Migraines and Infertility Medications

Migraines and Infertility Medications

According to the Migraine Research Foundation migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and the 6th most disabling illness world-wide. Approximately 18% of American women (about 28 Million) suffer with migraines. Half of these women have at least one attack per month and 25% experience 4 or more severe episodes monthly. Migraines accompanied with […]

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What Is A Normal Menstrual Cycle?

What Is A Normal Menstrual Cycle?

The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Many patients ask what is a normal menstrual cycle? It depends on an orderly progression of hormonal signals and is simplistically divided into the following phases: 1)      Proliferative/ Follicular Phase 2)      Ovulatory Phase 3)      Secretory/Luteal Phase 4)      Menstrual Phase Cycle Day #1 […]

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Timing Natural Conception

There are only a limited number of days during a woman’s menstrual cycle when sexual intercourse might result in pregnancy. The duration of this fertile period depends on the life span of both the sperm and the egg. Typically the egg is only viable for about 24 hours after ovulation. The life span of the […]

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What About the Soil? Then Endometrium: An Unsung Hero

Much of our efforts in assisted reproductive technologies, namely IVF and IUI, is focused on cultivation of mature oocytes and generation of quality embryos.  However, without a rich environment, these embryos cannot exist. This soil is the endometrium, the lining of the uterus that is prepared monthly and then quickly shed like an afterthought, if […]

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At Home Fertility Testing: Keeping the Ball in Your Court and Scoring!

The intention of any screening test is to provide fast, cost-effective and reliable tests that require little intervention. In the billion-dollar industry of home fertility assessment the hat can be hung on ovulation predictor kits (LH kits). Leutenizing hormone is the unsung hero of the menstrual cycle. It is released in the pituitary gland in […]

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At Home Fertility Monitoring: Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware)

The cyclic menstrual cycle is predictable. In the first half of the cycle, care is taken to groom the best egg for fertilization. Once this egg reaches the maturity parameter; ovulation is triggered and the released oocyte sets out on its journey into the fallopian tube. Here it is fertilized by the sperm and then […]

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