The Role of Supplements in IVF

One of the most common pieces of advice given to couples struggling with infertility is to do everything they can to be healthy, because it increases their chances at a successful pregnancy. This advice is well meaning yet clichéd, and is also nonspecific, which can lead to confusing, and sometimes conflicting advice. To understand dietary supplements at a comprehensive level requires a level of biochemical and physiological knowledge that most people have little time to attain. For the success of IVF and other assistive reproductive therapies, however, health issues surrounding fertility, as well as anecdotal evidence supporting the use of Continue reading →

How Weight Impacts IVF

It is a universal fact that maintaining a normal, healthy body composition is important to fertility, since being overly obese or overly thin can adversely affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Women or couples with difficulty conceiving may decide to attempt a cycle of in-vitro fertilization, which may be complicated by health issues such as being overweight. A healthy body-mass index (BMI) and IVF success are positively correlated; thus maintaining a normal BMI can only increase your chances at success during the first cycle of IVF. Body mass index is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing 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 →

Is pre-ivf hysteroscopy necessary?

Screening and diagnostic modalities are important in all fields of clinical medicine, and assistive reproductive therapy is no exception. In the female patient with a suspected fertility issue, the uterine cavity and endometrial lining can be evaluated by several means, such as noninvasive imaging examinations like transvaginal ultrasonography and hysterosalpingography. A hysteroscopy is an invasive test, but is the most accurate evaluative method available for visualizing the uterine cavity. Hysteroscopy allows the doctor to look directly inside the uterus, but it involves a surgical procedure. It is no surprise, therefore, that the examination is expensive, and patients are usually reluctant 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 →

What To Expect From a Trial Transfer

Assisted reproductive therapies have been established as mainstay treatment for fertility caused by many clinical conditions. However, the rate of implantation of a transferred embryo during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytosplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is low. Since embryo transfer is crucial for implantation, the technique used in this procedure is vital for IVF success. Studies have also shown that a significant proportion of women undergoing embryo transfer after IVF or ICSI have had embryos transferred to a location within their uterus that was less than ideal. Therefore, solving this issue often calls for a trial transfer before the actual embryo Continue reading →

What Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test Does For You

The clomiphene citrate challenge test is a common procedure used to determine ovarian reserve for women struggling with infertility issues. The test has been found to be over 95% accurate in determining failure rate, which makes it preferable among professionals in the field of assistive reproductive therapy. Pharmacological Facts About Clomiphene Clomiphene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator, whose mechanism of action is to increase gonadotropin production. This is achieved by inhibiting a negative feedback signal inside the hypothalamus. This process leads to the up-regulation, or feed-forward process, of producing more hormones. How It Works The Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test Continue reading →

What is Antral Follicle Count

When a baby girl is born, she has all the eggs she will ever have produced for the rest of her life. At the onset of puberty, the young woman starts losing those eggs with every menstrual cycle until menopause. With each passing cycle, fewer eggs are left in her ovarian reserve, or remaining egg supply. Available in assistive reproductive therapy centers in the Philippines, antral follicle count is an ultrasound examination for ovarian reserve, and allows your physician to not only visualize the quantity, but also the quality of the follicles, and thus accurately evaluate a woman’s ovarian reserve. Continue reading →

What You Can Do to Improve Sperm Quality

In order for a couple to conceive, the male partner must have at least 40 million sperm per ejaculate. Thus, the sperm count plays a vital role in diagnosing male infertility. Statistics show that for more than 40% of couples struggling to have children, the reason was linked to male infertility, and not solely a problem with the female partner. Decreased sperm production can be a temporary problem, related to causes such as extreme heat exposure, riding a bicycle for long hours, ill-fitting briefs, lack of sleep, emotional stress, and performance anxiety. Fortunately, these patients can benefit from some lifestyle Continue reading →