Are IVF injections painful ?

One of the major reasons patients do not want to do IVF is their fear of injections. They know that during IVF they need to take injections for many days - and many patients are understandably reluctant to take these shots because they have been told that these inje...

Tests prior to IVF

If you need IVF treatment in order to get pregnant, we will need to do certain tests to determine: If we can do IVF for you What kind of IVF treatment would be best for you ( IVF ? ICSI ? ZIFT ? donor eggs ?) What your chances of success will...

Why Proxeed is not useful for treating the infertile man

                                                The man with a low sperm count presents a very frustrating problem for doctors. Not only is he frustrated that he is " shooting blanks " and cannot get his wife pregnant , he also expects the doctor to provide a q...

The 2 week wait and IVF

Will my symptoms during the 2ww tell me whether I am pregnant or not ? During the 2ww ( 2 week wait, from embryo transfer to the pregnancy test) it is very natural to wonder about the fate of the embryos which are transferred to the uterus. Every woman w...

Treating infertility caused by retrograde ejaculation

                                                  Ejaculation is the ejection or discharge of semen ( which carries sperm) from the erect penis, and is usually accompanied by orgasm. During climax, the muscles at the end of the bladder neck tighten to prevent r...

Fresh versus frozen embryos - which are better ?

A few years ago, the answer to this question would have been simple. The traditional teaching has always been that fresh embryos are better than frozen embryos . They have a better chance of becoming a baby - in scientific jargon, they have a higher implantation rate...

Does taking supplements help IVF patients ?

  Practically all women doing IVF are taking supplements of one sort or another ! These are supposed to improve egg yield, egg quality and embryo implantation , thus helping to improve IVF pregnancy rates. I have come across women who take over 10 differ...

What every infertile woman needs to know about missed periods

                                    Missing a period can be very difficult for infertile women ! Every time you miss a period, you hope ( against hope) that maybe you are finally pregnant ! However , you are worried about getting your hopes up too high, becau...

Masturbation, sperm counts and fertility

                                        Misconceptions are very prevalent about sensitive, personal and private topics such as sexuality. Masturbation is still an area about which myths abound. This is especially true in conservative societies, which will consi...

Endometriosis : Symptoms, Diagnosis & Medication

Endometriosis , commonly called endo, is commonly found in infertile women, though the relationship between endometriosis and infertility is complex. We will look at what the symptoms of endometriosis are ; how doctors use endometriosis stages for describing its spre...