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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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Fertility

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects more than three million women of reproductive age every year. PCOS is characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid-filled follicles or cysts in each ovary. Women with PCOS are more likely to have fertility difficulties, miscarriages, gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and premature delivery. PCOS is often detected during an ultrasound exam, but its exact cause is still unknown. Signs and symptoms associated with PCOS PCOS can exhibit many different signs. Some of the most common symptoms include: Irregular or absent menstrual periods Heavy vaginal
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Factors That Affect Fertility

Most people know that our fertility decreases as we get older. But there are many other factors to consider, as well. If you’re planning for a family in the future, it’s important to understand your fertility, the factors that affect it, and what you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. Factors that affect female fertility There are many factors that can affect female fertility. Some factors, like lifestyle choices, are easier to control. Others, like certain medical conditions, may be harder to manage. These factors include: Ovulation disorders Age Endometriosis (uterine tissue growing outside the uterus) Surgeries or
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Understanding Fertility Medication

If you have been struggling to conceive, fertility medications and treatments can increase your chances of conception. Fertility medications are typically the first treatment option for women with ovulation disorders. These medications can be administered orally or injected. Fertility medications aid in releasing certain hormones that activate and/or regulate ovulation. As such, they are a crucial and necessary component of fertility treatments, even with assisted reproductive technology like in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination. Oral medications for infertility Clomid (clomiphene citrate) has been used to effectively stimulate ovulation for over 40 years in women who have trouble ovulating normally. Clomid
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Are You a Candidate for IVF?

What is IVF? IVF (in vitro fertilization) is one of the most effective forms of assisted reproductive technology used to treat fertility or genetic problems and to assist with conception. IVF is performed when mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, creating an embryo. The fertilized egg (embryo) is then implanted into the uterus. Why is IVF done? There are many reasons to undergo IVF. When treating infertility, your doctor may recommend less invasive treatments like intrauterine insemination first. IVF is often an option for individuals who have disorders like: Fallopian tube damage
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Is Egg Freezing for You?

What is egg freezing? Egg freezing, also referred to as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is an approach used to preserve a woman’s reproductive future. To freeze a female’s eggs, the unfertilized eggs are first collected from the ovaries, then frozen and reserved for later use. When a woman is ready to conceive, her frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab, and implanted in the uterus. Who is a candidate for egg freezing? Egg freezing is an option for women whose circumstances make her unable or not ready to become pregnant, but who would like to conceive in
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