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    All Videos (54 Videos)

    Ela International Patient Testimonial

    Meher Malik and her husband from Bangladesh were trying for a baby from last five years but could not find any success. The patient had problems in her uterus and had other problems as well. Therefore, the couple was suggested with surrogacy option and since the procedure was not available in Bangladesh, the couple thought to give surrogacy procedure a try in India. They came across Ela website and from there itself, their journey for surrogacy started. Meher is happy that she found Ela. She received guidance with her surrogacy treatment and also landed the best surrogacy package for the procedure. The couple did not feel like foreigners during their treatment, just because of the excellent support and assistance of the representatives at Elawoman. Ela also assisted the couple to find out surrogate for the pregnancy. The surrogate is pregnant now and she is happy with the services and constant support of the team at Elawoman. The Ela representative guided the couple in the foreign land and did not make them lost during the surrogacy procedure. Meher Malik highly recommends couples to contact Elawoman if they want to conceive their baby successfully.

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    What are the symptoms of low sperm count?

    Low sperm count in men turn to be one of the most problematic cases if a couple is trying for a baby without any success. The genetic issues in men lead to low sperm count in most of the individuals. One of the primary symptoms for low sperm count is lack of occurrence of pregnancy for more than one year of unprotected sex. Even men with low sperm count will experience low sex drive as well as trouble in achievement and maintenance of erection at the time of sex. These men also have lower testosterone levels in the body. Low testosterone levels also lead to evident mood changes in men who have low sperm count. Men also experience low energy throughout the day and feel tiredness during most of the physical activities in the daily life. Bone related health condition also gets common in most of the men who have reduced sperm count. In some of the men, hot flashes and profuse sweating is also common. Such men also have increased levels of estrogen levels which leads to increase in the chest size which grows in the form of females.

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    How does vitro fertilization (IVF) works?

    IVF procedure includes most of the steps which are involved in the natural reproduction procedure. First, follicle matures and with the LH surge follicle is released. The egg is directed into the Fallopian tube. Then, if the egg is not fertilized within 24 hours with the help of sperm, then the procedure is repeated. Only one sperm can enter the egg and fertilize it. If fertilization occurs, then the embryo is implanted in the interior lining of the uterus of woman. It takes around 3 days for the implantation to take place after the formation of the embryo. In IVF, FSH is administered to the woman with assistance of ultrasound. In some cases, sperm reaches the egg and enters it for embryo formation. In some cases, certain additional steps are performed where the embryologist injects sperm into the egg which make it important for the utilization of procedures such as ICSI. In certain cases, donor eggs are also used. IVF success rates are the highest among most of the infertility treatments.

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    What is Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)?

    Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is done after embryos are prepared and transferred after few menstrual cycles. In a Fresh IVF cycle, embryos are prepared and transferred into uterus during the same cycle. There are various benefits of FET over a fresh cycle embryo transfer; firstly the success rate in case of women over the age of 35 years was quite high as compared to the ones who had a fresh cycle embryo transfer. Secondly, the patients that had elevated levels of progesterone hormone before egg retrieval. This has inspired the fertility experts to think if other patients can benefit from the freeze- all approach.

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    How is Male Infertility Found Out? Top Foods to Increase Male Fertility (New Title)

    Male infertility can be detected using one important test called as Semen Analysis. The test reveals about the vital information of sperms found in a man’s semen. It informs about the different aspects of sperms like sperm count, motility and shape. Decreasing sperm count can be treated by selective eating. 7 powerful foods that have innumerable health benefits including the ability to boost sperm count in men. Spinach contains folate important in the development of healthy sperms. Asparagus is rich in vitamin C and helps protecting cells in testis and inhibits free radicals to give rise to healthy sperms. Broccoli can increase sperm count by as high as 77%. Rich in vitamin AB and C, and enzyme bromelain, bananas fight inflammation and enhance sperm count. Pomegranates deter free radicals that may destroy semen and decrease sperm count. Omega 3 fatty acids and arginine present in walnuts boost blood flow to the testicles and enhance sperm count. It also helps removing toxins from bloodstream. Foods that are high on Zinc like barley, beans and red meat can improve sperm count and motility. So intake of 15 mg of zinc is a healthy quantity on a daily basis.

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    Know about the importance of Prenatal Classes

    Prenatal classes form an important part of pregnancy especially in case of women who are pregnant with their first child. Prenatal classes are usually recommended to be taken in between 28 weeks to 32 weeks. Participating and learning in prenatal classes are essential to have a smooth experience during the delivery time as well. Prenatal classes help pregnant women to relax and learn about different phases of delivery procedure. This eases the pain and keeps her prepared with the possibilities during the time of normal or cesarean delivery procedures. A pregnant woman never knows when she will have labor pain and give birth to her baby. If a pregnant woman gets trained in advanced with the right antenatal classes, then it becomes much easier for her to face and deal with the unexpected situations which might arrive at the end of the pregnancy. In this way, if you are progressing towards the predicted due date for the delivery procedure. Thus, prenatal classes prove to be useful for pregnant women in different effective ways.

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    What are the different aspects of Menstrual Cycle?

    Menstrual Cycle is an important part of the female’s body. Several body activities in a woman are closely associated with the menstrual cycle. Menstruation, most popularly known as Periods is the monthly event which occurs in a woman for few decades of her life. When a woman is not pregnant, then the inner lining of the uterus of a woman sheds off during periods and this is known as menstruation. The bleeding which takes place during the menses varies from around 3-5 days. The menstrual cycle is counted as per the 28 day period. Day 1 is the first day of menstruation. After the menstruation ends, the cycle proceeds towards the ovulation step which lies in the middle of the menstrual cycle. The egg which is formed after the ovulation can get fertilized or dissolve. In case of fertilization, pregnancy occurs. If pregnancy does not occur, then the eggs get dissolved and leads to monthly periods. When there is no pregnancy, the menstrual cycle starts again with the menstruation or periods. In this way, menstrual cycle determines the occurrence of menstruation or pregnancy.

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    Sexual pain in women or dispareunia

    Female sexual genital pain is a condition when a woman experiences pain during sexual intercourse. Chronic genital pain can be the result of pain signal in body that appears to be stuck in an ‘on position’ while Provoked genital pain can be the type of pain that is felt by nerves that feel pain and then send the signals to the brain cells where the pain signals are amplified in an inappropriate manner. Treating genital sexual pain could mean disrupting pain by practicing meditation, deep breathing or mindfulness. It can also be treated by applying ice or ointment at the site of the pain that is the other way of disrupting the pain signals. A person experiencing sexual genital pain can try to overcome the pain psychologically by learning to manage the pain. For example if one feels pain while indulging in sexual intercourse they need to stop right away because of the fact that every time painful sex is performed, the psychological bond between pain and sex gets strengthened. It is advised to look for non painful ways to enjoy sexual or sensual intimacy which can be then directed to more of non penetrative sexual activities. It could mean showing inclination towards sensual or emotional intimacy.

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    Are you a candidate for IVF Treatment?

    Patients or couples who have been trying for a baby for more than a year are suspected for infertility and can go for infertility treatment that can include IUI and fertility medication. A couple can consider themselves to be a right candidate for IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) when they have experienced failed fertility treatments in the past like IUI or Intrauterine Insemination. After few cycles of IUI fail, a couple should start considering IVF as the next treatment option. For those women who have the issue of blocked fallopian tubes, IVF has to be the first choice of treating their infertility as blocked tubes do not facilitate fertilization of egg and sperm inside the tube. Women who suffer from severe endometriosis have IVF as their treatment option. It is a condition when the tissue lining of the endometriosis grows uncontrollably inside and outside of the uterus making it almost impossible to conceive naturally. IVF can work effectively for those suffering from endometriosis. Then there are those couples who have experienced previous IVF cycles and have not succeeded so far. Such couples can continue to repeat IVF cycles as the chances improve with every attempt.

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    Choosing a surrogate

    India allows only altruistic surrogacy at present which means the surrogate mother should be a family member or a friend to the intended parents. In this kind of setup, a surrogate mother doesn't receive any type of compensation as the act of being the surrogate is completely based on the noble intentions of helping someone create their family. Choosing a surrogate can be done by being observant and informed about the requirements of surrogacy. It is of foremost important to see that the surrogate is a healthy woman. She should be typically under 38 years of age. The surrogate that you choose should have had complication-free pregnancies in past. She should also be a non obese person to avoid complications during pregnancy. It has to be considered that the living environment and support system has to be strong which means having a supportive and understanding family. It is important to see that the surrogate has a healthy living environment. She should have a great bonding with the parents as well.

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    Overview of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination is an ART technique used to help a woman conceive. IUI can be done in cases of male fertility, in absence of a male partner. During IUI, a woman may receive trigger shots (fertility medication) to release more than one egg. Sperms are washed which means that they are separated from the seminal fluid to clear debris and other male hormones that can cause cramping in uterus. In case, the male partner is infertile (sterile) previously washed donor sperms are used in the process. The doctor monitors the ovaries for ovulation to make sure the egg is present at the time of insemination. During the procedure, the woman lies down on an examination table. A speculum is inserted into vagina and then a catheter attached to a syringe filled with washed sperms, is inserted into the vagina and it releases the sperms once it gets inside uterus through cervix. The woman may continue to lie on her back for about ten minutes.

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    Inside an In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Laboratory

    IVF laboratory in an infertility centre comprises of modern medical procedures which are performed under the guidance of the medical experts and embryologists. Some of the important medical procedures which are performed in the IVF laboratory includes Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Trophectoderm Biopsy, and Embryo freezing procedures. When the samples are taken from the couples, then they are marked with the assistance of unique ids and names to recognize at the time of their infertility treatment. The culture dishes are one of the vital parts of the IVF laboratory with the help of which the samples are stored in the incubator and the procedure is performed. Conventional insemination procedure is performed in the IVF laboratory. Here, the embryologist places the sperm beside the egg. The sperm penetrates into the egg on its own and the fertilization takes place. Cleavage assessment is performed under the guidance of the embryologist which make sure that only quality embryo is used for the implantation procedure. Embryologist also performed the procedure in which the sperm is injected in the egg which make sure that the fertilization is induced. Cryopreservation is also performed in the IVF laboratory.

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    Fresh ET Vs Frozen ET

    Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is done after embryos are prepared and transferred after few menstrual cycles. In a Fresh IVF cycle, embryos are prepared and transferred into uterus during the same cycle. There are various benefits of FET over a fresh cycle embryo transfer; firstly the success rate in case of women over the age of 35 years was quite high as compared to the ones who had a fresh cycle embryo transfer. Secondly, the patients that had elevated levels of progesterone hormone before egg retrieval. This has inspired the fertility experts to think if other patients can benefit from the freeze- all approach.

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    Anovulation and Fertility: what you need to know

    Anovulation is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women along with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Anovulation is a condition when a woman doesn't produce a follicle; she therefore cannot mature an egg and cannot release it. This is different from PCOS, as women with PCOS can produce follicles that do not mature and get accumulated in the ovaries. Anovulation can be there for women who menstruate regularly as well while women with PCOS who have irregular cycles have high possibilities that they do not ovulate. There are however, ways to check for anovulation through day 21 progesterone test, thyroid and prolactin hormone test and ovarian hormone (AMH) test to tell what can be the causing factor behind anovulation. It can be treated if properly taken care of with the prescribed treatment from a gynecologist.

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    Causes of male infertility

    Male infertility is caused by abnormal variations in sperm cells that are highly susceptible to get affected under changing conditions of pressure, temperature, hormonal levels, obesity and stress. The factors can affect motility of sperms that is the way they move and progress. Obesity can bring about changes in sperm count, motility and morphology as excessive fat converts testosterone into estrogen. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential as even lesser weight can also be the reason of disturbance in sperm cells. Testicular heating is another factor that can interfere with the sperm quality. Wearing tight underwear, using laptops on lap or even prolonged stay in a hot bath tub can affect sperm quality. Fever, caused by various factors, can also lead to temporarily decreased sperm count that is eventually restored back with time. Smoking can bring in the risk of erectile dysfunction and in addition to that it affects sperm count, motility and morphology as well. Intake of excessive alcohol and coffee is harmful to sperms. Use of mobile phones may have an adverse effect on sperm count and that is the reason it should be kept away from testicles. Apart from these, stress, drugs and chemicals and toxins present in the environment have a degenerating effect on sperms.

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    Inside In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Laboratory at GBR Fertility Centre and Hospitals, Chennai, India

    An IVF laboratory has a crucial role to play in the execution of different processes in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). An IVF cycle can be categorized in three phases. The first one comprises of processing, stimulation of follicles and egg retrieval. During the second phase, eggs and sperms are cultured to form embryos whereas the third phase includes embryo transfer that is placing the resultant embryos back into the uterus. The second phase is carried out in the IVF laboratory where the sperms and eggs are cultured. Here, the eggs are inseminated using the husband’s sperms in a petri dish and put in an incubator to allow fertilization. The embryos are under constant observation and are cultured till the blastocysts stage which is at day 5. The lab requires maintaining a temperature of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius. The temperature and humidity levels are strictly controlled using advanced set up of devices and machines to ensure that the lab has the purest and most conducive environment. Oocytes and sperm are collected and processed in the laboratory. These are then graded and prepared for fertilization. Difference between a conventional IVF cycle and ICSI procedure seen clearly in an IVF lab is a process that is ICSI is carried out using fewer sperms and in absence of sperms in a semen sample, they are obtained with the help of a biopsy using TESA. During ICSI a sperm in selected and then injected into the egg to obtain a healthy embryo. An IVF lab is equipped with a number of devices and equipment and needs to be maintained on a continuous basis.

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    Difference between IVF and ICSI

    At the time of considering IVF procedure, infertility specialists advise IVF treatment along with additional treatment solutions to treat the infertility issues of couples who are struggling hard to conceive since long. Conventional IVF offers required results but if a couple is not able to conceive due to male infertility problems, then most of the couples are advised to go for IVF ICSI procedure. When ICSI procedure is added to the treatment, then the travel of the sperm to the egg gets simplified and fertilization takes place at a faster pace with better results. The embryologist injects the quality sperm which is concentrated from the sperm sample taken from the male partner or donor sperm. The fertilization procedure is performed in the IVF laboratory which results in the formation of embryo in the IVF lab itself. ICSI step in IVF procedure helps in successful conception of pregnancy. It is one of the proven facts as per the latest researches that success rates of IVF procedure increase manifold in most of the cases with the inclusion of the ICSI procedure.

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    Who is the Candidate for IUI

    IUI or Intrauterine Insemination is a noninvasive and low cost technique for treating infertility. IUI can be done with either induced ovulation with the help of trigger injections or through natural cycle yet it is seen that when done with trigger shots, IUI gives better results. IUI is a suitable treatment option for male candidates suffering from any kind of physical, anatomical or psychological problem that may keep him from having sexual intercourse. Health conditions like spinal cord injury, paralysis, erectile dysfunction or hypospadias are some of the problems that can be listed as those being detrimental for male fertility. Similarly health conditions in women that cause pain during sexual intercourse or vaginal contractions can prove to be a hindrance during the process. These problems that affect psychological or anatomical health of a female partner like vaginismus or severe/mild endometriosis, mild PCO may affect her fertility hence IUI is a viable solution for such patients. Couples who do not stay together for various reasons like work commitments or other personal reasons cannot come together timely for intercourse. They can avail benefits of IUI treatment which gives highly successful results in such case scenarios.

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    Understanding Fibroids and Abnormal uterine bleeding

    Fibroids that are compact uterine tumors that grows in as many as 80% women during reproductive years. Seen in different sizes, these muscular tissue growth found inside and outside of the uterus can be both large and small. Women with fibroids may have fewer to severe symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding, severe pelvic pain and frequent urination. At times, a woman with fibroids might not show any symptoms at all. These can come to light during a regular pelvic exam or procedures like biopsy, ultrasound or MRI. It can be monitored over a period of time by the physician to ensure that the fibroid/s doesn’t continue to grow. For the large fibroids, specific treatment methods are recommended for a patient. There are various treatment approaches for fibroids depending on their sizes and location. Laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive technique that is used to surgically remove a fibroid by making few incisions in the abdomen. Anti-hormonal medication is used to shrink fibroids or completely treating them. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) treats fibroids with a short recovery time.

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    How to treat Poor Ovarian Reserve (POR)

    A Poor ovarian reserve is a result of various conditions like advanced maternal age, or genetic issues. It means a dwindling egg count in the ovaries and poor quality of the eggs. Treating a poor ovarian reserve can be difficult due to the fact that there are few means to correct it. Because of the fact that fresh eggs cannot be produced, only option left is to improve the quality of the existing egg reserve to be used in fertilization. For those women that have their ovarian reserve depleted due to genetic conditions, not much can be done about it yet for those who have fast aging ovaries, lack in male hormones called androgen. For such cases, male hormones like DHEAS, testosterone and also growth hormone are given to improve quality of eggs depending upon the specific cases.

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    Ela Patient Testimonials

    Patients who got treated with the assistance of Elawoman have achieved excellent results in the form of successful pregnancies which lead to the birth of healthy babies. In this video, a patient named Kavya Sharma shares her experience of having a baby with the assistance of Elawoman. Kavya Sharma and her husband were trying for a baby since last 3 years but could not conceive as expected. Doctor mentioned that Kavya has low AMH levels which was a major reason for lack of occurrence of successful pregnancy. Therefore, they were suggested to opt for egg donor. As the couple was not ready for the egg donor procedure, they started searching for other better options for themselves. Kavya came across Ela website and from here her journey with Elawoman started which eventually ended in a positive manner. Kavya received regular support from Ela specialist as well as guidance of the Ela relationship experts to make sure that they can pass through their journey of infertility treatment in a smooth way. The unbiased support of Elawoman team made Kavya and her husband receive timely treatment and results in the form of a successful treatment.

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    Why In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Cycle may fail

    In Vitro Fertilization cycle can fail due to abnormality of embryos. By thorough observation under microscope, many embryos can be detected to be non viable due to chromosomal abnormalities hence making it extremely important to observe the embryos till the time they reach blastocyst stage that usually comes after 5 to 6 days. Preimplantation testing or PGS testing can be performed on blastocysts to see the quality of the embryos. Abnormalities in the uterine cavity are also one of the contributing factors for IVF failure. Growths like fibroids, polyps and structural abnormalities like scar tissue and also couples who have multiple IVF failure in past should consider molecular testing to see if the uterine lining is in the sync with the embryo.

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    Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome symptoms and treatment

    PCOD or PCOS are one of the most common health problems which affect women especially during their reproductive ages. There are certain symptoms which clearly indicate that the woman is suffering from PCOD. It is not necessary that every woman will have the same set of symptoms, if they are diagnosed with PCOD. The most common symptoms of PCOS include heavy bleeding, irregular periods, and excess hair growth in the body. Woman who have PCOS usually suffer from acne and skin breakout problems due to increase in the male hormonal levels in the body. Increased weight is also prominent in women who are suffering from PCOS. Women who have PCOD are at higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart diseases in some severe cases. There are different ways to treat symptoms of PCOD. Some of the proven ways include change in lifestyle, usage of birth control pills, and medications such as metformin's as well. Women are advised to lose weight and reach their ideal BMI to prevent any further degrading of their condition. Therefore, PCOS and PCOD needs to be treated with care to get it control. If you are planning for a baby, then you need to make sure that your PCOS and PCOD condition is brought into control, so that they can conceive a baby.

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    Egg retrieval and Transfer (Hindi)

    Egg retrieval is one of the important steps which are performed in the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure. The procedure of egg retrieval takes place when the eggs in the woman have matured with the assistance of medications and injections. Most of the woman think that the egg retrieval procedure is a painful one. But in reality the procedure of egg retrieval is not painful at all. It might cause certain amount of discomfort without any link to pain. Doctors agree to the fact that egg retrieval step leads to increased anxiety in the women, but in reality there is nothing to panic about the situation. The egg retrieval procedure is a short procedure which takes around 20 minutes and does not cause any kind of pain in the patient as well. Egg retrieval procedure is associated with few complications which include bleeding, infections, or reduced number of eggs which are retrieved from the woman during the procedure. A woman can resume back to her normal routine after the egg retrieval procedure.

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    What does it mean by Surrogacy?

    Surrogacy is the procedure in which the couple decides to take assistance of the surrogate to conceive a baby. Here, the pregnancy is conceived and supported by a third person who is the surrogate mother. The procedure of Surrogacy is an extensive one and requires the couple to know the details of the procedure before starting with the same. If a couple is unable to build a family, then it becomes a stressful condition for them. This makes them get stressed and go for ways such as adoption. But surrogacy is the procedure which can help couples to have their babies who will be biologically linked to them. Also, the surrogate mother does not have any legal rights on the baby. This offers a peace of mind for the couple who decides to go with the procedure. With the help of the expert surrogacy doctors, the surrogacy treatment is executed successfully. The surrogate mother carries the baby for a duration of around nine months. The different aspects of the Surrogacy procedure need to be understood properly before opting for this third party medical reproduction procedure.

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    What is usually the Success rates for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a comparatively low cost treatment meant for treating infertility in males and females. Success rate of IUI is dependent on a number of factors that can impact the outcome of the treatment like the lady’s age, the duration of time the couple is trying for a baby, and the cause of infertility. It can be concluded that the overall success rate of IUI can come in between 10% and 15% per attempt along with medication. The chances of success in an IUI cycle can increase with the number of attempts and this can go up till about 3 to 4 attempts but after the 4th attempt, the chances cannot be expected to grow any further. IUI works best if the duration of fertility is equal to or less than 3 to 4 years. The age of the woman undergoing the treatment is a deciding factor, if she is relatively of a younger age that is less than 34 years then the chances of success tend to increase. For women with PCOS chances are as high as 20% to 25%. IUI success rate can go up to 25% for those using donor sperm. IUI success might not be very good with cases of endometriosis, unknown or male factor infertility.

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    What are the Stages for Embryo Growth?

    Different stages of embryo development begin with Zygote right after the fertilization in fallopian tubes. Zygote is the single cell that undergoes the first cell division called as mitosis. It is followed by four and eight cell stages acquired through the day 3 of the development process. The embryo, once in Morula stage, which is the 16 cell stage at day 3, becomes strong enough to get implanted in the uterus yet the blastocyst stage reached by day 5 is usually preferred for embryo transfer in IVF treatment. The early blastocyst has zona pellucida as the our wall of the embryo, embryo blast that is the inner cell mass, trophoblast that forms the inner cell lining of the embryo and a blastocyst cavity that gives rise to alimentary canal. Trophoblast gives rise to placenta during the development of the blastocyst into a fetus during the later stages.

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    Why FET is Required?

    Frozen Embryo Transfer or FET is an ART technique that allows women to have a control over their fertility. It enhances the chances of an IVF cycle when there is a heightened risk of ovarian hyperstimulation, a condition when the ovaries get inflamed and the hormonal mismatch between the ovaries and the uterine lining interfere with the implantation. FET is known to give better results than fresh IVF cycles.

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    Normal Delivery Procedure Steps

    Normal vaginal delivery is the most ancient type of delivery procedure. Normal delivery involves a period of labor which usually lasts from 12 to 19 hours. After this the position of the baby shift as the pelvic area of the pregnant woman starts contracting and preparing itself for the delivery procedure. The pregnant woman can feel strong contractions in a gap of 20 to 25 minutes. One might also feel that the mucus plug is getting removed or the water breaks. The doctor must be immediately contacted in case of occurrence of such symptoms. The baby’s moves towards the birth canal and the head of the baby directs towards the cervix. The baby is then pushed as the labor occurs. The doctor first pulls out the baby and if required the circumference of the vagina is also widened. The baby is taken out with the assistance of proper directioning so that the baby does not face any kind of injuries at the time of the delivery procedure. This leads to the birth of the baby with the normal vaginal delivery procedure.

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    Ela Branded Video (Hindi)

    Elawoman is a health care facilitator which aims at helping and supporting childless couples to have successful pregnancy and build their own happy families. The problems of the couples with respect to the conception of children are solved with the assistance of Ela specialists who are well trained in supporting couples throughout their infertility treatments. The fertility doctors associated with Elawoman are available round the clock for assistance of the treatment of patients and patients are free to choose the fertility doctors as per their priorities and requirements. The selection of the infertility specialists is performed as per the health status of the couples which yields the best results of the infertility treatments. The easy to connect features of Elawoman helps patients to stay in contact with their fertility doctors throughout their respective treatments. Elawoman proves to offer you with a personal medical assistant for ease throughout the infertility treatments. Elawoman also offers standard pricing infertility treatment packages for the couples as well as medical loan assistance for a successful infertility treatment. So, stay positive and get in contact of Elawoman today.

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    Treatment process of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

    In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the top assisted reproductive technologies for conceiving a baby. In the IVF treatment, certain number of eggs are removed from the ovaries of the woman. Final maturation of the eggs are performed with the utilization of medications for the same. The woman is given with light sedation for retrieval of the eggs after maturation. Under the guidance of the ultrasound, eggs are removed from the woman’s body. The washed and concentrated sperms are taken from the male partner or donor which leads to formation of embryo. This embryo is transferred to the uterus of the woman with the assistance of a thin flexible tube which reaches inside the uterus of the female partner in the couple. The success rates of IVF treatment is impressive. The demand of IVF procedure has increased over the years and therefore infertility specialists advice couples to opt for the same to conceive a baby.

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    Overview of IVF Treatment

    IVF treatment which is also known as In Vitro Fertilization is one of the most success oriented infertility treatments across the world. It has proven to be a boon for most of the couples who are unable to conceive babies naturally. First, the woman is given certain medications and hormonal injections for maturation of oocyte which will take part in the IVF procedure. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) are injected in the woman during the phase when the maturation of oocytes needs to be performed. Then, once the oocytes mature till the required stage, the egg retrieval step is performed. This step is also known as oocyte retrieval step. The eggs which are thus retrieved are fertilized with the introduction of the sperm in the procedure. This next step of IVF takes place in the IVF laboratory which is designed with required medical procedures and equipments. The final step of the IVF procedure is that of the embryo transfer procedure. The embryo gets implanted in the inner lining of the endometrium of uterus which leads to a successful pregnancy. This is followed by Luteal Phase Support where the woman is given progesterone injections to support the pregnancy throughout its duration.

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    The Process of Surrogacy

    Surrogacy procedure is a last resort for the couples who want to have their own babies but cannot have it naturally or with the assistance of the infertility treatments such as IVF, IUI, or other additional infertility procedures. Surrogacy is considered as one of the viable options for couples who do not want to opt for the medical solutions such as Adoption or even Egg Donation. In the process of surrogacy, the surrogate mother agrees to conceive and carry the baby for the entire duration of pregnancy. The surrogate needs to pass certain criteria which involve lifestyle, medical history as well as past pregnancies (if any). Once the matching of the surrogate is done with the intended parents, the required legal formalities are performed to keep every detail transparent between both the parties. Financial aspects of the procedure need to be kept in mind before proceeding with the surrogacy procedure. Once the pregnancy is achieved, the surrogate and the intended parents coordinate with the assistance of the fertility centre to have a successful growth of the baby and eventual birth of the baby.

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    Surrogate Mother Requirements for Surrogacy

    Every woman who wants to become a surrogate mother needs to understand certain elements of the procedure to make sure that she herself does not face any problems with the surrogacy procedure. Some of the requirements of surrogate mother in the procedure are that she needs to age in between 18 to 40 years. Also, the woman needs to have at least one successful pregnancy which has lead to birth of the baby. Women need to keep in mind that they must work with only quality surrogacy agencies and hospitals to avoid falling in illegal traps. The individual who is interested in becoming a surrogate mother needs to undergo medical tests to check for the medical disorders or drug abuse. Antidepressants usage is advised to be avoided, if you are planning to become a surrogate mother. A woman needs to be proactive with the medical appointments for smooth progression of the surrogacy procedure. One of the most important aspects of surrogacy procedure is to know that the respective woman is eligible to take part in the surrogacy procedure with the role of surrogate mother.

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    Best In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Infrastructure

    A fully integrated system for handling of eggs, sperms and embryos that can heat up the sample as per the requirement is presented. An inverted microscope with dedicated space for placing sample allows a better picture of the gametes and embryos. It saves time and efforts wasted in carrying a sample from one place to another. A humidifying gassing system with 10 chambers for heating samples is available that is continuously monitored with the help of a microprocessor. A monitor display shows about the carbon dioxide levels. The set up also allows the recordings of the findings to be viewed later. The procedure of ICSI, PGD, embryo observation and biopsies can also be recorded using the same. Specialized filters with antimicrobial coating prevent microbial infections and not microbial infections but it is capable of staying rust free for years. Automated sensors are capable of controlling air flow to have a better command over ICSI and other sensitive IVF procedures. Highly sensitive sensors can even indicate the problem area in case something goes wrong with the system.

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    Lab Infrastructure for Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

    IVF lab plays a crucial role in the execution of the embryo formation. After the eggs are retrieved from the woman, the embryologist in the IVF lab performs egg assessment to make sure that only quality eggs are utilized in the IVF procedure. The layers of cells around eggs are removed so that the embryologist checks the egg quality thoroughly. Insemination procedure is performed to make sure that only quality sperms are utilized in the procedure. On an average as per the latest research, 50,000 sperms are considered for 2-3 eggs in the procedure of fertilization. In the IVF ICSI procedure, the specialist directly injects one sperm into the mature egg for the fertilization procedure to take place. The semen sample is chosen after washing and concentrating the sperm in the lab itself. The embryo thus formed is categorized with the help of grading steps. The embryologist monitors the embryo carefully starting from the cleavage stage and then puts it in incubator for further division of the embryos if required. The embryologist picks up the embryos in the catheter attached to a syringe. This syringe is used by the infertility specialist to insert the embryo in the body of the woman. Embryo freezing and embryo culture are also performed with the assistance of the advanced techniques and equipments in the IVF lab.

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    IVF ICSI Step By Step Guide

    ICSI procedure is advised and performed when the number of sperms is lower than the required amount in the male partner in a couple. ICSI procedure is a revolutionary treatment which has been created to efficiently treat the male infertility issues due to which couple face at the time of trying to conceive a baby. Once the IVF ICSI procedure is started, the woman are given certain reproductive hormonal injections which leads to the required maturation of the eggs. One among these eggs take part in the fertilization procedure. In case of ICSI procedure, only one sperm is injected into the egg which leads to successful fertilization of the eggs. Within 24 hours of placing them in the incubator, the fertilization procedure takes place. Thus, the embryo is formed. At this stage, the embryo comprises of around 8 cells. The embryo formed is transferred into the uterus of the woman for the implantation procedure. Thus, ICSI procedure proves to be a boon for couples who are planning for babies but cannot conceive due to infertility issues.

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    IVF Treatment Step by step

    IVF treatment is one of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) that is used to treat infertility in men and women. The process consists of three major steps namely Follicle Aspiration, Fertilization and Embryo Transfer. Eggs are harvested from the ovaries which are under stimulation with the help of hormone injections. At the beginning, the follicles are retrieved using a catheter linked to a suction device. Retrieved eggs are then immediately taken to a laboratory where they are fertilized. During insemination, several sperms are mixed with the healthy eggs. In some cases a selectively picked sperm is injected into an egg, called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The fertilized eggs are then grown into a culture till day 5 to turn into a blastocyst. At times, the zona pellucida, the outer covering of the embryo is broken to assist implantation which is termed as Assisted Hatching. The leftover embryos are frozen for future use. The final step of IVF is the Embryo Transfer. During embryo transfer, embryo is inserted into uterus with the help of a speculum and catheter after which a woman can rest for 15 minutes before getting up.

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    Preimplantation Genetic Screening - Advantages, Disadvantages

    Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) is an advanced medical procedure which offers required assistance to the couples who want their babies to be born free from any hereditary disorders. The PGS technique prevents passage of the aneuploidy chromosome which can cause possible medical conditions in the baby. Some of the few cells from the blastocyst stage of the embryo are separated and sent for the PGS procedure. Till then, the embryo is frozen and couple waits for the results. The advantages of PGS procedure are increased implantation cases, increased pregnancy cases as well as boost in the delivery rates. The disadvantages of PGS includes more time usage for the completion of the PGS technique with the IVF procedure. Also, most of the couples hesitate to utilize Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) with the fear of increased cost of the total procedure. It is important to know that the total cost of the procedure significantly increases with the introduction of the PGS technique in the IVF procedure. You need to make sure that you do not stress when opting for this procedure. Couples need to understand that PGS technique benefits older women more than the younger ones. So, it is best if the female partner in a couple is over than age of 35 years of age. A couple must opt for PGS procedure to increase chances of a positive pregnancy.

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    What is the difference between different ARTs?

    ART or Artificial Reproduction Technology is an alternative to natural conceiving and it can be carried out through various techniques like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). In IUI, which is the most basic of all, a woman’s ovaries are stimulated using hormonal injections. After ovulation the sperms are then placed into uterus. This process is less invasive as compared to the other complex techniques. In vitro Fertilization is a technology is used in case of either male or female infertility or in cases of unexplained infertility. It involves controlled ovarian stimulation after which eggs are retrieved from ovaries and placed with sperms in a lab. Finally the resulting embryo is placed into the woman’s uterus. ICSI is a common technique that is used in case of male infertility. It is done with conventional IVF but the sperm is selectively picked up with the help of a high power microscope to ensure that only a healthy sperm is picked to be microinjected into an egg. Here the embryo transfer (ET) is same as done in a conventional IVF and it enhances the success rate of an IVF cycle.

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    What are the different Types of Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

    A number of blockages present in fallopian tubes contribute to a large number of infertility cases in women. Proximal tubal blockage is a type of blockage that occurs due to infections such as a PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease that causes scar tissues and adhesions in the tubes. Tubal blockage is easily detected in a dye test that shows filling but no spilling of the dye from tube/s. A minimally invasive surgery called fimbrioplasty is done to regain tubal patency; here the opening is treated with laser to open it. Third cause of tubal blockage is tubal ligation, a surgery done for birth control and has both the tubes tied. Tubal ligation surgery is a microsurgery that involves a small incision in the belly and is usually followed by a quick recovery.

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    Diagnostic Pelvic Laparoscopy Procedure

    Diagnostic Pelvic Laparoscopy is one of the most common laparoscopic procedures which are advised for couples who are trying for pregnancy but are unable to achieve success. Some of the other reasons when the doctor recommends a couple to go for diagnostic pelvic laparoscopy includes pelvic pain and fluid accumulation. The laparoscopy procedure is a short one and does not require lot of time for the successful completion of the procedure. Before starting with the procedure, the patient is given medications along with general anesthesia. The carbon dioxide gas is given to the patient with the help of tube inserted from below the naval area of the abdomen. The surgeon can now view internal organs in the pelvic region clearly. The laparoscope is attached to the tube inserted earlier. This device helps in clear view of the organs and helps in identifying the problems present in the targeted region in the patient’s body. The laparoscopy surgeon might also utilize other instruments with the laparoscope to view the organs properly and find out any damaged structures or tissues. The recovery time of the diagnostic pelvic laparoscopy is faster than expected by most of the patients.

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    Understanding IVF Success Rates

    Success rate of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) can be seen based upon maternal age. IVF success rate tend to increase with a younger maternal age due to obvious factors of better egg quality. Women those who lie under the age group of 35 years or younger have a success rate of 42% to 43% in terms of live birth rate. For those falling under the age group of 35 to 37 years the success rate come down to 32% to 34% per IVF cycle. Women that age between 38 to 40 years the chances of having a successful IVF cycle are around 21% to 22% and for patients that come under the age group of 41 to 42 years, the IVF success rate is around 12% to 13%. So patients that are in the older ages would want to consider donor eggs or donor sperms for better results. Success rates after the use of fresh donor egg can be as high as 55% to 60%. With the evolving cryopreservation techniques, the success rate with the use of donor egg is said to be 60% to 65% in the present times. The role of stress is a common concern in patients undergoing IVF. As per a study, it was observed that stress experienced during the month prior to the IVF cycle doesn't seem to impact the success of an IVF cycle. However, a failed IVF cycle can lead to depression and associated with IVF can be financially taxing. A body mass index that lies between 19 to 25 has the best chances of success.

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    What are Artificial Reproduction Techniques?

    ART or Assisted Reproductive Technology is a set of techniques used to help an infertile couple conceive. ART by definitions refers to a treatment that involves manipulation of eggs and sperms outside the female body. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) which is the most basic type of ART requires the male partner to provide semen sample for processing prior to injections to uterus. Egg Donation or Egg freezing is another form of ART in which eggs or sperms are cryopreserved for future use. This is useful for women who want to preserve their eggs in the absence of a partner or who wish to retain fertility in the later stages in life. For women who receive chemotherapy either for cancer or rheumatoid diseases (conditions that threaten egg supply) freezing their eggs is a good way to sustain fertility. In Vitro Fertilization is a technology that is far more complex than IUI or artificial insemination because in this eggs and sperms are fertilized outside of the body and the embryo is placed back into uterus. It is during IVF that the frozen gametes (eggs and sperms) are utilized to form an embryo.

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    Early Menopause - Signs, Precautions and Treatments

    Early menopause is a serious health issue in women and has potential health complications if left untreated. It is obvious for a woman to suspect an early menopause if she experiences lighter menstrual periods with increasing length of the cycle or does not menstruate at all and gets symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and irritability when she is still under the age of 45 years. Early menopause is not only about infertility but in addition to that it also means many other serious health problems that can cause a woman to have a cardiovascular disease, bone disease like osteoporosis and damage to brain leading to dementia due to the fact that female sex hormones protect these vital organs in various ways. The risk is elevated for those women who have their ovaries removed before the age of 45 years. Early menopause if not addressed in time may affect sexual desire, overall mood and may cause pain while intercourse because of reduced estrogen in the vaginal tissues. Hormone therapy is known to reduce all these complications and improve sexual functioning. Importantly, early menopause therapy along with estrogen therapy is safe and can be continued till the natural age of menopause that is around 51 years.

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    What is Endometriosis?

    It discusses Endometriosis, a common cause of infertility and other complications in a woman’s health. It is a condition that causes the uterine tissues to grow outside of uterus. Women suffering from endometriosis can have severe to no symptoms at all. Symptoms like excessive pain during or in between periods, pain while passing urine and stool, and dyspareunia (painful sex) are strong indicators of the condition. Surgery and biopsy are the methods that can definitively diagnose endometriosis. Impact of this health condition is not clear on fertility despite many infertility cases being presented with endometriosis. Scarring of the uterine tissues can be observed in a severe case of endometriosis while in mild ones it can affect the ability of implantation or embryo development. Treatment options for endometriosis consist of both medicinal and surgical. Medicinal option is mainly based on hormones and may include combination birth control pills or progesterone hormone pills. The surgical correction can come in form of both, minimally invasive surgery like a gynae laparoscopy or an open surgery for endometriosis.

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    Know about Fetal Development in Pregnant Week by Week

    Fetal development during pregnancy period is a crucial event for healthy delivery of the baby. In the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, the blood supply in the baby starts and the formation of head and face also begins at the right pace. During this period, a home pregnancy test is useful for the couples who want to confirm presence of pregnancy. In the 8 weeks of pregnancy, the hands and legs of the babies start forming. In the 12 weeks of pregnancy, the baby movement begins and is evident in the ultrasound to some extent. The baby’s eyes start blinking during the 16 week duration of pregnancy and the heart also starts functioning during this time period. During the 5 months or 20 weeks of pregnancy, the pregnant woman can feel the baby kicking in the womb. The ultrasound is taken during the 20 weeks of pregnancy. This ultrasound is mandatory for women during their pregnancy. In ultrasound, the baby’s heartbeat and body movements can be seen clearly to understand the progress of the baby’s growth in the womb. Pregnant women are also advised to take antenatal classes as the due delivery date of the pregnancy approaches. Most of the babies are delivered around 42 weeks to ensure that the health of the baby and mother are at the optimum level.

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    Basics of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

    IVF procedure was started decades back and the first baby who was born was named Louis Brown. A couple needs to opt for IVF procedure in case of infertility issues in couples. Certain IVF injections and medications are given to the woman for conception. IVF procedure involves specific steps which lead to the formation of embryo. Embryos in the cleavage stage are transferred to the uterus of the woman. Some of the doctors suggest that embryo needs to be cultured for long, so that there are increased chances of pregnancy despite having lesser number of embryos for implantation. Proper monitoring of the procedure is done to make sure that the patients do not have any kind of complications during the procedure in the form of unwanted multiple pregnancies after implantation. Also, Natural IVF procedure is performed to make sure that the patients receive quality treatment with desired results. The usage of medications is reduced in case of Natural Cycle IVF. Thus, IVF procedure boosts chances of successful pregnancy in couples.

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    What are the difference between FET and Fresh IVF?

    There are two types of Embryo Transfer (ET) Fresh and Frozen Embryo transfer. Embryos formed after fertilization in an IVF cycle which are transferred into uterus during the same cycle, is known as fresh embryo transfer. Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is done after embryos are prepared and transferred after few menstrual cycles. There are various benefits of FET over a fresh cycle embryo transfer; firstly the success rate in case of women over the age of 35 years was quite high as compared to the ones who had a fresh cycle embryo transfer. Secondly, the patients that had elevated levels of progesterone hormone before egg retrieval. Also, FET is beneficial in cases when there are excess embryos formed in a cycle (remaining ones can be cryopreserved). It is advantageous when a patient shows high response to the fertility medication like ovarian hyperstimulation so that ET can be delayed accordingly. FET is a good option for those who wish to use their embryos for a future pregnancy. In case of genetic testing, frozen embryos can be kept for the testing purpose before they can be transferred into uterus.

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    Robotic Fibroid Removal Surgery (Fibroid Myomectomy Procedure)

    Fibroids affect the health of a woman in different ways. One of the most crucial ways in which fibroids cause problems in a woman is in case of positive occurrence of pregnancy. Because of this, the doctor advises the patient to opt for the Robotic Fibroid Removal Surgery which is popularly known as Robotic Myomectomy procedure. The fibroids which are formed are non-cancerous in nature and do not spread to the other parts of the body. These are located mostly in the inner or outer lining of the uterus in the woman undergoing the procedure. Therefore, it leads to faster treatment of the same with appreciating recovery in the condition of the patient. The patient is first given with medications and general anesthesia for the procedure. The surgeon utilizes 3D high end technology and medical equipments with tools for clear vision of the fibroids. This helps the surgeon in removing the fibroids successfully without injuring the uterus in the woman. The area from where the fibroid was removed is sutured and the incision areas on the abdomen are also stitched. The patient is kept under observation and discharged after next few days.

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    What is Embryo Transfer?

    Embryo Transfer or ET is the last step performed during In vitro Fertilization treatment. ET is done in a transfer room near a laboratory and it can be similar to a Pap smear procedure. This process involves a speculum being inserted into the vaginal cavity so that the catheter is inserted smoothly and the embryo is gently placed inside uterus. The entire procedure takes place under the ultrasound guidance for ensuring accuracy. ET technique has developed over time and unlike past when a number of embryos were transferred to ensure a decent success rate, only single embryos are transferred at present.

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    How Do Birth Abnormalities of the Uterus Affect Pregnancy?

    Congenital abnormalities of the uterus also called as the birth abnormalities of the uterus have a great impact on the fertility of a woman. It doesn't stop a woman from conceiving but causes problems during pregnancy in form of premature births, preterm labor and miscarriages. A Bicornuate uterus or a heart shaped uterus is the one that has the upper part of the uterus infused making it take the shape of heart, hence the name heart shaped uterus. The shape in itself does not cause infertility but is responsible for causing miscarriages, preterm labor and delivery or breech. It may also be the case that the uterus is divided into two halves that are capable of performing their functions independently, making it look like two uteri. The other abnormality that’s found in patients experiencing recurrent miscarriages is a Septum meaning a partition inside the uterus which is made up of scar tissues. This abnormality increases the risk of a miscarriage by 44% and can be corrected through a minor hysteroscopic surgical procedure. An additional uterine horn in case of a unicorn uterus needs surgical removal to avoid an unviable pregnancy.

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    What is Poor Ovarian Reserve (POR)?

    An ovarian reserve is the capability of a woman to produce good quality eggs in desired numbers. A good ovarian reserve is the prerequisite of getting pregnant and there are different parameters that are used to assess ovarian reserve in a woman that are her age, morphological features, and previous medical history. Ultrasound and certain blood tests are important in determining a woman’s ovarian reserve. Age turns out to be the most crucial aspect in deciding about the egg reserve of a woman as the reserve keeps on depleting with age. With a tendency to consume eggs at different paces, every woman may have different egg count at a same age. Ovarian reserve is defined with the help of two aspects, advanced maternal age (>40 years) and decreased number of eggs or oocytes with conventional IVF stimulation. In addition, lesser number of follicles seen on an ultrasound scan or a poor value of AMH (Anti Mullerian Hormone) also indicate a poor ovarian reserve.

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    Regular Health Exams and Test for Early Detection of Women's Health Issues

    Regular health checkups for women assure early detection of health problems and diseases which can be treated with more accuracy. It could also mean finding out certain dangerous conditions before they can actually start like in case of cervical cancer thereby improving the chances of healing. A woman needs some special exams and screening. During a pelvic exam, which is the examining of the pelvic organs, a physician tries to check if the internal organs are fine by feeling their size and shape. A Pap smear test is a test that is used to check for cancer of the cervix (opening to a woman’s uterus). Tissue sample is scraped and taken out from the cervix in order to be prepared for examining under a microscope. These cells are studied for any abnormalities to rule out cancer. A clinical breast exam allows a doctor to see signs of breast cancer in a woman. It is done by feeling breasts to check for lumps or any significant growth in the breast region. Breasts are observed by looking at them to see any changes in size or shape. There are other tests as well that can be suggested by a doctor like mammogram or HPV (Human Papillomavirus), the virus that causes cervical cancer.

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