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What All Women Must Know About Their Fertility

Egg Freezing New YearInfertility is on a dramatic rise in the U.S. One in six couples are unable to conceive naturally because of a reproductive medical condition. Many of today’s most educated women do not know enough about the health of their fertility and the pitfalls that can prevent them from a natural pregnancy. You must be proactive in gaining knowledge about what could prevent a natural conception far in advance of trying to get pregnant.

A Woman’s Fertility

Increasing fertility problems are caused by:

  • Environmental chemicals adversely affecting hormones
  • Societal barriers caused by not being able to find a partner
  • Cultural changes frowning on adoption, surrogacy, donated eggs or sperm
  • Waiting past prime reproductive years to start a family

Fertility Factors for Consideration

You must consider the following factors when looking to start a family in the near or far future.

  • Timing – You’re most fertile on day 14 of a 28 day menstrual cycle
  • Diagnosis – You will be diagnosed as infertile if you cannot get pregnant after 12 months of regular, unprotected sex
  • Secondary infertility – You may have had a successful pregnancy and birth – but – this does not mean that you can easily get pregnant again, especially if you’re over 35
  • Prime reproductive years – You have the best chance of getting pregnant naturally between the ages of 20 and 24
  • Fertility decline – Your fertility (egg quality) will begin to decline at age 30 and get progressively worse after 35 and 40

Fertility Awareness

A woman’s infertility can be signaled unexpectedly. Symptoms can seem trivial – but you must pay attention. Today’s woman must be proactive in preserving her natural fertility by recognizing important infertility signals.

  • Irregular Periods
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Unusual Hair Growth
  • Unhealthy BMI
  • Milky Breast Discharge
  • Hot Flashes
  • Tubal damage
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovulation disorders

Patient-Focused Fertility Factors

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • IVF protocol recommended
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
  • Genetic Testing
  • Gender Selection

Best IVF Protocols

Challenging Patients Welcome

We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a challenging case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are difficult and may cause a decline in pregnancy success stats.

  • No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
  • No refusals based on low FSH levels
  • No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
  • No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.060.7422.

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