PCOS Awareness Month

Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King went public this summer with an Instagram photo of her 10 month old son with a caption that explained she suffered from the infertility disease PCOS. September has been named Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month. PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 1 out of every 15 women of reproductive age (12-45 years old) which can cause infertility. There is no cure for this common and silent fertility disease. With various treatment options for patients now available new approaches are taken to diagnosis and treatment the disease in order to allow women to conceive.

After welcoming her first child, son James Knight last October, Jaime has opened up about the struggles she faced during her painful years of trying to conceive, pregnancy and childbirth in her instagram post which has since been taken down. She explains:

“For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone – This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 9 doctors until… diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI’s, most with no outcome, 4½ years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home, milk supply issues, painful mastitis, uncontrollable crying while breast feeding, worked until the day before I [gave] birth and went back after 6 weeks after because I was afraid of letting others down.”

Other 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. It is important for women to know that yet there is no cure, there are treatment options available that your doctor will determine are best for you.

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 .

Top 10 Ovulation Calendar Apps

If you’re having difficulty keeping up with your ovulation calendar, try using a Smartphone or tablet app to determine when you’re most fertile. By planning intercourse for when you’re the most fertile, you’ll increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

What is an Ovulation Calendar?

There are several ways to predict ovulation, but the easiest way to determine the days you’re most likely to get pregnant is with an ovulation calendar. Here’s how it works:

A woman’s best chance for becoming pregnant occurs four to five days before ovulation and ends 24-48 hours after the egg is released. Since most women ovulate 14 days following the first day of their menstrual period, you can anticipate to be most fertile from 10 to 16 days after your period begins.

However, trying to conceive can be stressful and keeping up with dates can become tedious. Thankfully, there are apps that will tell you precisely when you’re most fertile and most likely to become pregnant. Here are a few of the Neway Fertility Clinic NYC’s favorites:

1. Maybe Baby 2013 – Fertility/Ovulation Diary – Helps women keep track of their menstruation cycle and predict ovulation.

2. Fertility Friend 5.20 – Provides an easy-to-use platform for women trying to conceive or otherwise track their menstrual cycles. Interfaces with a web-based application.

3. Mobile Mom – Tracks a woman’s most fertile days to help increase the chances of getting pregnant.

4. My Days – Period and Ovulation – Helps keep track of fertile days using a customizable calendar.

5. Baby Maker Fertility – Background changes depending on how likely fertilization is on a specific day.

6. Get Pregnant – Very similar to Maybe Baby, but includes a feature that lets users enter cervical mucus size and consistency for more accuracy.

7. Day After – Tracks biometrics and produces graphs and charts based on info the user inputs.

8. EPT Ovulation App – Includes features similar to other apps, but also offers conception tips.

9. Bioclock Fertility – A combination app that tracks fertility, cycle and due date.

10. Selene – Allows users to track the fertility on a more in-depth basis by factoring in temperature, cervical mucus, cervical position and menstrual flow.

Some apps are available for the iPhone while others are intended for the Android platform. However, some have versions for either.

For more information about tracking ovulation cycles, our New York Fertility Clinic can help. Among Fertility Clinics in New York City. Neway offers couples impressive conception success rates. Contact us today to learn more.

Male Infertility

Infertility is a silent disease that affects both men and women. Did you know that one third of all infertility cases involve solely the male partner? When a couple first encounters signs of infertility it is important to speak with your doctor.  Once meeting with your doctor, they can begin researching potential problems. Male testing is generally non-invasive and faster which can provide quicker insight into the causes of the infertility problems a couple may be having.

The male factor of infertility contributes almost half of the time in couples. Common cause of this include the production of sperm and transplant of sperm. Below is a list of reasons that can cause low sperm counts in men:

  • Varicocele — an abnormal collection of bulging veins above the testicle; this is the most common cause of correctable male infertility, accounting for 38% of cases
  • Hormone problems
  • Undescended testicle
  • Infections in the testicle (orchitis), the prostate (prostatitis), or elsewhere in the body that causes a fever
  • Chemotherapy treatments for cancer
  • Medicines such as anabolic steroids or anti-seizure medicines
  • Genetic abnormalities

To test for these problems a semen and sperm analysis will be conducted. Other treatment plans may include physical examination, hormone evaluation, testicular biopsy, and genetic testing which can be completed by an urologist. Today’s technology has made it so that 95% of male infertility cases can be treated and treated effectively.  Common treatments may include the repair and block off abnormal veins, medication to correct hormonal imbalances and surgical corrections for obstructions of sperm passage depending on the recommendation of your urologist. Other treatments include intrauterine insemination (IUI.), In-vitro fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). These three techniques increase the chance of pregnancy significantly for the . Please remember that it is important to speak with your doctor before seeking any fertility treatments.

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.

Artificial insemination: Increasing the chances of success

If you’re considering artificial insemination, you might be interested in the results of a new study from researchers in the United Kingdom that suggests the age of the donor doesn’t have as much effect on success rates as previously thought. In this study, the researchers looked at more than 39,000 first fertility treatment cycles using donor sperm and which were performed between 1991 and 2012.

What they found was that by either method, there was no difference in the success rates for achieving pregnancy or for live births, even when the men were in their mid-40s. In fact, the researchers report that success rates were actually slightly higher among middle-aged men than their 20-something counterparts.

But, while the age of the male partner appeared to make no difference up until middle age, the researchers noted that female age still appears to play a major role, with success rates dropping off as women reach their mid-30s. Sperm quality also continues to play a significant role.

Other factors that can have an effect on your success rates include:

  • Whether you rest after the procedure: Lying flat for at least 15 minutes following your procedure can significantly increase your odds of conceiving. According to one study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), staying in a prone position for 15 minutes increases the likelihood of conception by an amazing 50%.
  • The type of procedure you choose: Some clinicians report greater success with intrauterine insemination compared to intracervical insemination, likely due in part to the use of the special sperm-washing technique the IUI uses.
  • Whether or not you use fertility drugs: If you’re a woman over age 35, your success rates can be greatly affected by your age. As a result, your chances for success may be increased if you take fertility medications. Your doctor will help you decide if they’re right or you.

At the Neway Fertility Clinic, we offer state-of-the-art fertility services and care. If you’re interested in learning more about artificial insemination or other fertility techniques and treatments, give us a call at 212-750-3330 or make an appointment online by visiting our appointment page.

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that can affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant and cause other health problems. Although its cause still eludes researchers, a number of treatments are available to help patients at fertility clinics in New York City.

Diagnosing PCOS

According to Womenshealth.gov, between 5 and 10 percent of women in their childbearing years suffer from PCOS. The condition occurs as early as age 11 and affects up to 5 million U.S. women. Many are obese or overweight.

The name of the disorder is linked to the condition of a patient’s ovaries, says the Mayo Clinic. In most patients, these organs are enlarged, with many cysts on the outer edge of each ovary.

To diagnose the disorder, specialists look for at least two of three symptoms in patients who visit a New York fertility clinic:

  • Abnormal menstruation. This includes intervals in excess of 35 days, fewer than 8 cycles in a year, absence of menstruation for at least 4 months and/or periods particularly heavy or light.
  • Elevated androgen levels. Higher-than-normal male hormone levels create excess body and facial hair, acne and male pattern baldness.
  • Polycystic ovaries. Ultrasound imaging reveals ovarian enlargement and the presence of many small cysts. However, the ovaries of some PCOS women actually look normal.

While the exact cause of PCOS remains unknown, doctors associate the condition with excess insulin, heredity, excess exposure of a fetus to male hormones and low-grade inflammation.

Complications of PCOS

Having polycystic ovarian syndrome predisposes patients to other conditions. Among the most frequent are type 2 diabetes, hypertension and abnormalities in levels of cholesterol and lipids. Patients might show above-normal levels of a marker for cardiovascular disease and signs of metabolic syndrome.

Some suffer from a severe liver inflammation related to fat accumulation, sleep apnea, endometrial cancer and abnormal uterine bleeding. Risk factors for gestational diabetes or high blood pressure related to pregnancy are also elevated.

Treatment Options

There is no specific cure for PCOS. However, according to Cedars-Sinai®, patients treated at a fertility clinic in NYC have multiple therapies available to manage the condition:

  • Medications include fertility drugs, weight-loss medications, acne drugs, birth control pills to stabilize menstrual cycles and insulin-sensitizing drugs.
  • Hormone replacement therapy can correct a hormonal imbalance.
  • Cosmetic treatments for hair removal and acne improve an individual’s self-image.
  • Nutritional advice helps patients deal with obesity and insulin resistance.
  • Surgery to remove the ovaries or uterus is an alternative for some women who don’t desire any pregnancies in the future.

Specialists at fertility clinics customize treatment plans for PCOS patients seeking to become pregnant and create therapies to manage long-term problems associated with the disorder in other women.