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…


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…

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…

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…


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…


IVF vs. Artificial Insemination: Which is the Best Fertility Treatment Option?

When you’re considering fertility treatments to get pregnant, you may wonder which makes the most sense for you: IVF vs. Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a type of Artificial Insemination and a typical starting point for women seeking fertility treatment. It is a natural method that can save money if successful—so it’s a recommended beginning for many of our patients at New York Reproductive Wellness. What is IUI Artificial Insemination? IUI (intrauterine artificial insemination) is the most common type of artificial Insemination. It offers an economical, relatively uncomplicated, technique to get pregnant for women with unexplained infertility issues or other fertility problems. After ovulation induction and fertility evaluation, we use  your natural cycles (or…

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How IUI Works in for Conception with PCOS

  IUI (intrauterine insemination) is a natural and straightforward starting point to achieve fertility for women with PCOS. In some cases, we need to move on to IVF (in vitro fertilization) for successful conception. Starting with IUI makes sense, however, because it is a natural, fairly uncomplicated fertility option that can work and can also decrease the expense of your fertility treatments. We often recommend IUI fertility treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, and for cases of idiopathic (unexplained) infertility, male infertility and more. The place to begin is with a thorough fertility evaluation at our NY clinic.  What is PCOS? The exact origin of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown but…

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How is Infertility Tested?

Female Infertility According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women trying to get pregnant for at least 12 months without success may be diagnosed with infertility problems by their physician. Fertility specialists also take other factors into consideration when making this diagnosis, such as prior miscarriages, number of previous pregnancies, menstrual period irregularities and whether the woman has a history of vaginal bleeding or pelvic infections. Initial screenings for infertility or conception problems also include physical exams, Pap tests, pelvic ultrasounds/exams and possibly blood tests to determine if hormone abnormalities exist. Blood tests taken between day 22 and day 23 of a woman’s menstrual cycle measures progesterone (a hormone primary…

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How Long Does Ovulation Induction Take

Infertility is a challenging journey, and it can be confusing to sift through the array of possible treatment options. One of the first treatments recommended by many fertility doctors is ovulation induction. This procedure involves taking medication to tell your ovaries to produce an egg. It can be an effective intervention for women who have difficulty conceiving. Read more about how long ovulation induction takes and the timeline for undergoing this fertility treatment. What Is Ovulation Induction? Ovulation is the process by which the ovaries release an egg, providing a window of opportunity for fertilization to occur. In healthy women, ovulation occurs once per menstrual cycle. For women struggling with…

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How Successful is Ovulation Induction?

Ovulation induction can be very successful for properly selected patients. In fact, ovulation induction can help a woman achieve normal rates of fertility. The key to success is choosing a NY fertility specialist and clinic. The best fertility clinics will first conduct a detailed exam and testing to ensure you are a good candidate for this particular type of fertility treatment. If this particular treatment is not ideal for you, we have other methods of enhancing fertility. The Crucial First Step to Fertility: Expert Fertility Evaluation Before recommending the best fertility treatment to help you add to your family, your fertility doctor should conduct a comprehensive fertility evaluation. Top fertility…