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Infertility & Reproduction Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Infertility & Reproduction

  1. Fertility Problems - What Increases Your Risk

    Infertility has many causes that involve either the woman's, the man's, or both partners' reproductive systems. Some factors that increase your risk of infertility are within your control; others are not.

  2. Fertility Problems - When To Call a Doctor

    Consult with your health professional about infertility concerns if you want children but have been unable to become pregnant after 1 year of having sex without using birth control, or you are a woman older than 35 who has been unable to become pregnant a

  3. In Vitro Fertilization for Infertility

    During in vitro fertilization (IVF), eggs and sperm are brought together in a laboratory glass dish to allow the sperm to fertilize an egg. With IVF, you can use any combination of your own eggs and sperm and donor eggs and sperm.See an illustration of the female reproductive system.Ovulation and egg retrieval. To prepare for an assisted reproductive procedure using your own eggs, you will ...

  4. Antisperm Antibody Test

    An antisperm antibody test looks for special proteins (antibodies) that fight against a man's sperm in blood, vaginal fluids, or semen. The test uses a sample of sperm and adds a substance that binds only to affected sperm.

  5. Fertility Awareness

    Fertility awareness (also called natural family planning or periodic abstinence) is a way to check the changes your body goes through during a menstrual cycle. This information can help you learn when you ovulate.

  6. Infertility and Reproduction acTopic Centers - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Multiple Pregnancy: Should I Consider a Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction?

  7. Infertility & Reproduction Guide - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection for Infertility

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) used to treat sperm - related infertility problems. ICSI is used to enhance the fertilization phase of in vitro fertilization (IVF) by injecting a single sperm into a mature egg. The fertilized egg is then placed in a woman's uterus or fallopian tube.Sperm collection. If sperm cannot be collected by means of ...

  8. Fallopian Tube Procedures for Infertility

    A fallopian tube blockage typically prevents successful passage of the egg to the sperm, or the fertilized egg to the uterus. Surgery can be used to try to correct this common cause of infertility.

  9. Prevention

    Some causes of infertility are related to lifestyle or other health conditions. To help protect your fertility:Avoid using tobacco (cigarettes) and marijuana, which reduce fertility, especially by reducing sperm counts.Avoid exposure to chemicals.Avoid excessive alcohol use, which may damage eggs or sperm.Limit sex partners and use condoms to reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted ...

  10. Fertility Problems - Topic Overview

    It can be difficult and complicated to determine the cause of ovulation problems. Possible causes may include: Hormonal imbalances. 70% of all women with ovulation problems have hormonal imbalances related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 1 Other ovulation problems can originate in the ovaries,or in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus,which produce hormones that regulate the menstrual ...

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