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Women's Fertility Center offers all forms of fertility and reproductive endocrinology treatments at offices in Stamford and Norwalk Connecticut. Although there are several assisted reproductive technologies available, there is no "right answer" for which treatment should be used for you. Our fertility specialist, Dr. Nora Miller, will inform you about each of the options available and help you to decide which approach is best.
Your first visit will consist of a private consultation with Dr. Miller. This will give you and the doctor an opportunity to become acquainted. If you are having fertility problems, you may wish to bring your partner too. If you have both already undergone testing, it is helpful for you to bring a copy of the test records for the doctor to review.
Dr. Miller provides compassionate, personalized care by working with you to help you to achieve your goals.
Nora Miller, MD is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist. She has helped hundreds of couples achieve successful pregnancies and healthy births since practicing in Connecticut.
Women's Fertility Center offers In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), ICSI, Intrauterine Insemination and micro-surgery. IVF has the highest pregnancy rate out of all fertility therapies as it involves medication to stimulate egg maturity, retrieval, fertilization, culturing and embryo transfer. While fertility is a large part of what a Reproductive Endocrinologist does, Dr. Miller also evaluates and treats hormonal imbalances.
Understanding your insurance benefits can be confusing and stressful. When scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Miller, a benefits specialist will determine how your insurance may help provide coverage for your services. From the basic to the most complex medical issue, the team at Women's Fertility Center is here to help. For more detailed information, please check our website.
Services include egg donation, hormone treatment, artificial insemination and infertility treatment
Women’s Fertility Center
1290 Summer Street, Suite 2500, Stamford, CT 06905 203-286-6810
148 East Avenue, Suite 1D, Norwalk, CT 06851 203-857-4245
Tip #1 ACUPUNCTURE: Did you know that studies have shown women who do acupuncture treatment in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) have higher pregnancy rates?
Tip #2 NO SMOKING: We all know that smoking is bad for us, but did you know that it also can decrease your fertility? Female smokers have a higher probability of infertility and it takes them longer to conceive when compared to nonsmokers. Male smokers have a higher prevalence of low sperm counts and low motility. Try to cut down and quit smoking if you are thinking about conceiving.
Tip #3 ALCOHOL USE: Sure, everyone likes to have a glass of wine now and then, but if you are ready to conceive, then it’s time to start cutting back. If you are trying to get pregnant, limit alcohol to 4 glasses of wine or beer per week. Of course, once you know that you are pregnant, you should abstain from alcohol consumption because of the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome in the baby.
Tip #4 PCOS: This woman is hairy. She may have a hormonal imbalance (e.g., polycystic ovarian syndrome) or a tumor causing her to grow hair on her face, back & abdomen. You don’t have to live like this! There aresafe treatments to help.
Tip #5 BABY'S GENDER: Did you know that the gender of the baby is actually determined by the father? Some sperm have an X chromosome and others have a Y chromosome. Depending on which sperm fertilizes the egg will determine if the embryo will be a female (46XX) or a male (46XY).
Tip #6 ASSISTED HATCHING: Did you know that the human egg has a shell around it (called the zona pellucida)? First, a sperm must penetrate through the shell of the egg to fertilize it. Then, before the embryo can implant into the uterine lining it must “hatch” or break free of its shell. For couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), their embryos are sometimes assisted in this hatching process as demonstrated in the photo. This procedure is called assisted hatching.
Tip #7 hysterosalpingogram: The hysterosalpingogram (HSG) X ray is away to determine if a woman has an anatomical abnormality without surgery. This X ray demonstrates a woman who has severe tubal disease with both of her tubes being blocked and dilated preventing her from conceiving.
Tip #8 HYSTEROSCOPY PULIP: Did you know that some women have trouble conceiving or have a miscarriage because of a benign growth inside their uterus? This is a picture taken during hysteroscopy demonstrating two intrauterine polyps. These are benign growths that can easily be removed with minimally invasive surgery—hysteroscopy—in which a telescope camera is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus.
Tip #9 HORMONE INJECTION: Did you know that taking fertility medication could be this simple? In this photo the woman is giving herself a hormone injection to help her grow multiple eggs to maturity (normally a woman will only grow one mature egg each cycle). By increasing the number of eggs a woman ovulates during the cycle, she increases her chances that one of those eggs will be fertilized and result in a healthy pregnancy
Tip #10 ENDOMETRIOSIS: This laparoscopic picture is demonstrating what endometriosis looks like. Endometriosis is a condition in which the glands that line the inside of the uterus (endometrium) are located outside of the uterus. Endometriosis can cause painful menstrual periods, blood-filled ovarian cysts and infertility.
Tip #11 FIBROID (MYOMA): This picture taken during hysteroscopic surgery demonstrates a fibroid (myoma) growing into the uterine cavity. This can cause irregular vaginal bleeding, heavy menstrual periods, miscarriage and infertility.
Tip #12 SPERM BANK: Did you know that the technology now exists to cryopreserved (freeze) eggs, sperm and embryos (fertilized eggs)? Eggs and sperm are fragile since they contain half of the chromosomes of a normal cell. While it is still considered experimental to freeze eggs, there have been over 100 livebirths using frozen eggs.
Tip #13 Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): Did you know that we are now able to test embryos for genetic diseases? Couples who are carriers of serious diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy) can choose to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that they are able to screen their embryos for disease. Then, unaffected embryos only are transferred into the uterus for pregnancy.
Tip #14 SPERM WASH: Sperm washing is demonstrated in this photo. A fresh semen sample is placed in the test tube on top of a gradient and then centrifuged. The best sperm (that are alive and moving) will swim to the bottom of the test tube and form a pellet. This concentrated sperm sample is then used for artificial insemination (medically called intrauterine insemination or IUI), to help a couple conceive.
Tip # 15: This ultrasound exam photo demonstrates a dichorionic diamniotic (fraternal) twin pregnancy. This is the most common type of twin pregnancy in which two eggs are ovulated add each one is fertilized by a different sperm. Therefore, the children are genetically different so they could be the same or different genders.
Tip #16: This ultrasound photo demonstrates a normal uterine cavity filled with fluid. During a sonohysterogram, an in office procedure, a small catheter is placed inside the uterus and then the uterus is distended with fluid. Without placing fluid inside the cavity, the uterine walls are touching, making it difficult to visualize any intracavity abnormality (e.g., polyp).
Tip #17: This ultrasound photo of a sonohysterogram demonstrates intrauterine polyps. Polyps can cause abnormal bleeding, heavier menstrual periods, miscarriage or infertility. They are usually removed by shaving them out of the uterus with a hysteroscopic approach (a telescope camera placed through the vagina and into the uterus). So, the recovery is rapid since there is no incision.
Tip # 18: You only need 300 additional calories per day during pregnancy. This translates to a small snack. So, if you think that it is time to start eating for two when you are pregnant, that is a big mistake. It can lead to extra, unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy which may predispose a woman to the development of gestational diabetes. Also, it is harder to lose this extra weight postpartum.
Tip #19 THYROID DYSFUNCTION: This woman has a goiter which is a thyroid mass. Thyroid dysfunction (either an over or underactive thyroid) can affect a woman’s ability to conceive by impairing ovulation.
Tip #20: Do you know what you are looking at? This is a slide containing sperm. Sperm are the smallest cells in the human body.
Tip #21: While it might seem ironic, women typically take birth control pills prior to initiating in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. The purpose of the birth control pill is to increase the number of eggs that grow in a group to reach maturity.
Tip #22: This ultrasound photo demonstrates an ovary that has developed numerous mature eggs in response to taking fertility medication. This woman is at high risk for developing a complication of fertility therapy called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Tip #23: Yes, being overweight or obese can make it more difficult to conceive. It also puts a woman at higher risk for complications during pregnancy including gestational diabetes.
Tip #24: This photo shows three embryos. Each embryo is between two and three cells which is expected on the day after fertilization.
Tip #25: This photo shows a polar body biopsy of a fertilized egg. Usually, genetic testing is done by removing one cell from an embryo on day 3, rather than testing the polar body.
Tip #26: This photo demonstrates a sperm wash. A fresh semen sample is being processed for intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination). Semen contains fluid from the prostate gland and seminal vesicles as well as dead sperm. By “washing” the sperm through a gradient, we are able to remove the dead sperm and excess fluid. Then, the concentrated sperm sample is placed inside the female partner’s uterus to enhance her likelihood of conceiving.
• In vitro fertilization (IVF)
• Fertility evaluation
• Egg donation services
• Treatment of hormonal imbalances
• Compassionate, personalized care
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