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    Use This App to Enhance Your Whale Watching Trip!

    Last updated 6 days ago

    When you embark on a whale watching expedition, it helps to be prepared with some knowledge about the species you may be seeing. You can use the Whale Watching app for iPhones and other Apple devices to enhance your whale watching trip.

    The Whale Watching app is the perfect companion for those who are enthusiastic about going out and watching whales in their natural habitats. The app offers descriptions of almost 90 whale and dolphin species, as well as maps of where they tend to be located. You will not need an internet connection to use this app, so it is perfect to take with you when you go on your whale watching trips.

    You can use this app to brush up on marine biology facts before your whale watching trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. For more information, please do not hesitate to visit our website or call us at (781) 336-4245.

    A Patient's Guide to Ovulation

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If you and your partner have been trying to achieve pregnancy without success, you’re likely to find yourself delving into the scientific facts of ovulation and pregnancy. Many different factors can interfere with ovulation and lead to infertility. Read below and meet with an infertility doctor to learn what could be causing your fertility struggles and to learn about the process of ovulation.

    Understanding Ovulation

    About once a month, an egg in the ovaries becomes mature. Ovulation is the process of releasing a mature egg from the ovary. The egg travels down the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized by sperm. As this process occurs, the uterine lining becomes thicker in preparation for the implantation of a fertilized egg. However, if an egg does not become fertilized and implanted, the uterine lining is shed from the body. Menstruation occurs as the uterine lining, the unfertilized egg, and blood are shed from the body. The time period from the first day of the previous menstrual period until the start of ovulation is known as the follicular phase. The luteal phase runs from the first day of ovulation until the next period.

    Tracking Ovulation

    Many women begin tracking ovulation when they’re trying to become pregnant or if they suspect they might have fertility problems. Tracking ovulation could help you conceive because having intercourse during the time at which you’re most fertile can increase the chances of pregnancy. This fertile period is between day 11 and day 21 of your cycle. You can track ovulation with fertility monitors or ovulation kits, or with the help of your fertility doctor.

    Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists offers regular informational seminars to help patients learn more about fertility, diagnostic tests, fertility treatments, and financing options. You can register for a free seminar on our website or give us a call at (602) 635-3489. Our fertility clinic offers state-of-the-art techniques and technology to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

    How Does Human Development Begin?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The miracle of birth begins with fertilization. The genetic information from the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm combine to create a unique DNA blueprint. The maternal and paternal genetic information each consist of 22 chromosomes. The mother contributes an X chromosome and the father contributes either another X chromosome or a Y chromosome. If the child inherits two X chromosomes, the child will be female. A male child is born when he inherits an X chromosome and a Y chromosome.

    Once fertilization is complete, the egg divides to create two identical cells. As the embryo continues to develop, this process of cell duplication occurs countless times. The nucleus of each cell contains the unique DNA blueprint, with half of the genetic information from the mother and half from the father. The cells then differentiate into specialized cells. For example, some cells become nerve cells while others become skin cells.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, it’s our mission to help hopeful parents successfully achieve healthy pregnancies. We invite you to contact our fertility clinic in Phoenix online or at (602) 635-3489 for more information.

    Understanding Egg Donation

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Couples who are struggling with female infertility may wish to consider donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF). Women often donate eggs because they wish to help other couples achieve their dreams of having a child. Sometimes, the egg donor is known to the couple. In other cases, the donor is anonymous. Some women also arrange to cryopreserve their own eggs to enable themselves to have a child later down the road.

    You can learn more about the basics of egg donation by watching this video. This family medicine practitioner discusses the medications and procedures that are involved with egg donation, and offers an overview of implantation and fertilization.

    If you’re interested in donor egg IVF, contact Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists at (602) 635-3489. Our fertility clinic in Arizona offers an array of fertility treatments to help you conceive a child.

    What You Need to Know About Uterine Fibroids and Fertility

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Uterine fibroids are a common medical condition, primarily affecting women in their 40s and 50s. Uterine fibroids are a type of tumor that grows on the wall of the uterus. In almost every case, these tumors are benign, or non-cancerous. However, they do sometimes affect a woman’s fertility. If you’re having difficulty becoming pregnant, you can consult a fertility specialist to determine if uterine fibroids or another condition is affecting your ability to conceive a child. You can also find out more about this condition below.

    Not every woman with uterine fibroids will experience symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, and problems emptying the bladder. Leg pains, backache, prolonged menstruation, and constipation can also occur. Occasionally, uterine fibroids can cause acute pain and fever.

    Risk Factors
    Although the exact cause of uterine fibroids isn’t yet known, fertility doctors have identified a number of risk factors. You could be at a higher risk of developing them if you have a family history, experienced menstruation at an early age, consume alcohol, or have a diet high in red meat. Uterine fibroids are also more common among women who are obese.

    Uterine fibroids are one possible reason for infertility. For example, they may block a fallopian tube, preventing an egg from traveling down it. However, it is possible to have uterine fibroids and achieve a pregnancy. It is important to note that uterine fibroids do increase the risk of pregnancy complications, such as a breech birth, placental abruption, preterm delivery, and the need for a Cesarean section.

    Treatment Options
    Birth control pills can help manage the symptoms of uterine fibroids. However, if you’re trying to become pregnant, your fertility doctor might recommend removing them surgically. If this is the case, you might undergo a myomectomy. During this procedure, the uterine fibroids will be removed without disturbing the healthy tissue.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, we offer a range of treatment options to those struggling with infertility. Residents of Phoenix and beyond can contact us at (602) 635-3489 to arrange a private consultation with a fertility specialist. We also invite you to visit our website to read more about the causes of female and male infertility, and your treatment options.

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