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How soon after IUI can you feel pregnancy symptoms?

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a type of assisted reproductive technology women turn to when they cannot get pregnant due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovulation disorders, cervical/uterine abnormalities or endometriosis. Intrauterine insemination involves insertion of sperm directly into the uterus using a catheter-like device. If successful, the first sign of pregnancy could be as early as two or three weeks from the time of embryo implantation. How Early Can an IUI Pregnancy be Confirmed with a Blood Test? Your fertility doctor will want you to wait at least 14 to 20 days after an IUI before ordering a blood test. Some women may be experiencing physical signs of pregnancy at…

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How Can a Woman Tell If She’s Infertile?

The National Infertility Association reports that one in eight women has difficulty with conception or staying pregnant once conception occurs. Of couples who struggle with infertility, a third of them are attributed to the woman and a third to the man. The last third is attributed to fertility problems with both partners or is unexplained. Nearly 12% of women will receive fertility services within their lifetime.  With infertility a common issue, how can women know if they’re infertile? Getting Pregnant May Take Longer Than You Think First, it’s important to understand that even if getting pregnant is taking longer than you think, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re infertile. According…

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Is PCOS a Lifelong Disease?

PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that occurs in women of reproductive age. In addition to causing a number of other symptoms, it can affect fertility and the ability to carry a pregnancy to term. While the disorder cannot be cured, it can be managed by experts like those at New York Reproductive Wellness. About PCOS Polycystic ovarian syndrome – the name comes from a tendency to form cysts in the ovaries – is a life-long disorder that has a genetic basis. It may occur in as many as one of 10 women, according to the Center for Young Women’s Health. While all women produce small amounts…

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Can You Have Twins with IVF?

The American Pregnancy Association suggests that women under the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for over a year, or women over the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for more than six months see a fertility doctor to determine what may be causing a couple to not successfully become pregnant. After thorough testing to determine where the cause of infertility may lie and what treatments may be useful to increase the chances of getting pregnant, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be recommended. Can you have twins with IVF and if so, how common is it? What Is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? In vitro…

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How Long Does It Take the Average Couple to Get Pregnant?

It’s not uncommon for couples who start trying for conception to underestimate how long it will take to get pregnant. While some couples do get pregnant quickly, it takes other couples much longer. This is because for ovulation and conception to occur, the conditions have to be just right. Here’s what you need to know about how long it usually takes to get pregnant, how long is too long, and when you should start having the infertility discussion. Conception Timeframes Clearblue has done significant research on how long it takes for the average couple to get pregnant. Their studies indicate that about one-third of healthy couples will conceive during the…

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Why is infertility so common?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  six percent of married women in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 are infertile (have tried to get pregnant for at least one year). However, infertility in couples is not always due to the woman having a medical issue. Nearly 35 percent of couples experiencing infertility are traced to male factors (low sperm count, for example) combined with female factors (polycystic ovarian syndrome, diminished ovarian reserve, irregular periods). Only about eight out of every 100 couples with fertility problems discover the cause lies exclusively with the man. What is causing rising infertility rates involving ovulation and conception? Experts point…

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How many eggs do they implant with IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common assisted reproductive technologies chosen by women who want to get pregnant following at least a year of trying to conceive. Following ovulation, a woman’s eggs are retrieved through a minimally invasive procedure and then placed in a laboratory dish to be fertilized. When it is time to transfer the embryo to the uterus, the doctor inserts a catheter-like device into the uterus through which the embryo is then gently transported into the uterus. Two weeks after the IVF procedure, the patient is given a pregnancy test. How Many Eggs are Implanted Using IVF? Although transferring embryos from lab dishes to…

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Can you get pregnant naturally at 43?

Female fetuses have over six million eggs in their ovaries while still inside their mother’s uterus. When a fetus is about five months old, her eggs start disintegrating. At birth, girls typically have about two million eggs in their ovaries. Atrophy of eggs continues throughout puberty, leaving women of reproductive age with around 300,000 eggs. During the final years of perimenopause (between 45 and 50), many of a woman’s remaining eggs cannot be fertilized because they are not viable. In addition, some of these last few eggs have begun atrophying. That’s why the chance of miscarriage or having a child with a chromosomal disorder increases significantly for women in their…

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Why Can’t I Get Pregnant with PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility in women 21 to 40 years old. Occurring in about five to seven percent of women during their reproductive years, PCOS reduces the chance for pregnancy by increasing the level of androgens (male hormones) in a woman’s bloodstream. The ovaries produce small amounts of testosterone women need to maintain muscle and bone health. However, too much testosterone will interfere with menstruation and ovulation by disrupting normal levels of estrogen and progesterone. Normal menstrual periods are essential for releasing viable eggs that can be fertilized through sexual intercourse or an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Signs of PCOS One of the first possible…

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How Many Days After IUI or IVF Should You Take a Pregnancy Test?

Many couples struggle with fertility and getting pregnant isn’t as easy as they make it look in the movies. Whether due to trauma, PCOS, or an unknown issue, the result is the same — it can be emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging to face infertility. Fortunately, solutions like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) are available, making conception a reality for many couples who haven’t been able to on their own. If you’re dealing with the ups and downs of infertility and have received treatment, the next step is the excruciating wait. How long should you wait after an IUI or IVF to take a pregnancy test?  When…

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