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    Easing the Financial Burden of Fertility Treatments

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Children are priceless, yet paying for fertility treatments can be a challenge. The cost of medications can be significant.  You may wish to consider working with a fertility clinic that maintains a partnership with financing companies. Some of these companies offer significant savings on fertility medications to those who qualify. Eligibility is based on your annual household gross income and whether you’ve previously been a participant in the  program. This program is available to uninsured patients who are experiencing fertility difficulties.

    With these programs, you could save up to 50 percent or 75 percent off the cost of your medications. 

    Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists is a fertility clinic in Phoenix that is pleased to offer a number of financing options to our patients. We’ve partnered with EMD Serono, First Steps, Springstone Patient Financing, and other financing companies to help you make your dreams of parenthood a reality. Call us at (602) 635-3489 to set up a consultation with a fertility specialist today.

    Surprising Ways to Preserve Your Fertility Health

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Even if you’re not yet ready to have a baby or if you haven’t found the right partner yet, you can still take some steps to preserve your fertility and increase your chances of conception later on. If you’ve already experienced fertility issues, talk to an infertility specialist about lifestyle modifications that can boost your fertility health. You can also take a look at the following information to learn about some surprising ways you can maintain your fertility health.

    Manage Underlying Medical Conditions
    You may be surprised to learn that certain medical conditions can adversely affect your fertility. These conditions include diabetes and obesity. You can preserve your fertility health by scheduling regular checkups with your doctor and discussing how to better manage any conditions you may have. 

    Improve Your Dental Health
    You may already know that pregnancy tends to increase the risk of gum disease. However, did you know that poor dental health may actually increase the chance that you’ll need fertility treatments to conceive a child? Although more research is needed in this area, it never hurts to schedule dental checkups every six months and pay close attention to your brushing and flossing habits.

    Take a Multivitamin
    Expectant moms are advised to take prenatal vitamins, which have plenty of folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects. However, it’s equally as important for women who are hoping to become pregnant to take vitamins. If you’re undergoing fertility treatments, talk to your doctor about taking prenatal vitamins. Otherwise, take a multivitamin that contains folic acid and other important nutrients.

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes
    Smoking can adversely affect your fertility now and in the future. Tobacco causes the deterioration of eggs and can encourage early menopause. It also heightens the risk of suffering a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, and it can decrease the chances of having a successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.

    The fertility team at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists will work closely with you to develop a fertility treatment plan that fits your needs. We offer IVF, artificial insemination, cryopreservation, and more. If you have any questions about our comprehensive array of services, please call our Arizona fertility clinic at (602) 635-3489.

    Use This App to Enhance Your Whale Watching Trip!

    Last updated 13 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 15 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 21 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.

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