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IVF without Fertility Drugs

Natural cycle IVF mimics a regular IVF cycle, with one important exception: fertility drugs are not used to stimulate the ovaries. Instead, natural follicle development is monitored carefully and only Lupron or hCG is used to encourage the egg to final maturation. According to Dr. Frank Yelian, Director of Life IVF Center in Irvine, CA, natural cycle IVF is a good option for the following three groups of fertility patients:

Resolve to Know More About New Technology to Increase IVF Success

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a blog by Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., Fertility Centers of Illinois, April 21, 2014

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week’s theme of “Resolve to Know More …,” I think it is important for individuals and couples who are exploring fertility treatment to learn all they can about new technologies that have the potential to improve their chances of success. The “EmbryoScope” and the “Eeva” are two revolutionary technologies that my practice is currently using. The technology may be especially helpful for those couples who have previously failed IVF or suffered from recurrent miscarriages.

Is it Worthwhile to Test IVF Patients for Ureaplasma?

a blog by Dr. Michael DiMattina, Dominion Fertility, April 10, 2014

Hi everyone. Dr. DiMattina here to discuss the clinical issue of ureaplasma in infertility patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Studies show that this organism is often found on the cervix of 17 to 25% of patients with infertility. Cervical testing may be limited in detecting the presence of ureaplasma and many patients also have the bacterium present in the endometrial cavity regardless of whether or not it is present or detected on cervical testing. Detection of ureaplasma in the endometrial cavity is limited. Data from many studies suggest that untreated cervical or endometrial ureaplasma may lead to implantation failure or possibly spontaneous abortion but admittedly, much of the data comes from older literature.

IVF Doesn't Make "Designer Babies"

The term "designer babies" is misleading everyone on the benefit of pre-testing with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It cannot be applied to current medical techniques and is a theoretical term and connotes the idea that technologies can genetically engineer a child with specific and desired traits based on a preference for such characteristics as blue eyes, brown hair, and skin with freckles for example.

IVM and PCOS

In vitro maturation (IVM) is fertility treatment where a woman’s ovaries are minimally stimulated with fertility drugs to produce multiple eggs which are retrieved when they are not yet mature. Unlike IVF, the eggs are matured outside the ovaries, in the lab. The eggs are then fertilized by injecting one sperm directly into the egg – a process known as ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus.

One Embryo, One Baby, Part 3

Source: Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine
In Part 3 of this video series on IVF, Dr. Robert Anderson, Founder and Director of Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine explains the final steps in the IVF process for the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy.

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One Embryo One Baby, Part 2

Source: Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine
In Part 2 of this video series on IVF, Dr. Robert Anderson, Founder and Director of Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine explains how the embryo is biopsied, genetic testing and preparing the uterus for the implantation of the embryo.

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One Embryo, One Baby, Part I

Source: Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Robert Anderson, Founder and Director of Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine walks you through the first part of an IVF cycle, from getting started to culturing embryos to embryo biopsy.

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The Shock Factor

IVF History

One of the worst feelings, in my humble opinion, is being totally caught off guard, blindsided, or shocked by bad news. I’m the type of gal who appreciates a little fair warning. Living on IF Island for over three years now, I’ve learned to let a lot of that go, because you really never know what to expect. But I kind of wish someone could have warned me a little bit about the shock factor that often happens when things don’t go according to plan.

Hurry, Ladies, Hurry.

Red Clock

Don't waste time if you want to have a baby. I should know. After my second miscarriage, we finally met with a fertility specialist (it took six weeks to get an appointment!!) and he wanted me to move to IVF right away since I was 41. Your fertility declines every 3-6 months,” the doctor warned me. But I didn’t listen – I

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