PCOS

How can I ovulate with PCOS?

If you suffer from the polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, you may not ovulate regularly. Without a healthy ovulation, you cannot get pregnant on your own. Fortunately, it is possible to ovulate even when you have PCOS  with the right treatment.  What Is PCOS? PCOS  is a common condition that affects as many as one in 10 women during their childbearing years. It occurs when the reproductive hormones are out of balance, which leads to problems with the menstrual cycle. PCOS may cause the egg not to develop properly, or it may not be released at all during the cycle. For many women, this condition makes it difficult to get pregnant. …

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Egg Freezing

How successful is egg freezing?

What is Egg Freezing and Why Is It Done? Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) involves the extraction of a woman’s viable eggs, freezing of those eggs and storing of eggs for the purpose of preserving them for future implantation. Before freezing eggs, your fertility specialist will evaluate your ovarian reserve to determine how many eggs are produced during your cycle. Assessments include pelvic ultrasounds and blood tests that also help decide how much fertility medication may be needed to boost egg production. Injectable hormone medications are given to stimulate the ovaries. Finally, fluid contained in ovarian follicles and oocytes are vaginally aspirated (removed). Egg maturity is microscopically assessed. Eggs that are…

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Egg Freezing

How Safe Is Egg Freezing

Egg freezing is a popular solution for fertility problems and it is very safe for good candidates. In fact, our fertility doctor would only recommend freezing your eggs if it is a safe option for you, in his medical opinion. A noted fertility expert, Dr. Zapantis will carefully guide you through your fertility journey and explain all risks involved. At NY Reproductive Wellness, we have a number of fertility treatments and options available, so that we can find the best solution for each patient. That said, every medical treatment has risks, including egg freezing, and all can experience complications. Who is the Best Candidate for Successful Egg Freezing? The best candidates…

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Embryo Freezing

Egg Freezing vs. Embryo Freezing

If you are considering IVF, you will have a variety of options available. The way in which you choose to proceed may determine your chances of success, as well as the procedures required to complete your treatment. In cases where you aren’t ready to attempt pregnancy immediately, or if you have extra eggs you want to save, you may consider egg freezing or embryo freezing. Each of these options offers different advantages.  IVF Basics IVF is a procedure that works by combining an egg and sperm in the laboratory, allowing the embryo to develop for a few days, and then placing it inside the mother’s uterus. IVF can be performed with…

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Egg Freezing

How Effective is Egg Freezing?

Before getting started on your egg freezing journey, you’re naturally wondering about effectiveness. Although every woman and every situation are unique, there are some general statistics about the success rates of egg freezing to preserve your fertility options. First, it’s wise to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Secondly, as you might imagine, “the earlier, the better” your chances for pregnancy through egg vitrification (freezing). Finally, choosing a NY fertility clinic with a solid record of success will help ensure you enjoy a smooth egg (oocyte) freezing process, in a high-tech and supportive environment.  Female Fertility Basics If you are a healthy female under 40 years…

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Egg Freezing

How Does Egg Freezing Work?

Egg freezing is a high-tech, yet natural, option to extend fertility. Also called OCV (oocyte cryopreservation vitrification), the procedure allows women to have children at an older age, using the highest quality eggs produced during their younger, most-fertile years. By preserving eggs produced in a woman’s twenties or thirties, egg freezing lets women enlarge their family at a time of their choosing. The egg vitrification process greatly increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and producing a healthy newborn. How to Stop the Ticking Clock of Fertility with Egg Freezing Women produce healthier ova (eggs) in their earlier years, in their twenties or thirties, but this is not always the best time…

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IVF

How Does IVF Work?

Infertility is the inability for a woman to get pregnant after 12 months of having unprotected sexual intercourse. Fortunately, a wide variety of effective fertility treatments exist that can either stimulate ovulation, introduce sperm into the uterus to facilitate fertilization (intrauterine insemination or IUI) or develop an embryo outside the womb that can then be placed inside a woman’s uterus. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a commonly performed assisted reproductive technology procedure involving fertilization of the egg by sperm in a special, laboratory container.  IVF is completed in four steps: Stimulation of the Ovaries Before an IVF procedure, women receive a series of hormone injections to trigger ovaries into producing…

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Fertility Doctor

When To See a Doctor About Infertility

When you decide that you want to get pregnant, it is natural to feel impatient. However, most couples will be able to conceive on their own within a few months. Unfortunately, for some couples, conception takes longer. If you have been trying to conceive without any luck, you may wonder when you should consider consulting a fertility doctor.  Understanding Infertility You may be diagnosed with infertility if you are unable to get pregnant within a specific amount of time, or if you are able to get pregnant but suffer from recurrent miscarriages. Infertility may result from a number of different causes. In some cases, a couple is infertile because of…

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Ovulation Induction

Ovulation Induction vs. IVF

If your fertility evaluation shows you are having problems conceiving due to abnormal hormone levels or other reproductive issues, your doctor may recommend ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) as ways of enhancing fertility. During a fertility evaluation, your doctor will ask about menstrual period irregularities, how long you have been trying to get pregnant and test your blood to determine if hormonal imbalances exist. A pelvic exam may be needed so your doctor can accurately diagnose the cause of infertility. What is Ovulation Induction? When egg development and ovulation is impeded by abnormal hormone levels, your doctor may suggest ovulation induction, or hormonal therapy, to…

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PCOS

How is PCOS Diagnosed?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects women suffering hormonal imbalances involving lutenizing hormone, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone and several other hormones. The primary consequence of PCOS is ovarian dysfunction that interferes with development and release of eggs during ovulation. This often causes infertility which sends many women to their doctor for a fertility evaluation. In addition to infertility, symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth on the body, acne outbreaks, weight gain and development of skin tags. Diagnosing PCOS No specific test is available to diagnose the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Instead, your doctor will ask about your health history, weight issues and regularity of your menstrual periods. Additionally, your…

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