Diagnostic testing is done to identify the major causes of infertility based on their medical history. In about 10% of all cases, a couple (age less than 35 years old) will get a very unsatisfying result: Unexplained infertility. The diagnostic testing we have available will only identify the major reasons why a couple may have a difficult time getting pregnant but it certainly can not identify all of the reasons. If the fallopian tubes are blocked or there is no sperm, these are obvious major obstacles to becoming pregnant. There are no tests available for more subtle infertility factors such as inadequate egg quality or fertilization failure.
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As specialists in reproductive endocrinology, we are often asked what steps a couple can take to best prepare them to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. While taking these steps certainly does not guarantee conception or that a pregnancy can be carried full term, they will increase the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.
A blog by Amira Posner, Healing Infertility, May 12, 2015
The two week wait following fertility treatment typically is a period filled with hope and fear, optimism and dread. The first week is sometimes easier, but by day 23, it is difficult to resist not buying that pregnancy test. I am often told by women that they are afraid to feel hopeful in the two week wait. I completely understand. It's an emotional roller-coaster.
It is widely known that as a woman’s age increases, her fertility declines, and as a result many couples are hesitant about embarking on the in vitro fertilization process. The journey can be challenging, expensive, and fraught with emotion. But as our technology has improved over the last several years, the impact of the mother’s age has become much less of an issue, though it certainly remains an important consideration.
Here is a story of a patient of mine who had three healthy children and then suffered secondary infertility. She went to another local infertility clinic and failed five IVF procedures using her eggs and two egg donor IVF treatments. That made no sense to me.
Women and men respond to miscarriage in a variety of different ways, and are sometimes surprised by the emotions that a miscarriage elicits. For people who have struggled to conceive, a miscarriage may be especially painful.
Given that this seems obvious to us, we are often surprised by the types of things our patients report that their well-meaning family and friends have told them after a miscarriage. So, we have put together a list of six things never to say to someone who has miscarried.
A blog by RMA at Jefferson’s Financial Team, April 27, 2015
Visiting with a financial counselor at a fertility clinic can be a very overwhelming experience. With so many different factors playing a part: insurance coverage, payment options, treatment packages, and the fear of the unknown, there is no wonder your head is spinning. The process can be managed more easily if you know the right questions to ask. Below you will find the top three questions to ask during your financial consult and why they are important to get answered.
A blog by VB, April 25, 2015
So what should you say to support a friend or family member dealing with the pain of infertility? Here are 5 Infertility Etiquette Tips to let them know they are not alone.
Natural Cycle IVF (NCIVF) is offered in over 50 countries around the world and indeed the world’s first IVF baby was conceived using NCIVF in 1978 in England. In those days, the IVF pregnancy rates were less than 10% even in the best of hands. Now, after more than 30 years of research and advances in technology and our far better knowledge of the reproductive system, most patients who seek infertility care are ultimately successful. Modern IVF literature shows similar or superior embryo implantation rates for NCIVF compared with stimulated IVF. For patients 35 years old and older, or patients with poor ovarian reserve, the embryo implantation rates for NCIVF have been shown to be superior to stimulated IVF.
A blog by Ryanne, April 22, 2015
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and the message this year is this: You Are Not Alone. My purpose is writing is so that those who read my words know that I get it. My situation might be not identical to yours, but I understand the pain, frustration, longing, and desperation to fix it. I've been there. Done that. A lot.