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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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PCOS

Why Can’t I Get Pregnant with PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility in women 21 to 40 years old. Occurring in about five to seven percent of women during their reproductive years, PCOS reduces the chance for pregnancy by increasing the level of androgens (male hormones) in a woman’s bloodstream. The ovaries produce small amounts of testosterone women need to maintain muscle and bone health. However, too much testosterone will interfere with menstruation and ovulation by disrupting normal levels of estrogen and progesterone. Normal menstrual periods are essential for releasing viable eggs that can be fertilized through sexual intercourse or an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Signs of PCOS One of the first possible…

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How Many Days After IUI or IVF Should You Take a Pregnancy Test?

Many couples struggle with fertility and getting pregnant isn’t as easy as they make it look in the movies. Whether due to trauma, PCOS, or an unknown issue, the result is the same — it can be emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging to face infertility. Fortunately, solutions like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are available, making conception a reality for many couples who haven’t been able to on their own. If you’re dealing with the ups and downs of infertility and have received treatment, the next step is the excruciating wait. How long should you wait after an IUI or IVF to take a pregnancy test?  When…

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Ovulation Induction

When to Take Ovulation Induction

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, about 10% of women in America between the ages of 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. If you struggle with fertility you’re not alone and there are options available to you for enhancing fertility and ideally conceiving with as little medical intervention as possible. Ovulation induction is often the first step to increase fertility, but when should you consider it? Eliminating Other Potential Causes of Infertility If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year unsuccessfully, or six months if you are over the age of 35, consider booking a fertility evaluation.…

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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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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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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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