Are there any activities I should do the day of my IUI?

Posted & filed under Sperm, The Basics.

The short answer is – there aren’t. Many corners of the internet encourage people to continue lying on their back, perhaps with a pillow under their bum after intercourse. The speculation is that this allows more sperm access to the womb and increases the chances of pregnancy. Does it work? I don’t know. But, if… Read more »

What impact does aging have on male fertility?

Posted & filed under Aging, Sperm, The Basics.

Getting older has its advantages. But many men over 45 worry about the impact their age will have on the quality of their sperm, and the health of children they may be responsible for. Sometimes, these are valid concerns. But there are things you can do about it. 1. Get a sperm test with DNA… Read more »

September is PCOS Awareness Month

Posted & filed under News, The Basics.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a widespread condition. Worldwide, 6% – 10% of women are affected by PCOS.  It’s one of the most common causes of infertility and often underdiagnosed. Many women don’t get diagnosed until they seek help with conceiving. Symptoms can include acne, weight gain, excessive facial hair, irregular or absent periods, lack of… Read more »

I’m having IUI, how do I interpret the sperm numbers?

Posted & filed under Sperm, The Basics.

You’ve talked to your fertility provider and decided intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the right choice for you. Great! By this point, we generally have a sperm count. This can be divided into two parts: The initial sample and the washed sample. Initial Sample We like to see sperm in the “normal” range. This is because… Read more »

When is IUI the right choice?

Posted & filed under Eggs, Sperm, The Basics.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a simple “bridge” procedure between natural attempts to conceive at home, and the more technical process of IVF. Intrauterine insemination is kind of like having sexual intercourse timed to when you ovulate. The difference is  that it helps bypass any obstacles sperm may encounter at the cervix. Some examples of when… Read more »

Is Metformin a good medication for women with PCOS?

Posted & filed under The Basics.

In recent years, we’ve encouraged many patients to take metformin when they have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Many women with PCOS can have difficulties with insulin and insulin-like hormones, and metformin helps regulate insulin. We thought regulating insulin may help PCOS patients get pregnant. I still suggest metformin for women who are… Read more »

When should you do IVF?

Posted & filed under IVF, Tests, The Basics, The Journey.

Nobody wants to do IVF. Whenever a couple or individual comes to a fertility clinic, the goal is to work as naturally as possible to maximize the chances for pregnancy. So IVF can feel like a scary direction, both financially and emotionally. But if it’s been more than six months of trying naturally together, there… Read more »

“How serious are those scary statistics about a woman’s fertility as she ages?”

Posted & filed under Aging, The Basics.

Age does predict egg quality with greater accuracy than any other factor. That’s why IVF success rates are usually sub-categorized by the woman’s age. The oldest patient I helped achieve pregnancy through a fresh IVF cycle with her own eggs was 45 when she delivered; a colleague of mine diagnosed a (very surprised) 51 year old with “stomach… Read more »