Hydrosalpinx and Infertility
What is a hydrosalpinx and infertility?
Though it sounds like an exotic Egyptian relic, a hydrosalpinx is a swollen and blocked fallopian tube. Because scar tissue closes the end of the fallopian tube, fluid collects, causing further swelling and dilation. Let’s explore how hydrosalpinx and infertility relate
Hydrosalpinges usually occur as a result of previous pelvic infection.
Poor Ovarian Reserve and IVF Outcomes
What is the link between poor ovarian reserve and IVF outcomes
In general, women with a poor ovarian reserve will have difficulty in achieving pregnancy. But what about in advanced reproductive technology (ART) such as IVF?
What is a poor ovarian reserve
Let’s first discuss what the term ovarian reserve means. Ovarian reserve refers to quantity,
Your Estradiol Level Is…
All about your estradiol level
During your stimulation cycle, you get a phone call alerting you that your estradiol level is at 250. But what does this mean exactly? Well let’s talk about it.
Where does your estradiol level come from?
In a normal ovulatory cycle, the hypothalamus in the brain produces a hormone called GnRH.
The Science of Making Love
All about the science of making love
For some lucky couples, getting pregnant involves candles and a month or two of enjoyable, yet purposeful sex. They may never know exactly when ovulation occurs, or the details of the miraculous process. However, for 1 in 8 couples, infertility can make it impossible to get pregnant even with perfectly timed intercourse.
Focus on Your Fertility: Now and for the Future
Dr. Kaylen Silverberg details key thoughts on couple’s fertility plans, both current and for future planning in his latest article :
Singles can take a proactive stance to protect their future fertility by making healthy lifestyle choices
Couples need to have a realistic timeline for their family planning based on age and any known factors that could impair their chances for conception
Preconceptual testing can provide helpful genetic information
When ready to conceive,…
The Menstrual Cycle
By Maggie Landwermeyer, MD
Hill Country OB/GYN Associates
It is pretty much universal…most women hate their period. We call it by many endearing nicknames: “Aunt Flo”, “The Monthly Curse,” – you get the idea. We all know it is a necessary evil for reproductive health. Let’s take a closer look at the menstrual cycle and learn about it.
Information about progesterone levels
Progesterone levels are important in a woman’s reproductive cycle. It is critical in maintaining the uterine lining so that an early pregnancy can grow normally. The follicles (egg sac) that release the egg produce this hormone.
Before ovulation, progesterone is found in low levels in the blood. After ovulation,
A Guide to Fertility Testing
An in-depth guide to fertility testing
When you have your first visit with your fertility specialist, they will review you and your partner’s medical history. The next step is fertility testing. It can help identify potential problems and help your fertility specialist recommend the most appropriate and efficient treatments. Here is our guide to fertility testing.
What Happened to the Postcoital Test (PCT)?
What to know about the postcoital test
Cervical mucus changes throughout a woman’s cycle. After the menstrual flow, the cervix begins producing cervical mucus in response to the increasing levels of estrogen. The mucus increases in volume and the texture changes. Estrogen increases until ovulation and the mucus (referred to as fertile mucus) becomes clear,
A Weighty Issue – Infertility and Weight
Understanding the link between infertility and weight
Among the things that a woman can do to optimize her chances of getting pregnant – either naturally or with help – is to maintain a healthy body weight. Women who are either underweight or overweight have a lower fertility rate than normal weight women. This is the truth about infertility and weight.
Explaining Unexplained Infertility
TFC is explaining unexplained infertility
Explaining unexplained infertility is part of the job. A patient asked me this week why I felt she had unexplained infertility. She had been told by her gynecologist that several issues had arisen during their infertility evaluation. Her previous physician told her that she did not ovulate very well and he found endometriosis during a laprascopy.
Are all Your Eggs in One Basket?
We’ve gotten a few questions about egg development this week.
Here are the questions, followed by the answers:
1. How many eggs do I have?
Women are born with all of the eggs (oocytes) that they will ever have. In fact, approximately 20 weeks before a female child is delivered,