Miami Center of Excellence - What to expect when you want to expect

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Reach us at: http://go.miamiobgyns.com/YwpzzA At Miami Center of Excellence we believe every woman is unique and special. We want our patients to look upon us as their partner in good health; live life to the fullest, enjoy their relationships and feel good about themselves.

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What to expect when you want to expect Get in touch: 305 615-6147 infomiamiobgyns.com www.miamiobgyns.com

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What to expect from infertility testing • About 12 of women 15–44 years of age in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. • If you have been trying to conceive for at least 12 months 6 months if you are 35 or older it is recommended to seek fertility assistance. Here’s an overview of what you might encounter from an initial infertility screening program.

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Questions your gynecologist will ask • Frequency and length of menstrual cycles. • Number of pregnancies whether any were miscarriages or ended in still births. • Overall health: Smoking diseases family history etc. • Specific gynecological health: Diseases in the reproductive organs polycystic ovarian syndrome etc.

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• You will need a blood test in order to check your hormone levels some of which must be done on specific days of the menstrual cycle. • Sometimes infertility is caused by blockages in the fallopian tubes or irregularities in the uterus. At Miami OBGYN we perform a test called FemVue in which we inject saline and air into the uterus and fallopian tubes therefore any irregularities can be seen in the ultrasound as bubbles. Blood uterus testing

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Male testing • The cause of fertility by percentage is 45/45/10 female/male/unknown rendering men and women as equal partners in the fertility conundrum. Therefore men’s semen is tested to analyze: • Count number • Mobility speed • Motility types of movement • Morphology shape • Men can also experience varicoceles in the spermatic cord or fertility-related hormone problems which are blood-tested. In addition men might be on steroids or illicit drugs smoke or have other health problems which can impact fertility.

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About genetic testing • While you are being tested for fertility-related causes you might also consider genetic testing especially if both partners have a history of genetic disorders. • Genetic carrier testing is done via a simple blood test. Generally speaking the woman is tested first and if she is a carrier for any of genetic markers the man is then checked for those same markers. If it turns out both partners are carriers you can then go through genetic counseling to determine your options regarding offspring.

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Life is in the details We understand every couples’ desire to have children and we recognize that all of the technicalities can be overwhelming. We work with you to try to ensure that all of the appointments tests and waiting periods are understood by you so feel free to communicate any questions you might have along the way. We are here to help you with the process of hopefully having a healthy pregnancy soon.

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Contact us 305 615-6147 infomiamiobgyns.com www.miamiobgyns.com

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