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 →

The Role of Laparoscopy in IVF

Couples faced with infertility are often advised to undergo assistive reproductive therapies, and are counseled to undergo in-vitro fertilization. However, not every patient can afford IVF or even want to undergo an IVF cycle to become pregnant. Additionally, after a failed IVF cycle, the patient faces an important decision: whether to attempt another expensive cycle of IVF, or explore other options. Laparoscopy may offer these patients something to hope for. And since laparoscopy is available in the Philippines, IVF success may be a reality for couples looking to start a family. Laparoscopy is an outpatient surgical procedure usually performed under Continue reading →

Pelvic Ultrasonography: Its Role in IVF

For patients dealing with infertility, there are several diagnostic procedures available. Many of these procedures may be invasive, time-consuming, or expensive. Fortunately, there are a few procedures that have none of these traits. Pelvic ultrasound, sometimes referred to as transvaginal ultrasound, is one of them, and in the Philippines, causes of infertility can be established using this important technique. Pelvic ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging examination that is used to visualize a woman’s reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, and uterus. To perform the simple procedure, the patient lies down on an examination table with her feet in stirrups. A Continue reading →

Tests for Diagnosis of Female Infertility

For couples struggling to conceive, it raises the question of whether either partner has a problem with fertility. There are several fertility tests available to both partners to help screen and diagnose the problem. Here are a few fertility tests that your doctor may use to evaluate your condition. Ovulation testing: This is a common test for infertility that is readily available, is non-invasive, and uses a kit that you can buy over the counter. It checks for luteinizing hormone, and you can perform this test at home to detect the LH surge. Your doctor can also order a blood Continue reading →

Tests for Diagnosis of Male Infertility

For couples faced with infertility, the female partner is often suspected of having a fertility problem. However, her male partner may also have a fertility issue that needs to be addressed. The tests for diagnosing male infertility begin with a general physical exam and medical history. This includes a genital examination as well as questions about family medical history, chronic diseases, injuries, or previous surgeries. Also, the physician will ask about the man’s complete sexual history, practices, as well as development. The doctor may also order a semen analysis. Once collected, the semen is sent to a laboratory to determine Continue reading →

Differences between IUI IVF and ICSI

Medical procedures, whether they are clinical, diagnostic, or therapeutic, often have long names that are often difficult to pronounce and remember. Assistive reproductive therapy is no different, and the modalities may be very different despite having similar sounding names. IUI, ICSI, and IVF are among the most common acronyms mentioned between professionals in the field of assistive reproductive therapy as well as between these doctors and their patients. Generally speaking, these are all methods of fertilization, and respectively, these stand for intrauterine insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and in-vitro fertilization. These artificial insemination techniques are all available at fertility clinics all Continue reading →

Benefits of Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation is a fertility therapy in which a woman’s oocytes are extracted, frozen, and stored for the future. Later, the oocytes can be thawed, fertilized via in vitro fertilization, and later transferred back to the woman’s uterus as embryos or blastocysts to complete their development into a fetus. Cryopreservation has also been applied to later stages, such as in the development of a fertilized oocyte. Several advances in technology allowing for the freezing of embryos and blastocysts have made this possible. The freezing of sperm from a male partner, or his testicular tissue, can also be done in cases where Continue reading →

Facts about IUI Side Effects: What You Need to Know

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a common assistive reproductive therapy modality that is used to facilitate pregnancy. In the Philippines, IUI is a popular means of insemination performed when attempts using natural methods do not yield successful results. As with any medical procedure, there may be associated side effects with this form of treatment. Many women experience slight pain during the procedure, and some may even experience mild cramping. However, as compared to other forms of therapy, the procedure is relatively painless, and more serious side effects, such as severe pain, iatrogenic injury and infections are quite rare. When side effects Continue reading →

Testicular Biopsy for Diagnosis of Male Infertility

Male infertility can be thoroughly evaluated using several diagnostic techniques. From semen analysis to sperm morphology, as well as several blood tests for hormones such as testosterone. A testicular biopsy is a surgical procedure where a small sample of testicular tissue is removed from the scrotum. It is then examined under a microscope for the presence of sperm. Unlike Testicular sperm extraction, which harvests testicular tissue for the sperm within, testicular biopsy is a diagnostic modality. It is usually warranted when two conditions are present: There is no sperm in the man’s semen. Test results for hormones are normal. Contrary Continue reading →

Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)

Testicular sperm extraction is a surgical procedure for collecting small specimens of testicular tissue and extracting viable sperm cells. Like other microsurgical procedures, such as micro-epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) and percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration (PESA), this procedure is done in an outpatient setting. However, there are some differences. Instead of undergoing general anesthesia, the donor is placed under local anesthesia with sedation. Also, in TESE, the sperm cells are harvested from the testes themselves, not the epididymis. Men who have been diagnosed with azoospermia, caused by the absence of the vas deferens, or due to prior vasectomy, are good candidates Continue reading →