Ultrasonography for Intrauterine Insemination

Ultrasonography has been used in assisted reproductive therapy as a tool for diagnosing medical conditions in the female reproductive tract, especially within the ovaries, that are incompatible with fertility and pregnancy. According to some researchers, ultrasound scans may be as good at predicting a woman’s chances of conception via in-vitro fertilization as hormone tests, which could be invasive, time-consuming and expensive.During an IVF cycle, fertility specialists prescribe medication to women to promote egg maturation within their ovaries. These eggs are then extracted and fertilized in the laboratory. Some women’s ovaries fail to produce any eggs for IVF, signaling that the Continue reading →

Initial Signs of Pregnancy During The First Two Weeks After IVF

Most women who are in the first two weeks after IVF are probably nervous, anxious or worried about noticing symptoms of a positive pregnancy. Having already been through the stress of dealing with infertility, diagnostic tests, harvesting eggs and sperm, fertilization and implantation, the success from surpassing those challenges becomes meaningless if pregnancy does not occur. Understandably, this waiting period is yet another test of patience to overcome. Although some symptoms of pregnancy have been reported to occur during the 2WW for many women who have undergone successful IVF cycles, it is also very important to understand that it is Continue reading →

Semen Analysis: Tests for Male Infertility

When couples are struggling to become pregnant, they are more than likely to suspect that the cause of the problem is a female reproductive disorder. However, their inability to conceive may actually be due to a medical disorder found with the father. More than one-third of couples dealing with infertility have been diagnosed with a problem with the man’s sperm or semen. With such a high incidence, it makes sense to conduct a semen analysis to identify the problem. Semen analysis, which measures such characteristics as sperm count, seminal volume, motility, morphology, and several others, is useful for determining how Continue reading →

Ovulation Induction for Intrauterine Insemination

Ovulation induction is the stimulation of the ovaries to produce and release eggs for fertilization. Infertility in women can commonly be attributed to anovulation, a condition where ovulation does not occur. Infertility can also be due to a woman’s inability to ovulate regularly whether or not she has her monthly period, or also the failure to ovulate eggs that are viable and healthy. Within the ovary, the cells that secrete estrogen, progesterone and other hormones may be deranged and not function normally, resulting in a poorly developed endometrium within the uterus. If the uterus cannot receive a fertilized egg, the Continue reading →

How Sperm Are Prepared For IUI

Sperm washing is the laboratory process that is used to separate sperm from semen to be used in infertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The goal of sperm washing is to separate healthy, motile sperm cells from less viable sperm cells. Once the sperm have been adequately prepared for intrauterine insemination, healthy sperm are injected directly into a woman’s uterus to increase the likelihood of fertilization. It is important to note that semen is not directly injected into a woman’s uterus because it is not hygienic, and may lead to infection, uterine contractions, or other Continue reading →

How to Know You Are a Good Candidate for IUI

Intrauterine insemination is an assisted reproductive treatment that has helped millions of infertile couples worldwide achieve pregnancy and have healthy babies. During the procedure, the reproductive fertility specialist injects healthy, viable sperm directly into the female’s uterus. Intrauterine insemination is an attractive option for many couples because it is cost effective and less invasive than other methods of fertility treatment. Although fertility medications and hormones are not always required with IUI, your specialist may advise you to begin treatment with clomid (clomiphene citrate), gonadotropins, or other fertility pills before starting an IUI cycle. If you have been experiencing difficulty getting Continue reading →

Uterine Problems That Can Cause Infertility

A normal uterine cavity and endometrial lining are necessary conditions for conception as well as the maintenance of pregnancy for a full term. For many women struggling with infertility, they may have a uterine abnormality related to the cavity or the lining that may be incompatible with pregnancy. When a woman has her monthly period, the endometrial lining of the uterus is shed. A new uterine lining is then regenerated over the next few weeks, eventually becoming receptive to a developing embryo. If implantation of the embryo does not occur, the balance of hormones would indicate that she is not Continue reading →

How To Prevent Birth Defects

Dealing with infertility can be stressful for couples struggling to get pregnant. It is common for them to feel like they are being bombarded with advice from health professionals and practitioners, or pushed and pulled in different directions by well-meaning friends and family. To add to this pressure, there is also fear and anxiety about the health of the fetus currently developing in utero. One of the most common questions that pregnant mothers ask their OB-GYN, ultrasonologist, or reproductive therapy specialist during virtually every checkup is the following: “Is my baby okay?” With several hundreds of thousands of cases of Continue reading →

Fertility Monitors and How They Work

If a woman does not know how to monitor her reproductive health, it may result in repeated failed attempts at becoming pregnant. To avoid the frustration, discouragement, and disappointment, a fertility monitor will be very useful in determining the best time in your ovulatory cycle to have intercourse. Fertility monitoring is ideal for couples struggling but not succeeding to conceive. A fertility monitor is a battery-operated computerized device that analyzes hormonal levels in bodily fluids such as urine, sweat and saliva as ovulation approaches. The resulting hormone levels are shown on a digital display. Fertility monitors work different than ovulation Continue reading →