You’ve just finished a round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) and, if that wasn’t enough, now you’re looking at 2 weeks of waiting to know if your procedure was successful. The time frame leading up to the procedure is busy with numerous doctors appointments and staying on top of home treatments such as injections or pills, but as soon as the procedure is done it seems like there is so much open time to worry and wonder about whether you’ll receive good news.
If you’ve been struggling with infertility, by now you’ve probably received your fair share of invasive comments about your number, or lack, of children. If you have no kids, people will ask you “When are you going to have a baby?” Couples with one child will hear, “Hey, don’t you want to give little joey a brother?” If you have two kids and want another people will think you’re crazy for wanting three. Sometimes it feels like you just can’t win!
Anyone who’s struggled with infertility knows the anxiety associated with that ever-present threat of the “ticking clock”. There are many reasons women delay pregnancy these days, be it for a career, relationships, or illness. We’ve been told numerous times by doctors (and nosy family or friends) that after age 35 fertility declines at an accelerated rate. And while sperm cryopreservation successfully freezes sperm for later fertility treatments, early attempts at freezing eggs proved difficult because the slow method at which they froze could result in damaging ice crystals in the egg.
Surrogacy has been a topic of fascination for a long time and has recently become a hot discussion as celebrity couples and everyday families share their personal stories. Recent statistics suggest that about 15% of couples will struggle with infertility and, for some of them, their best or only option may be surrogacy. Currently, in the US about 750 babies are born with the help of a surrogate and the number of babies continues to grow.
Learning many new terms, words, and care options during fertility treatments can seem overwhelming. Understanding what different services mean can help you to feel more informed, comfortable, and in control of your treatment. Our Connecticut fertility center is focused on personalized one-on-one care, and our goal is to help you feel confident during the time that we partner with you to achieve your fertility goals. Read on to learn some common fertility terms and fertility treatment options:
According to a new study published this month in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, women who used clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or gonadotropins during fertility treatments showed no increased risk of developing breast cancer than women who took no fertility medications at all. That’s great news for women who are considering fertility treatments but who were previously concerned about whether the commonly used fertility drugs would increase their risk of cancer.
The obesity epidemic has reached epic levels, with nearly two-thirds of American adults classified as overweight or obese. As obesity levels have increased, so have the number of couples struggling with infertility. While many obese women are able to become pregnant without assistance, a recent study found that the higher a women’s BMI the less likely she was to become pregnant on her own without medical assistance. Understanding how a healthy or unhealthy weight can affect your own fertility can help you when making decisions about treatment options.
More than 5 million babies have been born since in vitro fertilization (IVF) assisted in the birth of Louise Joy Brown in 1978. As success rates continue to increase every year, so does the number of women across the globe who visit fertility centers for help achieving a successful pregnancy.
Park Avenue Fertility is very honored to announce that Dr. Levi has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America® 2013-2014 by his peers. We are pleased that Dr. Levi has been recognized for his hard work creating a uniquely personal experience for people seeking treatment for infertility in Connecticut.
There is a lot of good advice to be found on the Internet about what you should eat before, during, and after a pregnancy. And while there is not a specific food that will cure infertility, there are plenty of foods that may help your body prepare for pregnancy, and in some cases even improve fertility measures.