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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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How can I make myself more fertile?

Pregnancy is achieved when women experience normal hormonal cycles approximately 28 to 31 days long, during which time ovulation and fertilization occurs. Most women are highly fertile for about five days per each cycle but this period of fertility differs significantly among reproductive-age women. Infertility is commonly caused by disruptions in the hormonal cycle that prevent ovulation from taking place. In some cases, minor problems with hormone production may be reduced by making slight modifications to your lifestyle. Assisted reproductive technologies like ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) can also help you get pregnant if infertility persists. Healthy Eating Habits Can Boost Fertility Zinc, iron, vitamin…

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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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What are the Signs of Not Being Able to Have a Baby?

Are you dealing with infertility, or should you just keep on trying to conceive? If it seems like it’s taking too long to conceive naturally, you may wonder if there could be some sort of problem, preventing you from getting pregnant. Here we’ll discuss when to see a fertility specialist–and what treatments, like ovulation induction, could help you get pregnant.  How To Tell If You Might Need Fertility Treatment Here are some signs that you need a fertility expert to help you achieve conception. See the fertility specialist right away if: You’re 40 or over. You will probably need fertility treatments to achieve conception, since both egg quality and quantity decrease. You’re under…

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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…

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How soon after IUI can you feel pregnancy symptoms?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of assisted reproductive technology women turn to when they cannot get pregnant due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovulation disorders, cervical/uterine abnormalities or endometriosis. Intrauterine insemination involves insertion of sperm directly into the uterus using a catheter-like device. If successful, the first sign of pregnancy could be as early as two or three weeks from the time of embryo implantation. How Early Can an IUI Pregnancy be Confirmed with a Blood Test? Your fertility doctor will want you to wait at least 14 to 20 days after an IUI before ordering a blood test. Some women may be experiencing physical signs of pregnancy at…

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How Can a Woman Tell If She’s Infertile?

The National Infertility Association reports that one in eight women has difficulty with conception or staying pregnant once conception occurs. Of couples who struggle with infertility, a third of them are attributed to the woman and a third to the man. The last third is attributed to fertility problems with both partners or is unexplained. Nearly 12% of women will receive fertility services within their lifetime.  With infertility a common issue, how can women know if they’re infertile? Getting Pregnant May Take Longer Than You Think First, it’s important to understand that even if getting pregnant is taking longer than you think, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re infertile. According…

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Is PCOS a Lifelong Disease?

PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that occurs in women of reproductive age. In addition to causing a number of other symptoms, it can affect fertility and the ability to carry a pregnancy to term. While the disorder cannot be cured, it can be managed by experts like those at New York Reproductive Wellness. About PCOS Polycystic ovarian syndrome – the name comes from a tendency to form cysts in the ovaries – is a life-long disorder that has a genetic basis. It may occur in as many as one of 10 women, according to the Center for Young Women’s Health. While all women produce small amounts…

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