How Genetic Testing Is Used For IVF

In-vitro fertilization, or IVF, can be thought of as more than a procedure, but an entire process, beginning from the initial screening, through implantation of the embryo, and continuing through the duration of the pregnancy until the baby is delivered. Every step along the way has its own trials and tribulations, during which the expectant mother must manage her expectations, while maintaining a positive outlook, which is often difficult to balance. Since IVF is an undoubtedly costly procedure, it is important to ensure that chances for success are as high as possible. Thus, genetic testing plays an important role. Pre-implantation Continue reading →

When Prolactin and Androgen Blood Tests Are Ordered

The workup for male infertility is an important for couples seeking assisted reproductive technology, especially if a cause for female infertility cannot be established. Although there may be a wide variety of tests, including imaging tests such as ultrasound examinations of the scrotal and transrectal area, urinalysis, semen analysis, and even testicular biopsy. Blood examinations are key factors in diagnosing male infertility. These examinations screen not only for infections, congenital abnormalities or hereditary illnesses, but also for hormones. These examinations are highly vital for assisted reproductive technology in the Philippines, and prolactin and androgen tests are of particularly high screening Continue reading →

When FSH, LH And Estradiol Blood Tests Are Used

The diagnosis of the underlying cause of infertility involves several steps. Upon having experienced failure to conceive after months of attempts, visits to the doctor, and referrals to specialists and other practitioners, more in-depth diagnostic exams may follow. These may range from diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray, ultrasound and CT scan, to blood tests for blood count as well as chemical and hormone levels. Hormones that are usually checked in female patients faced with infertility include FSH, LH, and estradiol. The screening process involves taking a blood sample, 24-hour urine sample; or in the case of estradiol, a fresh saliva Continue reading →

What Serum Progesterone Blood Can Do For You

Women who have trouble getting pregnant often have plenty of questions about their condition, especially if they feel normal, or if they have no symptoms to report. They may schedule an appointment with their physician, who would perform a complete medical history and physical exam, only to discover unremarkable or otherwise normal findings. The next step is to run a few blood tests, which may be more suggestive of an underlying condition. Despite many advances in assistive reproductive technology in the Philippines, there are fundamental diagnostic exams that must be performed prior to embarking on a course of action. One Continue reading →

Recommended IVF Care Package ideas

If you know someone who has just undergone, or is about to undergo a round of in-vitro fertilization, you are probably aware that she has been through a good amount of stress. She has experienced more than you could possibly understand. Now would be a good time to be a thoughtful friend, family member, or husband, and do what you can to cheer her up. In the Philippines, infertility treatments are increasingly up-to-date, but patients also benefit from the social support of their friends and family. Putting together a care package for a patient faced with infertility is an excellent Continue reading →

How Sleep Deprivation causes Infertility

Couples who are trying to conceive get plenty of advice: from eating healthy food, to getting plenty of exercise, staying active, and even reducing levels of unwanted or unnecessary stress. Quite often, however, many health professionals neglect to advise their patients to get enough sleep. Despite its value as not only a means of rest, but also a window of opportunity for biological functions to promote a healthy physiological balance, sleep is consistently overlooked for its merits. In the Philippines, sleep deprivation is prevalent, with a number of professionals leading a lifestyle incompatible with adequate rest. Men and women in Continue reading →

Signs of Pregnancy During the 2-Week Waiting Period after IVF

It goes without saying that women who have just undergone in-vitro fertilization have been through far more than most. After having experienced several disappointments from failed attempts at pregnancy, spending money on diagnostic examinations, they receive confirmation of a fertility problem from their Ob-Gyn. Then, after they are put on a treatment regimen that usually involves hormone therapy, harvesting and union of viable oocytes and sperm in-vitro, they wait again and undergo the process of embryo or blastocyst transfer. After all these steps, they still have to wait quite a while to confirm a positive pregnancy. During this two-week period, Continue reading →

Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Support IVF?

Western medicine has a documented history, and its strong foundation in science and research make it an unquestioned discipline. It is thought of as modern, rational, and sensible, using pharmaceutical elements measured and delivered at controlled dosages. Surgical handling of tissues is also done in a controlled, scientific and methodical way. And many aspects of Western medicine are often considered incompatible with its Eastern counterparts, which are known for having a repertoire of natural herbal medicines and an element of mystery and mysticism. Philippine culture has not only a strong religious tradition, but also its roots stretch into such concepts Continue reading →

Embryo Banking: How to Use Your Own Eggs for IVF

Historically, women who were both older and infertile, as well as those who were diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) who wished to have a baby had limited options. The most realistic was to undergo in-vitro fertilization using oocytes that were harvested from a donor. Those who did not want to use donated eggs often made repeated, unsuccessful attempts at IVF, and very few succeeded. With the advent of new technology and assistive reproductive techniques, women dealing with infertility in the Philippines have increased success rates. By selectively banking embryos that have been cleared of chromosomal abnormalities and deemed competent Continue reading →