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07/07

2016

Important Points About Unexplained Infertility

Posted by admin | Filed under Age Factors, Infertility

unexplainedFor couples who have been trying to get pregnant for months or even years, hearing they have a ‘diagnosis’ of unexplained infertility can seem like a double blow, both physically and psychologically. Please keep this in mind:

You’re not alone
Unexplained infertility affects approximately 15% of couples. It is defined as the lack of an identified cause for a couple’s inability to conceive after 12 months (or six months for women 35 and older), despite evaluation of: tubal potency and a normal uterus; adequate ovulation; and, a normal semen analysis.

There are many treatment options
Though you may not receive an official diagnosis with unexplained infertility, it does not mean that unexplained infertility is untreatable. The prognosis for unexplained infertility is directly dependent on the female partner’s age.

Treatment options include Clomid combined with IUI. If that is not successful after three for four cycles, IVF is generally recommended. In fact, results from FASTT*, the fast track and standard treatment randomized clinical trial, showed that it made more sense financially and emotionally to refer patients with unexplained infertility to IVF after failed IUIs versus advising more IUIs with injectable hormone medications.

In addition, laparoscopy will be offered to patients with symptoms suggestive of endometriosis or pelvic adhesions.

IVF can be a diagnostic tool
Once a patient undergoes IVF, we might discover factors we did not know about previously, such as poor egg quality, embryo development or implantation. Having the ability to look at these variables under laboratory conditions can help us assess a reason for your infertility.

Having no diagnosis can be frustrating
Having no diagnosis is often stressful and very frustrating. People generally do better knowing that there is an identifiable reason for their difficulties, and that there is a solution for it. Unexplained infertility is associated with a lot of uncertainty and creates typically high stress and frustration, more so, of course, when treatment fails.

You can optimize your fertility
In addition to standard courses of treatment, many patients feel better emotionally and physically when they take steps to live a healthier and more mindful lifestyle, which also may benefit their fertility. Eating healthy, exercising, and incorporating mind/body techniques can help you feel more in control.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this or another fertility topic.

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06/08

2015

The Highs–and Lows–of Fertility Treatment

Posted by admin | Filed under Age Factors, All About Eggs, Getting Pregnant, Infertility, IVF

Fertility treatment is a challenging time for couples–physically, financially and emotionally. There are many ups and downs for those struggling to get pregnant.

L. and A. had their ups and downs as well, beginning with a clinic that made them suspicious that they were being taken advantage of by their endless testing and lack of communication about what was happening.

After doing their research on other clinics, the couple moved to Dr. Robert Boostanfar at HRC. While they were happy with HRC and the way that Dr. Boostanfar guided them through the process, they still had to deal with a disappointing egg retrieval with their first IVF cycle and anxiety about embryo transfer with the second cycle.

“I’m an optimist and try to look at things in a good light, but going through all of this is difficult and draining,” L. explained. “You can’t let yourself get too sucked into it.” Because of her age (38) and medical history (her mother went through early menopause), L. was happy and relieved when she produced seven eggs during the second cycle. But not all of them developed into viable embryos.

“That was pretty disappointing because we knew we didn’t have any back-ups if those embryos didn’t take,” she said.

The two-week wait after embryo transfer was equally nerve-wracking, and L. remembers she and her husband trying to hide their anxiety while visiting with friends and family. They were out to dinner when they got their POSITIVE news!

“We hadn’t told anyone about the implantation because we didn’t want their sympathy if it didn’t work out,” she said. “We didn’t want their feelings of disappointment to rub off on us because we knew we if it didn’t work, we would do it again.”

Finding out they were pregnant was one of the best moments of their lives.  In fact, after finding out they were pregnant with twin girls, L. said, “We couldn’t even eat. Such a shame, too! It was a huge, good-looking buffet.”

If the couple could offer any advice, L. said it would be this: “You know that saying ‘the world has a way of making sure you really want what you say you want’–or something like that–I kept thinking of that throughout everything. The process isn’t easy and has its ups and downs. You need support, a sense of humor, a firm grasp of yourself and why you’re doing this because it truly does make sure you really want what you say you want!”

 

 

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11/10

2014

Facts about Fertility in Your 40s

Posted by admin | Filed under Age Factors, Blog, Getting Pregnant, Infertility

The saying “40 is the new 30” is true almost everywhere else in a woman’s life except for her fertility. When it comes to ovulation, there is no amount of exercise and sunscreen that can change the age of your eggs. Forty is 40 to your eggs. Readmore ….

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12/13

2012

Fertility Preservation Options

Posted by Dr Jane L Frederick | Filed under Age Factors, Blog, Infertility

When you’re young and healthy, you might give little thought to the idea of preserving your fertility. More than likely, most people don’t consider their fertility until they discover there is a problem. For patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or another disease, however, fertility might become top-of-mind rather quickly. The treatments used to address your disease could expose you to potential infertility challenges. As such, it’s critical under such circumstances to explore your fertility preservation options. Readmore ….

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12/06

2012

Common Infertility Myths

Posted by Dr Daniel A. Potter | Filed under Age Factors, Blog, Infertility, Male Infertility

 

Common infertility myths abound on the Web, in magazines, and among well-intentioned friends and family members determined to help you decide how to conceive. None of these myths is going to do anything to help you get pregnant. In fact, if you have misinformation, you might be hurting your chances more than helping them.

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