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In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment continues to evolve as a way to help couples with fertility issues. As technology and medical techniques improve, new, more holistic IVF protocols are being developed to treat infertility. The top alternatives to IVF include three holistic approaches, natural cycle IVF, minimal stimulation IVF, and ultra-mini IVF.
If your goals for the year have more to do with adding a new addition to the family than losing weight or quitting a habit, it may be time to consult a reproductive specialist and discuss a customized plan to increase your chances of reproductive success. The medical issues that need to be addressed when a woman is struggling to conceive are real, and often require the assistance of an experienced reproductive endocrinologist. Focusing on small changes can boost your overall health, may facilitate conception and ease stress that often accompanies the fertility journey. Here are six steps that you can take to boost your chances of reproductive success.
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 US women and about 20% of cases are in women less than age 50, according to the American Cancer Society. Better screening programs and early detection has helped improve the prognosis. Intensive research, better surgical treatment, and effective chemotherapy have allowed these patients to have better quality of life as well as life expectancy. Unfortunately the treatment can also greatly limit the patient’s reproductive ability due to toxic effects to the ovaries. The best state-of-the-art fertility centers follow these 5 practices to preserve a woman’s future fertility.
Donating eggs can make the difference in a couple’s ability to start a family. Many young women have considered donating their eggs, but are unsure about the process or what is required of them. Knowing the desirable egg donor traits that fertility clinics are looking for can make the decision easier.
As we enjoy the holiday season, we are often left feeling guilty about the consumption of food and alcohol at the numerous cocktail parties and gatherings of friends and family. There is, however, one indulgence that actually has numerous benefits and can be enjoyed in moderation … red wine.
Ovulation is one of the most important things to know about when trying to conceive. The window of opportunity for getting pregnant during a cycle is very small. A woman is only able to become pregnant the 24 hour period after she ovulates. After that, the egg is unable to survive. Being able to tell you're ovulating can provide the information you need to become pregnant.
a blog by the Nursing Team at Dominion Fertility, December 17, 2015
Often times as nurses, we are called upon to engage in sometimes lengthy spirited debates with insurance companies in order to obtain prior authorization for medications commonly used during fertility treatment cycles. We thought it would be helpful to review what the process on our end is and how fertility patients can help move the process along.
A blog by Dr. Art Castlebaum, Reproductive Medicine Associates at Jefferson, December 9, 2015
Last week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine a landmark trial was published looking at the effectiveness of progesterone treatment in preventing miscarriages. The study was beautifully designed. 836 women with at least three previous miscarriages without an identified cause were randomized to receive either progesterone vaginal suppositories or a placebo starting early in pregnancy. There was no difference in the live birth rate between the two groups showing that progesterone treatment is not effective in improving outcomes in women with recurrent pregnancy loss.
A growing number of women are turning to egg freezing as a way to preserve their fertility. Despite this, it is common for many women to be unfamiliar with egg freezing. Knowing more about the egg freezing process and its use can help women determine if fertility preservation can address their needs.