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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World Immunization Week: The Importance of Immunizations

This year, World Immunization Week started April 24th. This reminds us to revisit the importance of immunizations for women before, during, and after pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, you will need certain vaccinations, which will depend on your age, lifestyle, types of travel, travel destinations, immunization records, and medical conditions. The vaccines you receive will not only protect your own health but will safeguard your baby’s health, as well. While you are pregnant, your immunity is your unborn child’s first line of defense to combat certain serious illnesses. Whether you’re pregnant now or planning for pregnancy,
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National Infertility Awareness Week: We’re Here for You

April 24-30 is National Infertility Awareness Week, a time of the year that is very important to our team at the Center for Reproductive Medicine. During this significant week, we’re reminded that infertility can be a difficult and life changing time for people who want to conceive. We want to remind you that we’re here for you through every step of your fertility journey to help you manage this challenging time. Tips to help you cope with fertility treatments Coping with infertility can be difficult and trying. But there are things you can do for support and to help you
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Common Misconceptions About Fertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child despite attempting to conceive for at least a year. If you and your partner are suffering with fertility issues, you’re not alone. With more than five million cases in the United States every year, infertility affects more people than you might think. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths associated with fertility and infertility. Let’s set the record straight. Misconception #1 Most couples can conceive as soon as they begin trying Although many men and women spend their early adult years trying to prevent pregnancy, the truth is that a
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National Endometriosis Awareness Month: Does Endometriosis Affect Your Fertility?

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a disorder that affects the tissues that line the uterus (the endometrium). When endometriosis occurs, the endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus. It can grow into the ovaries, bowel and tissues lining of the pelvis, which can cause severe pain and discomfort and ultimately lead to significant fertility issues. In women with endometriosis, the overgrown endometrial tissue continues to behave as it usually would, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle. Because this tissue has no way to leave the body, it becomes trapped, leading to many complications. When endometriosis spreads to the
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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

What is the Zika virus? The Zika virus is a virus that can be spread by a certain breed of mosquitoes, called Aedes aegypti, found throughout North, Central, and South America. When a pregnant woman becomes infected with the virus, it can lead to the development of microcephaly in the unborn child. Microcephaly is the medical term for a small head and underdeveloped brain, which causes significant problems for the child, potentially including death. The increase in Zika virus cases Since 2015, the rise of the Zika virus has been staggering, with more than 4,000 new microcephaly cases that were
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