How many eggs does a woman have?

Female egg count by age

Fertility analysis often involves a discussion about female egg quality and questions about how many eggs does a woman have? Have you wondered with how many eggs is a woman born and how many of them are actually usable? As a 20-week-old baby inside your mother’s womb, you have 6-8 million eggs and that is the most you will ever have. However, only around 300-400 of these eggs will be… Read More

How to stay fertile in your 30s?

Eat healthy for better fertility in your 30s

Even though female fertility typically starts to decline during the mid-30s, many women go on to have easy pregnancies even upto 40 years. Are they doing anything special to extend their fertile years? Are you also wondering how to stay fertile in your 30s? Over 20 percent of American women now have their first baby after 35 years of age, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. … Read More

Semen Analysis—How to interpret the results?

Semen analysis

Semen analysis is possibly the most common among the tests for infertility. It is the basic test for men that will be ordered by your doctor at the first hint of infertility. So, let’s get straight to finding out all about semen analysis and what should you expect to see in your report. Semen analysis will give you information on the sperm’s morphology (shape and size), motility (its ability to… Read More

Sperm freezing – Cost, Benefits, & Risks

Sperm freezing procedure

Fertility preservation is not just for women. Men also lose sperm count and mobility with age, and sperm freezing is your fertility insurance for the future. Also known as cryopreservation of semen or sperm banking, it is a rather simple procedure that takes little time. Similar to egg freezing, it involves storing the male sperm for fertility treatments in the future. According to research by Niels Jorgenson from the University… Read More

IVF for LGBTQ couples

Reproductive options for gay single men

IVF for LGBTQ couples is not allowed by all countries but some places are liberal and they allow same-sex partners and transgender people to have children and build a family. Depending upon your unique circumstances and preferences, there are various options for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer couples to pursue a pregnancy and have a baby. If you’re interested in IVF for LGBTQ couples for yourself or someone you… Read More

Hysteroscopy before IVF: Is it required?

Hysteroscopy before IVF

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the doctor to check the insides of your uterus by inserting a thin, lighted tube. In some situations, it is the best way to examine your uterus but is it necessary in every case to do a hysteroscopy before IVF? Many clinics routinely practice hysteroscopy routinely before IVF to ensure that the uterine cavity is normal and ready to receive embryos. However,… Read More

What causes Early Miscarriages at 6-8 weeks?

Early miscarriages at 6-8 weeks

Miscarriages are common and often, unpreventable. Loss of pregnancy before 12 weeks is an early miscarriage and it happens in around 10% of all pregnancies. If you’ve experienced multiple miscarriages soon after conceiving without any logical explanation, it must be very frustrating. So, what causes early miscarriages at 6-8 weeks? Normally, the early miscarriages are blamed on chromosomal abnormalities that result in the arrest of embryo growth and while that… Read More

Can Day 7 Blastocysts result in Healthy Pregnancy?

Are day 7 embryos viable

The quality of an embryo is an important factor in determining the success of IVF, possibility of a healthy pregnancy, and eventually a live birth. Once the male and female gametes are combined to make an embryo, they are typically allowed to grow for 5 days before transfer. These Day-5 embryos are called blastocysts and are considered the best for transfer, while the remaining embryos that do not reach blastocyst… Read More

Early signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer

Around 1.2% of all women will be detected with ovarian cancer during their lifetime and more than half of them lose their lives because of it. Cancer spreads silently and ovarian cancer usually remains undetected in the early stages. However, if you catch any of the early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, you may get it treated while the disease is still confined and have much better chances of… Read More

Embryo grading in IVF: Which embryos are good?

Stages of embryo development

A good, healthy embryo is integral to the whole process of conception and healthy pregnancy and naturally, when you do IVF, there’s a lot of focus on the embryo. Informed patients today are aware of the importance of embryo and are asking questions about embryo grading in IVF. So, which embryos are most likely to result in a healthy pregnancy? During the IVF process, embryos created in the lab are… Read More