One common hormonal disorder in women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), also called polycystic ovary syndrome. The condition takes its name from the appearance of the ovaries in many of the patients who develop it.
With approximately 10% of couples in the United States affected by infertility, understanding underlying health problems that may contribute to reproductive difficulties is essential. Fertility clinics will help you identify the contributors to fertility, whether it is a problem with one partner or a combination of factors in both partners. With proper diagnosis, treatment plans to maximize chances of fertilization success can be promptly implemented.
Only another woman who has experienced a miscarriage can quite understand the heartache it brings. A new life had started and with it, so many beautiful hopes, plans and dreams for the future. When a pregnancy ends, all these dreams end with too, and the loss is felt with deep grief.
When a pregnancy ends unexpectedly, well-meaning friends may say, "You can try again." But, the woman who has lost a baby knows in her heart that this precious life will never come again, and she needs time to mourn the loss before she considers another pregnancy.
Infertility can be caused by one or more factors for both men and women. It is important to recognize the signs of when a couple should take the first steps to see a doctor to learn about their options. Most experts suggest at least one year of trying for men and women younger than age 35. However, women aged 35 years or older should see a health care provider after six months of trying unsuccessfully. A woman's chances of having a baby generally decrease rapidly every other year or so after the age of 30.
The world of fertility treatments is expanding each day with fertility preservation procedures becoming more and more popular. This allows women to have biological children in the future, even if they are not at their most fertile age. Fertility Preservation is a way for men and women to freeze their sperm, eggs or embryos for future use. Patients facing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer or those with ovarian cysts, lupus or a family history of early menopause may also benefit from fertility preservation. Eggs, sperm, and resulting embryos may all be frozen and stored for prolonged periods until future use in IVF cycles. They are frozen using liquid nitrogen and stored in special facilities. Once the patient is ready to start a family of their own, the preserved samples are thawed and prepared for use in IVF cycles.
Can your skincare routine be affecting your fertility? Women often stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle when trying to conceive, but often do not realize that their beauty products and lotions can affect their fertility. Creams and lotions are designed to be absorbed into the skin for effectiveness. However, this also passes along those potentially dangerous toxins straight to your cells and bloodstream where they travel throughout the body’s systems.
It is not uncommon to hear your doctor talk about “egg quality”. If you have frozen your eggs, you have likely heard that egg quality decreases with age and varies from person to person. When we characterize eggs as “good”, we usually are referring to the number of chromosomes the egg contains. As a woman gets older, her eggs have a harder time maintaining the correct number of chromosomes when combining with sperm. However, even in young, healthy women, all of the eggs they make are not necessarily “good” (i.e., chromosomally normal). So, how can you be reassured that you froze some “good” eggs?
FSH is no longer the standard by which to gauge a woman’s ovarian reserve or predict successful outcome with fertility treatment. This, according to Dr. David Seifer, Co-director of Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. In an article published in Fertility and Sterility, he and Dr. James Toner makes the case that AMH, Antimullerian Hormone, is a more informative and better test than FSH, Follicle Stimulating Hormone.
By examining the chromosomes in an embyro using preimplantation genetic screening and only implanting healthy, normal embryos, doctors can reduce the miscarriage rate, explains Dr. Jamie Grifo, Program Director of the NYU Fertility Center and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, NYU School of Medicine.