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.
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.
Ovulation is a key factor in fertility; knowing if you’re ovulating, when you’re ovulating, and if your eggs are healthy are all aspects that can help improve overall fertility and your chance of experiencing a healthy pregnancy. Timing ovulation is different for every women and factors like irregular periods, stress, illness, and medication can all disrupt normal ovulation.
National Endometriosis Awareness Month takes place around the world in March and provides a chance for educators, doctors, and community service providers to raise awareness about this often painful disease that effects more than 6 million women across the United States and millions more across the globe. Although many women attribute Endometriosis with painful cramps during menses, Endometriosis can also quietly affect fertility and bowel function without the typical painful warning signs. Park Avenue Fertility is focused on educating the community on the side effects of Endometriosis, how it can play a role in your fertility, and what you can do about it.
When managing infertility, it is most important for patients to discover which treatments will deliver the best results in helping them to become pregnant. While there are many tests available to help women determine which treatments may work best for their specific need, Anti-Mullerian Hormone Testing is an excellent option for all couples and single intended parents who are interested in IVF or intrauterine insemination. Park Avenue Fertility is pleased to offer this test free of charge to patients and non-patients alike.
One of the most frustrating pieces of advice a couple can receive while experiencing infertility is to “just relax and you’ll get pregnant soon enough.” Although the comment is usually well meaning and meant to help, those kinds of comments can make a person feel that the stress they may be experience while trying to conceive is just another factor to why they’re not yet pregnant. Further more, that advice is not valid, according to a study led by Professor Jacky Boivin from the Cardiff Fertility Studies Research Group. During 14 studies, researchers found that stress does not effect your odds of becoming pregnant through fertility treatments like IVF and intrauterine insemination.