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Am ttc for 7 years.2 failed ivf.Have pcos.Working on weight loss.Getting there.Will that improve my chances by much?How many times to do ivf?

Am ttc for 7 years.2 failed ivf.Have pcos.Working on weight loss.Getting there.Will that improve my chances by much?How many times to do ivf?

Improved : Obesity and ivf success rates have a negative correlation. As body weight/bmi increases, ivf success rates decrease. It is not all-or-none. Successful ivf can still occur in obese women, just at a lower chance compared to women of normal weight. In addition, the greater the obesity, the greater the negative effect on ivf success rates. Thus, any weight loss in obese women may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Why did first round of IVF fail? Doctor says egg quality looks good.

Why did first round of IVF fail? Doctor says egg quality looks good.

(GOK) God only knows: I am sure your fertility doctor will be able to give more intelligent answer. Have faith and best wishes. ...Read more

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What's the biggest issue affecting IVF success for patients with endometriosis? Egg quality? Implantation?

Inflammation: Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease. Ivf avoids the problems with fertilization and egg transport, but there absolutely still could possibly still be issues with egg quality and with implantation. ...Read more

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How to improve egg quality to increase success rate of ivf? Thank you

How to improve egg quality to increase success rate of ivf? Thank you

It's difficult: Improving egg quality is very difficult since it is inherent to the ovary itself. Some thoughts are that acupuncture may help and also coq10; great improvement of poor quality unfortunately relies upon usage of donor eggs. ...Read more

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After 19 unsuccesful IVF cycles is there any new breakthroughs coming out of the usa or elsewhere. Poor egg quality has been our issue. 34 yo wife.

After 19 unsuccesful IVF cycles is there any new breakthroughs coming out of the usa or elsewhere. Poor egg quality has been our issue. 34 yo wife.

Egg donation is best: There is limited evidence that coenzyme q10 supplements may improve energy metabolism in eggs. As long as your sperm is adequate and your wife does not have major tubal issues, there is still a chance of natural pregnancy, even after failed ivf, and even if she has high fsh levels. After 19 failed ivf cycles (19 attempts or 19 retrievals?) egg donation is the best next step: our preg. Rate is 88%. ...Read more

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I am 11 stone 12 pounds should I lose weight for IVF I have just had a failed ivf?

Check BMI: Go online to find a free bmi calculator (which uses both your height and weight). If your bmi is over 30, consider dropping it down to below that to optimize your outcome. If your bmi is 35 or above, that can prognosticate a lower success with ivf as well. ...Read more

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Will taking wheatgrass pill during stim in IVF cause any problem? Also what else can improve egg quality?

Will taking wheatgrass pill during stim in IVF cause any problem? Also what else can improve egg quality?

There is: no data concerning the effect of "wheatgrass" pills upon fertility or "egg quality" as you put it. IN FACT there isw no evidence that ANY nutritional supplement or for that matter Prescription drug has an effect upon egg "quality" Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What foods or herbs can I take to help eliminate or lessen a chocolate cyst?)i want to do ivf. What about egg quality in IVF bec of this cyst?

What foods or herbs can I take to help eliminate or lessen a  chocolate cyst?)i want to do ivf. What about egg quality in IVF bec of this cyst?

Unfortunately none: The only way to rid yourself of an endometrioma is thru surgery. There are no herbs that would help. The endometrioma should not effect egg quality. ...Read more

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I will go through IVF antagonist protocol with bcp, ok to take maca for improve egg quality?

I will go through IVF antagonist protocol with bcp,   ok to take maca for improve egg quality?

Ask your doctor: You already know ivf is a very big deal: you should ask your ivf doc these questions and not get answers from the internet or your friends. If you were my patient i would tell you "no, ' maca doesn't do anything at all for "egg quality, " why take it? Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Do you believe in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (ivf) when a woman has had 3 miscarriages and low quantity/quality eggs?

Do you believe in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (ivf) when a woman has had 3 miscarriages and low quantity/quality eggs?

Depends: With few eggs or low quality eggs pgd may give you the answer but unless good quality genetically normal embryos are available the result may not help this can be complicated and requires very individual counseling. ...Read more

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Do you believe in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (ivf) when a woman has had 3 miscarriages and low quantity/quality eggs?

Do you believe in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (ivf) when a woman has had 3 miscarriages and low quantity/quality eggs?

No: My answer is really predicated on my moral beliefs. Preimplanation genetics allows you to choose which baby to keep...The others basically get aborted. While i can certainly appreciate the desperation that recurrent losses can cause, i can't personally participate in that kind of activity. On a purely scientific level, it works fine. I just can't on a moral level. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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3rd ivf, but consistently producing less than stellar egg quality. I end up extracting high quantity of eggs 15-21. What can improve egg quality, ?

3 cycles??: Most of my ivf patients are successful on their first cycle. Do you have pcos? Young and good responder? Are you seeing a board certified re? Check www.Pregnitude.Com to see something i researched and found to help eggs. ...Read more

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Can I do mini IVF instead of normal ivf: afraid of so much drugs. I am 35yo.Will I have good eggs?I did 3 IVF cycles before and egg quality was good.

Can I do mini IVF instead of normal ivf: afraid of so much drugs. I am 35yo.Will I have good eggs?I did 3 IVF cycles before and egg quality was good.

Yes, but ...: Mini-ivf uses less drugs but also has a very low success rate. Many clinics do not even offer it because it works so poorly. If you failed 3 ivf cycles, you should have a detailed discussion with your doc and perhaps consider a second opinion. Maybe adding pgs embryo screening could help. Make sure endometrium is normal, good luck. ...Read more

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Had 3 failed iui's & 2 failed ivf's. I was told that my egg quality is bad. After my last IVF had my period on time but thismonth I am 10 days late.

Not always the case: I know many fertility doctor tell you that your egg quality is bad when they do not have good results. It is not true for every patient. I strongly suggest you to have a second opinion. We have many patients previously diagnosed with poor egg quality, get pregnant in our center with natural cycle ivf or mild stimulation ivf. ...Read more

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My AMH level at blood test is 2.99 pg/ml. but doc. says i hv poor quality eggs after failed IVF fertilization. is there any test to determine egg qual?

Second Opinion: DO another cycle of IVF with another doctor. If still there is no fertilization, then that is possible that your egg quality is not the best. Maybe go to Australia, London or Germany and USA to see what happens here. ...Read more

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I'm planning to do ivf on May. I've poor egg quality so I'm taking DHEA 50mg,CoQ10, vit. D&E,folic acid and Omega 3 6 9. Is this helps to improve egg.

IVF specialist: It is important to schedule a visit with an IVF specialist. They are very picky about how they want individuals to prepare. It is best to not take anything without approval from your individual doctor. It is important to work together to maximize your chances of success. ...Read more

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Is it true that I may not need down regulation for IVF if I haven't had a period in two years and I am using donor eggs?

Reasonable: Doctors are very individual in their protocols, but as a recipient with 2 years of no periods, sounds like down regulation wouldn't offer you anything. ...Read more

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What is the latest IVF with own eggs will be done? I don't want donor eggs

IVF/PGD: As you get older, you have fewer normal eggs and the success with ivf may be lower. Still, there is a fair chance for success if you can retrieve and create normal embryos. Typically, more embryos may be transferred to improve the chance for success. However, pgs (preimplantation genetic screening) may allow you to identify and transfer normal embryos. This will increase chance for delivering. ...Read more

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I am just experiencing my 6th failed IVF cycle with donor eggs. Two RE's can't figure out the problem. Is there anything you recommend investigating?

You could get 1 more: Opinion. Otherwise, as the eggs are donor eggs it's possible your body won't accept the embryo. You have two competent reproductive endocrinologists and presumably a maternal fetal medicine specialist, so if the procedure doesn't work, you can keep trying, see what another doc thinks or start looking to adopt a baby. Sometimes the mind is willing but the flesh won't yield. Consider other options. ...Read more

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7 wks ivf,18 eggs retr. No ohss, have lower left cramps,6 wk u/s said ovaries still stimulated. Is that the pain? Or something wrong with baby?

7 wks ivf,18 eggs retr. No ohss, have lower left cramps,6 wk u/s said ovaries still stimulated. Is that the pain? Or something wrong with baby?

Pain after IVF: It could be either ovarian enlargement and OHSS or if two embryos were transferred there could be one in the uterus and one in the fallopian tube. If you are in pain, please see your IVF physician. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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Ivf (Definition)

In vitro fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology. Ivf is a procedure used to treat fertility problems and assist with the conception of a child. During ivf mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. A few days later, the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted into the uterus. One cycle of in vitro fertilization ...Read more