Fertility

Your Menstrual Cycle and Your Fertility

If you have been struggling with conception, the answer to the puzzle may be hiding in factors related to your menstrual cycle, hormonal imbalances and ovulation.

The menstrual cycle

Your menstrual cycle is more than your period. The menstrual cycle is a series of changes your body goes through every month – the ovary releases an egg and the uterus prepares for pregnancy.

The menstrual cycle can be divided into two phases – the follicular phase and the luteal phase.

The first day of your period is day 1 of the cycle and the start of the follicular phase. During this phase, FSH or follicle stimulating hormone, released from the brain, stimulates the development of one dominant follicle which contains a single egg. As it matures, the follicle releases estrogen which stimulates the thickening of the uterine lining. The follicular phase ends at the start of ovulation. The length of this phase varies, causing variations in individual cycles.

The luteal phase begins at ovulation and continues until the onset of your period. During the luteal phase, the ovary releases progesterone which matures the uterine lining and prepares it for the implantation of an embryo. If pregnancy does not occur, the progesterone level drops and bleeding occurs. The luteal phase lasts around 14 days.

How does the length of the menstrual cycle affect fertility?

The length of a menstrual cycle is determined by the number of days from the first day of bleeding to the start of your next period. The length of your cycle may indicate hormonal imbalances and irregularities in ovulation. Hormonal imbalances can impact whether and when ovulation would occur during your cycle. Without ovulation, pregnancy cannot occur. Cycles of a normal length (21-35 days) indicate regular ovulation and hormonal balance to support natural conception.

Normal menstrual cycle

Days: 21 to 35 days

Ovulation: Has occurred

Short menstrual cycle

Days: Less than 21 days

Ovulation: May not have occurred or occurred earlier than normal

Shortened cycles may indicate that –

  • the ovaries contain fewer eggs and that menopause may be approaching, or
  • ovulation is not occurring

Long or irregular menstrual cycle

Days: More than 35 days

Ovulation: Not occurring or occurring irregularly

Longer cycles indicate that ovulation is either not occurring or occurring irregularly.

Prolonged Menstrual bleeding

Days: More than 7 days

Ovulation: May not have occurred

Prolonged bleeding is a sign that either ovulation is not occurring regularly or there is a problem forming blood clots.

No Menstruation

Days: Rarely or Never

Ovulation: Not occurring

Lack of menstruation is a sign that either ovulation is not occurring or there is something blocking blood flow.

If you do not have a normal monthly period, regardless of how long you have been trying to conceive, you should seek the help of a fertility specialist. Any irregularities in ovulation make conception very difficult without treatment.

If you are looking for the best fertility clinic with state-of-the-art treatments such as IVF, ICSI and more in Dubai and UAE, call PRC Fertility Center at 043758557 Today!

7 things you should know about IVF

About to begin or have begun IVF? Here are 7 important things you should know.

You are not alone

Infertility is a very common problem and the causes could be related to either the man or the woman or a combination of both. Many couples, who are struggling with conception, turn to IVF to help them conceive. Even fertile people seek IVF, such as single women, same-sex couples, people with the risk of a genetic disease and more.

Different types of IVF are now available

IVF or In-vitro fertilization involves the removal of eggs from a woman’s ovaries, fertilized in a lab and then replaced inside the uterus.

The conventional treatment process was lengthy, and took around 4-5 weeks. But now there are shorter forms of treatment available.

Natural IVF is the least intensive form of IVF that does not involve the use of any stimulating drugs. In Natural Modified IVF, the woman needs drugs only for 3-4 days. Mild or mini IVF requires 5-9 days of drugs. These treatments are carried out without halting the menstrual cycle and restarting it.

The price of the treatment is greater than the cycle cost

The cycle cost does not equal the cost of complete treatment. The IVF treatment is generally customized to an individual’s unique circumstances. So, the costs for blood tests, medication and additional techniques will vary from patient to patient. The HFEA fee has to be paid too. Ask your fertility doctor for details on costs and expenses before starting treatment.

Age matters

In fertility treatment, the younger you are, the better it is. Female fertility starts declining around 35 and it is much more difficult to conceive by the early 40s, and by 45 the chances of success drop further. This occurs due to reduction in both the quantity and quality of eggs in the ovaries. While men’s fertility is more stable, it also declines over time, in terms of both quality and quantity.

More than one cycle of treatment may be needed

IVF success rates are about 35% on average, which means that most patients need to undergo a few treatment cycles before becoming pregnant. If you are starting fertility treatment, remember that you are beginning a course of treatment, not just one or two treatment cycles.

Frozen eggs and embryos are just as good

Frozen eggs and embryos are as viable as fresh ones. So, if you have been advised the use of frozen eggs or embryos, remember that the eggs and embryos are frozen using the most advanced technology.

IVF does not always mean multiple pregnancies

Higher orders of multiples rarely occur with IVF. Twins and triplets are more common with IVF because more than one embryo may be placed in the uterus to increase the chances of pregnancy. However, many clinics now use a strong ‘single embryo transfer’ policy in order to reduce the incidence of multiple births. Check with your clinic and fertility doctor.

If you are looking for the best fertility clinic with state-of-the-art treatments such as IVF, IUI, ICSI, and more in Dubai and UAE, call PRC Fertility Center at 043758557 Today!

Info on Ovulation Induction from a Dubai Fertility Clinic

Ovarian induction is the process to stimulate ovulation (production and release of eggs from a woman) by medication. This is used for women who have difficulty conceiving as their ovaries do not release eggs. Medications can be used to either cause ovulation in a patient who does not ovulate regularly or to cause multiple eggs to be developed and released. There is approximately 25% of infertile women who have pelvic pain2problems with ovulation. By helping these women to ovulate regularly, it increases their chances of pregnancy. These medications are called “fertility drugs” and may also improve the endometrium (lining of the womb or uterus) which is required for pregnancy.

Ovarian induction can help women who have irregular periods as they are likely to have ovulatory dysfunction by helping them to have regular ovulation. Some ovulation problems include: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – a hormonal condition which causes the eggs to not be released, ovaries that do not respond to hormones that help the maturation and release of the egg (luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)), thyroid problems, eating disorders, extreme weight gain and weight loss.

Before fertility drugs are given to patients, doctors often use a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to make sure that the fallopian tubes (tubes for the fertilized egg to travel into the womb for implantation) are unblocked. Patients who have a blocked tube may have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus) and can be dangerous. Many women are suitable candidates for ovulation induction. Women who have ovulation issues and those with unexplained infertility can be treated to increase the number of eggs released. A possible complication that may occur is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).

Some of the commonly used fertility drugs includes:

  1. Clomiphene Citrate: this medication is commonly used to stimulate the maturation and release of eggs. The standard dose is 50-100 milligrams clomiphene(mg) every day for 5 consecutive days. Treatment starts usually on the second to fifth day after menstruation begins. Chances of success depends on the age of the patient, health condition and quality of the semen. The chance of twins is 6-10% and chance of triplets is 1% or less.
  2. Aromatase inhibitors: Used to temporarily decrease estrogen levels in the body which leads to the body producing more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH is used to help in the production and maturation of eggs. Drugs in this class include letrozole and anastrozole. Studies show that pregnancy rates are similar to Clomiphene Citrate.
  3. Other drugs that can be used are insulin sensitizing drugs – Metformin, gonadotropins, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), bromocriptine or cabergoline, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and GnRH Analogs.

Long term studies have not found any association of increased birth defects with clomiphene citrate and gonadotropins. There is also no evidence associating an increased ovarian risk with clomiphene citrate, gonadotropins or aromatase inhibitors.

 

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Do Men Have a Ticking Biological Clock?

Researchers and fertility experts have wondered for many years if men have a biological clock. Studies now are investigating the long-held assumptions about the effect of age of both the mother and the father on child. The focus of fertility has been on women in the past, but it now is aimed at understanding male factor issues. Many studies show that canstockphoto34570747aging women (35 years and older) have decreased fertility, but few exist regarding the male biological clock.

Five to ten decades ago, it was common for couples to have children when in their late teens and early 20s. Now, the age of parenthood is steadily rising, with women and men waiting until their 30s and 40s to start families. This cultural shift is attributed to birth control, the women’s liberation movement, and women entering the workforce.

The Research Findings

Urologist Dr. Fisch wrote a book about the male biological clock in 2005. He reports on that both men and women suffer a decline in fertility as they age. Men’s fertility changes in their 40s and 50s, and like women, certain factors have an effect on male fertility. Factors that affect male fertility include stress, smoking, and weight.

Recent research shows that older paternal age plays a more significant role in infertility than researchers previously thought. With age, hormone levels decline, as well as sperm counts. Men who are obese often have sexual dysfunction, and this poses a significant obstacle for conception. According to new research, conditions like autism and schizophrenia are associated with advanced paternal age.

Male factor infertility can happen at any age from numerous causes, a man can take certain steps to combat this issue. Men can improve diet, exercise, quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and engage in healthy activities. In addition, men should discuss supplements and medications with their physician to see if anything is affecting quality or quantity of sperm. For men where genetic mutation could be a concern, experts recommend preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) with in vitro fertilization. PGD involves testing embryos for many genetic conditions before conception. Embryos chosen for transport to uterus will not have any chromosomal defects or DNA issues.

Effects of Age on Male Fertility

Back in the 70s, less than 15% of men who fathered children were age 35 years or older. Today, that percentage has risen to 25%, with men in their 50s having children. While this is socially excepted, experts caution about the risks of fathering children late in life. While the women decide when babies are conceived, men should consider the effects of age on fertility.

In a recent study of couples undergoing assistive reproductive technologies, researchers concluded that a man’s chance of fathering a child decreases with each lost year. The odds of a successful pregnancy drops by 11% for every year, according to the study findings. Based on study findings, the chances for a successful birth declined even further.

Another revealing study involved 3,400 cases of Down Syndrome. Researchers found that the father’s age plays a role in developing this condition, especially when both parents are over the age of 35 at the time the child was conceived. The incidence of Down Syndrome is related to the sperm at least half of the time, according to these investigators.

The top Dubai fertility clinic is PRC Fertility Center, offering comprehensive fertility services, call us today!

3 Highly Successful Fertility Treatments To Help Your Become A Parent

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There is great news for couples struggling to become parents in Dubai. After 25 years of success in the United States, PRC Fertility Center is now working in Dubai to help couples make their dream, of parenthood, come true. Using an amazing range of the most modern treatments at world class facility, the best fertility specialists and embryologists, help you achieve your fertility goals at Dubai Fertility Clinic, PRC Dubai.

IVF or In Vitro Fertilization

 

Although a lot of clinics offer IVF as a solution to infertility, only few have great success rates. Fertility treatment with PRC Dubai ensures you undergo the procedure using cutting edge technology with certified and highly experienced fertility doctors and a compassionate staff. With more than twenty five years of experience in fertility treatment, PRC Dubai’s doctors have high success rates helping you become pregnant. IVF is greatly beneficial in problems with egg quality, ovulation, endometriosis, or blocked fallopian tubes or low sperm count.

IUI or Intrauterine Insemination

 

IUI helps many women conceive when the male partner has a low sperm count, problems with sperm motility or with erection or ejaculation. Other fertility problems treated with intrauterine insemination at the top fertility treatment clinic, PRC Dubai, include cervical scarring, cervical mucus abnormalities, and unexplained infertility in women.

ICSI or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

 

Fertility specialists at Dubai Fertility Clinic, PRC, use Intracytoplasmic sperm injection along with IVF to combine a woman’s eggs with her partner’s sperm in a lab, and then the resulting embryo is implanted back into the uterus.The pregnancy success rate with IVF with ICSI has been shown to be higher than IVF without ICSI.

Amazing Benefits Of Acupuncture In Fertility Treatments

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Infertility often occurs due to certain medical conditions and structural disorders in the body. The ancient Chinese technique of Acupuncture has proven effective when used together with other fertility treatments in Dubai. Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy flows through the body along designated routes. This energy restores health. Acupuncture involves the use of small, thin needles, inserted in the skin and deeper tissues along specific points on the body. This stimulates the release of endorphins and restores the body’s energy.

HELPS IN VARIOUS INFERTILITY CONDITIONS

Acupuncture can help to increase the rates of pregnancy for couples with:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Repeated pregnancy losses
  • Spasmed tubes
  • Sperm count and motility issues
  • Stress

Higher rates of pregnancy have been seen during treatment cycles of IVF when acupuncture is done on the day of embryo transfer at the top fertility clinic in UAE, PRC Dubai.

ACUPUNCTURE HELPS TO REDUCE STRESS

There is evidence to support that acupuncture is effective for reducing stress. During stressful situations, the secreted hormones interfere with fertility and pregnancy. Reducing tension through acupuncture improves the chances of a couple to conceive. The top fertility treatment clinic in Dubai, PRC, offers acupuncture so that women going through fertility treatments can manage stress effectively.

ACUPUNCTURE HELPS OTHER FERTILITY TREATMENTS

At Dubai, acupuncture is used with other fertility treatments. Acupuncture

  • Increases blood flow, to improve the chances of the embryo to implant in the uterine wall.
  • Regulates ovulation.Acupuncture can normalize the endocrines hormones of the body, especially for women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Stabilizes the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis. This plays an important role in fertility and regulates the menstrual cycle.

 

3 Top Infertility Conditions That Stop Women From Getting Pregnant

Getting Pregnant

Have been trying to get pregnant for over a year? Struggling to get pregnant despite all efforts? There is a possibility that there may be a fertility issue preventing you or a loved one from reaching your pregnancy goals. PRC Fertility Center at Dubai can help you with the most modern infertility treatments. Thanks to the advancements in fertility medicine, most infertility issues can now be treated by world class fertility experts providing infertility treatments in Dubai.

PCOS

 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common problem, affecting 10% of all women. PCOS is a hormone imbalance that causes irregular menstrual cycles, acne, and excessive hair growth. Infertility treatments in Dubai’s top clinic, PRC Dubai, can treat PCOSwith medication, oral contraceptives and hormonal therapy and correct imbalances produced by PCOS.

Endometriosis

 

Endometriosis is a common cause of chronic pelvic pain and infertility. This disease affects one out of 10 women of reproductive age and is the cause of infertility for three of every 10 women. Treatment of endometriosis is done by infertility treatment experts in Dubai’s fertility clinic, PRC, with drugs, surgery, IVF and other healing modalities.

Diminished ovarian reserve

 

Responsible for one-fifth cases of infertility in women, Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) means the ovary loses normal reproductive potential, which can compromise fertility. DOR can occur from injury or disease, but it is most often the result of normal aging. A woman with DOR can cryopreserve (freeze) eggs or embryos for later use. When ovaries do not respond to drugs, donor eggs are recommended by the fertility doctor. Alternatively, women with DOR can use eggs donated from other women.IVF is a treatment option for women who have poor egg quality, as well as few viable eggs.

Infertility treatments start with a comprehensive workup which will lay out a customized treatment plan. Both male and female infertility conditions are evaluated and treated with state-of-the-art treatments at PRC Dubai.

4 Most Effective Male Infertility Treatments Now At Dubai

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Studies show that more than third of all infertility cases are caused due to male infertility.  Male infertility can be caused due to a variety of reasons which could be hormonal, testicular and erectile or sperm disorders such as issues with sperm quality, function or transport. The best fertility clinic in UAE, PRC Dubai offers several modern male infertility treatments.

Hormone imbalance correction 

Because hormone imbalances cause male reproductive issues, they can be treated using hormone replacement therapy or medications that restore body hormones.

Medication

Many medications help with achieving and maintaining an erection. Medication is also used in cases of anti-sperm antibodies.With anti-sperm antibodies, the female’s immune system attacks the sperm. This is treated with 3-6 months of steroid therapy at the top male infertility treatment clinic at UAE, PRC Dubai.

Sperm Issues

When sperm count is low, or the sperm are not as motile as they should be, artificial insemination can be used. Also called intrauterine insemination (IUI), this is a procedure where concentrated sperm are inserted into the woman’s uterus. Another option is in vitro fertilization (IVF), where the sperm and eggs are combined in a laboratory dish, and the resulting embryo is placed back into the woman’s uterus. Both IUI and IVF are offered by highly experienced specialists at a world class facility at male and female infertility clinic, PRC Dubai.

Surgery 

Surgery can be used to correct or repair structural problems of the male reproductive tract. This involves fixing blockages present at birth or related to surgery or injury. Surgery is also done to reverse a vasectomy. Male Infertility is treated using the most advanced technology at the best fertility clinic in UAE, PRC Dubai.

Top 3 Dos And DONTs For A Successful IVF

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ivfIVF or In Vitro Fertilization accounts for most pregnancies achieved with assisted reproductive technology. Thousands of couples, annually, seek IVF to live their dream of having a baby. Unfortunately, some couples are still unable to conceive after repeated IVF cycles. Fertility specialists at the top fertility center in UAE, PRC Dubai, explain what should you do and what not to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and child with IVF.

DOs DON’Ts
#1 Find the best IVF clinic

·         Seek an IVF clinic that suits your needs. The environment should be safe and private with a convenient setting. The doctors and staff at PRC Dubai fertility clinic welcome you; treat you with a high level of expertise and compassionate care in your journey to parenthood.

Get trapped in the vicious cycle

Do not listen to negative tales and hearsay from couples who have failed in their attempts to become parents. Their negativity may drag you down, making you anxious while you are going through IVF.

#2 Find out about the doctors at your IVF center

Choose a center with fertility specialists that are trained and qualified. PRC Dubai’s IVF specialists are certified in fertility medicine and highly experienced in IVF technology.

Overlook general health

 

While you go through IVF, it is very important that you take care of your general health. Optimal health is very important for a viable pregnancy. Take care of your diet, sleep and exercise while going through an IVF cycle. Some couples choose to take acupuncture sessions to reduce stress. Acupuncturists at top IVF clinic, PRC Dubai, help you cope with anxiety during IVF cycles.

#3 Arm yourself with information

You would feel more comfortable with the process if you understand it. Your fertility specialist at PRC Dubai would be happy to answer any questions you may have and will support you throughout your journey.

Give in to despair

Do not give up. Some couples get it the first time while some may take a little longer to get pregnant. Rely on your fertility doctor at PRC Dubai’s IVF clinic to guide you through the process. The experts at PRC Dubai have successfully handled hundreds of cases; hence, they are well equipped to help you.

 

3 Things To Be Ready For While Going Through Your Fertility Treatment

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Fertility TreatmentGoing through a fertility treatment is no small task for a couple. It can be a challenge on many levels – physical, mental, emotional and financial. It is important that you prepare yourself in advance so that you can cope with the process better and even turn it into a happy experience. Fertility specialists at the best fertility center in Dubai, PRC Dubai explain what you may experience on the road to parenthood.

STRESS

 

It is natural to be a little anxious as you go through your fertility treatment. You are always looking forward to the positive outcome of becoming pregnant. Great fertility clinics such as PRC Dubai advises going in for acupuncture along with your fertility procedure to reduce stress and anxiety and even regulate your ovulation and hormonal balance.

PEOPLE MAY BE INSENSITIVE

 

Most people don’t have adequate or correct information about fertility treatments. They may say negative or insensitive things about you or the process. Be prepared for that. Support each other as a couple while you are going through a fertility treatment. Ask your fertility doctor at PRC Dubai for the right information. Experts and staff at PRC Dubai would be happy to answer any queries you may have on the topic and they are the right people to ask.

TRUST THE PROCESS

 

Once you have chosen a great fertility treatment center such as PRC Dubai, trust the process. The treatment may be successful in a single go or there may be setbacks. Do not treat a single setback as failure. Your fertility doctor at PRC Dubai is highly qualified and experienced in fertility medicine and the staff is trained to take care of you while you go through the treatment.  Have faith in the journey and the rest will follow.

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