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    A Patient's Guide to Shared IVF

    Last updated 4 days ago

    If you have been considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as an option for infertility, but are feeling held back by the cost of treatment, shared IVF may be the answer for your family planning goals. While IVF is the most effective way to achieve pregnancy with your own eggs if you are struggling with infertility, it can be a significant financial burden—especially when you consider the cost of raising a child following a successful round of IVF treatment. Shared IVF can cut the cost of treatment in half so that you are able to start your family without going into debt before your child is even born. Here’s a closer look at the details of this treatment plan offered through Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists

    An Affordable IVF Option
    With shared IVF, the in-vitro fertilization process will begin the same way as standard IVF with the harvesting of healthy eggs. Some of these eggs will be used for your own treatment to create viable embryos for implantation. The difference with shared IVF is that the remainder of your eggs will be frozen or immediately donated for use by patients who are not able to produce healthy eggs themselves. By becoming an egg donor during the IVF process, you will only have to pay $5,000 plus the cost of medication, instead of $10,000 to $13,000.

    Opportunities for Couples without Healthy Eggs
    Not only is shared IVF a better financial option, but it can also help you feel empowered by allowing other couples the chance to fulfill their own family planning goals. In the past, shared IVF was not as readily available, because it was too difficult to find a match for donor eggs and patients in need. However, with modern egg freezing methods and egg donor networks in place, there is always a match for healthy eggs.

    Program Stipulations
    In order to qualify for shared IVF, you need to meet a set of criteria that will ensure a higher chance of success for couples using your donor eggs. The most important standard is age—women need to be between 21 and 32 years of age to provide their eggs for the shared IVF program.

    For more information about shared IVF and other affordable fertility care options available through Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, call us at (602) 635-3489 or visit our website. We serve patients throughout the Phoenix area with the most advanced fertility procedures offered in a compassionate, welcoming environment. 

    The Link between Food and Fertility

    Last updated 5 days ago

    If you are struggling to get pregnant, you may need to consider your diet as you explore infertility treatments. While there are many conditions that require medical care to resolve, some causes of infertility, like obesity and nutritional deficiencies, can be managed with dietary changes.

    This video offers an overview of the best foods for boosting fertility, which include high-protein vegetarian options like beans, soy, and nuts. Foods high in folic acid and iron are also important, because these nutrients help create a more hospitable environment in the uterus for a growing fetus.

    For more help boosting your health for better fertility, connect with Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists on our website or at (602) 635-3489. We can help you achieve your family planning goals with the latest fertility treatments in addition to holistic therapies that will keep you at your healthiest as you try to conceive. 

    Why Women Are Waiting to Have Babies

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Age does indeed increase the risk of female infertility. However, more and more women are waiting to start or grow their families for a wide variety of reasons. Many women aren’t quite sure that they want to become mothers until later in life when they feel more settled. Others prefer to establish themselves in their chosen fields before starting a family. Regardless of the reasons to wait to have children, women have more options than ever in the event that they do struggle with <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.arizonafertility.com/our-programs/" href="http://www.arizonafertility.com/our-programs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Our Programs â?" ivf="" costs="" &="" treatment="" programs-="" www.arizonafertility.com"="">female infertility after waiting to become pregnant.

    Career and Education Ambitions
    It’s quite common for women to delay childbirth to obtain advanced degrees or climb the corporate ladder. While countless women do successfully juggle family and career responsibilities, many prefer to establish themselves in their chosen career to ensure they’ll have more time for their children later.

    Active Lifestyles
    Women frequently wait to have babies because they wish to experience more of the world themselves before becoming mothers. They may want to travel or donate their time to a worthy cause, or simply have a fun night out on the town now and then.

    Delayed Marriages
    These days, many women are delaying marriage until later in life, which generally lends itself to delayed childbirth. Women often express the desire to find the right life partner before having children.

    Fertility Treatments
    Although the availability of fertility treatments may not be a primary reason why more women are delaying childbirth, it certainly doesn’t hurt that advances in medical technology significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy later in life. Increasingly, women consult fertility specialists well before they plan to become pregnant. They can choose to cryopreserve their eggs or even embryos in the event that they face female infertility later in life.

    With help from the team of fertility experts at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, you can achieve your dream of being a mother. Women and couples throughout Arizona can schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist by calling (602) 635-3489. We also invite you to visit us online to become familiar with common fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

    What Are the Optimum Conditions for a Woman to Get Pregnant?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Conception is a surprisingly intricate process and if just one variable is out of sync, it can be very difficult to achieve pregnancy. For a woman to get pregnant, she must have eggs of an optimum quality. The ovary must properly release the egg and then the fallopian tube must be able to transport the egg via the cilia to the uterus. The uterine lining must be able to receive the egg and the egg must be able to attach to the lining. If there are hormonal issues, the uterine lining may not be properly prepared. If there are structural problems, the egg may be unable to move through the fallopian tube.

    The optimum conditions in a woman’s body are only part of the equation. The male partner must also have the right conditions for pregnancy. Male infertility is often the result of a low sperm volume or count. The sperm must also be the proper shape, which is known as sperm morphology. They must be able to move through the woman’s body to reach the egg and be able to fertilize the egg.

    Infertility is a problem that affects countless couples in the United States. Fortunately, there is help available at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists. Call our fertility clinic at (602) 635-3489 for more information.

    Why Women Aren't the Only Ones Affected by Age-Related Hormone Changes

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When a couple has difficulty conceiving a child, they may automatically assume that the female partner may suffer from infertility. This may be because it’s well known that women experience declining fertility as they grow older, while many men tend to assume that they can successfully father a child at any age. In fact, experts note that infertility affects the female partner about one-third of the time and the male partner about one-third of the time. The remainder of cases involve issues with both partners. Fertility specialists recommend evaluating both partners to get the best outcome.

    Testosterone Levels
    When women enter menopause, they can no longer achieve pregnancy. Men have their own version of menopause, known as andropause. Andropause is characterized by a steady decline of testosterone levels, popularly referred to as “low-T.” While menopause in women occurs relatively abruptly, andropause in men is a gradual process that starts in the 40s. By the age of about 45, men may have some changes in the function of the testes. As testosterone levels continue to drop, men are likely to experience a decrease in libido.

    Sperm Issues
    Many women already know that after the age of 35, their ovarian reserve declines significantly. However, men also face fertility issues with age. Research has demonstrated that as a man grows older, the volume of sperm diminishes, and the motility and morphology of sperm declines. This decline occurs later for men than the fertility decline seen in women.  This makes it increasingly difficult for sperm to successfully reach an egg and fertilize it.

    Birth Outcomes
    When a couple characterized by advanced paternal age does successfully achieve a pregnancy, the birth outcome may be adversely affected. Older fathers are much more likely to have children who suffer from certain genetic abnormalities. Children of older men may be born with Down syndrome, for example. Research has also demonstrated a potential link between advanced paternal age and a significantly increased risk of fathering children with schizophrenia.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, our team of fertility experts has extensive experience in identifying and treating the causes of male infertility and female infertility. We can help you overcome male infertility with treatment options such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and donor sperm. For more information about our fertility clinic in Phoenix, call (602) 635-3489.

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