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How Diet Can Impact Your Fertility

Fertility can be affected by many factors, including age and personal health history. According to a Harvard study, diet can also have an important impact on a couple’s ability to become pregnant. A review of previous studies conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School found a connection between the foods we eat and the ability — or inability — to conceive. These results suggest that many of the 12 to 13 percent of couples who struggle with infertility could increase their chances of becoming pregnant simply by changing their diet.  Let’s take a look at what foods and nutrients can boost…

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How Long Should You Wait to Have Your Fertility Tested?

Generally, couples should wait six months to a year before having their fertility tested. If either couple is experiencing infertility, there are many effective treatments available. Many couples wonder how long it should take to become pregnant. Should they wait three months? Six months? A year?  Although the timetable for every couple is different based on age and health, the general rule is a woman under the age of 35 should try to conceive for a year before she and her partner consult a fertility specialist. The wait period shortens to six months for a woman over the age of 35. In addition to those broad guidelines, a woman who…

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What Does It Mean to Have a Low Ovarian Reserve?

A low ovarian reserve diminishes the odds of becoming pregnant, but a couple can still conceive with the help of fertility treatments. As women age, they tend to lose eggs, which can lead to difficulties becoming pregnant. At birth, a woman may have a million eggs in what is called an “ovarian reserve.” But by their late 30s, women often have only 27,000 eggs. Fewer eggs make conceiving more challenging, especially when women reach their 40s. While a low ovarian reserve lowers the chances of a successful pregnancy, it does not mean a couple can’t conceive a child. Reproductive medicine offers women several options to become pregnant even with a…

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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…

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Is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Painful?

Intrauterine insemination is a simple and generally painless procedure that can help women increase their chances of becoming pregnant.   Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves the chances of fertilization. A quick and low-tech procedure, IUI is also sometimes referred to as donor insemination, alternative insemination, or artificial insemination. A doctor may recommend IUI if traditional methods have not worked for opposite-sex partners, but the procedure is also an option for single women or same-sex couples.   IUI tends to be less expensive and invasive than solutions like IVF, and therefore tends to be an early option in fertility treatment. While pregnancy…

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Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

30 to 50 percent of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. Here’s how to identify the symptoms and figure out your options.   Endometriosis affects 200 million women worldwide and can strike girls as young as age 11. It occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows elsewhere in the body, causing pain and inflammation. Endometriosis is most often found on the outside of the uterus, on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, or even on the bladder or intestines. The result is irritation and discomfort, which worsens along with fluctuations in the menstrual cycle.   The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, especially during sex,…

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Is bed rest required after IUI?

  Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) that introduces concentrated and prepared sperm into a woman’s uterus at an optimal time for fertilization. Since the opening of the uterus (the cervix) makes a good seal against allowing sperm to leak out, there are generally little to no precautions needed after IUI. This applies to in vitro fertilization (IVF) as well. Some women may experience temporary bleeding and cramping following IUI. Resting for a few hours after an IUI can relieve slight bleeding and cramping. However, some precautions are necessary following IUI or IVF to support your general health and the health of the embryo. Eating health foods,…

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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…

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