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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…


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…


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…


Can You Have Twins with IVF?

The American Pregnancy Association suggests that women under the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for over a year, or women over the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for more than six months see a fertility doctor to determine what may be causing a couple to not successfully become pregnant. After thorough testing to determine where the cause of infertility may lie and what treatments may be useful to increase the chances of getting pregnant, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be recommended. Can you have twins with IVF and if so, how common is it? What Is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? In vitro…


How Long Does It Take the Average Couple to Get Pregnant?

It’s not uncommon for couples who start trying for conception to underestimate how long it will take to get pregnant. While some couples do get pregnant quickly, it takes other couples much longer. This is because for ovulation and conception to occur, the conditions have to be just right. Here’s what you need to know about how long it usually takes to get pregnant, how long is too long, and when you should start having the infertility discussion. Conception Timeframes Clearblue has done significant research on how long it takes for the average couple to get pregnant. Their studies indicate that about one-third of healthy couples will conceive during the…

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Why is infertility so common?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  six percent of married women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 are infertile (have tried to get pregnant for at least one year). However, infertility in couples is not always due to the woman having a medical issue. Nearly 35 percent of couples experiencing infertility are traced to male factors (low sperm count, for example) combined with female factors (polycystic ovarian syndrome, diminished ovarian reserve, irregular periods). Only about eight out of every 100 couples with fertility problems discover the cause lies exclusively with the man. What is causing rising infertility rates involving ovulation and conception? Experts point…

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How many eggs do they implant with IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common assisted reproductive technologies chosen by women who want to get pregnant following at least a year of trying to conceive. Following ovulation, a woman’s eggs are retrieved through a minimally invasive procedure and then placed in a laboratory dish to be fertilized. When it is time to transfer the embryo to the uterus, the doctor inserts a catheter-like device into the uterus through which the embryo is then gently transported into the uterus. Two weeks after the IVF procedure, the patient is given a pregnancy test. How Many Eggs are Implanted Using IVF? Although transferring embryos from lab dishes to…

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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…