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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The Effects of Cancer Treatment on Your Fertility

During the month of October, the nation’s focus turns to Breast Cancer Awareness. For the team at Center for Reproductive Medicine, it brings another critical topic to mind: women who want to start a family, but are facing a cancer diagnosis, have important and complex decisions to make. No matter the type of cancer, timing an effective treatment and preserving fertility is a significant challenge. Cancer treatments and infertility Chemotherapy (chemo) drugs carry the highest risk of damaging eggs and/or affecting fertility. The intensity of the risk depends on your age, the type of chemo drug and its dosage. Targeted
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Proper Nutrition for Conception

When it comes to incidence of infertility, approximately 40 percent is due to male factors, another 40 percent is due to female factors, and the remaining 20 percent is due to both male and female factors. Check out these tips to help with proper nutrition for conception to boost your fertility. Nutrition for conception Zinc. Oysters contain a high level of zinc. Maintaining a daily diet of 15mg a day can help improve semen and testosterone production in men and ovulation and fertility in women. Folic Acid and Vitamin B. Leafy, dark green vegetables, citrus, nuts and whole grains are rich in
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10 Fertility Terms You Need to Know

Did you know that approximately 15% of couples around the world have difficulty conceiving? If you have been trying to conceive for over 12 months, your doctor may refer you to a reproductive specialist. Here are 10 fertility terms you need to know to help you at your upcoming appointments: Reproductive Endocrinologist An infertility specialist and physician with highly specialized training in all forms of advanced reproductive techniques. Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) This is an x-ray procedure used to determine if your fallopian tubes are open and the inside of the uterus is normal. The duration of this test lasts only a
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Advancements in In Vitro Fertilization

What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? If you or your spouse struggles with fertility issues, you may be familiar with In Vitro Fertilization, more commonly known as IVF. IVF is a manual fertilization process in which a woman’s egg is fertilized by a man’s sperm in a laboratory. Once the fertilized egg becomes a high-quality embryo, it is transferred to the woman’s uterus. Recent Advancements in IVF 1978 marked the first human birth through successful IVF. Since then, there has been much advancement across all aspects of the treatment and process. These advancements have all helped to improve the overall
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Welcome Dr. Lebovic!

The team at Center for Reproductive Medicine would like to give a warm welcome to the newest addition to our practice, Dr. Dan Lebovic! Dr. Lebovic is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and Infertility, making him a valuable asset to our team. He has participated in NIH-supported research on endometriosis and successfully rebuilt the IVF program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the REI Division Chief. He’s authored Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility: Handbook for Clinicians and contributed chapters to reproductive medicine textbooks, as well as Up-To-Date®, a peer-reviewed online publication for physicians. In addition to
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Men’s Health Month: Boosting Male Fertility

What is male infertility? When people think about infertility, many put the blame on the female partner. Few realize that a man’s fertility can play just as large of a role. Fortunately, there are many things you can start doing today to aid in boosting male fertility. Boosting your sperm count A low sperm count is defined as under 40 million sperm per cubic centimeter. Low or poor sperm counts are attributed to many factors including environmental toxins, such as chemicals, radiation, heavy drug or alcohol use, and cigarette smoking. Heat –– including hot baths, saunas, and prolonged sitting –– can
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Helping You Achieve a Healthy Pregnancy

Discovering that you’re pregnant is truly life changing. Whether trying to conceive, or already pregnant, there are many changes and precautions that are necessary to achieve a healthy pregnancy. The team members at the Center for Reproductive Medicine want you to know that they are committed to helping you achieve your pregnancy dreams. Below are a few tips for women trying to conceive and for those who have already become pregnant. Achieving a healthy pregnancy Plan ahead Planning ahead is one of the best things you can start doing prior to pregnancy. Getting healthy before you become pregnant can boost
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