How to Reduce the Risks of Miscarriage

It is rarely the couple’s fault if a miscarriage happens. About 15% of pregnancies suffer miscarriage and the causes cannot be ascertained. There are 3 main factors to watch that can contribute to the risk of a miscarriage: lifestyle, diet, and the health condition of the mother. One’s lifestyle must change once pregnancy is confirmed: There is evidence that suggests smoking and even secondhand smoke increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth 2. A study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showed that a consumption of 200 milligrams or more of caffeine per day (about two cups of Continue reading →

How Diabetes can Affect Infertility

Infertility is the inability to become pregnant after trying for 12 months. It is a common problem that can involve the male, female or both. Around one third of cases are caused by females and another one third caused by males. The rest are caused by a mixture of female and male problems or possibly unknown factors. Causes of male infertility may be the following: Abnormal Sperm Production or Function Problems with the Delivery of Sperm Overexposure to Certain Environmental Factors (Such as pesticides, radiation, frequent exposure to heat) Damage Related to Cancer Most likely to cause female infertility are: Continue reading →

Things to Try for Pregnancy after Miscarriage

A miscarriage during pregnancy can be a very stressful and confusing experience. This causes a person to ask many questions and look for different answers and reasons as to why and how the miscarriage happened. There are many possible factors that contribute to a miscarriage: an abnormal development of the fetus; the health condition of the mother; a problem with the chromosomes of the fetus; hormones, and; an infection. But most often, the cause of a miscarriage is difficult to pinpoint.   An estimated 10 to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. This number may actually be higher since there Continue reading →

Miscarriage Q&A: What Happens When You Have One

A miscarriage is the sudden end of a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive independently from the mother. This can be a very traumatic experience, with both physical and psychological effects. Many questions will be asked after a miscarriage has happened. Below are some of the most common questions with answers that may hopefully help in understanding and coping with the experience. Why did I miscarry? Sadly, this is a common occurrence, with approximately 1 out of 4 pregnancies ending in miscarriage. Though this does not, by any means, justify such an incident, it also shows that it Continue reading →

Increasing Chances for a Successful Conception

There are 3 basic ways to get pregnant: IVF is short for “In Vitro Fertilization” where the sperm and egg are introduced in a petri dish to initiate fertilization. Once fertilized, the egg is implanted inside the woman’s uterus through a controlled medical procedure. IUI means “Intra-uterine Insemination” wherein sperm is implanted using a catheter into a female at the time that indicates a woman is fertile with eggs. The success rate of this method is lower since the readiness of the woman’s body to keep the sperm alive leaves much to nature, anyway. IBF is the most popular, most Continue reading →

Preparing Yourself for an IUI Procedure

One’s knowledge of IUI can help increase the chances of success of the procedure. Research is part of the preparation. In this article, we aim to provide basic information on intrauterine insemination. Initially, of course, you may want to look around for a facility that provides IUI services. You will then have access to information regarding doctors, cost, risk factors, and health matters. It is also beneficial to look for a support group that deals with psychological readiness for the couple to deal with any outcome the procedure may deliver. Some questions you might have regarding IUI: The differences Between Continue reading →

5 Common Questions on Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation. A word that may come off as intimidating to the general public as it can bring to mind terms like cloning, stem-cell research and the like. But in reality, this has been an essential tool in modern science and medicine, with many people benefiting from it. Like couples who are finding difficulty in conceiving a child, or a person who will undergo a medical procedure that will lessen her/ his likelihood or parenthood, but may still want children in the future. These are just some of the many purposes of cryopreservation, but to better appreciate and understand it, below Continue reading →

What You Must Know About the Sperm Freezing Process

The term sperm refers to the male reproductive cell, that when successfully combined with the female reproductive cell, called an egg, forms a zygote that then potentially has the ability to develop into a fetus. Typically, all human males have the ability to produce and store sperm in the testicles and because of the organ’s warm and controlled environment, sperm cells are able to survive there for long periods of time. Another way of storing sperm cells is through cryopreservation. Cryopreservation is the process of freezing using an agent, called liquid nitrogen and is commonly used in preserving embryos and Continue reading →

Prenatal Considerations After Oocyte Cryopreservation

Oocyte cryopreservation is a technology that has helped many women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. The technology allows for the extraction, freezing and storage of their oocytes for future fertilization and transfer. It allows women to fertilize only as many eggs as they need for an IVF cycle, without developing excess embryos and having to face the ethical challenge of disposing them. The data on pregnancy rates for oocyte cryopreservation are encouraging. Fertilization and pregnancy rates for egg donation cycles using cryogenically preserved oocytes are similar to cycles using fresh eggs. Additionally, a recent compilation of research studies on egg freezing have Continue reading →