Recurrent pregnancy loss may make you wonder if you'll ever be able to expand your family. Fortunately, treatments provided by Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida may increase the likelihood that you'll carry your next pregnancy to term.
What is recurrent pregnancy loss?
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) occurs if you've had two or more miscarriages before reaching 20 weeks of development.
What causes RPL?
RPL can be caused by:
- Genetic Abnormalities: RPL is often caused by chromosomal abnormalities that occur during fertilization. Although these abnormalities can happen at any age, they tend to occur more often in older women.
- Medical Conditions: Women who have certain conditions, such as autoimmune or blood-clotting disorders, thyroid disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, poorly controlled diabetes, or high blood pressure, may be at increased risk of RPL.
- Uterine Anatomy: Anatomical issues with your uterus can make it inhospitable for a developing fetus. Problems may occur if your uterus is abnormally shaped, you have fibroids or scar tissue, or your uterus is divided by a band of tissue called a septum.
- Lifestyle Factors: Your habits and lifestyle may also increase the chances of RPL. Smoking, recreational drug use, alcohol intake, consuming caffeine, or being overweight can all be factors if you've experienced recurrent miscarriages.
What treatment options are available to reduce the risk of RPL?
Treatment depends on the cause of RPL. If genetic abnormalities are an issue, your South Florida physician may recommend in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The procedure unites an egg and sperm outside the body before implanting the embryos into the woman's uterus. During IVF treatment, only healthy embryos are selected for implantation.
If your doctor suspects that a chronic illness or disease may play a part in RPL, increasing your chances of a successful pregnancy may involve monitoring and treating the underlying condition and possibly changing your medications.
Making a few changes in your life, such as losing weight or giving up alcohol, may be helpful if a lifestyle factor increases your RPL risk. Surgery may also be recommended to treat anatomic abnormalities in your uterus or remove fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, and adhesions.
Have you experienced recurrent pregnancy loss? Call Dr. Minna Selub, your physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in South Florida, today by dialing (954) 217-3456.
Find out if egg banking is a good option for preserving eggs for your future family.
Not ready to get pregnant just yet? If you aren’t planning for a baby anytime soon but would like the opportunity to get pregnant in the future you may be wondering whether egg banking is the right choice for you. During egg banking, our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub collects and freezes a woman’s healthy eggs for possible fertilization in the future. Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL and serves patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
What is involved in egg banking?
As we mentioned above, egg banking is the process of preserving a woman’s eggs and possible fertility by retrieving eggs from her ovaries and freezing them for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in the future to increase the odds of getting pregnant.
During egg banking, the woman is given medication that will stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs in one cycle. Then a minor outpatient procedure is performed to retrieve the eggs and then freeze them.
Who could benefit from egg banking?
There are many reasons why women today are considering egg banking. Freezing healthy eggs keeps them viable, allowing our patients the peace of mind to know that they could get pregnant in the future when it is right for them.
Furthermore, women who are currently undergoing radical and aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation may want to turn to our South Florida physician for egg banking to preserve healthy eggs for the future so they can start a family after they’ve finished their treatment. Women who have also been told that they have a diminished ovarian reserve may also choose to turn to egg banking earlier in life so that they can get pregnant later on.
However, it’s important to know that egg banking isn’t right for every woman. Women over 40 years old or women who have a significantly diminished ovarian reserve may not be a good candidate for egg banking. Furthermore, women under 30 years old still have many years in which they can conceive naturally and may not need to consider egg freezing until later in life.
If you are interested in learning more about egg banking and whether this could benefit your lifestyle and future family planning then call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL at (954) 217-3456 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state.
Find out more about IUI and whether it’s the best fertility procedure for you.
You’ve been trying to get pregnant but you’re having trouble conceiving. This is an issue that’s more common than you might think. While it might be upsetting, frustrating or embarrassing to talk about, our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub offers a welcoming, warm and compassionate environment in which to sit down and discuss your fertility treatment needs. Proudly serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas. There are many options when it comes to improving your chances of conceiving and one option is intrauterine insemination (IUI).
What is IUI?
Intrauterine insemination involves collecting a highly concentrated sample of sperm and then placing it directly into the uterus. This procedure is performed right before a woman ovulates, giving her the best chance to conceive.
When is IUI recommended?
Many couples choose to try IUI first because it is simple, easy and non-invasive, as well as more cost-effective than other options. The process is also fairly fast and some couples have had incredible success with IUI.
Who is a good candidate for IUI?
IUI may be a good option for women who are having trouble conceiving due to,
- Mild endometriosis
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Scarring or abnormalities within the cervix or vagina
- Unexplained fertility
Women who have a healthy number of eggs and at least one functioning fallopian tube may also be good candidates for IUI, as well as women who are also looking to get pregnant through a sperm donor. This fertility treatment might not be recommended for women with a history of infertility (more than 4 years), severe tubal disease or severe endometriosis.
Age also plays a role in fertility treatment success rates. Women over the age of 40 are not typically good candidates for IUI. Our South Florida physician will go through your medical history and perform the necessary exams to rule out certain reproductive disorders or abnormalities that could be affecting your fertility. From there, we can create a treatment plan with the highest success rate for conceiving and help you decide whether IUI is the ideal route for you.
If you are trying to conceive and want to talk about your fertility treatment options then call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state. Call (954) 217-3456 today for a consultation.
While there are many treatment options available to improve the odds of conceiving, infertile couples and couples dealing with fertility issues often turn to us for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. After all, IVF does have the highest success rate of any assisted reproductive technology (ART), which also makes it the most popular option for couples looking to get pregnant. Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician, offers IVF treatment at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
How does IVF work?
There are several steps involved in getting IVF. During the first step, we will prescribe a fertility medication that will stimulate egg production. It’s important to retrieve several eggs, as this will increase the odds of one of them being fertilized. During this phase, your fertility doctor will also run blood tests and an ultrasound to check the ovaries and your hormone levels.
The next step involves retrieving the eggs. This requires us to perform a simple surgical procedure in which we use a thin needle to remove the egg via the pelvic cavity. You will be under the effects of local anesthesia and sedation to ease any discomfort. Once the eggs have been retrieved they will be combined with sperm in a laboratory so that the sperm can fertilize the egg.
Once the eggs have been fertilized (this usually occurs within 3-5 days after the egg retrieval procedure), we will place one or more embryos directly into the uterus where they can implant. The placement of the embryos is done right here in our office and is completely painless.
From start to finish, it can take several months to complete one treatment cycle of IVF. While it is possible for a woman to conceive after just one round of IVF (usually around a 33 percent rate), the rate increases with more IVF cycles.
Who should consider IVF?
IVF can be an ideal treatment for many couples who are having issues with infertility. You may be right for IVF if you are dealing with,
- Damaged, blocked or removed fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorders or uterine fibroids
- Decreased sperm count or sperm motility
- Genetic disorders
- Unexplained infertility
If you are having trouble conceiving and want to find out if IVF is right for you, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Minna Selub, your South Florida physician at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies. Call (954) 217-3456.
Find out what your options are here in south Florida when it comes to family planning!
There is nothing more important than family. If you and your partner have decided that you want to have children you may be wondering what your options are, particularly if you are a same-sex couple. Here in South Florida, our reproductive specialists, Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Harold Rodriguez, have helped many members of the LGBTQ community determine the best fertility option to help them create the family they’ve always wanted—read on to learn more!
If you are a female same-sex couple
Perhaps you and your partner have already decided who will carry the baby or perhaps you’re still in the very beginning stages of determining your fertility options. Either way, our fertility doctors in South Florida offer a variety of options that make getting pregnant possible. Here are some options to consider,
- Intrauterine insemination: Also referred to as artificial insemination, IUI is usually the simplest and least expensive fertility method for same-sex female couples because no medication is required. Of course, testing is still necessary before beginning treatment. During IUI, sperm is placed into the uterus during ovulation to fertilize the egg.
- In-vitro fertilization: IVF boasts the highest success rate per month, which is what makes it a popular option for couples wishing to get pregnant. The one drawback is that it is more expensive than IUI. During IVF, medication is taken to increase your egg supply. During ovulation, the eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized in a lab. Once the eggs are fertilized, they are placed back into the uterus.
You may choose your sperm donor or they may remain anonymous. Of course, our Weston, FL, doctors will talk with you to determine the right choice for you and your partner.
If you are a male same-sex couple
There are two main options for male couples who want to start a family: gestational and surrogate carrier.
- Gestational carrier: This is when the couple chooses one woman who will provide the egg as well as carry the child.
- Surrogate carrier: This is when a couple chooses a woman to provide the egg donation (it may be a woman that the couple knows or it may be an anonymous donor) for another woman who will carry the baby.
We will discuss all the different options, as well as the pros and cons of each. We will also determine which partner’s sperm we will use (or whether we will use both) to fertilize the egg. Before the sperm is used, screenings will need to be performed to analyze the health of the sperm as well as the partner’s overall health so we can determine the best chance for treatment success.
Interested? Give us a call!
Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL, but is proud to serve patients throughout South Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa. If you want to learn more about the reproductive services that we offer, call our office today at (954) 217-3456!
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