40th Anniversary of First IVF Baby: What Does The Future Hold For IVF?

40 Years of IVF: Looking Back and Looking Forward We have come a long way in the past four decades. There is a good chance you are reading this on a mobile device and do not remember the last time you searched your pocket for change to deposit in a pay phone. One thing that individuals, couples and families have had in common for the past 40 years is the possibility of using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to conceive. The first procedure used to fertilize an egg outside a woman’s body was undertaken 40 years ago and doctors continue to
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Therapeutic Donor Insemination: What You Need to Know

Therapeutic donor insemination (TDI) is a form of artificial insemination that uses donor sperm from an anonymous or known donor. The procedure involves placing previously frozen (thawed) sperm in the uterus at the time of ovulation. Who can benefit from therapeutic donor insemination? TDI can be an effective treatment for the following scenarios: Heritability – In this case, one or both partners carry a genetic disease that could be passed on to the child. Unsuccessful treatments – Couples who could not conceive via in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may get results with TDI. Low sperm count or
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How to Support Your Spouse When Going Through Infertility

If you’re facing Infertility, you may know all too well how stressful it can be. With all the tests, fertility charting, timed intercourse, and medical procedures, you and your spouse could stop connecting before you even realize it. But, there are things you can do help your marriage and support each other through infertility. Support your spouse by taking time to communicate Each of you must express what you’re experiencing and feeling, through talking and listening. Listen intently by letting your partner finish speaking, then acknowledge that you heard and understand. And if you don’t, ask him or her to
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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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