Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles along various parts of your body. The theory behind acupuncture involves rebalancing your body's power as it runs through energy fields called meridians. Though still not completely accepted by traditional Western medicine, acupuncture has been shown in various clinical trials to benefit both female and male fertility problems. One such study was conducted by the University of Heidelberg in Germany and published in 1992 by Gynecological...

Pelvic Ultrasound Examination

A pelvic ultrasound exam will most likely be performed at some time during your fertility evaluation and treatment. This is an important procedure that uses ultrasonic sound waves to view your internal pelvic organs. It can provide a wealth of information about your uterus, tubes, and ovaries. The ultrasound exam is performed in your doctor's office or in a nearby hospital. The procedure is conducted either by your doctor or a specially trained ultrasound technician. Ultrasound often plays an...

Gestational Carrier Surrogacy

Remember Phoebe on the TV show Friends She was a gestational surrogate for her brother and his wife. She carried triplets for them Those babies were the creation of her brother's sperm and his wife's eggs and therefore not directly genetically linked to her. That's how gestational surrogacy works. The surrogate is only used to carry the pregnancy and the baby is not genetically connected to the surro gate. The baby is the combination of genetic material from you and your male partner. In...

Does Ivf Hurt And What Are The Risks

You are typically sedated during the egg retrieval process and again during the embryo transfer process and therefore quite comfortable. Most women say that the procedure is painless and compare it to having a Pap smear. Some women note that after the procedure they have cramping, which usually goes away with rest and a mild pain reliever. Risks are infrequent with the IVF procedure, but you need to be aware that they could occur. Risks include Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) Infection...

Assisted Reproductive Technologies ARTs

Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) involves the sophisticated treatment and processing of human eggs and sperm to help you become pregnant. The treatments that you receive will depend on a variety of issues, including your health and that of your partner, your concerns and desires, and your particular fertility situation. Examples of ART include intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is commonly referred to as artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which results in...

Potential Causes Of Recurrent Miscarriage

Recurrent miscarriage can happen because of any of many possible reasons. Lifestyle Factors We've all heard about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and street drugs. They just aren't part of a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true as you try to conceive and also during your pregnancy. If you smoke during pregnancy, you are more likely to experience vaginal bleeding and miscarriage. Women who drink excessive alcohol or engage in illicit drug use have a definite increased risk of miscarriage....

Why Does Icsi Work Better Than Natural Intercourse

ICSI is more effective than natural intercourse because Fertility medications are used to produce more eggs than would develop naturally. Instead of your having to wait for the eggs to ovulate naturally, with IVF the eggs are retrieved manually by your doctor. IVF bypasses the fallopian tubes because the eggs are retrieved directly from the ovaries and transferred directly into the uterus. Your eggs are treated in the laboratory, and their outside protective layer is removed to make them more...

How Is Icsi Performed

The ICSI procedure refers to the process of how the sperm fertilizes the egg and is typically performed in conjunction with another ART, such as IVF. The remainder of the steps are usually identical to IVF or another ART technique that your doctor may recommend. Because most of the time ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF, the steps of these procedures are almost identical. Sperm collection and preparation Cryopreservation after ICSI Ovulation stimulation and egg retrieval follow the same...

Who Might Benefit From Microsort

Many couples would prefer to have a child of one gender or the other. Perhaps they already have one or more children of one gender and would like to have a child of the other gender. As fertility patients, they have already endured a great deal to have a baby. They realize that they may only be able to endure fertility treatments one or two more times, so they may desire to choose the sex of their planned upcoming pregnancy. In some cases, a person may be the carrier of a gender-linked genetic...

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a medical condition where the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus (also called the endometrium) spreads to other areas of your body, usually to your pelvic organs. Endometrial tissue found on your fallopian tubes or ovaries can lead to scarring, adhesions, and blockages within your pelvis. (See Figure 1.2.) Illustration copyright Nucleus Medical Art, all rights reserved, nucleusinc.com. Illustration copyright Nucleus Medical Art, all rights reserved, nucleusinc.com....

How Is Ivf Performed

Your fertility specialist will perform your IVF in either the doctor's office or an outpatient surgery facility. To increase your chances of success, the IVF procedure must be very well organized and perfectly timed. Most IVF programs follow these important steps. Each of these stages is discussed in more detail immediately following the list. You will be given fertility medication to develop multiple eggs and stimulate ovulation. The usual protocol involves three types of medication a GnRH...

Does Icsi Hurt And What Are The Risks

The man experiences essentially no risk or discomfort when sperm is collected, usually through masturbation or sexual intercourse with a special collection condom. However, as previously stated, in the case of severe male fertility problems, a testicular biopsy may be required to obtain sperm. Risks are infrequent with ICSI, but you need to be aware that they could occur. Risks include Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) Some fertility experts speculate that a link exists between ICSI and...

Why Does Ivf Work Better Than Natural Intercourse

IVF is more effective than natural intercourse because of the following Fertility medications are used to produce more eggs than would develop naturally. Instead of your having to wait for the eggs to ovulate naturally, with IVF the eggs are retrieved manually by your doctor. IVF bypasses the fallopian tubes because the eggs are retrieved directly from the ovaries and transferred directly into the uterus. Sperm are specially prepared in the laboratory so they can avoid the many hurdles that...

How Is Microsort Performed

Your partner's sperm is evaluated at one of the two MicroSort clinical facilities. It is then placed in the flow cytometer machine, which will sort and separate the sperm into those with X chromosomes and Y chromosomes. For the sorting to be performed, sperm are first treated with a dye that temporarily attaches itself to the DNA within each sperm. Although the size of the actual sperm is the same, the size of the genetic material (DNA) that they contain is different, because the X chromosome...

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is important for both men and women. Many fertility specialists believe that your fertility may be decreased if you are deficient in vitamin C. This may be especially the case for people who smoke. For women, vitamin C supplementation seems to play a role in the ovulation process. However, women should avoid extremely large doses of vitamin C because it has been shown to dry up cervical mucus and thereby prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Therefore, the recommended dose of vitamin C...

Previous Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a voluntary surgery to block the sperm ducts for the purpose of contraception. Sometimes, for various personal reasons, the man wishes to have his vasectomy reversed. In fact, approximately 10 percent of vasectomized men eventually request vasectomy reversal in the United States. While it is usually possible to surgically reconnect the tubes after vasectomy, some men remain infertile because their body has developed an immune reaction against their own sperm. That means they...

Using Pgd To Determine The Sex Of Your Baby

When PGD was first offered to the public, it was intended for couples whose offspring were at high risk of inheriting a genetic disorder. Today as more fertility clinics offer PGD, this technology has become more available to those desiring it. However, at the current time, the majority of fertility centers in the United States do not offer this as an elective service. If you are looking to use PGD technology to choose the gender of your child, find out ahead of time if this is an option at...