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Whether or not you have had problems with fertility, most likely if you have even a vague concept of what IVF is, when you hear the phrase something in the word-association-game portion of your mind shouts 'twins!' 'triplets!' or 'octomom!'.

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Cincinnati Fertility Clinic Spreads Holiday Cheer with Free IVF Cycle

a blog by Kim Griffiths, November 5, 2013

The winter holidays are fast approaching and anyone who has struggled with infertility knows how difficult it can be to gather for child-centric holiday events with empty arms. Sadly, the holidays serve as a marker of time gone by without getting pregnant or bringing home a baby.

The Bethesda Fertility Center recognizes how difficult the holidays can be for those dealing with infertility and hopes to lessen the burden of infertility by offering a free IVF cycle to one lucky couple.
For the third consecutive year, Dr. Glen Hofmann and his staff are pleased to offer new and existing patients the opportunity to be entered into this IVF Lottery. Anyone seen for a consultation appointment between November 1, 2013 and December 23, 2013 will qualify for the free cycle. The drawing will take place on Christmas Eve, and the winner will be notified by Dr. Hofmann personally.

Believe it or Not: Medical Myths Put to (Bed)Rest

a blog by Reproductive Medicine Institute- Chicago, October 25, 2013

Many practices that surround Modern Medicine, and more specifically, the means of achieving a pregnancy, have evolved without scientific scrutiny. This is particularly true when the stakes become higher, as they do for individuals and couples undergoing Invitro Fertilization (IVF). Often times, individuals in the process of IVF may place undue emphasis on factors that have no effect upon their chances of conceiving, in an effort to exert a sense of control on an outcome that has eluded them. If they do not conceive, they resort to these erroneous conclusions as a cause, ultimately creating undue stress, and personal blame, for what is already a stressful situation.

Low Cost No Stim IVF/M

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In a standard IVF cycle, a woman’s ovaries are stimulated with fertility drugs to produce multiple follicles. Mature eggs are retrieved, fertilized in the lab and a resulting embryo or embryos are transferred back to the uterus. Not only are there IVF protocols using different fertility drugs and additional procedures (PGS, ICSI) there are variations on standard IVF, including IVM, in vitro maturation.

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Not In Our Country: Same Sex Surrogacy Issues in Israel

In Israel, a lesbian couple that has been together for 10 years wants to have a child through reciprocal in vitro fertilization (IVF). That means Liat Moshe wants to have her eggs retrieved, fertilized and then transferred to her partner, Dana Glisko, who will carry the child. Seems easy, right? It is, if you are not Israeli, lesbian and in the Israeli Defense Forces.

IVF Research Study

The Center of Reproductive Medicine (CORM), in Webster, TX, is one of a number of fertility clinics across the country currently recruiting patients who have had repeated IVF failures despite having good-quality embryos for the THRIVE-IVF study. According to Vicki L. Schnell, M.D., FACOG, Founder & Medical Director of CORM, the study is evaluating a medicine, NT100, to determine whether it will improve the outcome of IVF.

Should You Do Natural Cycle IVF or Mini-IVF?

September 6, 2013

The majority of fertility centers begin a fertility patient on a conventional IVF protocol where clinically indicated, but natural cycle IVF or minimal stimulation (mini-IVF) may be just as effective at a lower cost and less risk to the patient’s health.

Frank Yelian, M.D. of Life IVF Center, says: “[Conventional IVF] has been successful, otherwise no one would do it, but we believe it is outdated. It only takes one egg to result in a pregnancy, so why do we need ten to twenty? It is inefficient.” Dr. Yelian maintains that current technologies like intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allow doctors to find the embryo with greatest potential for developing into a successful pregnancy. Because of these technologies, the need for aggressive ovarian stimulation and the risk of developing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) can be virtually eliminated.

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OvaScience Ringing NASDAQ Bell

a blog by Jennifer A. Redmond, September 5, 2013

Michelle Dipp, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of OvaScience is ringing the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell this morning. OvaScience has patented technologies that intend to advance infertility treatment. OvaTureSM seeks to create mature fertilizable eggs from a woman’s own egg precursor cells without the need for hormone injections, and AUGMENTSM aims to improve egg quality and increase IVF success.

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