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Preventing Ovarian Hyperstimulation

Hello again, today we will continue our discussion of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS. We will review ways to minimize its occurrence and eventually get to the best ways to treat the symptoms. As we said last time, OHSS can occur in women undergoing fertility drug use for IUI or IVF. I will start by saying […]

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Ovarian Hyperstimulation

Hello again to everyone, today I am bringing to you the topic of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). Here you will read about the definition of OHSS, the causes and risks. You will see why OHS is what every good doctor strives to avoid, and of course, what every patient would like to avoid as well. […]

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Cervical Stenosis from a Cone or LEEP

Hello again, today we are going to talk more about blockage of the cervical canal: Cervical Stenosis. We will concentrate on the most common causes of cervical stenosis; scaring that results from the treatment of an abnormal pap smear. Please refer back to the previous post on the cervix to get some background for this […]

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Answering Some Infertility Questions

Hello Again to Everyone. I hope the holidays treated you as well as possible. Today I will go through some past comments and answer some of the frequently asked questions that I have not yet answered on my previous blogs. I will enter one more cervical stenosis blog later. I realize that topic is very […]

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Cervical Stenosis from an Abnormal PAP Smear

Hello again, today we are going to talk more about blockage of the cervical canal: Cervical Stenosis. We will concentrate on the most common causes of cervical stenosis; scaring that results from the treatment of an abnormal pap smear. Please refer back to the previous post on the cervix to get some background for this […]

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Cervical Stenosis

Hello Everyone, Dr. Licciardi here with today’s message. In this blog we will discuss a topic that I have been waiting to write about for quite some time, Cervical Stenosis. This is an important topic because it affects a large number of women in a negative way. Cervical stenosis is responsible for infertility, pain, and […]

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What’s the difference between a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) and a Sono-Hysterogram?

This just happens to be one of my most frequently asked questions, and it’s a good one. Both are can be very important tests. Some women need only one, some both. In this blog you will see pictures and explanations. I enjoyed putting this blog together because I like taking things that are a little […]

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Questions about IVF, IUI, PCO and Male Factor Infertility

Hello Again, I hope everyone has had a mostly enjoyable summer. The weather in the Northeast has been summer-perfect. Here are the answers to some recent questions. IUI and IVFAt 45 should you dismiss the idea of IVF and just do iui? Most IVF programs around the country have never had an IVF success with […]

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Checking Tubes: The HSG is better than the Saline Sonogram

Hello again everyone. Today we are going to finish discussing the difference between the HSG and saline sonogram. Last time we highlighted the differences as they relate to studying uterine problems. Today I will point out the differences as they relate to the tubes. We will see how the biggest mistake doctors make with the […]

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The Failed HSG

Today I will talk about why some women go in for an HSG and leave being told the test could not be done. This is such a common problem, and it is usually all about the same thing. It’s about technique. The correct technique makes it easy, a different technique makes it unnecessarily difficult. There […]

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Sperm Morphology: New Guidelines Announced: 4% is Normal

Wow, what a relief to know that what we have been saying for years is now finally officially stated. Any sperm morphology over 3% is considered normal. How did this change come about? The World Health Organization (WHO) determines the normal parameters for semen including volume, count, motility, forward progression and morphology. The WHO published […]

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How to Find a Good Fertility Doctor

So you’ve been trying to get pregnant and it’s taking longer than you think it should. Now what? Sounds simple, you probably have a local gynecologist who you have been seeing for your checkups. Why not start there?This may not be a bad idea at all. A general gynecologist could quite possibly be a very […]

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PCO and other Fertility Related Topics

PCOS and Ovarian Drilling. Some sort of ovarian surgery has been used to treat PCOs for the last 50 years.The surface of the ovary, also called the cortex, is where the eggs are. This is a relatively thin layer covering the ovary. Beneath this layer, in the mid portion of the ovary, is the tissue […]

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Cancelling IVF, Converting to IUI, and a Few Other Things.

What if you are on drugs for an IVF cycle and there is a low number of follicles? Should you do cancel and have an iui (provided there is sperm and at least one tube is open) or should you have the retrieval? The number of eggs is less important the younger you are. So […]

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