What Should I Eat During IVF?

Enhancing fertility by eating a healthy diet might sound like a very basic strategy. However, many people don’t really understand how important good nutrition is during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process or other fertility treatments such as ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Here are the basics on how to eat during IVF, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. Eating for Stress Relief The anxiety around conception, fertility evaluation and fertility treatment has a negative impact to your overall health. For example, high stress levels can result in sugar and salt cravings. Increased cortisol levels – cortisol isn’t called the stress hormone for nothing – are what drive those…

Can IVF Be Successful the First Time?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is often chosen by women who want to get pregnant but have been unsuccessful in trying to conceive. Whether the problem is a blocked fallopian tube, ovulation problems or something else, IVF offers a chance for a successful pregnancy. What many don’t realize is that IVF may require several attempts before it is successful. Here are the basics on IVF, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. In Vitro Fertilization IVF is one of several assisted reproduction technologies (ART). The process seems relatively simple on the surface. A woman receives fertility medications – usually Clomid – that stimulate the production of multiple eggs. These eggs are collected,…

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Can you have twins with IVF?

Yes, it is possible you could get pregnant with twins following in vitro fertilization (IVF). Anytime multiple embryos are transferred during an assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedure, the chance for having multiple births exists. However, most pregnancies achieved by IVF or other ART are single pregnancies (about 70 percent). In addition, the transference of one embryo does not necessarily guarantee you can’t have twins since identical twins could occur with IVF. How Could You Have Twins with In Vitro Fertilization? Following ovulation induction with drugs meant to stimulate hormone production, eggs are removed from the ovaries and then fertilized with sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryos developing after being…

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Is IVF treatment painful?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) begins with ovulation induction for enhancing fertility. Fertility medications to promote normal ovulation are administered via injections in your lower abdomen. Any discomfort experienced by these injections is minimal and mostly depends on your tolerance of needles and injections. IVF medications may cause some side effects ranging from period-like cramping, nausea and bloating. Side effects are not painful and generally subside within a few days. In addition, women having intrauterine insemination (IUI) may also need ovulation induction drugs before undergoing this procedure. Is There Pain During Egg Retrieval? When eggs have developed in the ovaries, your fertility doctor will retrieve these eggs during a minimally invasive…

Can You Have Twins with IVF?

The American Pregnancy Association suggests that women under the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for over a year, or women over the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for more than six months see a fertility doctor to determine what may be causing a couple to not successfully become pregnant. After thorough testing to determine where the cause of infertility may lie and what treatments may be useful to increase the chances of getting pregnant, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be recommended. Can you have twins with IVF and if so, how common is it? What Is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? In vitro…

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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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How Long Does it Take for IVF Start to Finish?

In-vitro fertilization provides a successful path to fertility for many women, and having a realistic view of the total length of treatment should make the process less stressful for you as a prospective mom. NY Reproductive Wellness is here to de-mystify the IVF procedure and support your efforts to get pregnant, starting with describing the steps involved in in-vitro fertilization. 1. Diagnosing Infertility To be sure in-vitro treatment is right for you, our fertility specialist will examine you and take your medical history, as well as that of your partner (if applicable). You could be a prime candidate if: Your fallopian tubes are damaged, blocked with scar tissue or absent. (IVF bypasses the tubes completely.) You have endometriosis, where uterine…

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Where Are IVF Injections Given?

IVF, or in-vitro fertilization, is a highly successful method to help couples who struggle with infertility to get pregnant. Although in vitro-fertilization can be an intense and sometimes challenging process, it can be an excellent alternative when ovulation stimulation and intrauterine insemination (IUI) are unsuccessful. Here’s what you should know about IVF injections and what to expect as you go through treatment. Fertility Medications Require Injection Unfortunately, many fertility medications must be injected into the skin or muscle and cannot be taken in pill form. For women who have a fear of needles, this can a significant challenge to overcome. Even most women who do not have a needle phobia…

3D rendering of the icsi(intracytoplasmic sperm injection) process – in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg

How is IVF done step by step?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a safe and effective assisted reproductive technology used by many women who want to get pregnant but have difficulty conceiving. Good candidates for IVF are women with missing or damaged fallopian tubes, suffer from endometrial scarring or have been diagnosed with the polycystic ovarian syndrome. IVF is also the preferred choice of couples involving men with low sperm counts and when infertility exists for no apparent reason. First Step in the IVF Process Several mature, healthy eggs are needed to complete initiate IVF. Stimulating production of a woman’s reproductive hormones begins an IVF procedure, with women needing injections of follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) and/or luteinizing…

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When IVF Doesn’t Work, What’s Next?

Although it can be extremely disappointing, IVF does not always work the first time. However, our fertility doctor will be with you all the way. We can isolate the reason your treatment may have failed, and make corrections to increase your chance of success.  Common Reasons for IVF Failure Learning the reason for fertility treatment failure will help us determine the next steps to help you get pregnant. We may discover: Poor Medication Response: If your body doesn’t respond strongly (and produce enough eggs), we may need to change your fertility meds for another cycle, especially if you have a high FSH (level of follicle stimulating hormone) or you’re in your late 30s. Quality…