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....
Trying to have another baby? Have you tried only to have a miscarriage? Let me give you some advice. I hear this all the time: “I got pregnant without even trying for our first child. Why is it so hard to get pregnant this time?” It isn’t unusual to have trouble conceiving after having an easy time with your first pregnancy. 1 out of 10 women need to see an infertility doc to conceive and one common reason for this is (more…)
If you have been trying to get pregnant and haven’t been able to, it’s time to have a pelvic ultrasound. Information gained during a pelvic ultrasound could tell you what the problem may be. The uterus is a pear-shaped organ that sits on top of the vagina. Embryos attach to the inside (also known as the cavity) of the uterus and grow. A pelvic ultrasound may tell you if you have a growth inside your cavity that is affecting the ability of a pregnancy to either attach and/or grow. What are the different types of abnormalities picked up by ultrasound? Fibroids (more…)
I wrote this article as a sort of “IVF for beginners.” Even if you’ve been through IVF before, reading this may help you understand why we do what we do. What is IVF? IVF is a type of treatment that involves taking eggs from a woman’s body, creating embryos with sperm and putting embryos into a woman’s uterus. That sounds kind of complicated, I know. I’m going to break it down in the simplest terms possible. IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. It means fertilization outside of the body or in a controlled environment. In vitro = within the glass (in Latin). Every woman has a set number of eggs that she can potentially ovulate every month. We ovulate 1 and the rest die. You can never use them again. Every woman’s “potential” number of eggs that she can ovulate declines as she ages. This number (more…)