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Basics of Testing Egg Quality and Quantity from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/what-to-expect-during-fertility-testing/ (877) 977-2959 Basics of Testing Your Egg Quality and Quantity All women have a finite number of eggs in their body which, when released during ovulation, can be fertilized to produce a baby. While the number of eggs that you have does matter, so does the quality of those eggs. Together, the number and quality of your eggs are referred to as your ovarian reserve. Ovarian reserve testing is done to assess a women’s ability to produce eggs that will ultimately produce a baby. Age is the most important determinant of ovarian reserve. As you age your eggs will begin to decline in quality as well as in number. By the time you are in your late 30s or early 40s, you will have more poor quality eggs than good quality eggs. That is why fertility declines as one ages. Having poor quality eggs is a common reason for infertility. Decline in ovarian reserve, and therefore egg quality, can occur due to pelvic surgery, endometriosis, smoking, cancer treatments, or family history of early menopause. In some women there is not a clear reason why the egg quality is poor. Fertility doctors evaluate ovarian reserve using tests that measure egg quantity and quality. The evaluation process typically begins with a blood test to measure the naturally-occurring hormones FSH, estradiol and AMH. The AMH level is the most important of these three tests, and is the best predictor of success with fertility therapy as it helps predict egg quantity Women who have an increased FSH level will have a lower chance of achieving pregnancy with fertility therapy. FSH is typically used to evaluate egg quality. Another test used to measure ovarian reserve is the antral follicle count, which is counted during a vaginal ultrasound. A low number of follicles indicates a lower chance of conception and pregnancy. A poor result from ovarian reserve testing does not signify an absolute inability to conceive and should not be the sole criteria considered to limit or deny access to infertility treatment. The US Fertility Network partners with top centers nationwide, who offer top notch assisted reproductive technologies with Board Certified experts providing highly skilled, compassionate care. To schedule with top fertility centers for treatment, call us at (877) 977-2959
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Basics of Egg Freezing from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/egg-freezing/ (877) 977-2959 Egg freezing may be an option if a woman wants to have a baby in the future, but would prefer to postpone it for a few years. By taking advantage of egg freezing, a woman is essentially suspending the ticking of her biological clock. Egg Freezing is technically called Vitrification, a process in which an oocyte (egg) is extracted, frozen, and stored in an egg bank to be used for conception at a later time. The procedure is an exciting one because it opens up fertility options to those facing issues such as cancer treatment, premature menopause, lifestyle issues or those with ethical or moral issues with destroying embryos created thru the IVF process. The frozen eggs will be held until a woman has deemed she is ready for a pregnancy, at which point the eggs can be thawed and used for IVF using an intracytoplasmic sperm injection procedure. It takes approximately six to eight weeks to complete an egg freezing cycle. Here are the steps: 1. First, the woman is given fertility medicines that boost egg production. 2. Next, when the eggs are mature, they are extracted from the ovaries in a minor surgical procedure. 3. Once removed, the eggs are cooled and frozen using liquid nitrogen. There are multiple techniques used for the freezing, known as vitrification or cryopreservation. • When the woman is ready to try to get pregnant(in the future), her eggs are thawed, injected with a single sperm and then after a few days; the fertilized eggs that have resulted in good quality embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus. This is done in the same way as IVF. It’s important to remember that not all good quality eggs survive the freeze and thaw process. In 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine—lifted their previous “experimental” label of egg freezing because after reviewing more than 1,000 cases; they determined that frozen, thawed eggs were every bit as effective as fresh eggs used in In Vitro Fertilization. Thousands of babies have been born worldwide from frozen eggs. Among these births, the rate of birth defects and chromosomal defects has been no higher than e in the general population. Additionally, genetic screening of embryos is available which can also help with gender selection. Egg freezing is a very safe procedure, with studies showing no increased risks to the baby with this process. Most insurance policies do not cover fertility treatments. A typical cycle costs around $7,000, but there are also additional fees to consider including long-term egg storage fees and medication costs. If you or a loved one is in need of first rate help achieving your fertility goals, let US Fertility Network help you at one of our convenient nationwide locations. Call us today at (877) 977-2959
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Basics of Diminished Ovarian Reserve from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/decreased-ovarian-reserve/ (877) 977-2959 Diminished ovarian reserve Ovarian reserve refers to the number of eggs a woman has at birth. Ovarian reserve begins to decrease at age 30 and rapidly declines after age 40. Diminished ovarian reserve is a condition where a woman’s ovaries contain few eggs or eggs that are of poor quality. Those with DOR who do not desire to ever conceive can be treated easily with Hormone replacement therapy. Other than increasing age, common causes of DOR include smoking, genetic abnormalities, previous chemo and/or radiation, or surgical removal of part or all of an ovary. Besides these reasons, it’s not exactly clear why some women lose their ovarian reserve faster than others. There are various tests fertility specialists use in the workup for diminished ovarian reserve. These include: • Antral follicle count test – This involves counting the number of antral follicles that are visible using transvaginal ultrasound. • Day 3 FSH and E2 test – This involves measuring baseline follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol (E2) levels, which can give clues about menopause. When the woman is close to menopause, with a low ovarian reserve, the FSH level increases and estrogen levels reduced. • Clomiphene challenge test – This involves taking Clomid and assessing an FSH level. • Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) – Used by fertility specialists, AMH is used to evaluate the ovarian reserve. The first option available to those with a diminished reserve is to undergo Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH), after which an Intrauterine Insemination Cycle (IUI) is performed. The stimulation makes use of a hormonal tablets or injections to trigger the body to produce as many mature eggs as possible each cycle. With pelvic ultrasounds to monitor the progression of the eggs, and blood tests, your fertility doctor will know exactly when your eggs are ready to be inseminated with your partner’s or donor sperm. Also available to some patients with a diminished ovarian reserve is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This treatment seeks to stimulate multiple eggs per cycle, hopefully improving the chance of finding a “good” egg. Another option available to those with a diminished ovarian reserve is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using Donor eggs, and is used typically only after other options have been exhausted. Another option available to those with a diminished ovarian reserve is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using Donor embryos. This treatment uses another couples “unwanted” frozen embryos to help the patient become pregnant. Embryo donors are typically patients that have gone thru IVF process that have conceived and have many excess frozen embryos after their family is complete. US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide, all of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a 15% discount on treatment. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Basics on Fertility Over the Age of 35 from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/effects-of-age-on-fertility/ (877) 977-2959 Starting a family involves many personal decisions. The exact timing is different for everyone. There may be financial, physical, and emotional considerations, some of which end up having women waiting until later to begin, or start again. The benefits of waiting until later in life to have children may include: Focus on education and career with financial stability Increased maturity and stability Women over the age of 35 now account for over 10% of first time mothers. Unfortunately, fertility begins to decline in the mid thirties, typically due to a decline in the quality and number of eggs in the ovaries. While a 30 year old has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month, a 40 year old only has a 5% chance per month. A out of Scotland found that women have lost 90 percent of their eggs by the time they are 30 years old, and only have about 3 percent remaining by the time they are 40. While a woman cannot reverse the biological clock, there are a few factors that are controllable that can slow the loss of fertility: Stopping smoking, keeping one’s weight down and controlling stress can all help. Taking birth ctonrol pills has no effect on a woman’s egg count. The condition of the eggs also may change considerably with age. Older eggs have a higher rate of chromosomal anomalies, which will increase chances of early miscarriage. About 34% of pregnancies end in miscarriage for women ages 40 to 44, and 53% of pregnancies end in miscarriage for women after age 45. In addition, many non-ovarian factors affect fertility. As a woman ages, she is more likely to experience certain medical problems, including tubal disease, uterine fibroids, polyps, and endometriosis, which can impact fertility. So what treatments are available to assist? There are 3 main treatment options to assist: 1. Ovarian hyperstimulation – This involves taking oral or injectable medication to stimulate the ovaries to release more eggs than normal. This increases your chance of getting pregnant. This fertility treatment is recommended first for older women. 2. In vitro fertilization (IVF) – After failing on two cycles of ovarian hyperstimulation, IVF is recommended for older women. IVF has a success rate of 15% per cycle in women over age 40 and drops to less than half that after age 43. 3. Egg donation with IVF has a success rate of 40-45% success rate per treatment cycle, regardless of age. US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide, all of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a 15% discount on treatment. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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What we Know About the Link Between Obesity and Infertility
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com (877) 977-2959 Obesity and infertility in women 2/3 of the US is either overweight or obese. You calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres. A healthy BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9. Having a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered ‘overweight’ and a BMI over 30 is considered ‘obese’. Obesity and ovulation Obesity is a known risk factor for ovulation problems. Obese women typically need increased levels of hormone medications to facilitate ovulation for conception. It used to be thought that if an obese woman was able to ovulate ok, then the chance of conception was normal. We now know this is NOT true. Obesity and infertility Studies are now showing a link between obesity and infertility even in women who ovulate normally. Van der Steeg et al – 3029 couples. (Human Reproduction) Obesity – BMI over 30 Severe obesity – BMI over 40. Obesity and infertility BMI = 35 – 26% less likely to achieve spontaneous pregnancy. BMI over 40 = 43% less likely to get pregnant. The link is known, but the why is not. Authors thought maybe hormone leptin is involved. Obesity and infertility Obesity is also associated with PCOS, which is a common cause of infertility. Excess estrogen is also a common problem in obese women. This can make one’s body think it is on birth control. Obese women have miscarriage rate that is double that of those with healthy weight. Obesity and infertility Obese women take longer to conceive than women in the healthy weight range. When they do conceive they have a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as miscarriage, diabetes and premature birth. Nationwide fertility centers US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide. All of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a 15% discount on treatment. Visit usfertilitynetwork.com and call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Gender Selection Basics from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/gender-selection/ (877) 977-2959 Due to significant advances in modern assisted reproductive technologies, Gender Selection is now a reality. An increasing amount of prospective parents are using gender selection for family balancing to achieve the desired ratio of boys and girls. Gender selection involves using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis testing and IVF to accurately predict the gender, with a 95% accuracy rate. Let me explain the basics of how this works, here are the basic steps. The steps are as follows: • Patients are given hormones to stimulate multiple egg development in the ovarian follicles. Growth of the eggs is monitored by blood tests and ultrasounds. • Eggs are retrieved through the vagina in a simple office procedure. • Embryos are created in a petri dish in the laboratory, where sperm are combined with eggs. • The embryos develop, and then are transferred to incubators to grow. • The embryos are biopsied with the removal of 1-2 cells on the third day in culture. These cells are analyzed for chromosomal makeup and gender, which involves screening for hundreds of inherited disorders. • Two days later, selected gender appropriate embryos are implanted to the woman's uterus. • A pregnancy test is done 10-14 days later. The good news is that PGD testing not only assists with gender selection, but also tests for chromosomal abnormalities, which increases the chances of a healthy baby. Gender selection has come about thanks to the modern technological advancements in IVF and fertility screening. US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide providng state of the art treatments such as gender selection, with all centers being members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Currently, a 15% discount on treatment is being offered by all centers. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Basics of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-icsi/ (877) 977-2959 ICSI, known as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, is a modern assisted reproductive technology that is used for couples who have attempted conception with no results due to a male infertility problem. This may include low sperm count, motility problem, an unsuccessful vasectomy reversal or a failed traditional IVF. ICSI is performed in conjunction with IVF, with the average length of treatment overall being 4 to 6 weeks. ICSI involves injection of the head of a single sperm into the inner part of an egg directly, usually performed by an embryologist at an established fertility center. There are several steps including egg and sperm retrieval, then fertilization. This is confirmed after 2 to 6 days, and then the embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus. Usually more than one embryo is inserted for the highest chance of success. Extra embryos not transferred may be frozen for later use if necessary. Studies have shown that ICSI results in an 85% fertilization rate, and live birth success rates with IVF range from 28-47%. ICSI has been shown to slightly increase the success of IVF. The typical stand alone cost of an ICSI averages $1500, with the cost of IVF itself averaging 9 to 12 thousand dollars. There are typically additional costs for screenings and medications. The US Fertility Network partners with top IVF centers nationwide, who offer top notch assisted reproductive technologies with Board Certified experts providing highly skilled, compassionate care. To read more about ICSI, IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies, and then to find top fertility centers for treatment, call us at (877) 977-2959
Family Building for LGBT Couples - Info from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/lgbt-family-building/ (877) 977-2959 For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals or couples, many options exist for starting a family. LGBT couples face particular hurdles, when building a family and address these issues at the couple’s first consultation. A comprehensive history is important to recognize any fertility issues that might exist, before treatment starts. Female same-sex couples and individuals will need donor sperm in order for one of the partners to get pregnant through artificial insemination or IVF. Male same-sex couples and individuals will need donated female eggs to fertilize with one or both partner’s sperm through in vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as a gestational carrier to carry and deliver the child. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves placing the donated sperm into one of the intended mothers through a catheter. Donated sperm can be obtained from a known person or anonymously from a sperm bank. Another option for same sex females is combining the donated sperm with eggs during IVF, creating an embryo that will later be transferred to one the intended mother’s. One female partner donates her eggs, which are then fertilized with donor sperm and then transferred to the other female partner. Same sex male couples will need an egg donor and gestational carrier to have a child. The receiving couple first identifies a suitable egg donor, often through an agency, or the eggs can be donated by a friend or family member. The eggs are retrieved and fertilized through IVF using one of the intended father’s sperm or the eggs are divided and both intended father’s sperm are used. The resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus of a gestational carrier. Embryo donation involves an embryo created by another couple during IVF that is donated to an LGBT couple or individual to become pregnant. Embryo donation can be used by same sex female or same sex male couples. The US Fertility Network partners with the best fertility centers nationwide, who offer top notch assisted reproductive technologies with Board Certified experts providing highly skilled, compassionate care. To schedule at one of our top fertility centers for treatment, call us at (877) 977-2959
Basics of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/recurrent-pregnancy-loss/ (877) 977-2959 Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is the medical phrase for repeated miscarriages (more than one), which can be quite disheartening for the couple. Miscarriage occurs 20% of the time, simply due to random abnormalities. RPL is a condition distinct from infertility, and it is defined by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as two or more miscarriages in a row. Less than 5% of women experience two consecutive miscarriages, and a mere 1% will have three or more. Causes of RPL: 1. Genetic and Chromosomal Causes - The most common cause of recurrent pregnancy loss is spontaneous chromosomal abnormality, which occurs when the egg is dividing. The risk of miscarriage increases with the woman’s age, and by age 40-45 years, there is a 40-60% chance of miscarriage. After age 40, more than one-third of pregnancies result in miscarriage. 2. Fibroids, Polyps, and Uterine Disorders - Polyps, fibroids, scar tissue, and a uterine septum are problems that could interfere with carrying a baby to term. Surgery may become necessary to resolve the issue. 3. Hematologic Disorders - Another cause of RPL is abnormal blood clotting in the small placental blood vessels. This may include thrombophilia or Factor V Leiden. Anticoagulation medications may help such as with Lovenox. 4. Hormone Dysfunction - Recurrent pregnancy loss can occur due to pituitary dysfunction or thyroid disease. These are treated with hormone therapy such as progesterone and HCG. 5. Genetic, Infectious, and Immune Factors – various genetic mutations may cause problems with the uterine wall. Various infections such as previous STDs may cause scarring and inflammation of the fallopian tubes and uterus. Treatment for these may involve medication, surgery or a combination. Call US Fertility Network today for top fertility treatment nationwide at (877) 977-2959. 15% discount on treatment at centers!
Ovulation Induction Overview from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/ovulation-induction/ Ovulation induction is used by fertility specialists to improve the chances for pregnancy in women with infertility. Ovulation induction involves the use of oral or injectable fertility drugs to stimulate the development of eggs. Often ovulation induction with the fertility medications is combined with intrauterine insemination. Intrauterine insemination involves the injection of the partner’s sperm or donor sperm in the uterus at the time of ovulation to increase the likelihood of conception. Ovulation induction can be used for couples who have: • Cervical factor infertility • Unexplained infertility • Mild endometriosis • Mild Male factor infertility • Irregular menstrual cycles • Persistent infertility due to mild poor egg quality in spite of other treatments The most common medications used for ovulation induction are Clomid and Letrozole. These are taken orally. Less commonly an injectable medication can be used to make multiple follicles grow on the ovary. The injectable medications contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or human menopausal gonadotropins (hMG) There is an increased chance for multiple pregnancy when compared to the oral medications. No increase in birth defects and congenital abnormalities has been associated with any of these medications. Medications with IUI has between a 5 to 18% chance of success rate per cycle when used for unexplained infertility. The chance of a multiple pregnancy ranges from 5 to 15%. Ovulation induction therapy is a successful fertility therapy and is often used as the first treatment for most couples with infertility. Top ovulation induction and IUI treatment is available with the expert fertility specialists in the US Fertility Network. Call us for help today at (877) 977-2959!
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NSAIDS in Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage - from US Fertility Network
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com NSAIDs in early pregnancy and miscarriage Miscarriage is common 15% of early pregnancies overall result in miscarriage, with 80% occurring in first trimester. Factors known to increase miscarriage risk: Obesity Smoking Alcohol Genetic Abnormalities What about nsaids? NSAIDs are normally non-addictive and safe when taken according to manufacturer’s recommendations. They are used during pregnancy for fevers, mild illnesses, aches, pains, IBD. They are sometimes used to delay early delivery for 48 hrs up to 10 days. Nsaid risk NSAIDs cross the placenta and may harm the unborn child. Depends on the type of NSAID, dose and duration of therapy, gestational period and time between dosing and delivery. Study by Levy et al. 65,000 patient records reviewed. OTC NSAIDS did not increase miscarriage risk. Prescription NSAIDS indomethacin and Celebrex were linked to a higher rate of miscarriage. Nsaid risk Aleve and Motrin were not associated with miscarriage and did not cause preterm labor. The overall risk of miscarriage for women taking prescription NSAIDs is 8%. Another study – 1055 women BMJ 2003. Prenatal NSAID or aspirin use associated with 80% increased risk of miscarriage. Stronger association if initial NSAID use was around conception or if use lasted for over a week. Bottom line There are conflicting studies regarding NSAIDS, aspiring and miscarriage risk. The prudent thing to do is stay away from prescription indomethacin or Celebrex at any time around conception onwards. OTC use may be okay, be sure to discuss with your physician. Nationwide fertility centers US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide. All of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a 15% discount on treatment. Visit usfertilitynetwork.com and call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Achieving Fertility Success with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/recurrent-pregnancy-loss/ Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is the medical phrase for repeated miscarriages (more than one), which can be quite disheartening for the couple. Miscarriage occurs 20% of the time on average in women under the age of 35, simply due to random abnormalities. RPL is a condition distinct from infertility, and it is defined by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as two or more miscarriages in a row. Less than 5% of women experience two consecutive miscarriages, and a mere 1% will have three or more miscarriage in a row. Causes of RPL are numerous and may include: 1. Genetic and Chromosomal Causes - The most common cause of pregnancy loss is spontaneous chromosomal abnormality in the baby, which occurs when the egg is fertilized and dividing. The risk of miscarriage due to genetic causes increase with the woman’s age, and by age 40-45 years, there is a 60% chance of miscarriage with every pregnancy achieved due to these sporadic events. Genetic causes most often occurs when there is a chromosomally abnormal egg being fertilized, but the chromosome abnormalities can occur when the parents carry a genetic defect such as a balanced translocation, these chromosomal abnormalities in the parents are less common. 2. Fibroids, Polyps, and Uterine Disorders - Polyps, fibroids, scar tissue, and problems with the shape of the uterus could increase the risk of having a miscarriage If the uterus is abnormal the implantation of the embryo may be effected. Surgery may become necessary to correct the issue. 3. Hematologic Disorders - Another cause of Recurrent Pregnancy loss is abnormal blood clotting in the small placental blood vessels. This may include blood clotting disorders like Factor V Leiden or alterations in the prothrombin gene. Anticoagulation medications may help patients with blood clotting disorders to decrease their risk of miscarriage. 4. Hormone Dysfunction - Recurrent pregnancy loss can occur due to abnormalities of the female hormones. These abnormalities can include thyroid dysfunction, poor egg quality, and low progesterone levels. 5. Immune Factors –Various autoimmune disease have been associated with an increased risk of pregnancy loss. Patients that test positive for Lupus anticoagulant are often treated with blood thinners to decrease the risk of loss The US Fertility Network partners with top fertility centers nationwide, who offer top notch assisted reproductive technologies with Board Certified experts providing highly skilled, compassionate care. To read more about our top fertility centers for treatment, call us at (877) 977-2959
Overview of Artificial Insemination from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/artificial-insemination/ (877) 977-2959 The purpose of artificial insemination is to assist a couple become pregnant by helping the sperm enter the woman’s egg. There are 4 types of artificial insemination: 1. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) - With this technique, the fertility laboratory specialists take a semen sample from the male, and wash the sperm in the lab to separate it from the semen. Then, the high quality sperm is placed into the uterus using a small catheter. 2. Intravaginal Insemination (IVI) - Also known as self-insemination, intravaginal insemination (IVI) is done in the privacy of the couple’s own home. Using a syringe, the semen sample can be inserted into the vaginal canal up near the cervix. This is not as effective as IUI, but it’s much lower cost. 3. Intracervical Insemination (ICI) – this is a lower cost procedure where the semen sample is placed into the woman’s cervix. It’s painless and noninvasive, and increases the chances of a natural pregnancy. 4. Intratubal Insemination (ITI) – this involves placement of the sperm higher up, either into the fallopian tube or at the entrance to the tube. Ultrasound technology is used to guide the catheter so the sperm can be placed where it needs to go. Obviously, artificial insemination procedures need to be done when the woman is ovulating. Timing of artificial insemination involves blood and urine tests so the fertility specialist can check hormone levels for ovulation. 3-6 cycles of insemination are typically tried before the prospective parent should move on to another ART. The pregnancy or success rates for artificial insemination are 10 to 15% per menstrual cycle using ICI, and and 15–20% per cycle for IUI. In IUI, about 60 to 70% have achieved pregnancy after 6 cycles. Factors that can affect success rates include total sperm count along with the age and health of recipient. US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide, all of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a discount on treatment. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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What You Should Know About Smoking and Infertility (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com Smoking and infertility Basics of smoking Most people know smoking increases risk for heart and lung disease. However, it also may cause infertility issues in both men and women. Contents of cigarette smoke: Nicotine Carbon Monoxide Cyanide Over 100 carcinogens Smoking and egg loss The chemicals in cigarette smoke affect the rate of egg loss in women. Once eggs die, they cannot be replaced. Women who smoke go through menopause 4-6 years earlier than nonsmokers. Smoking and sperm Male smokers can experience issues with both quality and quantity of sperm: Low Sperm Counts Decreased Sperm Motility Abnormally Shaped Sperm conception The risk for infertility increases with the number of cigarettes smoked each day. Infertility rates for both male and female smokers are twice the rate of non-smokers. IVF and smoking Even with IVF treatment, many smokers cannot achieve pregnancy. Female smokers require more ovulation stimulating medications during IVF than non-smokers, and yet still do not produce as many eggs. Genetics and smoking Smoking damages the genetic material of sperm and eggs. Miscarriage and birth defect rates are slightly higher in smokers. Preterm labor and ectopic pregnancies are higher among female smokers. Nationwide fertility centers US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide. All of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a 15% discount on treatment. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Dr. John Norian HRC Rancho Cucamonga Fertility Doctor (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com Dr. John Norian offers expert fertility care at the HRC fertility clinic in Rancho Cucamonga - Inland Empire. Over twenty options are available to help women achieve their fertility goals with comprehensive, State-of-the-Art assisted reproductive technologies. For the top fertility treatment in Inland Empire with HRC Rancho Cucamonga, call (877) 977-2959 and receive 15% OFF All Fertility Treatments!
Egg Donor Program for Successful Pregnancy (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/egg-donation/ Egg donation is where a woman donates her eggs for another couple to help them have a baby using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Nationwide success at top fertility centers with egg donation and IVF exceeds 70%! Call US Fertility Network for treatment at the top nationwide fertility centers and egg donor programs.
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Basics of Infertility Testing - from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com (877) 977-2959 Basics of Infertility Testing When a couple is not successful at achieving pregnancy after a full year of unprotected intercourse, both partners should undergo a thorough assessment. Over Three million couples in the U.S. are evaluated for infertility yearly. At the first appointment, the fertility specialist will review the patient’s comprehensive medical and surgical history and lifestyle habits including any previous fertility testing and treatments. A physical exam is conducted which includes a pelvic ultrasound to check for uterine and ovarian problems. After the initial visit, the fertility specialist will schedule testing for sperm and egg quality, ovulation, tubal patency, and uterine shape. Evaluation of the number and quality of your eggs is referred to as ovarian reserve testing. Ovarian reserve testing is done to assess a women’s ability to produce eggs that will ultimately produce a healthy baby. The 3 most common blood tests for egg quality are FSH, estradiol and AMH. The AMH level is the best predictor of success with fertility therapy. Often a transvaginal ultrasound is performed to assess ovarian reserve. Next, tests to assess the uterus shape and fallopian tubes are performed. A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a special imaging procedure of the uterus and fallopian tubes. For men, a semen analysis is the most important test. The sample is examined for sperm count, motility and percentage of sperm with a normal shape. If the semen analysis is abnormal, pregnancy may still be possible through intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization. If sperm abnormalities are detected, the semen analysis will be repeated in four weeks to determine if the abnormalities are permanent or temporary. After the basic tests are done sometimes a laparoscopy or hysteroscopy is needed, which assesses the uterus and tubes thoroughly. Once the basic testing is complete the fertility doctor will present options available to achieve conception. About 15% of couples will have all of the testing with no obvious cause for their infertility. Don’t despair though, if an obvious cause cannot be found, those with unexplained infertility have high rates of success with fertility therapy. The US Fertility Network partners with the best centers nationwide, who offer top notch assisted reproductive technologies with Board Certified experts providing highly skilled, compassionate care. To find top fertility centers for treatment, call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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Basics of Tubal Reversal from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/services/tubal-reversal/ (877) 977-2959 Approximately 700,000 tubal ligations are performed each year in the US, which involves closing or blocking the fallopian tubes. This may involve an electrical current, burning, a clip/ring or physically tying the tubes off. A study by the CDC has found that 7% of women choose to have a tubal reversal. Life circumstances may change, and the reversal is a woman’s opportunity to undergo a natural pregnancy. The workup prior to a tubal reversal includes a procedure known as a hysterosalpingogram, which uses contrast dye and real time x-ray to determine the structure and function of the rmaining fallopian tubes. This outpatient procedure is done using general anesthesia (put to sleep). A small incision is made above the pubic bone and right below the bikini line. To make the tubes accessible, they are pulled above the incision so the surgeon can make necessary repairs. Surgical instruments are used to remove the unhealthy sections of the fallopian tubes. Once open and unobstructed, the tubes are aligned and sutures are used to reconnect the outer and middle layers of the tubal structure. Most pateints are able to return to work within one week. A tubal ligation cannot be done when the fallopian tubes are less than four centimeters, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). You are a good candidate if you: • Have no other fertility issues • Have a partner with adequate number of sperm and quality • Have severed tubes that are long and healthy enough for repair • Are under the age of 40 years • Have a body mass index that is normal The success of a tubal reversal is approximately 90%. The subsequent chance of becoming pregnant is approximately 70%, with most success occurring within the first year. Keep in mind the procedure will not make one more fertile than she was prior to the ligation. Typical cost for a tubal reversal procedure is not covered by insurance and has a broad range between $5-7k. US Fertility Network offers top fertility centers nationwide, all of which are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and offer a discount on treatment. Call us at (877) 977-2959 today!
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http://usfertilitynetwork.com/diagnosis-and-testing/preimplantation-genetic-testing-pgd/ (877) 977-2959 Preimplantation genetic diagnosis testing, known as PGD is a method for detecting genetic defects in fertilized embryos obtained through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Preimplantation genetic tests prevent the transfer of genetically compromised embryos to the intended mother, and therefore prenatal diagnostic tests (such as, amniocentesis) may be avoided. Chromosomal abnormalities are common in embryos, and are one of the main reason women fail to conceive with IVF (or spontaneously) as they age. It is known that about 60% of embryos in women under 35 years of age and 80% of embryos in women over the age of 41 will be chromosomally abnormal. The ideal candidates who should seek PGD testing prior to having a child are as follows: • the female partner is 35 years of age or older and at increased risk for having a child with a chromosomal abnormality (PGS) • the couple has had recurrent miscarriages of unknown cause (PGS) • the couple has had a previous child or pregnancy with a chromosome abnormality (PGD) • the couple is concerned about having a child with a chromosome abnormality (PGS) • the couple has had a previous unsuccessful IVF cycle despite good quality embryos (PGS) • one member of the couple carries a known chromosomal defect (PGD) • the couple is at risk of having a child with an inherited single gene genetic disease (PGD) testing provides an increased chance of having a healthy child since the embryos that have been tested and found healthy are still viable for use in the implantation process. There are three main things tested with a PGD screening 1. Chromosome rearrangements - 2. Single Gene Disorders, such as Tay Sacks or Muscular Dystrophy 3. Aneuploidy – where there are either too many or too few chromosimes (Down’s Syndrome, Turners Syndrome). There are 5 steps involved the PGD: 1. Removal of 1-2 cells from the embryo. 2. Evaluation of cells to determine any problematic gene inheritance. 3. Then, Embryos free of disease and genetic problems are then placed back into the uterus. 4. Attempt of implantation. 5. Freezing additional embryos free of disease and genetic problems for later use. There are 4 main benefits to PGD testing. • PGD can test for over 100 varying genetic disorders. • PGD allows the couple a chance to have a healthy child. • If desired, the couple can select gender. • The procedure permits couples to pursue biological children. If you or a loved one is in need of first rate help achieving your fertility goals, let US Fertility Network help you at one of our convenient nationwide locations. Call us today at (877) 977-2959
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Overview of Tubal Ligation Reversal from US Fertility Network (877) 977-2959
 
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