What does it mean to been diagnosed with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss?

Recurrent Miscarriage is one of the most devastating diagnoses where a woman has no issues getting pregnant but is unable to keep a pregnancy. Overall, approximately 12 to 15% of clinically recognized pregnancies end in spontaneous miscarriage between 4 and 20 weeks of gestation. About 50 to 75% of miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo and occur by chance. Read more

What does it mean to have high FSH?

High FSH in women is most commonly an indicator of diminished ovarian reserve/ovarian insufficiency or premature ovarian aging. These terms are commonly used to describe women who are under the age of 40 and experience a decreased amount of potential eggs, but diminished ovarian reserve is also the result of advancing age. Because the clinical implications of an elevated FSH level can be serious, it is important to gain more of a complete clinical picture to assess the severity of the depletion. An ultrasound of the ovaries and other laboratory work are used to confirm the finding. Read more

Frozen Blastocyst Culture Transfer FAQs

For some couples, Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is a viable option to consider before beginning a new IVF cycle. At the 100-cell stage of development, a blastocyst culture is cryopreserved, allowing the couple to use it for future IVF attempts.

At our fertility clinic NYC, we get lots of questions about FET. Here are some common questions and answers.

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Track Your Fertile Days With an Ovulation Calendar

There are only a set number of days each month during which you can become pregnant. Those are your fertile days, during and right after ovulation. During ovulation, an egg is released. That egg is then ready to meet with sperm to conceive a child. Sperm can live for several days, so you don’t necessarily need to be intimate right on the day of ovulation in order for conception to occur. However, it’s very important that you know when ovulation is, so you can plan accordingly. Read more

Artificial Insemination as a Fertility Treatment Option

By definition, artificial insemination is the deliberate introduction of sperm into a woman’s uterus or cervix to achieve pregnancy. Artificial insemination (AI) is a successful fertility treatment in humans.

In the early 1900s, artificial insemination required little more than some healthy sperm and a means to deliver it into a woman’s uterus. Today’s AI procedures involve careful “washing” of the sperm before placement. Artificial insemination also earned a new name – intrauterine insemination, or IUI.

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In Vitro Fertilization can Help Make Your Family Complete

If you’re interested in having a family but you’re concerned about fertility issues, there are options for you to consider. For example, there are many fertility clinics in New York City. These can help you explore the choices available to you, based on your specific health concerns. A popular option is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is a good way to have a family when naturally trying to become pregnant has not provided you with success.

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Celiac Disease May be to Blame for infertility in women

Unclear why you’re unable to conceive and visiting a New York fertility clinic? An Indian study suggests that infertility in women should be screened for celiac disease which could be the underlying problem.

Celiac disease occurs in one of every 100 people. People who have it cannot process gluten that’s found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Intestinal damage, malnutrition and other long-term problems can result if celiac disease is left untreated.

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Comparing Conventional IVF to Natural Cycle IVF

More than 165,000 cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) were performed in 2012, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.  For couples dealing with infertility, IVF represents an opportunity to create life despite medical conditions preventing fertility.  However, conventional IVF is not for everyone.  Some couples prefer to choose natural cycle IVF for medical, religious, or personal reasons.

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Choosing Conventional in vitro Fertilization to Combat Infertility

Approximately 165,000 in vitro fertilization procedures were performed at United States fertility clinics in 2012, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.  This represents a significant proportion of women seeking to become pregnant, making conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) one of the most popular and effective interventions for infertility.

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Who is a Candidate for Egg Freezing?

Egg freezing, or human oocyte cryopreservation, is a modern reproduction technique to extend the fertility of women. It includes a stepped process that includes extracting a woman’s eggs, or her oocytes, freezing them, and storing them. In the future, when the woman is ready to conceive and become pregnant, her eggs can be thawed, fertilized with sperm, and transferred as embryos into the woman’s uterus.

Freezing of eggs can be beneficial for women desiring to preserve their fertility for a number of reasons, including.

  • Women diagnosed with cancer who will be receiving certain types of treatment. Prior to getting radiation, chemotherapy, and in some cases, surgery, egg freezing offers an opportunity to preserve a woman’s eggs before the treatment destroys the eggs and renders her infertile.
  • Women who desire to delay childbirth due to educational or career goals. In order to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant at a later age, freezing ages at an early point in a woman’s reproductive cycle is often sought by women. While a woman’s eggs can deteriorate in quality as she ages, her uterus is typically able to carry a pregnancy well into her 40’s and even in her 50’s. In this way, egg freezing is a way to extend a woman’s biological clock.
  • Women with a genetic history of early menopause, endometriosis, or premature ovarian failure. For women whose mother, sister, or grandmother encountered menopause early, freezing eggs offers a chance to preserve some eggs before an early menopause.
  • Women who currently lack a male partner. Some women who are currently not in a relationship opt to freeze their eggs so they can conceive a child later in life when they do have a partner.
  • Women who are concerned about egg quality as they age. It is a fact that egg quality declines as a woman ages. While female fertility generally peaks in a woman’s early 20’s, her egg quality begins to decline after that, and becomes even more pronounced beginning around the age of 35.

While egg freezing is not for everyone, it is a viable option for some women as it allows them to better control their fertility options. To learn more about egg freezing and to find out if you are a candidate, contact the Fertility Clinics in New York City.