Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) February 26, 2004 –
Five key facts that can increase your chances of pregnancy: Leading Reproductive Endocrinologist reveals simple self-assessment
As one of the most fundamental processes and most powerful of the human body during pregnancy? and the ability to conceive? is often considered one? natural? event. Yet there are many factors involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and even a minor flaw in one area can wreak havoc on couples trying to conceive.
Dr. Mark Leondires
, one of the Northeast? S leading reproductive endocrinologists, shares her? Top five? list of requirements for pregnancy, and highlights simple ways that women can self-assess their level of function in these areas.
? Coping with infertility is draining, mental disorder, physically and emotionally? Dr. Leondires notes. He believes that great difficulty lies in the powerlessness people feel when a medical situation? Their hands.? ? By providing five simple ways that men and women can identify? and improve? levels of fertility, I hope to give them a sense of power over the process, “says Dr. Leondires The five factors he discusses are:.
1. It? Tic-tac-tic-tac? you? have been heard isn? t just your imagination. ? The biological clock is real? Dr. Leondires said. Women are born with all the eggs they? Will ever, and the vast majority of these eggs never mature. What? S more is that the quality and quantity of viable eggs, decreasing with age. ? If you have more than 35 years, and you don? T been able to achieve or maintain a pregnancy during six months? unprotected sex, see your OB / Gyn or a reproductive endocrinologist,? Dr. Leondires advises.
2. What? S of your cycle? A normal cycle that produces ovulation lasts between 23 and 36 days. If yours is shorter or longer, it is possible that you are not ovulating. To check, take your temperature every day before you get out of bed, table and a graph for two to three months. ? The basal body temperature is usually dip a piece of mid-cycle, then spike and remain higher than menstruation? Dr. Leondires said. ? The dip and spike usually indicate ovulation.? A more reliable tool to check for ovulation would be an ovulation predictor kit. This kit can be purchased at all local pharmacies. By checking the hormone levels in women? S urine, the kit can help most women accurately report time during their ovulatory phase.
3. Check your tubes. The fallopian tubes are the only route between the ovaries and uterus, and they? Re usually where the sperm fertilize the egg. If one or both tubes are blocked, the design will be difficult. ? A history of pelvic infection, tubal pregnancy, abdominal surgery, or ruptured appendix can damage your fragile fallopian tubes? Dr. Leondires said. However, forty percent of women with fallopian tubes reported no history of infection. A simple x-ray called a hysterosalpingogram can determine the status of the fallopian tubes.
4. Timing is (almost) everything. Up to 20% of couples miscalculate the optimal time for conception. Dr. Leondires suggests subtracting 17 days from the average number of days of your cycle, and have unprotected sex, date, and two days later. ? Better? It? S have the sperm waiting for the egg in the fallopian tubes before ovulation? he said. ? And since sperm can live for two days or more sex before ovulation is often the key to success .??
5. Sometimes it? S a male thing. Up to 40% fertility-challenged couples encounter a male factor, Dr. Leondires said. Perfectly healthy men may have low sperm count of less than 20 million per ejaculate. But the good news is that the majority of couples with male infertility can design an intervention. Wearing loose clothing, avoid caffeine or nicotine and excessive alcohol, and having a simple semen test can help diagnose and provide treatment for male infertility, Dr. Leondires said.
Dr. Mark P.
Leondires, MD, FACOG, is a leading authority on reproductive medicine. Dr. Leondires is board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Leondires earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Dr. Leondires completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing his training, he fulfilled his military obligations by serving as artistic director for the largest and most successful program in the system of military health care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During this time he was assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and clinical faculty of the Stock Exchange combined reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Leondires is currently Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer with the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine in Norwalk CT. With teaching and extensive research, Dr. Leondires has published articles in medical journals, the consumer magazine and national newspapers as well as abstracts and book chapters.
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