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In all medical fields, you will find there are many physicians who excel in their technical knowledge and skill. It is no different in reproductive endocrinology — there are many physicians who can quickly diagnose a fertility issue and successfully treat it either with surgery, medication or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., May 7, 2013
In the previous post, we talked about ovarian fertility factors that must be considered together to get a complete picture of whether you are likely to become pregnant with IVF. Your ovarian reserve and your previous response to gonadotropins, along with your chronological age are all contributors to your fertility. With so much emphasis on the female, we should not forget the male side of things. We also need healthy sperm to create healthy embryos.
a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., April 29, 2013
You may find yourself at a crossroads in your infertility treatment and wishing for a crystal ball that can show you the future and point you down the right path. Should you try a first or second IVF? How likely are you to get pregnant with your own eggs? Should you consider the option of donor eggs?
a blog by Kim Griffiths, April 10, 2013
Fertility Authority joins the infertility community in mourning the loss of Dr. Robert G. Edwards, pioneer of in vitro fertilization (IVF). He is best known for treating Lesley Brown, who gave birth to the first IVF baby, Louise Brown in 1978.
a blog by Kim Griffiths, April 9, 2013
A study published in the journal Human Reproduction in March 2013 says there is no conclusive evidence for increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children born of in vitro fertilization (IVF). This study is similar to another released last month, which concluded that health complications in offspring born after infertility is typically the result of some other underlying cause rather than fertility treatment.
Let’s face it, not everyone can afford one, let alone two or more IVF cycles. But Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center is doing their part to help childless couples who have had a failed IVF cycle build their families. According to Dr. Cynthia Austin, Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Cleveland Clinic, the concept behind their Harboring Hope Fund is this: Some women have good reason to be successful but were just unlucky with their first IVF cycle. For those patients, who also meet certain financial criteria, the program allows them to do a second cycle free of charge.
a blog by Kim Griffiths, February 27, 2013
The spring season is often a reminder of new life and new beginnings. Holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day focus on the family; babies and new life in particular. It can be a difficult time of year for couples coping with infertility.
a blog by Jennifer Redmond
A study assessing the risks of cancer related to IVF treatment should be reassuring for fertility patients. The study led by Louise A. Briton, Ph.D., chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, MD, found no relationship between fertility treatments and an increase in breast cancer or endometrial cancers.
a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., Univfy, Inc., February 7, 2013
I’ve spent a good many years thinking about the embryo to figure out how to best peer into the black box that controls the first few days of embryo development. We are just scratching the surface of understanding molecular switches which, when malfunctioning, can lead to heartbreaking experiences. The results can include some types of miscarriages, biochemical pregnancies (pregnancies that fail shortly after pregnancy tests turn positive and before any signs of pregnancy can be detected by ultrasound), failed IVF attempts, and a catch-all called aneuploidy (or an abnormal number of chromosomes). We are endeavoring to unveil the mysteries of the black box, layer by layer, to be able to provide personalized medicine to our patients, tailoring treatment to each one’s individual disease at the molecular level in the way that doctors are now able to treat some types of breast cancer.
a blog by Claire, January 30, 2013
A bill presented to the North Dakota Senate calls to ban embryo freezing and restrict embryo transfer guidelines to 2 embryos per in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. The bill is driven by the LIFE coalition of Fargo out of “concern for life at all stages.”
The legislation would prevent women, even those diagnosed with cancer relying on egg freezing for fertility preservation prior to chemotherapy, from storing embryos and would limit the number of embryos a couple could transfer during an IVF cycle. Depending on embryo quality and age of the female patient, this could significantly impact the outcome of her cycle.
With now over 3.5 million babies resulting from in vitro fertilization (IVF), constant attention to improving not only success rates of IVF but safety regarding the mother and fetus is paramount. Data now describe better obstetric and perinatal outcomes in pregnancies resulting from frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles, when compared with fresh embryo transfers. In addition, success rates with frozen embryos are very similar to that with fresh embryos. This naturally raises the question of whether all embryos should be frozen and transferred at a later date. Is it time to retire fresh embryo transfer?
a blog by Claire, December 20, 2012
If you think you’re boosting your odds for success and getting more for your money by transferring two embryos, think again. A study published in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine journal Fertility and Sterility last week says it’s the health risks that may cost you.
a blog by Claire, November 29, 2012
Still searching for the perfect holiday gift? What about a voucher for egg freezing?
The news is all abuzz these days with stories of young couples finding creative ways to pay for their fertility treatment, so why not consider a gift to help ease the financial burden of fertility treatment- particularly fertility preservation?
a blog by Claire, November 28, 2012
It’s common to count your blessings this time of year, and Northern California Fertility Medical Center (NCFMC) in Roseville, CA, is doing just that. Dr. Soto-Albors, founder of the fertility practice says they are giving thanks for the 20 years they’ve been treating patients and is grateful for the support of their patients and the community.
a blog by Claire, October 11, 2012
Single embryo transfers are a hot topic these days.
Doctors at Los Angeles based Reproductive Partners Medical Group, Inc. have founded the Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Encouragement Program as incentive for in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients to transfer just one embryo.
a blog by Lindsay Thomason, WHNP, Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group
What would you be willing to go through to have the family you’ve always dreamed of? Would you want to give yourself the best chance to have that family? Would you agree to take shots? Would you be willing to have surgery? Would you find the money to afford it someway, somehow?
Many women who struggle with infertility may find it easy to answer yes to these questions, but find it difficult to follow through by proceeding with in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is often the hardest decision patients face when deciding how to build their family. IVF seems so foreign, and even scary, that patients prefer to start with more conservative treatment, such as timed intercourse or intrauterine inseminations (IUI). While this is definitely a more comfortable bridge to take into the world of infertility, the reality is that many patients won’t have success with these treatments. Heather Blackmon, embryologist at Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group (PREG) in Greenville, SC finds it best to look at the numbers: “IUI offers only a 16 percent pregnancy rate for the BEST prognosis patients, defined as those with young eggs (under 35) and a NORMAL semen analysis. IVF utilizing ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), or manual fertilization of eggs by sperm) provides a 60 percent pregnancy rate for the WORST prognosis patients.”
a blog by Claire, September 4, 2012
Women who use frozen embryos may have more success with In vitro fertilization (IVF) than those using fresh. British researchers from the University of Aberdeen announced the findings of a retrospective study comparing IVF frozen embryo transfer to fresh embryo transfer say that the frozen embryos are safer for mother and child.
Typically in IVF, a woman has her eggs retrieved and then one or two embryos transferred several days later. Any excess embryos created in the lab that are of good quality are frozen to be used later. The researchers reviewed 11 international published studies involving more than 37,000 pregnancies following implantation of either a fresh or frozen embryo. In their review they found that in pregnancy resulting in transfer of frozen embryos, there was:
a blog by Claire, July 25, 2012
Today, in vitro fertilization turns 34, and aging has certainly improved her. The first IVF baby, Louise Brown, was born July 25, 1978, in England as the result of collaborative work of Patrick Steptoe, M.D., and Robert Edwards, Ph.D. Things moved quickly after that. Here's a few highlights of some key events.
a blog by Claire, July 17, 2012
Is the season of chicks and bunnies better than the other three for in vitro fertilization? The study "Seasonal variability in the fertilization rate of women undergoing assisted reproduction treatments," which is published in the July 2012 issue of Gynecological Endocrinology found that for couples undergoing IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), the fertilization — the joining of egg and sperm to form an embryo — rate was higher in the spring. Note: the season had no effect on pregnancy rates.
a blog by Claire, June 21, 2012
Lesley Brown, the British woman who became the mother of the world's first baby via in vitro fertilization (IVF), died on June 6 at the age of 64. This "quiet and private" woman, according to her daughter Louise, took a brave, important step of trying IVF in order to conceive a child, and she made history on July 25, 1978, when she successfully delivered her daughter.
"Lesley Brown’s courage and forward thinking paved the way for millions of families today who have utilized in vitro fertilization therapy," says Pavna Brahma, M.D., a fertility doctor with Reproductive Biology Associates of Atlanta. "Our field will be forever indebted to her for being a visionary and a true inspiration."
a blog by CHR, June 7, 2012
You may have seen the media hype over an Australian study that supposedly showed that “common fertility treatments (like IVF) raise the risk of birth defects.” Although headlines of this type appear to dominate the reports on the Australian study, if you read the study itself, what the researchers found is exactly the opposite: Fertility treatments do NOT raise birth defect risk. Babies born after fertility treatments do have a slightly higher rate of birth defects, but it is because of the underlying medical issues involved in the parents’ infertility, NOT due to fertility treatments themselves.