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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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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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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…

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Do You Have Periods if You’re Infertile?

The short answer to this question is yes. You can certainly struggle with infertility and still have a period every month. Most fertility problems arise from an ovulation disorder that could influence your period. But your struggles with conception could be caused by other factors. Reasons for Infertility  There are a variety of reasons you may not be able to get pregnant but still, have a period.  For example, a chronic health condition like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or rheumatoid arthritis may make it difficult to become pregnant.  Other reasons you might have difficulty getting pregnant, but still have a period include: Endometriosis, Being significantly overweight or underweight, Blocked fallopian…

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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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Ovulation Symptoms: 7 Signs of Ovulation

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s important to know the signs of ovulation. That way, you can time intercourse to increase your chances of conception. What is ovulation? Ovulation is the process of an ovary releasing an egg. After release, the egg travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus. If the egg is fertilized by a sperm during the journey to the uterus, pregnancy may occur. Ovulation typically occurs during a 24-hour time frame, but a sperm has six days to reach the egg for fertilization. Women who have 28-day menstrual cycles will ovulation around day 14.  However, that doesn’t mean ovulation will always occur on that day.…

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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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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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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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How serious is PCOS and what does it mean for me?

Characterized by excess amounts of testosterone in the bloodstream, menstrual abnormalities, and infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is commonly diagnosed in women between 18 and 45 years of age. Other symptoms of PCOS include the development of insulin resistance, weight gain unrelated to dietary changes, hirsutism (overgrowth of body hair) and acne on the back and face. While PCOS can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes, complications arising from insulin resistance and weight gain (specifically diabetes and cardiovascular disease), pose a serious health issue for women who with undiagnosed and untreated PCOS. In many cases, women do not know they are polycystic ovarian syndrome until they visit their doctor…

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