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How Effective Are Fertility Treatments?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 12 to 13 percent of couples experience infertility, which is defined as a failure to achieve a pregnancy after one year of trying. A third of infertility cases are attributed to women, while a third are linked to men. Another third may be due to both partners, or an exact cause is not determined. Fortunately, several assisted reproductive technology (ART) techniques can help couples conceive a child. Depending on the method used, success rates rise to nearly 50 percent.  Primary ART options include intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and ovulation induction. Here’s what couples need to know about the effectiveness…

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How Diet Can Impact Your Fertility

Fertility can be affected by many factors, including age and personal health history. According to a Harvard study, diet can also have an important impact on a couple’s ability to become pregnant. A review of previous studies conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School found a connection between the foods we eat and the ability — or inability — to conceive. These results suggest that many of the 12 to 13 percent of couples who struggle with infertility could increase their chances of becoming pregnant simply by changing their diet.  Let’s take a look at what foods and nutrients can boost…

Is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Painful?

Intrauterine insemination is a simple and generally painless procedure that can help women increase their chances of becoming pregnant.   Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves the chances of fertilization. A quick and low-tech procedure, IUI is also sometimes referred to as donor insemination, alternative insemination, or artificial insemination. A doctor may recommend IUI if traditional methods have not worked for opposite-sex partners, but the procedure is also an option for single women or same-sex couples.   IUI tends to be less expensive and invasive than solutions like IVF, and therefore tends to be an early option in fertility treatment. While pregnancy…

Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

30 to 50 percent of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. Here’s how to identify the symptoms and figure out your options.   Endometriosis affects 200 million women worldwide and can strike girls as young as age 11. It occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows elsewhere in the body, causing pain and inflammation. Endometriosis is most often found on the outside of the uterus, on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, or even on the bladder or intestines. The result is irritation and discomfort, which worsens along with fluctuations in the menstrual cycle.   The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, especially during sex,…