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IUI Versus IVF: Fertility Treatment Pros and Cons

As a woman dealing with fertility problems, it’s good to have a variety of advanced medical options to help you get pregnant. However, there is a downside to having many options: the confusion and stress that comes from trying to choose the right path for you. That’s why it’s crucial to have an expert fertility doctor at your side to guide you to your best solution to treat infertility. IVF or IUI can both work with minor male factor infertility and/or female infertility due to unknown causes. Both can work with donated sperm and/or eggs, and for LGBTQ couples. Here’s how IUI and IVF work, how they differ, and when each is best. Understanding IUI Infertility Treatment Often the first-line treatment for…

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What Does It Mean to be an Induced Ovulator?

Many women have difficulty conceiving a child because they have anovulation. Simply put, they don’t ovulate, or if they do, their menstrual cycles are extremely irregular.  Anovulation occurs for many reasons, but polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common reason why women don’t produce and release an oocyte every month. In these cases, fertility doctors use ovulation induction to prompt a woman’s ovaries to grow and release a mature egg. The treatment protocol is successful in promoting a woman’s body to release an egg in 75 percent of cases. By enhancing fertility in this way, there’s a better overall chance of a sperm fertilizing an egg, resulting in pregnancy. However, be aware that…

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Foods to Avoid to Lessen Symptoms of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that can make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise and diet are vital to lessening the symptoms of PCOS and preventing obesity.  Women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin, a hormone that helps turn the sugar you eat into energy. PCOS also causes women to be insulin resistant, meaning your body doesn’t use the insulin it creates. The result are symptoms like: Body hair growth, Acne, Polycystic ovaries, Infertility, Irregular menstruation, Increased hunger, High cholesterol, Weight gain. Link Between Food and Insulin Since polycystic ovary syndrome is linked to insulin resistance, look for foods that do not cause a big spike…

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Why Infertility Treatments are Important

When a couple is trying to get pregnant, excitement and anticipation over the prospect of conception can lead to unhappiness when infertility is a problem. The emotional aspects of infertility can be very difficult to deal with, as both partners grieve the loss. Infertility treatment can help about half of all those couples achieve a pregnancy. Treatment may also be important for other reasons, according to New York Reproductive Wellness. The Problem of Infertility Approximately 1.3 million patients in the US receive infertility treatment each year, according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Fertility problems can occur in both women and men; sometimes it is a joint problem. In other…

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Can IVF be done without genetic testing?

Although genetic testing is controversial to some women, it is a practical step to take for women over 35 with a history of repeated miscarriages. Whether trying to get pregnant using IVF (in vitro fertilization) or IUI (intrauterine insemination) methods, women electing to undergo genetic testing have higher pregnancy success rates than women who chose to forego genetic testing. Since many miscarriages and failed implantations occur due to embryonic genetic abnormalities, genetic testing may be necessary to help women increase their chances of having a child. IVF Can Be Done Without Genetic Testing It is a woman’s choice whether she wants genetic testing following conception via an IVF or IUI…

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Are You a good candidate for Ovulation Induction?

Infertility is often caused by disorders interfering with the ability of a woman to ovulate. Polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, stress and hormone imbalance are common causes of anovulation. Following a fertility evaluation, women found to have problems ovulating may be prescribed ovulation induction medications for enhancing fertility by stimulating the production of viable eggs. In some cases, a fertility doctor may complement ovulation induction with IUI (intrauterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) to further improve a woman’s chance of conceiving. Who are Good Candidates for Ovulation Induction? Women with infrequent ovulation, anovulation or unexplained infertility even though they ovulate regularly benefit the most from ovulation induction. Women with the…


Can IUI be used after tubal ligation?

A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure meant to permanently prevent pregnancy in women who do not want children. Also referred to as having your "tubes tied", tubal ligations involve a surgeon sealing or clamping shut the fallopian tubes so eggs cannot enter the uterus for the purpose of implantation. Since this surgery stops fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterine wall, intrauterine insemination would not work for women who have had a tubal ligation. Can In Vitro Fertilization Be Used After a Tubal Ligation? IVF therapy involves your doctor prescribing hormone-stimulating drugs to induce ovulation and then removing eggs from your ovaries. Eggs are placed in a lab dish…

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Six things you should know if you are considering freezing your eggs

Egg freezing is a procedure chosen by women who want to wait to delay childbearing that involves "freezing" her eggs until she is ready to have children. This egg-freezing process (vitrification) is a type of rapid freezing technique capable of preserving eggs without harming them. Following freezing of eggs in special solutions containing medical-grade anti-freeze, eggs are then stored in cryogenic freezers until they are removed, thawed and fertilized using in vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Traditional IVF cannot be used due to the freezing process hardening the outer membrane of stored eggs. Six Things to Know About Egg Freezing 1. Egg Retrieval Prior to your fertility doctor…

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Does the IVF Process Hurt?

One of the most popular assisted reproductive technologies used by women with fertility issues is in vitro fertilization (IVF). By extracting a woman’s eggs and combining eggs with sperm in a lab dish, fertility doctors can create an embryo which can then be transferred to a woman’s uterus. IVF is used to treat fertility issues due to damaged/blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, low sperm motility/count in men or unexplained infertility. Does It Hurt to Undergo In Vitro Fertilization? Several steps are involved in the IVF process. Women will initially need injections of fertility medications to stimulate the production of eggs. Women who are sensitive to insertion of needles…


Are PCOS symptoms reversible?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is diagnosed in about seven percent of women with irregular menstrual periods and problems conceiving. Other symptoms of PCOS include excessive facial hair growth, acne outbreaks, migraines, insulin resistance and weight gain. Doctors believe PCOS is caused by hormone imbalances involving follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormone, two hormones involved in ovulation. Women with PCOS may also suffer from ovarian cysts resulting from eggs that fail to mature enough for completing the ovulation process. Because PCOS increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, infertility and uterine cancer, women diagnosed with PCOS should seek treatment through ovulation induction and hormone-balancing medications. Are Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Reversible?…