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Should I Consider Preimplantation Genetic Testing?

Testing for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities can help couples realize their dream of having a child. Couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may decide to have the embryo tested for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Since a healthy embryo increases the chances of a successful pregnancy, couples who have suffered repeated miscarriages may find preimplantation genetic testing worthwhile. A history of miscarriages isn’t the only reason a couple may consider preimplantation genetic testing, however. If several IVF cycles have failed to produce a pregnancy, genetic testing may be recommended. Couples known to carry certain genetic diseases may also benefit from preimplantation testing. Older patients or those with low egg quality would…

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Donor Egg IVF: Here’s What You Need to Know

For some women, becoming pregnant using their own eggs isn’t possible. Fortunately, there are other options. Some women are unable to produce an egg that leads to pregnancy due to various medical reasons. In these cases, donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be a viable option. With donor egg IVF, an egg from a donor is fertilized with the father’s sperm and implanted into the intended mother’s womb. Women experiencing premature menopause, decreased ovarian activity, or poor egg quality are often candidates for a donor egg. Having gone through IVF previously without success, being a known carrier of genetic diseases, and being over the age of 40 also qualify…

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What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy?

Couples unable to conceive because of a serious medical condition or uterine abnormality can still realize their dreams of having a child. Advancements in reproductive care now offer partners hoping to become parents the options of traditional or gestational surrogacy. But how do couples determine which of these treatments is right for them? In short, the difference between the two methods centers on the source of the egg. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate’s egg is used, while gestational surrogacy uses the egg of the mother. Each alternative offers unique benefits as well as some disadvantages. By consulting with a specialist and understanding fully what these options entail, couples can decide…

PCOS

What Is the Main Cause of PCOS?

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a condition where hormonal imbalances cause women to suffer from a variety of health issues and side effects. Women with PCOS may experience unwanted hair growth, irregular periods, weight gain, acne, thinning hair, painful ovarian cysts, and infertility. Explore the causes of PCOS and what treatments may be available. High Insulin Levels Insulin is an important hormone in the body that regulates blood sugar levels. When you eat, your blood sugar raises, which triggers your pancreas to produce insulin to keep blood sugar levels steady. PCOS can be caused by insulin resistance, where the body’s cells do not respond appropriately to insulin. This means…

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How Long Does It Take to Ovulate After an HCG Injection?

HCG injections are a widely used for enhancing fertility. HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a naturally occurring hormone that supports the development of an egg while inside the ovary and triggers the release of the egg when it is ready. Women also produce HCG when they are pregnant and it is the hormone that pregnancy tests check for.  When a woman struggles to become pregnant on her own, HCG injections can help stimulate ovulation. This is a process known as ovulation induction.  What Is Ovulation Induction?  Ovulation induction with HCG can help a woman to ovulate more than once during a single menstrual cycle by stimulating the growth and…

IUI

Can IUI be used after tubal ligation?

A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure meant to permanently prevent pregnancy in women who do not want children. Also referred to as having your "tubes tied", tubal ligations involve a surgeon sealing or clamping shut the fallopian tubes so eggs cannot enter the uterus for the purpose of implantation. Since this surgery stops fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterine wall, intrauterine insemination would not work for women who have had a tubal ligation. Can In Vitro Fertilization Be Used After a Tubal Ligation? IVF therapy involves your doctor prescribing hormone-stimulating drugs to induce ovulation and then removing eggs from your ovaries. Eggs are placed in a lab dish…

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Ovulation Induction vs. IVF

If your fertility evaluation shows you are having problems conceiving due to abnormal hormone levels or other reproductive issues, your doctor may recommend ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) as ways of enhancing fertility. During a fertility evaluation, your doctor will ask about menstrual period irregularities, how long you have been trying to get pregnant and test your blood to determine if hormonal imbalances exist. A pelvic exam may be needed so your doctor can accurately diagnose the cause of infertility. What is Ovulation Induction? When egg development and ovulation is impeded by abnormal hormone levels, your doctor may suggest ovulation induction, or hormonal therapy, to…

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IVF vs. Artificial Insemination: Which is the Best Fertility Treatment Option?

When you’re considering fertility treatments to get pregnant, you may wonder which makes the most sense for you: IVF vs. Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a type of Artificial Insemination and a typical starting point for women seeking fertility treatment. It is a natural method that can save money if successful—so it’s a recommended beginning for many of our patients at New York Reproductive Wellness. What is IUI Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine artificial insemination) is the most common type of artificial Insemination. It offers an economical, relatively uncomplicated, technique to get pregnant for women with unexplained infertility issues or other fertility problems. After ovulation induction and fertility evaluation, we use  your natural cycles (or…

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How IUI Works in for Conception with PCOS

  IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a natural and straightforward starting point to achieve fertility for women with PCOS. In some cases, we need to move on to IVF (in vitro fertilization) for successful conception. Starting with IUI makes sense, however, because it is a natural, fairly uncomplicated fertility option that can work and can also decrease the expense of your fertility treatments. We often recommend IUI fertility treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, and for cases of idiopathic (unexplained) infertility, male infertility and more. The place to begin is with a thorough fertility evaluation at our NY clinic.  What is PCOS? The exact origin of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown but…

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How is Infertility Tested?

Female Infertility According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women trying to get pregnant for at least 12 months without success may be diagnosed with infertility problems by their physician. Fertility specialists also take other factors into consideration when making this diagnosis, such as prior miscarriages, number of previous pregnancies, menstrual period irregularities and whether the woman has a history of vaginal bleeding or pelvic infections. Initial screenings for infertility or conception problems also include physical exams, Pap tests, pelvic ultrasounds/exams and possibly blood tests to determine if hormone abnormalities exist. Blood tests taken between day 22 and day 23 of a woman’s menstrual cycle measures progesterone (a hormone primary…