There’s been much media attention surrounding a recent study out of the UK. The article suggests that women run out of 90% of their eggs by age 30. This doesn’t mean that women over 30 can’t get pregnant. It means that women over 30 can face challenges getting pregnant because they have run out of good quality eggs. We know that we were born (more…)
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/
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…)
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....