Change your Diet and increase your Chances of Conceiving

Patients ask me all the time about what to eat or what not to eat to improve their chances of conceiving. A friend of mine recently showed me a great book and I wanted to share it with all of you. You can go to this website to learn more about how your diet and fertility are connected.  The book is easy to read and the recipes are easy to follow. Hope this helps! The book is titled, Fertile Kitchen. Click below for even more info. http://fertilekitchen.blogspot.com/

The newest breakthrough to improve IVF pregnancy rates?

Jan 18, 2010 | Infertility News
Researchers at University of Michigan (where I did my infertility training) have shown that gently rocking embryos while they grow before an embryo transfer could possibly improve pregnancy rates. They used a device that mimics the motion that embryos experience naturally as they travel down the fallopian tube into the uterus. Click here to watch the video: http://www.ns.umich.edu/podcast/video2.php?id=1184 After egg retrieval, the sperm and egg come together and an embryo is formed. Currently, the embryo sits in a culture dish in an incubator. The incubator doesn’t move. Researchers found that when using this device with mouse embryos,  pregnancy ratet went up by 22%. (more…)

What you should know about your IVF Cycle

If you’ve gone through an IVF cycle and didn’t get pregnant, this is what you should know. First of all, it’s not your fault. The fact that you didn’t get pregnant in an IVF cycle doesn’t mean that you weren’t meant to be a mother. It doesn’t mean that your uterus is a "hostile" environment. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t compatible with your partner. The truth is that much of what goes into whether you get pregnant or not from any given fertility treatment cycle, especially IVF, has to do with probability and chance.  Depending on your age or situation, you may have a fifty percent chance of getting pregnant. This means that fifty percent of patients won’t get pregnant. This doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Paying for fertility treatments is not easy. There are some states that require employers to pay for up to 6 IVF cycles. You really get IVF for free in some States. Patients are more likely to do several cycles before getting pregnant when they have IVF coverage compared to those who don’t because patients with coverage don’t feel the financial strain on top of the emotional strain when they hear negative results....

Egg Freezing – is this part of Women’s Liberation?

This is a very controversial topic. Fertility companies (I am one of them) are trying to get the message out there to women that they can freeze their eggs before it’s too late. Now that the average age of first birth in this country is quickly approaching 30, we know that many women who are trying to conceive in their 30s won’t be able to without assistance. Believe it or not, 10% of women in their 30s have ovaries that think that they are in their 40s. What I don’t want the message to be is that if you’ve frozen your eggs in your 20s, you can and should be pressured by society into delaying pregnancy. What if every woman planning to enter a long academic and career path (phD track, MD track, partner track at a lawfirm) as a college graduation present gets an “egg freeze?” Will we be even more prejudiced against women who decide to have babies in med school? The mentality could shift to be, “well, you froze your eggs before you started this path, why aren’t you having a baby in 10 years when your training is completed?” That just isn’t fair. A treatment that’s...

IVF twins – are you at higher risk of delivering prematurely because you went through IVF?

Jan 03, 2010 | Infertility News
Most would think that the answer to the question above should be yes but researchers have recently found that the answer is no - IVF conceived twins are not at higher risk for prematurity compared to spontaneously conceived twins. Millions of healthy IVF offspring have been born which has proven the safety of this medical technique. Researchers have recently reported in the December 2009 edition of Fertility and Sterility, by Weghofer et al, that when you compare women of the same age with the same risk factors that the IVF twin pregnancies don't have a higher chance of delivering prematurely. There are several factors that can increase your chances of delivering prematurely: smoking habits and history of prior preterm birth are just a couple of them. My recommendation: talk to your doctor about the risks associated with twin pregnancies. Ask your doctor what your personal risk factors are and how you will be monitored during the pregnancy. Many doctors like to measure the length of your cervix through the first trimester followed by growth scans (ultrasound to measure the weight of the babies) in the second and third trimester along with monitoring the fetal heart beats and amniotic fluid in...

Physical Activity and Semen parameters

Jan 02, 2010 | Infertility News
Now that it’s January, many of us have made resolutions that include losing weight or being more active. Now that you’ve made this resolution, I want to share with you a recent study done to investigate the effect of different exercise regimens on semen parameters. Infertility docs are used to talking to the female partner about her exercise regimen and how it affects fertility but we now have some evidence to show that men who are very active may have a lower chance of conceiving. The investigators split the study participants into three groups. Group A trained for approximately 3 sessions of 60 minutes per week. Group B trained for 5 sessions of 90 minutes per week and group C trained for 10 sessions of 120 minutes per week. The researchers found that men in group A did not have altered semen parameters but men in Groups B and C did. The most significant finding was that the shape of the sperm (referred to as morphology) was low in groups B and C. What does this mean for you? In order for a sperm to fertilize and egg it needs to be normally shaped. If you have a small amount...

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