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Increase Your IVF Vocabulary: Infertility Treatment Terms

2955513 - couple in consultation at ivf clinic talking to doctorDuring infertility treatment, you will commonly be confronted with unfamiliar acronyms and terms describing your diagnosis and treatment plan. These acronyms and terms may be confusing and can make understanding your diagnosis and treatment challenging. Dr. John Zhang has compiled a list of acronyms and definitions of terms you should familiarize yourself with as you begin your infertility treatment.

Infertility Treatment Terms You Should Know

AMH

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) is one of the primary indicators of a woman’s egg reserve. The AMH hormone produces egg follicles in a woman’s ovaries. The lower a woman’s level of AMH, the lower the number of eggs she has remaining. A woman’s ovarian reserve is one of the primary measurements of her fertility.

FSH

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is one of the primary hormones evaluated as a part of the fertility diagnostic process. FSH is responsible for stimulating ovarian follicles to mature during a woman’s cycle. FSH levels that are outside of normal levels are generally evidence of a low ovarian supply.Read more: Increase Your IVF Vocabulary: Infertility Treatment Terms

Know Your Infertility Treatment Options

42109089 - asian couple and babyTo get the best outcome from you infertility treatment, the approach to care must be personalized. Every patient has different medical needs and personal desires when it comes to infertility treatment protocols. Only customized infertility treatment is patient-friendly, cost-effective, and successful.

Infertility Treatment Options

Dr. Zhang will accurately diagnose the root cause of your infertility before designing a customized treatment plan to improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is the placement of a concentrated amount of motile sperm specimen directly into a woman’s uterus. The goal is to increase the number of sperm reaching the woman’s fallopian tubes to facilitate egg fertilization. IUI is performed in the doctor’s office and requires no anesthesia – similar to a Pap smear. IUI treatment is perfectly timed with ovulation whether or not fertility medications are used.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is recommended for women who have failed to achieve a pregnancy after undergoing a series of less complicated medical procedures, such as timed intercourse and IUI.

There are varied traditional and holistic protocols of IVF offered by pioneering IVF Dr. Zhang.

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How To Prepare For Your First Office Visit For Infertility Treatment

You need to prepare for your first infertility treatment office visit. Good for you! You are bravely taking a proactive step to get pregnant. The team at New Hope Fertility NYC is pleased to be your partner throughout your infertility treatment journey. Before your first office visit takes place, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the forms and documentation new patients are required to submit.2955513 - couple in consultation at ivf clinic talking to doctor

This crucial first step will:

  • Let us best help you feel comfortable during your first office visit
  • Let us make sure you are well-informed during your first office visit
  • Let us accurately diagnose the root cause of your infertility through recommended diagnostic testing
  • Let us treat you effectively and cost-efficiently so you can build your family

First Office Visit Preparation Tips for Infertility Treatment

The more information I know about you during our first office visit is key to my being able to customize your infertility treatment plan. I have compiled some helpful information on how you can prepare for your upcoming first office visit. At New Hope Fertility NYC, every patient undergoes a complete fertility assessment and diagnostic testing before a customized infertility treatment plan is designed and implemented.

Understanding the root cause of your infertility is the only way to cost-effectively help you get pregnant. Knowing the cause of your infertility will also help you cope better with the realization that you are going to have to take on the financial, physical, and emotional demands of infertility treatment.Read more: How To Prepare For Your First Office Visit For Infertility Treatment

How Can OHSS Complicate Your IVF Treatment?

JZ (1)Many fertility treatments use medications that are designed to stimulate a woman’s reproductive system. The stimulation is often medically needed in order to aid a woman in ovulation. Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, commonly referred to as OHSS, can occur when a woman’s body becomes overstimulated, resulting is discomfort and pain.

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Pregnancy Success and BMI

exerciseWeight impacts fertility for both men and women.  For both genders, being overweight can significantly reduce a person’s natural fertility. Being overweight can negatively impact hormone levels making ovulation and sperm production difficult.

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IVF and PGD

FamilyPreimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be done during IVF treatment to identify embryos with genetic defects. The intention is to identify which embryos are healthiest and to avoid the use of embryos that will result in pregnancy loss. Additionally, the PGD process allows parents to avoid passing down a genetic disease.

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How Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Managed During IVF?

PCOSIn continuing to post about some of my unique and interesting cases, this article will address my standard practice of care in the treatment of patients who are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) after undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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Infertility Misconceptions

babiesGiving birth to a healthy baby is a common dream. Unfortunately, not all women can achieve pregnancy naturally. There are many misconceptions and questions about infertility.

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Under what circumstances do I need IVF treatment?

couplesAt New Hope Fertility Center in New York, I have encountered a few couples who, after a few years of trying to conceive and no infertility tests done, come and tell me that they wanted to do and are ready for an IVF treatment. When this situation happens, we explain to patients that not all infertile couples need to do IVF. First, we will need to check the semen quality. If it is poor quality, the woman does not need to have a tubal patency test undergoing IVF treatment. If the semen quality is poor, the sperm does not have the ability to naturally fertilize the egg. On the other hand, if the semen quality is good, the woman will need to have a tubal patency test. If the tubes are normal, they may consider artificial insemination; if the tubes are abnormal (or blocked), they may need IVF treatment.

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Dr. Zhang’s Pick of the Month: Who can benefit from PGS?

Pick of the MonthAccording to research, the miscarriage rate increases as a woman gets older. Women who are undergoing IVF treatment can benefit from Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS). PGS evaluates an embryo to determine if it has the correct number of chromosomes.  Having too many or too few chromosomes is evidence of a genetic defect.  This test does not look for specific diseases, rather it aims to identify embryos that have an abnormal number of chromosomes.  As a woman ages, the chance of her having embryos with an abnormal number of chromosomes rises.

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