Ovulation Calculator http://www.ovulationcalculator.me Calculate Your Most Fertile Days Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:12:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 What Couples Can Expect When Visiting a Fertility Clinic http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-couples-can-expect-when-visiting-a-fertility-clinic/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-couples-can-expect-when-visiting-a-fertility-clinic/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:12:00 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=120 Related posts:
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Visiting a fertility clinic for the first time can seem intimidating, and infertility can be one of the most challenging issues a couple may encounter. The added stress of an unfamiliar setting can create unwelcome tension, but there are some situations one can expect when visiting a fertility clinic.

Many fertility clinics will send a packet of paperwork to you before your first appointment. Information requested by the clinic will help to establish medical and personal history that may influence possible causes of infertility. Some clinics might require you to record everyday activities, such as sleeping, eating, and activity levels. The clinic might also request previous medical records. It might take time to obtain these records, so you should resist the urge to procrastinate.

The first visit might only serve as a consultation rather than an examination. Either way, a couple should attend the first appointment together. The fertility specialist will review the information you have already provide and ask questions to clarify or gather more information before moving forward. This first meeting will include the planning period. A good specialist will be receptive to your questions, and you should ask any questions that you have about the possible causes of infertility, the treatment, and any other aspects of your visit.

Again, it is important to come with your partner. The fertility specialist may speak with you and your partner together and separately. Unfortunately, the issue of infertility can become a blame game between you and your partner, so questioning the two of you separately can eliminate some of the tension that may interfere with getting an accurate assessment of the underlying causes of infertility. Even if you have a previous diagnosis linking the cause of the infertility to you or your partner, there may be multiple causes affecting both of you, so you should both undergo assessment.

When you plan your first appointment at the fertility clinic, you should understand that this is indeed the first of multiple appointments. There is no quick fix for infertility, and the fertility specialist should supervise your treatment progress. Treatment innovations have offered hope to couples dealing with infertility, but treatment still requires time and patience that many couples are unhappy to endure.

The many fertility clinics around provide new hope to couples suffering from infertility. The idea of going to a fertility clinic may be very intimidating to couples already plagued with emotional turmoil, but knowing what to expect can relieve some of the fear.

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What Are The Benefits Of Having a Waterbirth? http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-are-the-benefits-of-having-a-waterbirth/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-are-the-benefits-of-having-a-waterbirth/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:48:27 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=117 Related posts:
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As water birthing is gaining popularity among women looking to give birth naturally, it is perfectly understandable for expectant mothers to be curious. Truth is, there are many benefits of water birthing to both mother and child and if you are planning to deliver naturally, it is perhaps the most ideal method.

Pain management is one of the most common reasons for the increase in popularity for water births. As more and more women are trying to stay away from epidurals, this makes the option of water birthing that much more attractive. Pain is minimized for the mother in several ways during water birth. There are several reasons this is possible. First of all, the simple act of being immersed helps to reduce abdominal pressure as well as the fact that it causes the pelvic floor muscles to relax. Water also aids in preventing damage to the vaginal and perineal areas as they are softened which allows them to be more resilient to the stretching that occurs in delivery. This means less tearing and a quicker recovery for mom.

Another benefit to water birthing is relaxation. For many expectant mothers, especially first time moms, anxiety levels run high. This is to be expected, as the process is very overwhelming. The mind tends to run rampant with “what ifs” and a general list of hopes that can run a mile long. Aside from that, by the time a woman is ready to deliver she is often very uncomfortable even without contractions. Water helps to alter the state of consciousness allowing mom to be able to take a breath and just relax. It is far easier to take on a difficult situation when we have some mental clarity, and childbirth is by far the most physically difficult task a woman can experience. Besides, it may be one of the last chances mom will get to relax for quite a while.

Water birthing is also beneficial in facilitating a less than perfect labor. Once immersed, progression into active labor is common. This is because the cervix is more likely to dilate in water. Also, the relaxation allows the mother’s hormones to step in which further allows labor to become more efficient.

Last but not least is the bonding ability for dad. As mom is more likely to be relaxed, and less likely to be screaming, and creating expletives that would make any sailor blush. That being said, dad is much more likely to join mom in the pool. When dad is more active in the birthing process, this allows him the opportunity to bond with the baby much more quickly than if under different circumstances.

With benefits like these, it is no wonder that more and more women are looking towards water birthing as their method of choice. From natural pain management, the empowerment that comes along with childbirth and the ability to bond as a family in such a unique manner, water birthing offers many benefits making it an ideal option for natural birth.

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Phases of the Menstrual Cycle http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/phases-of-the-menstrual-cycle/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/phases-of-the-menstrual-cycle/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 16:52:12 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=111 Related posts:
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Every woman menstruates and this is a normal and natural part of being female. And while most people think of a normal period as being a 28-day cycle, it is important to remember that every woman’s body is different. What’s normal for one woman, may not be normal for another. While the majority of health care professionals will teach that menstruation lasts a total of seven days, some women only have five-day periods while others may only menstruate for three. When a teenage girl begins her period, the cycles will normally be more irregular. The same theory applies to a woman who is older and about to go through menopause.

There are several phases of the menstrual cycle. The very first stage is called the follicular phase. In general, this phase begins on the day that you begin your period. It is characterized by the shedding of the uterine lining. Your body gets rid of this shed lining by contractions, which are often referred to as cramps. When you feel a cramp during your period, it is actually your body getting rid of the uterine lining. Some women may experience longer periods due to a lack of contractions. A lack of uterine contractions may have something to do with a vitamin deficiency.

During the first phase, your body also regrows the uterine lining and thickens it. This is in preparation for conception, if it should occur. After your period ends, the ovulation phase begins. During this particular stage, an egg will be released in response to your body’s development of luteinising hormone. This egg can only be fertilized for about 48 hours, which is why many doctors advise women to be aware of when their ovulation occurs if they are trying to get pregnant.

The final phase of the menstrual cycle is called the luteal stage. This begins on your last day of ovulation and lasts up until your next period begins. If you should become pregnant during ovulation, the egg will implant itself during this phase. If you do not become pregnant, your body will ready itself for the next month’s menstrual cycle.

As stated before, every woman is different and giving time frames is not necessarily correct for each individual. If you are suffering from irregular periods, there could be several causes for this. Many believe that hormonal imbalances may be to blame. Taking a high quality multivitamin may help to stabilize your hormones enough to get you on a more routine cycle. There are also other gynecological conditions that may be the cause to your problem. Visiting a doctor will help you to rule out anything major.

Some women believe that taking birth control pills will help to regulate their cycles, though this is normally only done synthetically. Those who come off the pill may go back to having irregular periods again. It is best to get to the root of the problem before taking action and to realize that an irregular period to some may be regular for you.

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Charting Fertility Using Cervical Position http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-using-cervical-position/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-using-cervical-position/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 07:23:36 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=108 Related posts:
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Charting your fertility can be useful when you want to become pregnant. You can chart by a number of factors, including temperature, date, cervical mucous, and cervical position. By charting any or all of these variables, you can determine which days you are most fertile.

Using cervical position to chart fertility is the most invasive of the charting methods. It can introduce bacteria into the vagina, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands before checking your cervix. It is, however, one of more reliable methods to check for ovulation. Your cervical position can tell when ovulation is going to occur and also that it has occurred. Your cervical position can also be used to determine pregnancy.

Because you will be comparing cervical position to previous position, this is a method that takes some times to learn. You will be comparing the position over the course of a month, so it does take a while to learn your body’s normal cervical positions.

A good time to check your cervical position is right after bathing. The vaginal area will be clean and so will your fingers. It’s also a good idea to have your nails trimmed, so you don’t scratch the sensitive tissue inside.

You can check your cervical position in a few different ways. One of the most popular ways is to stand with one leg on the edge of a bathtub. You can also check while sitting on a toilet. Gently use one or two fingers to insert into the vagina and feel for the cervix. The cervix is located in the upper front or top of the cavity.

During menstruation, the beginning of the cycle, the cervix will be low, hard, and slightly open to allow for blood flow. Because you will know that you are starting your cycle, it’s not necessary to check during these days. After your period is over, the cervix will stay hard and low, but closes.

As you get close to ovulation, the cervix rises and becomes softer. When ovulation occurs, the cervix will start to open to allow sperm to enter. Sometimes it might be so high that it’s hard to reach.

After you ovulate, the cervix drops again and firms up. The end will be closed tightly, but women who have had children may feel like they are open due to stretching. If pregnancy as occurred, the cervix will rise again and get soft. For some women this happens as soon as twelve days after conception. For other women, this doesn’t happen until much later.

Checking cervical position is not always the most advisable way to check your fertility because it can introduce germs into the vagina. However, it is reliable if done properly. Always wash your hands with soap and hot water before checking your cervical position. You will need to chart your cervical position for at least a month before you will see a pattern and be able to determine the difference in position.

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Charting Fertility With Cervical Fluid http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-with-cervical-fluid/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-with-cervical-fluid/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 16:02:38 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=104 Related posts:
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For those looking to conceive, being mindful of the woman’s menstrual cycle is imperative to a successful conception. In addition to store bought ovulation tests, there are several ways that a woman can determine fertility levels. One of the most important factors used to determine a woman’s fertility is by checking the amount as well as the consistency of her cervical fluid. As cervical fluid, or mucus as it is sometimes referred to is produced continuously throughout the menstrual cycle it is as simple as noticing the changes in it. Once a woman is aware of these changes, she can begin charting fertility with cervical fluid as her guide.

During the menstrual cycle, the female reproductive system experiences many changes. Many of these changes are direct responses pertaining to the levels of hormones excreted within the woman. This influx of hormones causes the body to react in different fashions based on how much hormone is present. It is for this reason that cervical fluid is the second most common manner for determining fertility. In addition to being able to determine fertility levels, when cervical fluid is charted accurately a woman can even use this method to ascertain where she is within her cycle.

Checking your cervical fluid can be done by simply swiping your finger across the opening of your cervix. This will draw the fluid out so that you can check its consistency. Cervical fluid can also be checked by swiping your vaginal opening with toilet tissue. This method is typically more comfortable-especially if you have longer nails as fingernails have a tendency to scrape the cervix which can cause it to bleed making it more difficult to check the mucus accurately.

Cervical fluid most favorable for conception will be similar to egg whites as far as consistency. This type of mucus is referred to as EWCM or egg white cervical mucus, and occurs a few days prior as well as right after ovulation has taken place. This is the most promising condition for impregnation. However, it is important when charting cervical fluid for fertility that all instances of intercourse are also charted. This is due to the fact that egg white mucus is very similar in consistency to semen and can often cause inaccuracies. Another good indication that ovulation will occur soon is if the fluid is watery. It is common for the vaginal area to be somewhat wet when a woman is fertile. Watery cervical fluid is also typical right before a woman begins to menstruate towards the end of her cycle.

Types of cervical fluid unfavorable for conception tend to be sticky or creamy. These conditions are generally found a week prior to ovulation, and a week after give or take a day or so.

While ovulation tests can be purchased at your local pharmacy, charting cervical fluid for fertility is just as accurate a method. Once a woman is familiar with the various types of cervical fluid produced by her body and begins to utilize fertility charting, conception is more likely to take place.

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Charting Fertility Using Basal Body Temperature http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-using-basal-body-temperature/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/charting-fertility-using-basal-body-temperature/#comments Sat, 14 May 2011 01:48:29 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=101 Related posts:
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The female body is complex, and getting pregnant can be a challenge for some couples. Other couples would like to start a family as soon as possible, while some women may simply want to understand more about their fertility and how their body works. The most effective, least invasive means of understanding a woman’s fertility patterns is by charting basal body temperature.

Basal body temperature is defined as the lowest temperature the body reaches during rest. Charting one’s temperature daily provides a wealth of information regarding a woman’s fertility due to the fact that changes in hormone levels that occur during the menstrual cycle affect basal body temperature. The first day of a woman’s period is considered the first day of the new cycle. The time from cycle day one until an egg is released at ovulation is known as the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase, estrogen levels are high, and one or more eggs may begin to develop in the ovaries. The high level of estrogen present during the follicular phase keeps the basal body temperature relatively low.

When an egg has developed sufficiently, changes in hormones allow for the egg to be released from the ovary. The release of the egg is known as ovulation. Following ovulation, the area of the ovary that released the egg produces large amounts of the hormone progesterone, while estrogen levels decline somewhat. Progesterone has a dramatic effect on basal body temperature, which results in a rise of 0.5° to 1.0°F (0.25° to 0.5° C). This effect of progesterone results in what is known as a biphasic temperature pattern. That is, during the follicular phase, basal body temperature is low; following ovulation, temperatures rise and remain elevated for the second phase of the cycle.

After ovulation has occurred, progesterone remains elevated for ten to fourteen days. This portion of the menstrual cycle is known as the luteal phase. If a pregnancy does not occur, then at the end of the luteal phase, the levels of progesterone being released from the ovary decline, resulting in a decline in basal body temperature. Once progesterone levels drop sufficiently, the lining of the uterus is shed, thus beginning the next cycle.

Charting basal body temperature is an easy and usually reliable way to determine if ovulation occurs. Although basal body temperature cannot predict when ovulation will happen, this information can help identify fertility problems such as anovulation (no egg released) or luteal phase defects.

For the purposes of charting fertility, the temperature is typically taken orally immediately after waking by using a basal body thermometer. Basal body thermometers are more accurate than typical fever thermometers, and this is important in being able to detect the small shift in temperature that occurs upon ovulation. Although changes in environment do not usually affect basal body temperature, alcohol and some medications may have an effect. Consistently charting one’s basal body temperature is a safe, easy, reliable way to gain considerable insight into one’s fertility.

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How Does In Vitro Fertilization Work? http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/how-does-in-vitro-fertilization-work/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/how-does-in-vitro-fertilization-work/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 00:01:24 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=98 Related posts:
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In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is one of the most effective treatments for infertility. Even couples that believe their situation is hopeless may be able to conceive through IVF. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, IVF is definitely an avenue that you will want to explore before losing hope.

In Vitro Fertilization is a treatment in which a woman’s eggs are removed, fertilized, and then implanted into the uterus. Once you make the decision to try IVF, your doctor will usually begin hormone therapy about two weeks before the procedure. This will improve the quality of your eggs and increase your chance of success. During hormone therapy, your doctor will administer blood tests or use ultrasound technology to determine when your eggs should be removed.

When it comes time for the doctor to remove your eggs, he will guide a needle into your ovaries though the vaginal opening. While this sounds a bit frightening, it is much less invasive and scary than you’d think. During the procedure, the doctor will use local anesthesia and/or light sedation to make sure that the procedure is pain-free. About an hour after the extraction, you’ll be ready to go home.

While you are having eggs withdrawn, your partner will provide a semen sample. Once your eggs have been examined, your partner’s sperm will be extracted from his semen. The sperm will then be used to fertilize your eggs. In most cases, around two to four eggs will be fertilized through IVF.

If your partner is believed to be infertile, his sperm may actually be injected into the eggs. The fertility doctors that perform IVF do everything in their power to ensure fertilization. If you have questions about fertilization methods, make sure to ask your doctor before the procedure.

After about 18 hours, doctors will be able to tell whether the fertilization has been successful. If embryos have begun to form, they will be placed into a solution that resembles your fallopian tubes. The embryos will be allowed to grow for the next few days, until they are ready to be implanted into the uterus.

Once the embryos are ready for implantation, you will be asked to make another visit to your doctor. The doctor will implant the embryos into your uterus, using a thin catheter. This procedure is painless, and unlike the extraction, will not require local anesthesia or sedation. To increase the odds of pregnancy, some doctors will implant several eggs at once.

Directly after implantation, you will need to rest in a reclining position. This will increase your chances of pregnancy. You will also be given fertility drugs for the next few weeks to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy. Within the next few days, one or more of the eggs will hopefully implant themselves into your uterine wall. Within a week or so, you will return to your doctor for a pregnancy test to determine whether the IVF was successful. From there, you may begin your journey as a future mother or begin discussing your options with your doctor.

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Trying to Get Pregnant – At What Point Should I Seek Medical Assistance? http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/trying-to-get-pregnant-at-what-point-should-i-seek-medical-assistance/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/trying-to-get-pregnant-at-what-point-should-i-seek-medical-assistance/#comments Sun, 01 May 2011 22:45:34 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=95 Related posts:
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For a couple who is attempting to conceive a baby without results, the situation can be very daunting. Many couples will try for years and finally be able to conceive. However, some couples may be having a difficult time conceiving a baby which could be very taxing on your mental status. Before heading to a fertility clinic, there are some issues that you may want to discuss with your partner to figure out the best way to bring a little bundle of love into your life.

There are some situations which can prevent anyone from naturally getting pregnant. Often, couples are not trying to conceive at the proper time. For instance, a couple that has no medical problems has only 25 percent possibility of conceiving during each month. If you factor in infertility problems, conception can become a very difficult situation. Doctors recommend that a couple should seek help with a fertility clinic if conception has not occurred after 18 months or up to two years. This fact is considered only if a woman is under the age of 35. If a woman is over 35 years of age, couples should seek help after only 6 months of not being able to conceive.

First, couples should consult with their regular doctor or obstetrician. It is not necessary to visit a a fertility clinic if the problem that is causing infertility is an medical condition that is diagnosed by your doctor, such as an insufficient sperm count or a disease. If it is not a common problem, the doctor will then recommend a fertility clinic to conduct more extensive testing and inform couples about upcoming decisions.

Most cases of infertility can be tackled with fertility drugs. These drugs can provide an environment that will make conception more possible. Another treatment that is common is artificial insemination. This process places a man’s sperm inside of a woman’s body and helps facilitate the process of conceiving a baby.

In vitro fertilization is one of the more expensive fertility treatments but is also less common. Only two percent of couples end up using in vitro fertilization due to its high cost of around $12,000 per session. This process involves conceiving a baby with an egg and a sperm outside of the body in a sterile lab. Once conception is accomplished, the fertilized egg is placed back into the womb to continue maturation.

Before heading to a fertility clinic, couples should be aware that this process can be very emotionally draining. Some couples are not ready for the extensive testing and waiting. Another issue that couples should discuss is the likelihood that conception may not be possible. Both partners should be prepared for an a journey that will be very emotional and should also gather information to inform themselves on every aspect of this process.

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Fashion Tips For Pregnant Women http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/fashion-tips-for-pregnant-women/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/fashion-tips-for-pregnant-women/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 04:48:24 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=91 Related posts:
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Today, pregnancy is seen as a beautiful and even sexy part of being a woman, and dressing as such is encouraged. Although putting the efforts into dressing fashionable while pregnant may, at times, seem like an unworthy task, it is a great way to keep in touch with your old self and embracing your new curvy body. There are a few essentials that should be in every pregnant woman’s wardrobe that will make it easy and almost effortless to stay fashionable during the most wonderful and mysterious months in your life.

Nursing bras are essential wardrobe pieces. It is not recommended to purchase a nursing bra until your third trimester, but it is not uncommon for women to buy them as early as 18 weeks. When buying a nursing bra, buy one that is one or two cup sizes bigger to leave enough room for breast growth when milk supply comes in postpartum. Buying one that fits regularly even now is also acceptable if you experience early growth as nursing bras give additional support that most regular bras don’t, making bra wearing even more comfortable.

Leggings and Spanx that are tailored for pregnant women grow with your body and keep your bump looking smooth and perfectly rounded when paired with any outfit. Splurge on one or two designer maternity jeans. They look better than the cheaper jeans and are more likely to stretch enough to fit your growing bump through the trimesters. The higher quality denim will also last better as the bloating kicks in during the third trimester.

Tops that can easily translate from work to casual are necessary. Changing after work is something that most pregnant women do not have the energy for, and having a top that can be worn for both is a life saver. Luckily, there are several tops that are great for both. Tops that are printed, wrapped or tunics are great options. For the weekend, comfy staple tops are great. For warmer months, opt for camisoles and tanks and for the cooler months, turtlenecks and cardigans. It is essential that you stray away from the typical loose tops. This is a time when being curvy and having a voluptuous bump is celebrated and it should be flaunted.

Some pregnant women swear to keep wearing their heels for as long as possible. In reality, it is the best time to let you go more casual. Cute ballet flats are a great wardrobe addition that can be kept postpartum. As they come in various colors and with many different adornments, ballet flats do not mean they are not fashion forward.

Dresses are the best addition to a pregnant woman’s wardrobe. They are suitable for any season and can fit any occasion. An empire waist cut with adjustable straps can last from the first trimester to the last and even postpartum.

Dressing nicely during pregnancy has never been easier. With the right pieces in your wardrobe, it can be easy to retain up a look that keeps confidence high. By choosing the right things, you may even save money by not having to purchase new outfits as your body changes through the trimesters and many of them you may even wear long after pregnancy.

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What Should I Look for When Choosing a Fertility Clinic? http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-should-i-look-for-when-choosing-a-fertility-clinic/ http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/what-should-i-look-for-when-choosing-a-fertility-clinic/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:35:20 +0000 Sarah http://www.ovulationcalculator.me/?p=87 Related posts:
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Choosing the right fertility clinic is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. It is absolutely imperative that you conduct plenty of research before settling on one. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is choosing a fertility clinic based on their success rate. While it is important to ensure the clinic you choose has a success rate that is higher than the national average, there are also many other factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a clinic you will be satisfied with.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably seen the frightening news reports of embryos being implanted in the wrong person or even the nasty legal problems that can ensue over frozen eggs. To ensure you do not encounter these types of problems in your journey to become a parent, it is important to spend some time checking to be sure the clinic you use not only has strong ethics but also has a good quality control system in place.

Be sure to check on the experience and tenure of the clinic’s medical director. How long have they been employed at that fertility clinic? In addition, find out how long both the physicians as well as the technicians have been on staff. If you discover the clinic has a high rate of staff turnover this can be an indication of poor management and ultimately that can lead to mistakes.

You should also spend plenty of time understanding the types of procedures the clinic performs. Not only that, but find out how often they perform those procedures. The best fertility clinics will offer their clients a wide range of different infertility treatments. They will also be familiar with and knowledgeable regarding the latest in technology and advancements within the field of infertility.

Find out whether there is an age limit for treatment at any fertility clinic you are considering. If a fertility clinic does have age limits in place, this is actually an indication that this clinic is concerned with ethical matters. Along the same lines, find out from the clinic who is in charge of determining how many eggs are implanted in any type of in vitro procedure; whether it is the patient or the doctor. Keep in mind that the more eggs that are implanted, the higher the chances are for multiple births occurring.

Other questions you should ask of prospective fertility clinics include how many cycles per year they perform. You definitely do not want to choose a clinic where there are so many patients you miss out on the personal treatment and instead feel like a number. Fertility treatment is an intensely personal matter and as such you deserve the best one-on-one treatment possible. Finally, be sure to ask what the clinic charges. Although you should never select a clinic on price alone, it is always important to be knowledgeable about what to expect. You might also ask if the clinic offers any type of money-back guarantee.

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