What is preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and how does it work? What are the risks and benefits? How much does it cost? Can it help me have a healthier baby? Does PGT reduce the risk of miscarriage? As a genetic counselor at Illume Fertility, my role is to help patients get answers questions like these so they can better understand genetic testing and the information it provides. Let's dive into the world of genetics together to learn more!
When it comes to seeking fertility assistance, sometimes it feels like you need a crash course in a whole other language. Anti-Müllerian hormone. Aneuploidy. Letrozole. Blastocyst. The list of new words goes on and on… But before you understand the textbook of treatments, you need to know who to turn to for help on your family-building path. And guess what? We have more definitions to learn! It’s okay, though, this one’s easy. People often use the terms “reproductive endocrinologist” and “fertility specialist” interchangeably, and it makes sense why many use the latter term so frequently – “fertility specialist” is much easier to rattle off in a conversation than “reproductive endocrinologist.” Unfortunately, though, these two terms are not one and the same and carry major differences that you should be aware of.
If you’ve spent the past year trying to conceive without success, the prospect of a brand new year may bring renewed hope and determination. It might also bring up difficult emotions as you've had to navigate the holiday season and approach another year without a baby in your arms. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on right now, there are some simple steps you can take to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Let’s explore how you can maximize your chances of success with fertility treatment in 2022. Skip to a specific section: Make a Plan Get to Know Your Insurance Coverage Reach Out for Support Be Proactive About Your Health Know What You Can (and Can’t) Control Embrace the New Year with New Hope More Infertility Resources
When it comes to the language of fertility, we have to admit – a lot of the lingo tends to favor the ladies’ side of the equation. From AMH levels, to basal body temperature, to cycles, moms-to-be have a whole list of ABCs to learn as they go through treatment.
When you decide you're ready to have a baby, you always hope that the process will be easy - that you'll get pregnant quickly, have a problem-free pregnancy, and of course, a healthy baby at the end. But what do you do when things aren't so simple? If you're having trouble getting pregnant, one of the first steps towards family-building success is fertility testing. Let's explore six reasons why these diagnostic tests are so important, and how they can help you achieve your goal of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
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