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Infertility Factors: Understanding is the 1st Step to Beat the Odds

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

Infertility Factors: Understanding is the 1st Step to Beat the Odds

Infertility is increasingly a problem in our country. Yet the public isn’t aware of how widespread fertility issues truly are. An estimated 7-15% of the population suffers from sub-fertility. As more and more couples delay childbearing, that number may continue to rise. Well over five million children worldwide have been conceived with the help of medical interventions, and the number of babies born from parents who utilize assisted reproductive technologies is steadily growing. Up to four percent of all children born in the developed world...

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In Honor of National Infertility Week: Lifting the Taboo from Infertility

Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

In Honor of National Infertility Week: Lifting the Taboo from Infertility

As a young doctor, I quickly learned that some medical conditions were considered taboo. Infertility is a one of those conditions, and couples often suffer in silence. Even though there are many online communities for chatting with others who share their diagnosis, this is often done from the privacy of their living room and under pseudonyms. When infertility is a secret from close friends and family, walls go up and what the couple needs most – support and true connections – are blocked out. Loved ones may unknowingly and unwittingly...

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The Ovulation Situation, Part II: The DuoFertility Monitor – As Effective as IVF!

Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

The Ovulation Situation, Part II: The DuoFertility Monitor – As Effective as IVF!

You’ve been trying to get pregnant for while, but despite the fact that all of your tests for fertility are normal, nothing’s happening. You’ve tried to assess your ovulation situation using an app, a kit, and even a watch, with no luck yet. Before you throw the towel in and pursue aggressive treatments, there is hope: the DuoFertility Monitor. This new apparatus that precisely monitors your body’s temperature has been clinically shown to improve pregnancy rates. HOW IT WORKS: You wear a sensor under your arm like a patch, and it takes...

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The Ovulation Situation, Part I: Cheap & Effective Fertility Tests

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

The Ovulation Situation, Part I: Cheap & Effective Fertility Tests

The first time you heard the word “ovulation” was most likely in middle school health class when you learned that once a month a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is ready to be fertilized. That simple textbook explanation made getting pregnant sound so easy that you’ve been a diligent user of contraception your entire adult life. Until now. You’re ready to get pregnant, and you realize that you need help figuring out when you’re most fertile. While we’re always here to help advise you,...

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Are You Fit 4 Fertility?

Posted by on March 4, 2013 in camp, Fertility Facts | 0 comments

Are You Fit 4 Fertility?

What does “Fitness For Fertility” really mean? When you hear the word “fitness,” you probably immediately think of exercise. But the true meaning is much more comprehensive than simply working out.  It actually means to be in a condition of readiness. And when you are thinking about getting pregnant, you absolutely need to be fit, both physically and psychologically. Deciding to start a family or expand your existing one takes a lot of preparation. Becoming pregnant can be an effort for anyone; even the very fertile 20-year-old woman...

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Fertility 101

Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

1% of couples experience infertility. Infertility is defined as one year of trying to conceive without success. As women age, the chance of conceiving in any month declines from a high of 25% per month at age 20 to 5% per month to age 40.  We recommend an evaluation after that first year of trying . If you are > 35 years old after only 6months of trying, experts suggest an evaluation. This is not a contradiction; although it may take an older woman longer to conceive we recommend the evaluation sooner because if something is wrong there...

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Lifestyle Intervention

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

Lifestyle intervention provided benefits when compared to minimal treatment for secondary reproductive, anthropometric and reproductive outcomes. These included endpoint values for total testosterone (mean difference (MD) -0.27 nmol/L, 95% confidence interval (CI) -0.46 to -0.09, P = 0.004), hirsutism or excess hair growth by the Ferriman-Gallwey score (MD -1.19, 95% CI -2.35 to -0.03, P = 0.04), weight (MD -3.47 kg, 95% CI -4.94 to -2.00, P < 0.00001), waist circumference (MD -1.95 cm, 95% CI -3.34 to -0.57, P = 0.006) and fasting insulin...

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Women, weight and fertility

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

Women, weight, and fertility: the effect of body mass index on the outcome of superovulation/intrauterine insemination cycles. Souter I, Baltagi LM, Kuleta D, Meeker JD, Petrozza JC. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21195401# Source Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA. isouter@partners.org There was a significant trend toward higher medication requirements and lower E(2) levels with...

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The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. RECOMMENDATIONS

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

1. Weight loss, exercise, and lifestyle modifications have been proven effective in restoring ovulatory cycles and achieving pregnancy in overweight women with PCOS and should be the first-line option for these women. (II-3A) Morbidly obese women should seek expert advice about pregnancy risk. (III-A) 2. Clomiphene citrate has been proven effective in ovulation induction for women with PCOS and should be considered the first-line therapy. Patients should be informed that there is an increased risk of multiple pregnancy with ovulation...

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Initial treatment for reproductive disorders in overweight and obese women with PCOS is weight loss.

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Fertility Facts | 0 comments

This helps menstrual disturbances, shortens the time to conception and reduces adverse obstetric risks. Clomiphene citrate is considered the first-line therapy for ovulatory infertility. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23108198#

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