Endometriosis is a serious health condition that affects millions of women in the United States. In normal bodies, uterine lining is only found within the uterus. In women with endometriosis, this lining can also be found in the abdominal cavity. This tissue can be found on the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and can result in severe pain and scarring if left untreated. While there is no cure for endometriosis, early intervention is important, especially for women who want to have children.
Women with endometriosis often feel isolated and that no one understands their suffering. Other women may compare the situation with normal menstrual cramps, having no idea what you’re actually experiencing. Thankfully, there are ways to treat endometriosis and preserve your fertility.
Although genetic testing of embryos has been done for years, the growing popularity of the process has raised ethical questions. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) provides a method for identifying embryos with genetic diseases. Ethicists question if people should be able to decide which embryos survive and are implanted. Additionally, ethicists question which diseases should be eligible for PGD. Understanding both sides of the argument may help you make the right decision for your family.
Your hard work and perseverance has paid off – you’re pregnant! But now what? While you may be used to the weekly monitoring appointments with your fertility center, at some point you’ll transition to seeing an OBGYN for the duration of your pregnancy. For those without a preferred doctor, selecting an OBGYN can seem daunting.
Fertility preservation has been in the news recently as more and more companies offer it as a benefit to female employees. Often thought of as a means to protect younger women’s fertility, egg and embryo freezing also allows older women to beat their biological clocks.
For women over 40 who want to start a family, fertility treatments are often the only option. Biologically, a woman’s fertility begins to rapidly decline after age 35. While men produce sperm continually throughout adulthood, women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. As a woman ages, the quality of those eggs begins to decline along with changes in her hormone levels. This decline results in difficulty becoming pregnant and an increase in miscarriages due to low embryo quality. The introduction of DHEA as a supplement has changed the outlook for women who are looking to get pregnant over 40.
Hi everyone. Fertility preservation has been in the news recently as more and more companies are extending fertility preservation as a covered health benefit. For women, fertility preservation may be done in two primary ways; oocyte freezing and embryo freezing. Where a woman is in life and what she wants out of the fertility preservation process will help determine which preservation method is best for her needs.
It is common for women with fertility issues to have questions about their chances for getting pregnant. The likelihood varies from person to person and is directly related to each woman’s diagnosis. Traditionally, women with a diminished ovarian reserve or who are diagnosed as poor responders are among those with the lowest pregnancy success rates. This is partially because of a decreased egg quality which both inhibits pregnancy and increases the likelihood of miscarriage. However, the hormone DHEA is changing these odds.
Women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to preserve their fertility. Although women are biologically most fertile before age 35, this timeline is not always ideal. Egg freezing harvests younger, healthier eggs and stores them until a woman is ready to start a family. Although there is a cost for this service, the benefits can far outweigh the costs. Additionally, in some instances egg freezing is covered by insurance.
For couples at a high risk for genetic disease, the decision to have children is not a simple one. Couples must weigh their desire for children with the likelihood of a chromosomal defect. Thankfully, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, commonly referred to as PGD, allows genetic diseases to be identified in embryos as a part of in vitro fertilization. The embryos are tested prior to transfer and implantation to ensure healthy embryos are transferred.