with PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility in women 21 to 40 years old. Occurring in about five to seven percent of women during their reproductive years, PCOS reduces the chance for pregnancy by increasing the level of androgens (male hormones) in a woman’s bloodstream. The ovaries produce small amounts of testosterone women need to maintain muscle and bone health. However, too much testosterone will interfere with menstruation and ovulation by disrupting normal levels of estrogen and progesterone. Normal menstrual periods are essential for releasing viable eggs that can be fertilized through sexual intercourse or an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Signs of PCOS One of the first possible…