What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy?

Couples unable to conceive because of a serious medical condition or uterine abnormality can still realize their dreams of having a child. Advancements in reproductive care now offer partners hoping to become parents the options of traditional or gestational surrogacy. But how do couples determine which of these treatments is right for them? In short, the difference between the two methods centers on the source of the egg. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate’s egg is used, while gestational surrogacy uses the egg of the mother. Each alternative offers unique benefits as well as some disadvantages. By consulting with a specialist and understanding fully what these options entail, couples can decide…


Is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) Painful?

Intrauterine insemination is a simple and generally painless procedure that can help women increase their chances of becoming pregnant.   Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that improves the chances of fertilization. A quick and low-tech procedure, IUI is also sometimes referred to as donor insemination, alternative insemination, or artificial insemination. A doctor may recommend IUI if traditional methods have not worked for opposite-sex partners, but the procedure is also an option for single women or same-sex couples.   IUI tends to be less expensive and invasive than solutions like IVF, and therefore tends to be an early option in fertility treatment. While pregnancy…


Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

30 to 50 percent of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. Here’s how to identify the symptoms and figure out your options.   Endometriosis affects 200 million women worldwide and can strike girls as young as age 11. It occurs when tissue similar to the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows elsewhere in the body, causing pain and inflammation. Endometriosis is most often found on the outside of the uterus, on the ovaries or fallopian tubes, or even on the bladder or intestines. The result is irritation and discomfort, which worsens along with fluctuations in the menstrual cycle.   The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, especially during sex,…

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Is bed rest required after IUI?

  Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) that introduces concentrated and prepared sperm into a woman’s uterus at an optimal time for fertilization. Since the opening of the uterus (the cervix) makes a good seal against allowing sperm to leak out, there are generally little to no precautions needed after IUI. This applies to in vitro fertilization (IVF) as well. Some women may experience temporary bleeding and cramping following IUI. Resting for a few hours after an IUI can relieve slight bleeding and cramping. However, some precautions are necessary following IUI or IVF to support your general health and the health of the embryo. Eating health foods,…

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What Should I Eat During IVF?

Enhancing fertility by eating a healthy diet might sound like a very basic strategy. However, many people don’t really understand how important good nutrition is during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process or other fertility treatments such as ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Here are the basics on how to eat during IVF, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. Eating for Stress Relief The anxiety around conception, fertility evaluation and fertility treatment has a negative impact to your overall health. For example, high stress levels can result in sugar and salt cravings. Increased cortisol levels – cortisol isn’t called the stress hormone for nothing – are what drive those…

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How can I make myself more fertile?

Pregnancy is achieved when women experience normal hormonal cycles approximately 28 to 31 days long, during which time ovulation and fertilization occurs. Most women are highly fertile for about five days per each cycle but this period of fertility differs significantly among reproductive-age women. Infertility is commonly caused by disruptions in the hormonal cycle that prevent ovulation from taking place. In some cases, minor problems with hormone production may be reduced by making slight modifications to your lifestyle. Assisted reproductive technologies like ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) can also help you get pregnant if infertility persists. Healthy Eating Habits Can Boost Fertility Zinc, iron, vitamin…

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Can IVF Be Successful the First Time?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is often chosen by women who want to get pregnant but have been unsuccessful in trying to conceive. Whether the problem is a blocked fallopian tube, ovulation problems or something else, IVF offers a chance for a successful pregnancy. What many don’t realize is that IVF may require several attempts before it is successful. Here are the basics on IVF, courtesy of New York Reproductive Wellness. In Vitro Fertilization IVF is one of several assisted reproduction technologies (ART). The process seems relatively simple on the surface. A woman receives fertility medications – usually Clomid – that stimulate the production of multiple eggs. These eggs are collected,…

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What are the Signs of Not Being Able to Have a Baby?

Are you dealing with infertility, or should you just keep on trying to conceive? If it seems like it’s taking too long to conceive naturally, you may wonder if there could be some sort of problem, preventing you from getting pregnant. Here we’ll discuss when to see a fertility specialist–and what treatments, like ovulation induction, could help you get pregnant.  How To Tell If You Might Need Fertility Treatment Here are some signs that you need a fertility expert to help you achieve conception. See the fertility specialist right away if: You’re 40 or over. You will probably need fertility treatments to achieve conception, since both egg quality and quantity decrease. You’re under…

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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…