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What is not commonly known is that the protocol of IVF varies from clinic to clinic. Every clinic has their own way of conducting an IVF cycle.
Generally, because of budget restraints, state run IVF cycles tend to be more standardized in their drug regime, offer less monitoring of fertility drug responses and don’t offer immune testing or prolonged progesterone support.
Most IVF clinics tend to put woman into batches, using either the contraceptive pill or prolonged down
We all know it's important to eat a good, balanced diet to maintain our health. It's even more important to optimise our diet when trying for a baby.
Most fertility clinics will advise their patients to eat more protein to help egg growth. Whilst other's will give intralipids, which contain high levels of essential fatty acids. But it's less well known that certain foods can affect hormone levels, such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
These hormones fluctuate
We all know how breathing in oxygen produces carbon dioxide, but not many people know that it can also cause reactive oxygen species (ROS).
Reactive oxygen species is when there is too much oxygen amongst cells, known as free radicals. This causes a chain reaction that damages other cells including sperm, egg and can even affect implantation. Sperm are particularly vulnerable to free radicals. Men take note!
IVF can also expose sperm and egg to excessive oxygen, causing
AMH (anti-müllerian hormone) has become a more accurate indicator of fertility in recent years. It is a measure of ovarian potential; how many eggs a women has left as well as their potential quality.
By measuring its level, it helps to give perspective on a woman’s fertility, like looking inside the body to see what time the biological clock says. It thereby helps to make better decisions when it comes to the changes that maybe needed in order to have a baby and the treatment options
Updated 16th April 2016 at 07:57 PM by Attilio
Whilst treating couples for infertility, I'm able to diagnose a lot of different problems and how different treatment methods can help.
In this blog, I'll share those insights with you so you can get a better understanding of infertility and how the body works.
Updated 1st December 2015 at 12:43 PM by Attilio