How can I make myself more fertile?

Pregnancy is achieved when women experience normal hormonal cycles approximately 28 to 31 days long, during which time ovulation and fertilization occurs. Most women are highly fertile for about five days per each cycle but this period of fertility differs significantly among reproductive-age women. Infertility is commonly caused by disruptions in the hormonal cycle that prevent ovulation from taking place. In some cases, minor problems with hormone production may be reduced by making slight modifications to your lifestyle. Assisted reproductive technologies like ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) can also help you get pregnant if infertility persists. Healthy Eating Habits Can Boost Fertility Zinc, iron, vitamin…

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What are the Signs of Not Being Able to Have a Baby?

Are you dealing with infertility, or should you just keep on trying to conceive? If it seems like it’s taking too long to conceive naturally, you may wonder if there could be some sort of problem, preventing you from getting pregnant. Here we’ll discuss when to see a fertility specialist–and what treatments, like ovulation induction, could help you get pregnant.  How To Tell If You Might Need Fertility Treatment Here are some signs that you need a fertility expert to help you achieve conception. See the fertility specialist right away if: You’re 40 or over. You will probably need fertility treatments to achieve conception, since both egg quality and quantity decrease. You’re under…

How Can a Woman Tell If She’s Infertile?

The National Infertility Association reports that one in eight women has difficulty with conception or staying pregnant once conception occurs. Of couples who struggle with infertility, a third of them are attributed to the woman and a third to the man. The last third is attributed to fertility problems with both partners or is unexplained. Nearly 12% of women will receive fertility services within their lifetime.  With infertility a common issue, how can women know if they’re infertile? Getting Pregnant May Take Longer Than You Think First, it’s important to understand that even if getting pregnant is taking longer than you think, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re infertile. According…

How Long Does It Take the Average Couple to Get Pregnant?

It’s not uncommon for couples who start trying for conception to underestimate how long it will take to get pregnant. While some couples do get pregnant quickly, it takes other couples much longer. This is because for ovulation and conception to occur, the conditions have to be just right. Here’s what you need to know about how long it usually takes to get pregnant, how long is too long, and when you should start having the infertility discussion. Conception Timeframes Clearblue has done significant research on how long it takes for the average couple to get pregnant. Their studies indicate that about one-third of healthy couples will conceive during the…

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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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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…

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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,…