IVF Cost: What to Consider Before Choosing Your Clinic

For millions of couples who struggle to start a family, infertility is an intensely private issue. It can be difficult to talk about, even with the closest of friends and family members. If you and your partner find yourself on this emotional and physical journey, you know all too well how uncomfortable asking for help or for a clinic referral can be. So how do you choose a fertility clinic? Certainly, success rates are important. And if you’re considering IVF, cost is probably a leading factor. Still, as you research clinics in your area, there are other key items to
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Choosing a Fertility Clinic in Minnesota: What to Look For

After you and your partner have been trying to conceive for at least twelve consecutive months, most doctors recommend fertility treatments. There are many different treatments to help with your journey to becoming a parent. With nearly 500 fertility clinics in the United States, we understand you have a lot of options, so we want to help you make the best choice for your family. Most people get recommendations from their gynecologist or a trusted friend, but it is very important to do your own research. Before your initial consultation, you should know the type of clinic you are visiting,
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Evaluating Men’s Fertility

It’s common for couples to have more than one cause of infertility. Testing women’s fertility is much more involved and complicated than testing men’s fertility, which is a reason why many reproductive specialists recommend a semen analysis for males before beginning tests on the female. Semen analysis is the easiest way to determine the cause of male infertility. How semen analysis works Semen analysis is the most commonly used method for testing men’s fertility. It evaluates sperm volume, concentration, motility and morphology. Semen analysis may also detect any infection present in the reproductive system. Volume After abstaining for at least
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National Women’s Health Week: Healthy Steps You Can Take to Help You Conceive

When most women learn they are having a baby, they shift their diet toward healthier foods and whole grains. They also reduce (or eliminate) their exposure to toxins and chemicals. But did you know it is equally important to practice healthy eating, remain physically active and steer clear of substances that could affect your fertility before conception? Preparing your body before you become pregnant will give your baby the best start to life by providing an environment filled with the nutrients and vitamins they need to be healthy. Some of the most important growing happens in the first three months
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National Infertility Awareness Week

No one ever told you how hard it might be to get pregnant. Throughout your young adult life, you likely took precautions to ensure you didn’t get pregnant before you were ready. And now? You’ve been trying to conceive for months that have stretched an entire calendar year. Infertility is more common than you may realize, affecting approximately one in eight couples in America. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) aims to transform how the world views infertility and provide resolutions to the millions of Americans who are unable to conceive without assistance. How can infertility affect you? Infertility can come
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National Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. Misplaced tissue can also be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or intestines. This disorder affects approximately five million U.S. women (6 to 7 percent of the U.S. population), of those, 30 to 40 percent are infertile. Unfortunately, this disorder is often hidden and unrecognized, even by those it affects. This month, the Center for Reproductive Medicine aims to help promote a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis as a real and often debilitating condition. This disorder
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Common Misconceptions About Infertility

You remember the moment you decided to start a family, whether it was a conversation with your loved one or that poignant moment when you stopped using birth control. Like so many women, you assumed once you stopped all forms of birth control, you would easily get pregnant. Then, after 12 consecutive months of trying to conceive, you are faced with another reality: infertility. Couples are typically diagnosed with infertility after a woman has been unable to become pregnant after 12 consecutive months. If you are interested in exploring fertility treatments, your primary care physician will refer you to a
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How Folic Acid Can Help You

When the thought of having a baby is on the horizon, folic acid is vital to a healthy pregnancy. Think of folic acid as the “superpower” of B-vitamins. Not only is it necessary for cell growth, it’s known to help prevent certain birth defects. According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, if taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine. How much folic acid do you need? Even if you’re not planning to start a family, folic acid is vital to helping the body
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Crohn’s Disease and Your Fertility

Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Crohn’s is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25 — the peak of a woman’s fertility. Fertility and Crohn’s disease Many women with Crohn’s who want to become pregnant are concerned about how their IBD will impact pregnancy. The cases in which IBD can negatively affect fertility include: Inflammation in the colon, fallopian tubes or ovaries Scarring from surgical procedures such as a total colectomy (surgical removal of the large intestine) Crohn’s disease symptoms, like fever, anemia and
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Testing for Infertility

Infertility affects approximately one out of every six couples, many of which have more than one cause of infertility. When a couple has been unsuccessful at achieving pregnancy after one year, both partners should undergo comprehensive physical and medical assessments. Testing for female infertility The cause of female infertility can be difficult to diagnose, but once the underlying cause is found, many advanced treatments are available. There is an array of diagnostic tests and workups that may be used to find the source of infertility in a woman: Urine or blood tests to check for infections or hormone problems Abdominal laparoscopy to view
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