Emotional and financial cost aside, there is strong evidence supporting the use of IVF again after an unsuccessful cycle, with some research pointing to three cycles as the optimal number.Read More
There is a common misconception that if you have had a child already, you will not have any fertility problems. However, because fertility is tightly tied to age, both men and women face the possibility of secondary infertility; Problems experienced when you try to have more children.
The most commonly used fertility specialist is a reproductive endocrinologist or RE. A male fertility specialist is typically a urologist with specialized training, sometimes referred to as an andrologist.
DNA fragmentation testing is a type of male fertility test which measures the amount of damaged DNA in a sperm sample. All men have some amount of damage to their sperm DNA, but high percentages of damage may indicate greater difficulty achieving pregnancy with IUI and IVF.
How Sperm are Made
Spermatogenesis is the process in which new sperm are created in the testes. This happens on a continuous basis via mitosis and meiosis, where each immature sperm cell creates two cells, and each of those produce four cells, called spermatozoa.Read More
The two week wait is a term used to describe the length of time a woman should wait before using a pregnancy test, after she has undergone IVF. The wait is necessary for an accurate test because the hormones used during the procedure can interfere with results.Read More
Uterine factor infertility is the general term describing infertility resulting from either an abnormality of the uterus, or a complete lack of uterus.
Generally, uterine factor infertility is classified one of two ways: congenital, which refers to something that happens before birth, and acquired, which happens through life.
An endometrial receptivity array (ERA) is a type of test used on women going through IVF to determine the optimal timing for embryo implantation. It is primarily used for cases of repeated implantation failure following embryo transfer.
Also known as a tubal pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus, primarily in the Fallopian tubes. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that cannot come to term and will typically end on its own, though it may require removal surgery in some cases.Read More