As Thanksgiving approaches, the time for gratitude becomes more present in our daily lives. Some are taking a 21-day gratitude challenge while others are sharing gratitude by posting online like Lisa Rosenthal, the Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.
I am an overweight,non-smoking 27y/o female that's been trying to get pregnant for 4 years.I was seeing an infertility specialist for 2 of those 4.My tests have included post-coital tests, endometrial biopsy, HSG, laporoscopy(which showed 3 "spots" of endometriosis), and all of the "usual" hormone levels. All of the following were normal except for the lap.My husband had an semen analysis done and all was normal. I took Clomid at least 6-8 months without success. With the Clomid we did discover I was ovulating so my doctor suggested IUI.We followed through and then discovered that my cervical mucus, as well as my husband's semenal fluid, is thick. So, the doctor then suggested I take Robitussin for ten days during my "expected" ovulation. Needless to say, we thought IUI was the answer but we were wrong.I am still ovulating without the Clomid(testing by home tests occasionally). My cycles are still "monthly", but vary from 28-45 days . I realize that IVF may be the next step but my insurance does not cover this procedure and I can't afford it right now. Do you have any suggestions? - Michelle
I am a 30 year old male and my wife and I have been trying to get pregnant for about 3 years now we have both been tested and the doctors says we both check out fine. My wife has been taking Clomid off and on for the last two years and it has not worked yet. My wife had a miscarriage about seven years ago and I was wondering if that could have anything to do with our problem. If not, what else can we do. - Terrance
If you are one of the thousands of infertile couples, searching for a solution, there is good news! A new breakthrough in IVF procedures can dramatically improve the IVF success rate of having a baby through artificial reproduction.
Only you and your partner know when the best time is to start a family but you need to remember that your chances of getting pregnant naturally drop significantly as you get older. You are more likely to get pregnant in your 20s than you are in your 40s, but there are certain things you can do to increase your fertility rate at any age. Dr. James W. Douglas of the IVF Plano, Texas clinic shares some of the pros and cons of trying to conceive at various ages with us below. Educating yourself on the different factors that can affect your ability to conceive can help you make the right lifestyle choices and help you get pregnant at a time that is most appropriate for you.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) continues to be the most popular form of assisted reproductive technologies but there several attractive alternatives to IVF to consider. You can increase your chances of success with fertility treatments with methods that mimic the natural conception process. Many couples are enjoying great success with some of today’s leading alternatives to IVF. Talk to an IVF infertility specialist in your area to find out if you might be a good candidate for alternatives to IVF.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used medical procedures in the world. Using very thin needles or, more recently, laser technology, acupuncturists work to reduce pain and improve health by targeting certain points on the body. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania recently completed one of the largest randomized clinical trials ever conducted to measure the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in IVF. The results indicate that treatment with laser acupuncture could increase pregnancy rates in IVF procedures.
Joseph S. Sanfilippo, M.D., Infertility Doctor at Magee Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Sanfilippo graduated with a medical degree at Chicago Medical School. He has served as the President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Dr. Sanfilippo also oversees an ongoing post-graduate training program in cooperation with the ASRM and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. This allows provision of the latest surgical techniques in the specialty of Advance Minimally Invasive Surgery.
If you’re one of the many women who have decided to postpone pregnancy to a time when you have more resources to take care of the baby, you may have wondered if waiting would affect your fertility rate. The truth is that it is harder for women to conceive when they are older. Dr. James W. Douglas of the IVF Plano, Texas clinic points out that fertility rates start to decline rapidly between the ages of 35 and 37. By the time a woman reaches 40 years of age, her chances of getting pregnant naturally fall to just five percent!
If you and your partner are seeking infertility treatment, use this guide to help you learn more about different fertility treatment options, and to find an experienced IVF specialist in your area. Some of the fertility treatments with the highest success rates include IVF and various types of assisted reproductive technologies. If you have endometriosis or damaged fallopian tubes, your infertility specialist may recommend some type of surgery and more advanced fertility treatments.