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What Are Infertility Symptoms in Men and Women?

Conception may not come easily for some couples, and infertility struggles can be frustrating and heartbreaking. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 15% of couples are infertile. Fortunately, medicine has evolved enough to offer couples many different options to get pregnant with helpful procedures like ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Learn what the symptoms of infertility are for men and women and how to get help if you suspect you may be struggling with conception. Infertility Symptoms in Men Many men are surprised at how common male infertility is. According to the American Pregnancy Association, male infertility factors contribute to 30% of all cases…

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Infertility: Causes, diagnosis, risks, and treatments

The leading cause of infertility is ovulation disorders involving infrequent or absent ovulation. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothalamic dysfunction (inability of the pituitary gland to produce hormones stimulating ovulation) and premature ovarian failure (premature egg loss due to genetics or an autoimmune response) are some conditions underlying ovulation disorders. Other reasons for infertility include blocked/damaged fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, polyps, endometriosis, and cervical/uterine cancer. In some cases, women who want to get pregnant but can’t suffer unexplained fertility that prevents conception. When an ovulation disorder is responsible for infertility, ovulation induction, IUI or IVF procedures can help a woman get pregnant. How is Infertility Diagnosed? Your fertility doctor uses several…

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Can sperm cause ovulation?

In a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have discovered what may be an ovulation induction factor (OIF) in semen. Women, like most female mammals, are spontaneous ovulators, which means eggs are released regularly regardless of sexual activity. Other mammals like rabbits and camels, release eggs only when hormones are released in response to the physical stimulation of sexual intercourse. They are referred to as "induced ovulators". New research results now indicate that human semen may have an OIF that could lead to enhancing the fertility of certain women experiencing problems getting pregnant. Why Do Scientists Think Sperm May Hold Ovulation Induction Properties? After…

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Can Infertility Be Reversed?

Many couples who have problems with conception feel isolated – like they’re the only ones dealing with difficulty getting pregnant. In fact, infertility is surprisingly common. Studies show about 10 percent of couples have problems getting pregnant. Studies also show about a third of all infertility issues are related to the female partner, about a third are related to the male partner, and the remaining third have unknown causes. The good news: In nearly all cases, there are effective treatment options that can help couples overcome or reverse infertility so they can get pregnant and start or expand their families. State-of-the-Art Fertility Treatment in NYC At New York Reproductive Wellness,…

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Best Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

If you’d like to add to your family but have not been able to get pregnant, it may be time to consider infertility treatment. Medical treatments such as ovulation Induction can help increase the likelihood of conception. IVF (in-vitro fertilization) is one of the most popular fertility treatment options, with an excellent track record of helping women get pregnant. Many patients begin with IUI (intrauterine insemination), however, since this method can be quicker and less expensive. The decision as to which fertility treatment path is right for you is a very individualized one. Before beginning your fertility treatment journey, choose a noted fertility expert in NY to carefully guide your treatment, based on your…

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What Does It Mean to be an Induced Ovulator?

Many women have difficulty conceiving a child because they have anovulation. Simply put, they don’t ovulate, or if they do, their menstrual cycles are extremely irregular.  Anovulation occurs for many reasons, but polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common reason why women don’t produce and release an oocyte every month. In these cases, fertility doctors use ovulation induction to prompt a woman’s ovaries to grow and release a mature egg. The treatment protocol is successful in promoting a woman’s body to release an egg in 75 percent of cases. By enhancing fertility in this way, there’s a better overall chance of a sperm fertilizing an egg, resulting in pregnancy. However, be aware that…

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Why Infertility Treatments are Important

When a couple is trying to get pregnant, excitement and anticipation over the prospect of conception can lead to unhappiness when infertility is a problem. The emotional aspects of infertility can be very difficult to deal with, as both partners grieve the loss. Infertility treatment can help about half of all those couples achieve a pregnancy. Treatment may also be important for other reasons, according to New York Reproductive Wellness. The Problem of Infertility Approximately 1.3 million patients in the US receive infertility treatment each year, according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Fertility problems can occur in both women and men; sometimes it is a joint problem. In other…

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Are You a good candidate for Ovulation Induction?

Infertility is often caused by disorders interfering with the ability of a woman to ovulate. Polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, stress and hormone imbalance are common causes of anovulation. Following a fertility evaluation, women found to have problems ovulating may be prescribed ovulation induction medications for enhancing fertility by stimulating the production of viable eggs. In some cases, a fertility doctor may complement ovulation induction with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) to further improve a woman’s chance of conceiving. Who are Good Candidates for Ovulation Induction? Women with infrequent ovulation, anovulation or unexplained infertility even though they ovulate regularly benefit the most from ovulation induction. Women with the…

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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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What Causes Infertility?

One of the most stressful events a couple can experience is infertility.  Understanding the potential causes of their failure to achieve conception helps them realize that they are not alone and that individualized care is the foundation of their journey to parenthood. Overview Many individuals planning to have children but who have not achieved conception are surprised to learn how common their problem is.  Around 20 percent of U.S. couples seek medical care to achieve a pregnancy, according to Stanford University. Only about half of those trying to get pregnant conceive easily.  Around 10 percent of couples who are of reproductive age prove involuntarily infertile.  Physicians identify an infertile male…