When Should You Make an Appointment at a Fertility Clinic?

Babies are born every day — hundreds of thousands of them, in fact. Most couples who want a family can simply let nature take its course. Usually within a few months of discontinuing the use of contraceptives, most couples find they have successfully started the new life they have been longing for.

Simply because pregnancies happen easily for many people, however, does not mean this is the case for everyone. Some couples find that, for them, after many months of trying, pregnancy proves elusive. In fact, as many as fifteen percent of couples in the US, according to the Mayo Clinic web page, have been diagnosed with infertility.

What is infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year. In some circumstances, the diagnosis is considered after only six months. There are many different causes of infertility. Sometimes it can be a single factor in one of the partners, or it can involve more than one factor and even both partners.

In women, some of the conditions that can contribute to infertility include untreated hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, or anything that affects the ovary’s ability to produce mature, healthy eggs. In men, causes can include hormone imbalances, conditions that create antibodies that attack sperm, sperm ducts that have been scarred by illness or injury, undescended testis, and even celiac disease.

Are there at-home treatments?

Folk remedies for infertility abound, and if you and your partner have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby, you have probably heard one or more of them from well-meaning friends. Take your vitamins. Stop worrying about it. Take a cruise. Avoid the hot tub. Wear boxer shorts. And, while none of these can hurt, if either you or your partner have a specific medical condition that is at the root of your infertility, folk remedies are unlikely to help.

How long should you wait before making an appointment with a fertility clinic?

An official diagnosis of infertility, as noted above, is usually made after a year of trying unsuccessfully to conceive. If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or longer, then it’s definitely time to make that appointment. If, however, you are a woman who is over the age of 35, or who has had more than one miscarriage, you might want to consider seeing a fertility clinic sooner. If you have previously been diagnosed with a problem that could affect your fertility — such as endometriosis or ovarian cysts if you are a woman, or low sperm count if you are a man — you may want to seek the assistance of a fertility specialist sooner to improve your chances of conceiving.

Stress and Infertility

Stress is a common aspect of daily life. Women constantly juggle a career, housework, friends and family in their busy schedules. When a woman decides to settle down and start a family it brings new stresses and questions. When is the best time of the month to conceive? Should it have been happening sooner or am I on track? How long is too long to wait to seek treatment if I’m not getting pregnant? When searching for those answers many find it to be an embarrassing topic which makes them fearful to approach their doctor or physician right away.

Every woman’s body is different and stress affects each person in an individual way. Although, there has not been a scientific link between stress and infertility many doctors recommend lower stress related activities and encourage healthy lifestyle choices like walking and eating healthy. Studies have found that couples who reported feeling happy and relaxed compared to a stressful month actually improved their chances of conceiving.

The hormones like cortisol or epinephrine, which rise and often remain high during times of chronic stress, may play a key role in preventing pregnancy in women by suppressing ovulation. Others have found that adrenalin, the hormone that is released by our bodies during high stress and stressful times, signals to a woman’s body that conditions are not ideal to conceive. Adrenaline also inhibits woman from using the hormone progesterone which is essential for fertility.

Tips to fight against daily stress include:

  • Get enough sleep. Never underestimate what a good night’s sleep can do for your body.
  • Exercise. Even something as simple as a walk after work can help!
  • Meditate and/or start practicing Yoga.
  • Seek counseling if you feel necessary.
  • Follow a healthy diet. The proper amount of nutrients will make you feel well balanced.

Remember to seek advice from your medical Doctor before changing your daily routine.

 

Neway Fertility is committed to providing the most innovative and personal care possible to help patients achieve their goals of starting a family. Their mission is to provide top-quality medicine that is centered on compassion and individualized attention. For more information please visit their website: www.ch.newayfertility.com .

Nutrition and Fertility

Infertility is always in the back of a man and woman’s mind when trying to conceive without success. Before seeking help from a doctor, couples and individuals commonly look to improving their lifestyle choices for overall health. Research has found that a healthy diet and exercise can promote ovulation in some women and sperm count in men. However, men and women should be cautious while exercising as excessive workouts can cause a low sperm count or disrupt menstrual cycles.

According to the National Infertility Association in the U.S., thirty percent of infertility is due to being either overweight or underweight while also finding that reducing extra weight by even five percent can improve fertility. Women who are overweight and/or obese can be affected with infertility and it can cause complications during pregnancy. Adversely, being underweight can also impair your menstrual cycle and cause complications while trying to conceive. Couples should note that even a healthy couple that are both younger than 30 years old and have regular intercourse with no contraceptive have a 25%-30% chance of conceiving each month.

Knowing that weight and infertility are commonly linked, healthy lifestyle choices are encouraged for men and women looking to start families. The building blocks for hormones are found in the foods we eat such as antioxidants which help to protect the egg and sperm from free radicals. Organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy is the best choice for dairy sources. For your other food groups: grass-fed and organic meat, only grains in whole natural form, high fiber foods, and drinking lots of water is also encouraged.

Cutting out smoking and too much alcohol is also helpful. Smoking may cause infertility in both men and women as nicotine has been shown to block the production of sperm and decrease the size of a man’s testicles. For women, tobacco changes the cervical mucus affecting the way sperm reaches the egg. There is also an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy by affecting the fallopian tubes. Marijuana may disrupt a woman’s ovulation cycle and use in men may decrease the sperm count and the quality of the sperm. Alcoholism is related to disorders in ovulation and cause complications during pregnancy.

Neway Fertility is committed to providing the most innovative and personal care possible to help patients achieve their goals of starting a family. Their mission is to provide top-quality medicine that is centered on compassion and individualized attention. For more information please visit their website: www.ch.newayfertility.com .

In-vitro fertilization: What Can I expect?

In-vitro fertilization is a treatment option for infertility when you are not able to conceive on your own. There are many reasons to turn to in-vitro fertilization, such as having advanced maternal age, male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, or blocked fallopian tubes. This treatment is offerred to patients who are not able to conceive without help and are looking for this advanced, assisted conception option in fertility clinics in New York City.

Here are the important basic steps involved when getting in-vitro fertilization.

Step One: Stimulating Ovulation

The first step to in vitro fertilization is stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs. The exception is if you choose to do a “natural” IVF cycle, where no drugs are used to induce ovulation. For most patients, however, this is the first step. During this step, you are monitored with blood tests and ultrasounds, and asked to take your own tests at home to check if you are ovulating. By taking fertility medications, ovulation is induced and hopefully you are able to allow multiple eggs to be collected.

Step Two: Retrieving the Woman’s Eggs

After ovulation has taken placed, the eggs are retrieved through a process called follicular aspiration. This is done as a simple, outpatient procedure. You are given medication to numb your body during the process and the doctor uses ultrasound to guide the needle and collect the eggs. The eggs are pulled from the follicles individually. If IVF is being done on a woman who no longer produces her own eggs, these steps are not necessary as she uses donor eggs.

Step Three: Fertilization

Your fertility clinic NYC will then combine sperm, which was prepared during ejaculation, and the eggs in the proper environment. Mixing of the sperm and egg is called insemination. Once sperm enters the egg after a few hours, this is called fertilization. The alternative is to inject the sperm directly into the eggs in a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). If fertilization did not occur, the couple will need to start again from step one during a future cycle.

Step Four: Embryo Monitoring

Over the next several days, the doctors keep an eye on the egg and sperm fertilization to ensure it becomes an embryo, which is seen once the egg divides. This can take several days, while laboratory staff continues watching the embryo develop and grow properly.

Step Five: Transfer

During the final step of IVF, the embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus. This happens about five days following fertilization and dividing of the embryo. A thin tube is inserted into the cervix and in the womb. The embryo is transferred and hopefully it implants to the lining of the womb, which is when pregnancy occurs. Multiple embryos can be transferred at one time, though this increases the risk of multiples.

If you are looking into fertility treatments and want to find out more about in-vitro fertilization, call our New York Fertility Clinic Neway Fertility today.

September is PCOS Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

With an estimated 6.7 million women in America suffering from Infertility, awareness is growing. September is dedicated to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and named its awareness month.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this common and silent fertility disease affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age. As many as 5 million women in the United States may be affected and it can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. PCOS can be treated, but cannot be cured. Fertility specialists at Neway Fertility here in New York, NY, are working every day to fight against the disease and help women achieve their goals of starting a family.

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that causes infertility. The hormonal imbalance directly impacts a woman’s ovaries to the point that they do not function normally and can be enlarged with numerous small cysts located along the outer edge of each ovary. Infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity can all occur in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Infertility is a silent and hidden disease with many women not wanting to share their stories. However, celebrities like The Biggest Loser trainer, Jillian Michaels, have spoken out on her life with PCOS to shed light on this common disease that about 30% of women have at least some characteristics of. Jillian found that a healthy diet of organic and non-processed foods were able to alleviate some of her abdominal pain. There are treatments available such as the below:

  • Low dose birth control- to regulate your menstrual cycle by decreasing androgen (commonly a male hormone) and providing your body with synthetic estrogen and progesterone.
  • Trying to get pregnant? Doctors may provide Clomiphene citrate (Clomid, Serophene) an oral anti-estrogen medication taken when your menstrual cycle first begins to increase chances of ovulation. If clomiphene citrate alone does not help, your doctor may add metformin to help induce ovulation.
  • Overweight or obese – Healthy lifestyle options are encouraged such as eating healthy and exercising which also lowers risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Before seeking treatment for treatment options for PCOS please visit your doctor or Fertility Specialist. Neway Fertility is committed to providing the most innovative and personal care possible to help patients achieve their goals. Their mission is to provide top-quality medicine that is centered on compassion and individualized attention. For more information please visit their website: www.Newwayfertility.com .

New Technology May Improve IVF Fertilization Rates

A new imaging technique may help increase IVF fertilization rates for couples who are trying to conceive. The process is in the early stages of development and is currently being studied by leading European researchers.

As described in The Optical Society’s Biomedical Optics Express, the technique records time-elapsed 3-D images of sperm movement and motility. Researchers use digital holographic microscopy (DHM) to create moving images of sperm.

To get the image, a laser beam’s light is split in two. One of the beams passes through a dish containing live sperm cells. It is then magnified through a microscope and joined with the second beam. A 3-D image is created, allowing the researchers to capture a pattern on camera.

That’s the important part. Having a 3-D image adds the dimension of time, which allows the sperm cells’ movements to be tracked more effectively. That way, viable sperm are more easily identified since they tend to move on the same plane, unlike irregular sperm cells.

To this point, fertility clinics in New York City. and elsewhere have used computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA) to track the viability of sperm cells. While this technique is highly effective, it only captures two-dimensional images.

“Abnormal sperm behavior is one of the most common important indicators for clinical male infertility, and of special relevance is sperm motility, i.e. curvilinear and linear velocity, wobble, etc. …,” said Dr. Giuseppe Di Caprio, the lead researcher. “Our method is capable [of detecting] out-of-plane movements — not possible by using CASA — and [of correlating] this behavior to anomalous cell morphologies. Consequently, our technique creates a whole set of new quantitative parameters to perform cell sorting aimed at a more efficient IVF.”

Dr. Di Caprio is with the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems of the National Council of Research (NCR) and Harvard University. The team’s other researchers were from the National Institute of Optics of the NCR and The Center for Assisted Fertilization.

The team’s next step is to study sperm cells with vacuoles, which are water-filled compartments that contain organic and inorganic molecules and how these factors impact fertilization rates. “The long-term goal of such experiments and others using the new tracking system is to use the information to develop a microchip-scale method for sorting good sperm cells from ones that are less viable.”

While this technology is not yet available at our New York Fertility Clinic, we can help couples who are struggling with infertility. Our Fertility Clinic NYC offers innovative techniques that provide exceptional success rates. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.