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    Fertility Problems: When to See a Specialist

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Trying to get pregnant can be frustrating, even for perfectly healthy couples with no fertility issues. It may take up to a year of trying to get pregnant under normal conditions, so you may not be sure when to consult a fertility specialist. Below you will see a few guidelines for determining the best time to seek specialized help to start your family and avoid unnecessary care.  

    Talk to Your Primary Physician
    Before you schedule an appointment with a fertility doctor, it’s helpful to consult your family physician. Both you and your spouse should talk to your doctor, because fertility issues may be related to one or both partners. Your doctor may provide you with lifestyle tips that can boost fertility, which will streamline the treatment process if you do end up seeing a specialist.

    Track Your Cycle and Sexual Activity
    If you know when you’re ovulating, it will be easier to get pregnant since you have the best chances of conception. Tracking your cycle will let you see when you are ovulating, and this data will be helpful as you begin to work with a specialist. You should also take note of how often and when you are attempting to get pregnant. The more information you bring to your doctor, the easier it will be to determine potential causes of your infertility.

    Consider Your Age and Health
    The basic guidelines for fertility treatment are that women under 35 should see a specialist after one year of trying to get pregnant and women over 35 should see one after six months of trying. Age is incredibly important when it comes to fertility, as the number of healthy eggs you have will begin to drop dramatically once you enter your late 30s. Other health factors can play a role too, so make a list of any preexisting health conditions and discuss them during your first visit with a fertility specialist.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, you will find the most effective and compassionate care available in the Phoenix area. If you are experiencing fertility issues, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our doctor today. You can reach us on our website or by calling (602) 635-3489. 

    Understanding Aneuploidy

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Have you ever wondered why the chances of miscarriages and birth defects increase in women over the age of 35? The answer lies in aneuploidy, or abnormality of the DNA footprint. Healthy fetuses develop with 46 chromosomes—23 from the mother and 23 from the father. As women get older, they tend to have more eggs with an abnormal number of chromosomes that could contribute to conditions like Down syndrome, as well as severe physical and mental deficiencies.

    The result of aneuploidy will vary depending on which extra chromosomes are present or which ones are missing. In many cases, chromosomal abnormalities result in failure of the fetus to implant after fertilization or miscarriage before 13 weeks of gestation. In the fetuses that make it through a full-term pregnancy, there may be a wide range of disabilities that could lead to lowered chances of survival. With genetic testing prior to implantation, parents can be made aware of genetic abnormalities before pregnancy to ensure they have the highest chances of giving birth to a healthy child.

    If you are over 35 and trying to get pregnant or have other infertility concerns, Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists will provide you with the advanced, personalized care you need to start your family. Schedule a consultation with our team of fertility specialists by calling our Phoenix office today at (602) 635-3489. 

    Could Endometriosis Be Behind Your Fertility Problems?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of female infertility, and it may be the source of a number of other unpleasant symptoms that tend to be worse during your menstrual cycle. If you have had a history of menstrual problems like heavy cramping or excessive bleeding, endometriosis may be to blame. Trying to get pregnant when you have endometriosis—even if you don’t have other noticeable symptoms—might require specialized care. Here’s a look at some of the possible signs that endometriosis may be the cause of your difficultly in starting your family. 

    You Experience Excessively Heavy Flow
    Women with endometriosis often have excessive bleeding during menstruation or spotting between periods.. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus that sheds during menstruation, so having an excess amount of this tissue that has grown on other reproductive organs may lead to heavier periods.

    You Have Painful Periods
    When the endometrium has grown in areas where it doesn’t belong, it can r result in factors that causes pain during your menstrual cycle. You may notice that cramping begins before you even begin to menstruate, and it can continue for several days after your period. Lower back and abdominal pain could also be associated with endometriosis. The pain of endometriosis may get worse during intercourse as well, so you will not want to ignore this symptom if it occurs regularly.

    You Have Been Trying To Get Pregnant for More Than One Year
    Whether the problem is endometriosis or another condition causing infertility, it’s worth seeing a doctor if you haven’t been able to conceive after a whole year of trying. If you are older than 35, you should see a doctor after 6 months of trying.  Trying means being at risk for pregnancy and not conceiving.  Because many conditions, including endometriosis, can exist without symptoms, you may not be able to identify the problem on your own.

    For the screening and resources you need to determine what’s causing your infertility, contact Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists online or at (602) 635-3489. Our team of infertility specialists will provide you with personalized care from your initial assessment through your treatment with the most advanced reproductive therapies available.

    A Basic Guide to FET

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Modern reproductive technologies have improved the process of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to make the procedure more successful and affordable for couples trying to overcome a wide range of infertility issues. FET, or frozen embryo transfer, is one of the more recent updates to the IVF procedure that can preserve excess viable embryos after a single round of IVF treatment. Typically, more embryos are produced than can safely be transferred to the uterus, so they may be frozen for use in future cycles. This can help reduce IVF costs by eliminating the need for additional rounds of ovulation-inducing medication and make it easier to undergo multiple IVF cycles to achieve a single pregnancy.

    With Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, you will get a complete picture of your options for infertility treatment with your unique medical and financial needs in mind. Call our Phoenix office at (602) 635-3489 or visit our website to explore our affordable IVF programs and alternative treatment options. 

    A Patient's Guide to Shared IVF

    Last updated 4 months 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. 

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