Women are born with millions of eggs, however, the number of eggs decreases progressively from birth (1-2 million) to puberty (500,000) and then menopause (1,000). The eggs age at different rates among women regardless of their health status. In general, the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases progressively from puberty.
Many of CCRM’s patients are helped through basic infertility treatments. If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving, then you may want to consider learning more about infertility treatment such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), which is often referred to as “artificial insemination.”
Infertility is medically defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse using no methods of birth control whatsoever. Unfortunately, infertility affects over six million people in the United States alone.
Some couples with infertility caused by disorders of sperm number or function may be successfully treated through intrauterine insemination (IUI). This is often performed during cycles in which the woman is taking fertility drugs to stimulate multiple egg development. Surgical repair of anatomic abnormalities may increase the chance of pregnancy in certain patients.
CCRM is pleased to offer preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a form of genetic testing that allows couples at risk for single gene disorders to have embryos tested before a pregnancy is established. PGD is preformed in conjunction with IVF. Thousands of unaffected children have been born worldwide from PGD for over 100 different single gene disorders.
CCRM is pleased to offer comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS). CCS is preformed in conjunction with IVF and is particularly important to women 35 years of age or older whose eggs are at increased risk for chromosome errors. An estimated 70% of early miscarriage is associated with a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus.
CCRM’s elective fertility preservation program assists women who wish to freeze eggs or embryos in order to have children later in life. CCRM has already had many patients with successful pregnancies resulting from eggs they froze years earlier.
Hearing you have cancer changes everything. It is critical to be informed of your reproductive risks, educated about your choices, and empowered to make decisions. Remember: treatments, answers and hope exist and begin with quality, timely information. Thinking about fertility now can help you make choices when you are ready.
CCRM is proud to help gay men and lesbian women create the family of their dreams. Same-sex couples face different fertility options and issues than heterosexual couples who can attempt conception without any medical help. Typically, Lesbian couples require an outside source of sperm while gay men require both eggs and a carrier for the pregnancy.
Miscarriage is one of the most devastating and emotionally taxing experiences that a couple can face. Sadly, it is a relatively common occurrence affecting roughly one in five pregnancies. A small percentage of women (1-2%) will have three or more consecutive, spontaneous miscarriages.
Donors may be a family member or friend of the woman desiring a pregnancy or an anonymous volunteer screened by our staff. The egg donor must use fertility drugs to stimulate the development of multiple mature eggs, whereas the recipient woman takes estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterus for embryos derived through egg donation.