Fertility Treatments

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Why Choose Us

The Fertility Institute of NJ & NY (FINJNY) is directed by 2 highly educated, experienced and personable physicians, and under their guidance FINJNY offers the best treatment options for fertility issues. In addition to this, the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY stands out because of the personalized and compassionate way we treat our patients. Each of our patients is an individual, each journey unique, and every treatment plan is tailored to the medical requirements, needs and dreams of our patients. Whereas some facilities treat patients like numbers, at the Fertility Institute you are a member of the family. Your successes are our greatest joy; your disappointments are our disappointments. We are innovators, researchers, and experts on the cutting-edge of our field, but that dedication to the advancement of infertility treatment never comes at the expense of being accessible to our patients. Our staff takes a personal interest in the future of the families they are creating. Every resource and skill we have is at your disposal as we work together to foster hope and create new life.

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a pregnancy or to carry a pregnancy to term. In clinical terms, an infertility diagnosis is generally given once couples have tried to conceive for at least 12 months without success. For women over the age of 35, the period of unsuccessful conception drops to six months before fertility is considered to be impaired and medical intervention is recommended. Women over the age of 40 may warrant evaluation in even less than six months. According to data resulting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Survey of Family Growth, almost 11 percent of American women struggle with impaired fertility. There are a number of factors that can affect your ability to get pregnant, some of which come from the female, some from the male, and some as a result of the combination of male and female factors. These include:

  • Hormonal imbalances that affect ovulation
  • Fallopian tube disease
  • Low sperm count or low sperm motility
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, or lupus.
In some cases, the cause of infertility is unknown or unexplained.

1Days 1 Through 13: Menstruation and the Follicular Phase
Every month your body builds up your uterine lining in anticipation of pregnancy. When an egg fails to fertilize and implant, the levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen drop and the uterine lining sheds. This is your period. On average, bleeding lasts around 5 days. For the purposes of tracking ovulation, the first day of your menstrual flow is actually considered the first day of your next menstrual cycle. It's also the start of the follicular phase, during which your pituitary gland produces follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the hormone responsible for activating follicle development. Those follicles, which are contained in the ovaries, are filled with fluid and a maturing egg, and they also secrete the estrogen that prepares cervical mucus to best receive and nourish incoming sperm.
2Days 10 Through 18: Ovulatory Phase
The exact dates of your ovulatory phase depend on the length of your cycle but, generally speaking, it starts around 14 days before your next cycle (signaled by menstruation) begins – not, as many people believe, 14 days after the start of menstruation. During the ovulatory phase, a surge in your level of luteinizing hormone (LH) causes the now mature follicle to burst, releasing its egg into your fallopian tube. Most women of childbearing age release a single mature egg per month; if multiple eggs are released during ovulation and fertilized, the resulting embryos would be fraternal twins. The ovulatory phase offers the best chances for successful conception. There is an approximately 24-hour window during which sperm has the opportunity to swim to meet and fertilize the awaiting egg.
3Days 15 Through 28: Luteal Phase
This phase begins when ovulation is complete and it ends when your next period (aka menstruation) starts. After the follicle has matured and released its egg, it turns into the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum is responsible for the production of the progesterone that thickens the endometrium, the mucous membrane that lines the uterus, and makes it the ideal place for a fertilized egg to implant. If a fertilized egg successfully implants, the corpus luteum will continue to function and produce progesterone for the endometrium for the first trimester of the pregnancy; if there is no fertilization and/or implantation, the corpus luteum ceases to function, the uterine lining breaks down, and the cycle begins anew.

Your First Visit

During your first visit to the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY, you will meet with one of our Harvard-trained fertility specialists: Dr. Zalman Levine or Dr. Inna Berin, or our board-certified Physician Assistant, Alyson Butler. Your medical records will be reviewed, the results of any preliminary testing will be taken into account, and all previous treatments discussed, until your specialist has a comprehensive picture of your general medical and fertility history. If you have never had a complete infertility workup, one will be ordered so that we have all the information necessary to accurately assess your fertility potential. Together, you and your doctor or physician assistant will discuss possible treatment options and decide on a plan of care.

Initial Workup

Your initial fertility workup at the Fertility Institute of NJ & NY will help us answer the four basic questions important in the evaluation of a patient's fertility potential:

  1. Do I ovulate and have enough eggs?
  2. Is my partner's sperm count high enough, and is his sperm motility and sperm morphology adequate?
  3. Are my fallopian tubes open for sperm and egg to meet?
  4. Is my uterus healthy and able to carry a pregnancy?

Once we know the answers to these four questions, we can tailor your fertility treatment to address any areas which may be negatively affecting your fertility.

Fertility Treatments

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If you dream of having a baby, and infertility is an obstacle to achieving your dream, we invite you to reach out to our team of fertility specialists. You will find that we'll work with you in every way possible to overcome all barriers in your family building efforts.
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