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What Causes Infertility in Males?

For many couples, reproduction is a natural and simple process. Some couples though find it difficult to achieve. While female infertility can be the cause of a couple not being able to get pregnant, about 30 percent of infertility problems are a result of male infertility. Sperm Quality and Count Poor sperm quality and low sperm counts account for over 90 percent of the cases of male infertility. If the number of sperm a man ejaculates is of poor quality or low in sperm count, it can be challenging,  and sometimes not possible, for him to do his part in creating a pregnancy after ovulation induction. In order to produce…


How Successful is Natural Cycle IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a common approach for individuals dealing with fertility issues. There are multiple forms of IVF, including conventional IVF and natural cycle IVF. Both involve the fertilization of an egg in the laboratory before insertion into the uterus. Understanding the success rate of natural cycle IVF can help you make the most informed choice the fertility treatment that maximizes the likelihood that you will get pregnant. What Is Natural Cycle IVF? Conventional IVF involves the administration of fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce excess eggs. Multiple eggs are typically harvested, and the healthiest are chosen to undergo in vitro fertilization. Once fertilized, one…

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What to Expect From an IUI

Fertility problems affect approximately 6% of couples in the United States. Couples who have had months of unprotected sex without getting pregnant may benefit from a comprehensive fertility evaluation. One common fertility treatment is intrauterine insemination, also known as IUI. Learn what to expect from an IUI to prepare for your appointment. What Is IUI? Intrauterine insemination is a form of artificial insemination that is commonly used to treat infertility. The procedure involves placement of sperm directly into the uterus. The procedure is timed to match the window in which your ovary releases one or multiple eggs to be fertilized. The IUI procedure allows sperm to enter the fallopian tube,…

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What Causes Infertility?

One of the most stressful events a couple can experience is infertility.  Understanding the potential causes of their failure to achieve conception helps them realize that they are not alone and that individualized care is the foundation of their journey to parenthood. Overview Many individuals planning to have children but who have not achieved conception are surprised to learn how common their problem is.  Around 20 percent of U.S. couples seek medical care to achieve a pregnancy, according to Stanford University. Only about half of those trying to get pregnant conceive easily.  Around 10 percent of couples who are of reproductive age prove involuntarily infertile.  Physicians identify an infertile male…

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How Does Ovulation Induction Work?

A number of factors can cause infertility.  One of the most common for women is ovulation that occurs infrequently or is absent.  One type of therapy used to treat these problems and to improve pregnancy rates is ovulation induction.  Enhancing Fertility with Induction Treatments for missing or infrequent ovulation include hormone therapy such as levothyroxine and fertility drugs.  The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center cites clomiphene citrate, typically sold as Seraphene® and Clomid®, as a common fertility medication.  It tricks the body into perceiving low levels of estrogen.  This causes the manufacture of additional follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).  The result is superovulation, or releasing multiple eggs during a…


How to Increase Chances of Getting Pregnant After 35

Getting pregnant after the age of 35 is usually more difficult than trying to conceive in your 20s or early 30s. However, it isn’t impossible. Older women trying to conceive have several options to improve their chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Below is some basic information about getting pregnant over the age of 35 and what you can do to make success more likely.  Why Is It Hard to Get Pregnant after 35? As you get older, the number of eggs in your ovaries decreases. The quality of the remaining eggs also declines. Both of these factors make it harder for you to conceive in the first place. In…

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Can Acupuncture Help Fertility PCOS?

Is Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility a Viable Alternative to IVF? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting women with fertility problems. PCOS causes the ovaries to enlarge abnormally and develop small cysts containing immature eggs. In addition, PCOS stimulates excess production of androgens (male hormones) that are eventually converted into estrogen. Higher than normal levels of male hormones interfere with the release and development of healthy eggs (ovulation). Missed or irregular periods, infertility, weight gain and mood swings are some symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Most women discover they have PCOS during a fertility evaluation or medical exam given by their primary…

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7 Ways to Boost Your Fertility

Trying to conceive is an exciting time for most couples, but it can also become frustrating quickly if you feel like you aren’t making any progress. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to boost your fertility and increase your chances of conception.  1. Reduce your intake of caffeine.  According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, increased intake of caffeine is associated with a decreased rate of conception. Reducing the amount of caffeine you consume may help you to get pregnant faster.  2. Get plenty of sleep.  Failing to get enough sleep may decrease your fertility. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of restful sleep each…

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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…