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Do Fertility Herbs Really Work?

Enhancing Fertility with Alternative Medicine–Do Fertility Herbs Really Work? No valid, conclusive research results exist that supports the efficacy of fertility herbs for enhancing fertility. Fertility herbs such as stinging nettle, red raspberry leaves, red clover blossoms and black cohosh are typically marketed as plant-based or "natural" ways to improve a woman’s ability to conceive. However, most fertility herbs are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain unknown ingredients producing unpleasant or toxic side effects. Also, women or men with fertility problems should have a comprehensive fertility evaluation to determine the cause of infertility instead of taking unsafe fertility herbs. What Fertility Herbs Actually Do…


What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Why Can It Interfere with Fertility?

Women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are suffering reproductive hormone imbalances that prevent eggs from being released while the woman is ovulating. PCOS may also cause eggs to develop abnormally. PCOS is common reason for irregular or missed menstrual periods and for development of microscopic cystic structures within the ovaries. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between five and 10 percent of women (15 to 44 years old) have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Most women do not discover they have PCOS until they visit their doctor after trying to to conceive and failing to get pregnant. Possible Causes of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Although doctors haven’t pinpointed…

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What are the Advantages of Minimal Stimulation IVF

If you’re looking for a more natural and less "medicated" form of in-vitro fertilization, consider minimal stimulation IVF at New York Reproductive Wellness in Jericho, NY.  What Can I Expect with Minimal Stimulation IVF? To increase ovulation, your fertility doctor will proscribe medication to assist your body in releasing more eggs. After allowing time for the eggs to ripen, you’ ll receive an hCG ((human chorionic gonadotropin) shot to further encourage more eggs to be released. Eggs are retrieved for fertilization and later the  embryos are transferred. Comparing Minimal Stimulation IVF  to Conventional IVF Mini IVF is: More affordable Shorter cycled and takes less time Less uncomfortable Less risky, because you won’t receive daily fertility shots, which…

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When Should You Start Considering Fertility Treatment Options?

Thinking about Fertility Treatment Options? Approximately 12 percent of U.S. couples experience infertility, or the inability to conceive within one year of trying to conceive. Achieving pregnancy is a complex process involving multiple factors like the production of viable sperm and healthy ova (eggs), the ability of sperm to reach and fertilize an ovum and the access of the fertilized egg to a woman’s fallopian tubes. In addition, a woman’s hormone consistency must be normal and conducive to allowing the pregnancy to go to full term. Dozens of other conditions exist that could also lead to infertility. In fact, it is not easy to get pregnant! One Year Later and…


Are You a Potential Candidate for Egg Freezing?

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, you might be considering fertility treatment.  In the past decade, egg freezing has grown immensely in popularity.  Reviewing the reasons to opt for this technology can help you decide if you’re a potential candidate. Why Consider Egg Freezing? Because of family-planning options and other issues, many women want to get pregnant but not at the present.  Freezing eggs for use later is one option in these circumstances, the NYU Langone Medical Center reports: Career and financial issues.  Career progression, military deployment, and financial constraints lead many women to postpone pregnancy.  Since the eggs present when a woman is born are all that she will…


Why Use an Ovulation Calendar?

Why should you use an ovulation calendar? In a word: timing. Some couples seem to achieve a pregnancy with no effort. If you’re in the group that needs a bit of help, however, an ovulation calendar is one of the most important tools you can use to help conceive a pregnancy. At New York Reproductive Wellness, we consider an ovulation calendar one of the basics you need to know about. Ovulation Basics The menstrual cycle revolves around ovulation. About once a month, an egg is released from the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus. Unless fertilization occurs, the egg is washed out with the menstrual blood…


Best Fertility Treatment for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) in NY

If you have PCOS, you may have trouble getting pregnant. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome indicates a hormonal imbalance that can interfere with ovulation, causing you to experience irregular or absent menstrual periods. This condition is a common fertility challenge, and our NY expert fertility doctor has had great success in helping women with PCOS to become pregnant. At our NY fertility clinic, we develop an individualized program using natural treatments, and medication where necessary; to ease your PCOS symptoms and help you get pregnant. Here is an outline of our approach to treating PCOS infertility. What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? This condition is a leading cause of infertility, occurring in about 10 percent of women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS typically experience…

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Who is a Good Candidate for IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)?

IUI or intrauterine insemination is one of many fertility treatments available at your Jericho, NY, fertility center and it’s quite popular among patients who visit our clinic. IUI is very effective in achieving pregnancy for the right patient, it’s quick and painless, and it is one of the more affordable options. Still, like most medical treatments it’s not effective (nor is it the best choice) for everyone with an infertility problem. Let’s look at the best candidates to benefit from IUI here at our North Shore, Long Island fertility practice. What is IUI and Who Can It Help? Intrauterine insemination involves inserting sperm into the uterus through a catheter. Our fertility doctor, Dr. Zapantis,…

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Artificial Insemination: Less Invasive, More Affordable Fertility Treatment

Artificial insemination is a popular method to help infertile women or couples to add to their family. Determining whether artificial insemination is the right fertility solution for you, or opting for another fertility treatment entirely, requires expert advice. Your fertility specialist can perform this procedure by inserting sperm into the uterus (called IUI, or intrauterine insemination), which is the most common form of artificial insemination. Here are the basics to help you make a wise fertility treatment choice. Who Can Benefit from Artificial Insemination in NY? Any of the following fertility issues can prevent conception and females may respond well to being artificially inseminated:  Men with low sperm count. Men with low sperm motility (movement). Women with abnormal reproductive anatomy.…

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What Affects the Results of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

For a number of fertility issues, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has proven a very successful type of treatment.  Understanding the factors that contribute to the results IVF produces is important in determining expectations from this therapy. Expected IVF Outcomes IVF is one type of assisted reproductive technology.  It joins a female egg and male sperm in a lab dish.  The term in-vitro means “outside the body”.  IVF includes five steps: Stimulation to foster egg production Retrieval of eggs Insemination and fertilization Embryo culturing Transfer of embryo Fertility clinics customize treatment plans according to each patient’s needs.  According to Medline Plus, while statistics vary among facilities, the overall chances of delivering a…