How to Prepare for your First IVF Appointment

Most women become clients of a fertility clinic the same way: they experience some trouble getting pregnant and consult their OB GYN. Some lab tests later, they receive a diagnosis that sounds like some really bad news: infertility. Then, either their doctor refers them to a fertility clinic where IVF treatment may be available, or they take it upon themselves to make an appointment on their own. The first appointment is one that they may view with plenty of apprehension, nervousness, or even fear. No level of preparedness would prevent these emotions from happening, but here are some ways to Continue reading →

How to Beat Stresses of Pregnancy

For women who are pregnant, stress is an inevitable part of getting pregnant. However, it is still unclear how stress can be harmful for you and your baby. Years of women’s health research have been conducted to determine whether an increase in stressful events can result in miscarriage, preterm delivery, or somehow cause harm or injury to a fetus. Although experts agree that excessive physical work can initiate preterm labor, emotional stress was not shown to lead to negative results in pregnancy. This idea has been challenged with the advent of new information on how stress hormones actually can cause Continue reading →

Some procedures for: Advanced Semen Analysis including Sperm Morphology (SA)

Infertility is often thought of as a female disorder, but there are plenty of times when a couple’s inability to have a child cannot be traced to the mother—instead it is due to a medical problem with the father. Over one-third of infertile couples experience a problem with the semen or the sperm. Thus, a semen analysis is among the first laboratory tests done to identify this problem. The analysis of semen, whose parameters usually comprise volume, sperm count, motility and other commonly known characteristics, is also useful for assessing sperm health, which is useful for in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. Continue reading →

Cryopreservation Part 1: Oocyte Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation is a treatment for infertility that uses the latest in assistive reproductive technology to extract, freeze and store a woman’s oocytes for the future. These eggs can be thawed, fertilized in vitro, and later transferred back to her uterus as embryos or blastocysts to complete their development. Cryopreservation has also been applied to later stages in the life of a fertilized oocyte, with advances in the technology allowing for embryo and blastocyst freezing. The freezing of sperm from the male partner, as well as his testicular tissue, can also be preserved in this way. Egg Freezing: How it works Continue reading →

What To Expect From Your First Prenatal Checkup

Maybe you’ve noticed that you haven’t gotten your period in the past six weeks, or something just feels different. Or perhaps you’ve taken a pregnancy test and it came up positive. Either way, you just feel, well, pregnant. As soon as you have a remote suspicion about being pregnant, it’s time to schedule a prenatal appointment. It can be with a general practitioner, obstetrician/gynecologist (ob gyn), or a midwife. Whether this is your first time getting pregnant or your fourth, you and your health care provider will have a lot of things to discuss. This is your first prenatal checkup, Continue reading →

Tips For Traveling While Pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things about everyday life, at least from People are generally aware that getting pregnant means that you need to make some adjustments. Say you’ve got a vacation coming up that you planned several months ago. You know, the one you had your heart set on before you got pregnant? Before you go ahead and cancel your travel plans, you may want to educate yourself on how your pregnancy affects how you travel, especially on an airplane. The Best Time to Fly The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists attest that pregnant women who are healthy Continue reading →